May 16, 2018

Item 13 – May 2018

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ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY… (…and it’s not just against external threats) A rather disturbing item showed up in our mailbox the other day. It was a particularly partisan political solicitation for support couched in very extreme terms.

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May 10, 2018

Item 12 – May 2018

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RESETTING THE NORMS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEAL-MAKING… (…by threats of economic blunderbuss blasts and corrosive quick-lime invectives for emphasis) President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal has reset the norms for international deal-making. Rather than applying conventional

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May 10, 2018

Item 11 – May 2018

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BLESSED BE THE PEACE MAKERS… (if their guiding light is true…not false) Sixty-eight years ago I grew old, at twenty two, having been dumped helter-skelter as a three-striper with a bunch of 18-19 year old kids I had never seen

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April 30, 2018

Item 8 – Apr 2018

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FURTHER PROFILES… (not headliners at the moment…but still trickling in among the newsfeeds of the day) We’re adding these to our previous list of “profiles”, not so much because there’s much about them to report since they’re not headliners at

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April 30, 2018

Item 7 – Apr 2018

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MOVING EVER CLOSER TO A FUTURE WORLD CALLED RUSSINIA (as the unintended consequence of present-day actions) The current punitive diplomatic and trade imbroglios with Russia and China are further evidence that the structure of the post-WWII world order, established to

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April 30, 2018

Item 6 – Apr 2018

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A PARTIAL LIST OF PROFILES… (…of some key international players from today’s news headlines) We should never believe that the subject of -international affairs- is either dull or un-intriguing. Far from it because it seems to be a never-ending soap

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April 30, 2018

Item 5 – March 2018

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A CLEAR CASE OF…L’ETAT…C’EST MOI… (…and keep that Congress and Constitution stuff out of his way) At one point during the 2016 presidential campaigns we characterized Mr. Trump’s candidacy as being that of…a man who would be Caesar…but we were

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March 14, 2018

Item 4 – Mar 2018

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IT MIGHT JUST BE AN INVITATION TO ANOTHER DIPLOMATIC GAVOTTE.. (…and may not otherwise achieve any kind of meaningful outcome) Even when it occurs in its most byzantine and convoluted form, diplomacy generally is preferable to outright conflict, especially if

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March 8, 2018

Item 3 – Mar 2018

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ON BECOMING ANTIQUE (or…never use the word…old…in front of an old person) There are moments when I can’t help but wonder…am I still relevant to the daily hustle and bustle that surrounds me? The answer to such a question is,

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March 8, 2018

Item #2- Feb 2018

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REFLECTIONS ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY (…and our abandonment of the ideals they tried to set for us) Old George and Honest Abe must be rolling in their graves about what we have become as a society and nation today, having apparently

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