America
July 2, 2018

Item 18 – Jun 2018

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STILL SEARCHING FOR ITS PLACE… (in this new world order of things) America’s transition from its global preeminence in the 20th century, into this 21st one, has not been easy. Even as we approach the quarter cdentury of it, America

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June 15, 2018

Item 17 – 2018

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TIPTOEING FORWARD… (…into some semblance of peaceful co-existence) Regardless of his twitter-feed style of personal invective and incivility, President Trump must be given credit for his performance at the recent historic summit meeting in Singapore with North Korea’s leader Kim

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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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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 #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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CLOSING OUT ANOTHER…ANNO HORRIBILIS… (and hoping that this next one will be slightly less so…) Not much we can say about this past year of 2017 other than…we’re glad we’re able to be closing out another…anno horribilis…and hoping that this

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THOSE INCREASING STORM SURGES OF RAMPANT NATIONALISM… (…are cultural backlashes against changes within existing conglomerate unity) The post WWII Franco/German entente (pragmatic if not cordiale) hammered out between President Schumann of France and Chancellor Adenauer of West Germany, laid down

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PUERTO RICO… (still being treated with disdain and contempt as a step-child nuisance) Ever since we grabbed it from Spain back in the 1890’s, we’ve never figured out what to do with it, or how to really make it a

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