Clinton: ‘A positive direction’ ahead for relations with the Muslim world


U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton, hosted an Eid ul-Fitr celebration, Thursday night, at the State Department, marking the end of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting. After acknowledging the lateness of the event, since Ramadan ended a few weeks ago, Sec. Clinton took the opportunity to address the violence against U.S. diplomatic missions… Continue reading Clinton: ‘A positive direction’ ahead for relations with the Muslim world

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Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world


American resolve formed around the twisted steel ruins of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in 2001, like 15-ton concrete blocks around re-bar. Our determination to avenge the acts of September 11 was certainly not a question. What should have been questioned at the time and wasn't, was how we would react as a… Continue reading Shaken confidence: U.S. culpability in a post 9-11 world

Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act


UPDATE: After reaching an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Rand Paul was able to bring two of his amendments to the floor for limited debate before a vote to table was taken, which is expected to kill both offerings. A vote on extending the Patriot Act will follow. ___________________ Standing alone,… Continue reading Rand Paul sticks to his guns on Patriot Act

Success, measured in blood


"...tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to." - President Barack Obama, in his announcement to the nation of the successful operation that killed Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 Yes, Mr. President.  Hooray for our side. We kill good. That is to take nothing away from… Continue reading Success, measured in blood

Being true to ‘our values’ is never ‘off message’


Since when is a matter of Constitutional principle "off message" for an American president? There can be nothing more on message, nothing more necessary for him to say and important for the entire world to hear, than we are equally tolerant of all faiths.

Minarets are not Missiles


A mosque grows in Manhattan“...we would betray our values if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, August 3, 2010There are so many ways that the Ugly American shows itself these days. The flap over the community center and mosque blocks from the 9/11 attacks makes it… Continue reading Minarets are not Missiles

Managing the Conversation for Change


There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.—Niccolo MachiavelliIf national elections in the United States are about one thing, that thing is change. We change from liberal to conservative, from… Continue reading Managing the Conversation for Change

A Sabbatical for War


Letting the Killing Fields Lie FallowAfter the Autumn HarvestSo the seeds sown in the spring surge have been cut, and baled in flag covered coffins. The noble Petraeus, in the regalia of an honored soldier, and the honorable Crocker, intent hidden behind the skirts of his diplomat's robes, pay homage to the lords of state… Continue reading A Sabbatical for War