by | May 23, 2019

“In this land, the man who gives victory in battle is prized beyond every other man,” or so says Prince Feisal as portrayed by Sir Alec Guinness in the epic 1962 biopic, Lawrence of Arabia. Okay, so Feisal’s quote is…

by | May 15, 2019

Recently, the Trump Administration announced that it was deploying both an American aircraft carrier as well as B-52 bombers to the Middle East as a show of force against the Iranians. According to National Security Adviser John Bolton, intelligence provided…

by | Apr 10, 2019

When former Vice President Dick Cheney was being whisked from his office downstairs to the underground Presidential Emergency Operations Command (PEOC) bunker on 9/11, his view on foreign policy likely changed. Having served for years in and out of government,…

by | Nov 27, 2017

Hundreds of U.S. laws require that various executive agencies certify to Congress that something is happening (or isn’t). Certifications go hand in hand with reports to Congress that go forever unread. Some certifications are supposed to be significant, such as…

by | Oct 27, 2017

Growing up with a Protestant minister for a father, I learned very little about Catholicism. I knew Christianity — the Dutch-reformed kind. Catholics? We didn’t like them and, supposedly, we weren’t like them. Now some of my best friends are…

by | May 12, 2017

American Sniper, a movie I loved, tried to do everything. It explored the hell of war and the essence of brotherhood. It followed the book by the Texas super sniper Chris Kyle, told a love story, and drew attention to…

by | Sep 10, 2016

Donald Trump has given me yet another reason not to vote for him. His disrespect towards Khizr & Ghazala Khan, the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, the U.S. Army Captain killed in Iraq in 2004. Khan posthumously earned the Bronze…

by | Jul 8, 2016

The Chilcot report into Britain’s part in the 2003 Iraq war, which was finally published on Wednesday, is three times the size of the Bible. The executive summary alone runs to 150 pages. It took seven years to write, comprises…

by | Jul 8, 2016

This week punishment came to one presidential candidate telling a truth and reward came to another telling a lie. Such perverse incentives regarding honesty created the bizarro political world we inhabit. “He was a bad guy — really bad guy,”…

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