• John Kerry’s pluck on Middle East peace

    by  • August 4, 2013 • 2 Comments

    You have to hand it to John Kerry. In taking on the task of getting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks underway again, he has taken on the most thankless of tasks. He’s already being ridiculed for it across the punditry universe. On the right, the chatterers say that Kerry will sell Israel’s interests down the river...

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    More about Turks and their views of America…

    by  • July 30, 2013 • 1 Comment

    In response to my last post on why Turks have such negative views of America, Americans, and Barack Obama, I received this response from Franklin C. (Chuck) Spinney, a longtime Pentagon analyst, and independent critic of military procurement. After retiring from the Pentagon’s Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation in 2003, Chuck and his...

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    Life, Liberty and our Guantanamo Gulag

    by  • July 4, 2013 • 3 Comments

    On this Independence Day when we celebrate the stirring words of our forefathers about unalienable rights and Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of happiness, I pick up the paper and read about the ever increasing numbers of hunger strikers at the prison we operate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  U.S. military officials say that 106 of...

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    Barack Obama’s comfort with strong women

    by  • June 6, 2013 • 1 Comment

    My favorite photo of the day was this AP photo of President Obama, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power strolling arm in arm, smiling, after leaving yesterday’s Rose Garden announcement that the president had selected Rice as his national security adviser, and nominated Power to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Regardless of...

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