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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 | 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…

by | Dec 20, 2011

Václav Havel’s noble life showed how the disciplined practice of critical thinking and moral imagination in the arts and letters can translate directly into statesmanship of the highest order. His courageous and effective Velvet Revolution against one of the most…

by | Jul 21, 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain — I had a meeting in Bahrain, not far from where I live, on March 2, 2011, at about the midpoint of a month of street demonstrations that began with euphoria over Egypt and Tunisia’s popular uprisings and…

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