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Joseph P. Duggan
Joseph P. Duggan lives in his native St. Louis. Formerly he worked in Saudi Arabia as speechwriter for the chairman and CEO of the oil company Aramco, and in Washington as speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.
by | Sep 18, 2019

A few days ago, more than 50 percent of the crude oil supply capability of the world’s largest oil exporter — also the top energy supplier of a certain major industrial nation — was attacked and taken offline. The likely…

by | Aug 6, 2019

Ferguson, Missouri Whenever my wife and I have out-of-town visitors to our home in St. Louis, I ask if they are willing to have us show them Ferguson. After overcoming their trepidation, we head due north from our home in…

by | May 25, 2019

Tanker ships and the strategic pipeline of Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, suffered terrorist attacks last week. Aramco has the monopoly on all Saudi Arabian oil production and is wholly owned by the Saudi government, the United States’ most powerful…

by | Dec 7, 2018

Like all murders, Jamal Khashoggi’s was an evil deed. Should the United States respond to it with a major disruption in relations with Saudi Arabia? No — emphatically no. Far from being indifferent to Khashoggi’s fate, I was deeply anguished…

by | Sep 12, 2018

During the Reagan Administration, if a Cabinet member or other official wanted the prestige of an op-ed publication in the Washington Post, New York Times, or other major newspaper, he needed explicit approval from the White House for the text…

by | Sep 2, 2018

His path to distinguished service in the United States Senate led through the Naval Academy, aerial combat over hostile territory, and long years of confinement, beatings, and torture in the Hanoi Hilton. He was a man worth remembering. No, his…

by | Mar 14, 2018

When a cabinet secretary supports, or at least does not publicly dissent, from presidential policies, that’s commonly known as a “dog-bites man” story, not exactly newsworthy. The case of secretary of state-designate Mike Pompeo is different. He has a significant…

by | Apr 7, 2017

Ferguson, Missouri In August 2014, billions of people suddenly came to know the name of this suburban town of 21,000 souls near the St. Louis international airport. The dominant media influenced much of the world to accept a description of…

by | Sep 9, 2016

Real St. Louisans, people with roots here along the great river, either loved or loathed Phyllis Schlafly. But all would agree on one critical point: She wasn’t a Schlafly. The former Miss Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was married to a Schlafly. Her husband,…

by | Mar 11, 2013

At 12:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul sat down. For 12 hours and 52 minutes, the liberty-minded Republican had held the Senate floor, with the occasional help from a handful of Republican and Democratic colleagues, delaying the…

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