Tag: United States
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 11, 2014 – On Veteran’s Day, it is appropriate to reflect upon the current state of affairs as they pertain to our ability to maintain peace. With the largely unreported turmoil that continues to brew across the world (other than whatever conflict is fashionable to feature at any given moment in time), peace seems to be as elusive today as it was when the holiday first began to take shape. Our lack of a defined defense policy doesn’t particularly improve the situation, and we need to address it … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world, yet the United Nations seems to be missing in action. Instead, it spends time and money calling together the U.N. Security Council to vote on whether to adopt a resolution condemning the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane… as if the issue really needed to be debated … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 4, 2014 – While small town parades, backyard barbecues and fireworks displays may be what many people associate with the 4th of July, Independence Day deserves far greater respect. Fifty-six men signed a single piece of parchment on this day in 1776 that contained 1338 words that changed the history of the world for the better. That hallowed document claimed independence not only for a Nation but for a People. Unfortunately, 238 years later, we are in danger of surrendering to the temptation of dependence … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 16, 2014 – With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) marching on Baghdad, President Obama took bold and decisive action: He tried to reach the green at Sunnylands with a 7 iron from 180 yards. Much like his foreign policy, it fell well short.
That is not a “typo” in the title. The President of the United States spent this weekend giving a commencement speech, attending yet another Democratic fund-raiser, and playing golf in Palm Springs … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 17, 2014 – March Madness is in the air and spilling into international politics. Is Ukraine the site of the global Final Four, or is it just another early round battle of a few lower seeds that serve as sacrificial lambs for the two heavy favorites? Do you even remember how the countries made it into the “tournament”?
In case you have forgotten, the recent upheaval in Ukraine began when its duly-elected President Yanukovych refused to sign a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) in favor of pursuing stronger ties with Russia … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 10, 2014 – The Ukrainian crisis seems to have caught many Americans by surprise, which is surprising in itself… or perhaps just disappointing. Our Nation and its leaders seem to be captivated by the moment; living in a Twitter-like world that carries an attention span of 140 hours instead of 140 characters. While it is discouraging with respect to our citizens, it is totally unacceptable with regard to our Government … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., Monday, September 9, 2013 – President Obama is scheduled to do six television interviews as well as to address the Nation to reinforce his call for a “limited military action” against Syria that will “send a strong signal” both to the Assad regime and to the world. He will state that the attack is necessary to establish that the United States stands behind what it says and that it will be to defend “international norms” lest those norms be disregarded. He will be wrong on both counts.
A President’s ill-chosen words during a press conference should not be elevated to the status of speaking for the United States. To err is human, even if you haven’t typically been held accountable by the media or electorate in that regard. The United States is bound by that which it commits to do in writing … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 3, 2013 – In the absence of a coherent foreign policy, we can only speculate as to what direction President Obama will take in response to an international crisis. The phrase “politically opportunistic” appears to define the Administration’s core strategy, while the three words “ineffective, inefficient and inconsistent” seem to describe its performance. Syria is only the most recent symptom.
To establish some context: The Syrian civil war began on March 15, 2011, with protests that soon became violent. Libya was already deeply embroiled in its own rebellion. Several thousand people had already been killed in that country before it became obvious that Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime was destined to fall … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 27, 2013 — President Obama has spoken forcefully on numerous occasions about the United States’ unique role when it comes to responding to international violations of human rights. His recently appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has written multiple books about the issue. Yet, in the absence of a coherent foreign policy, how will our nation respond to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war?
On March 28, 2011, President Obama delivered a speech at the National Defense University about the Libyan crisis that had hints of what has since transpired in Syria. Obama said … Read more