Self-Radicalize; When You Don’t Have Anything Better to Do

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(Photo: Ahmed Khan Rahami, 29, convicted in October 2017 of the September 2016 New York City and New Jersey bombings, injuring 30). In 1992 I took an overnight train from Moscow to Ukraine, with an...

Syria’s Three (3) Bad Guys Exposed

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There were always two bad guys in Syria, ever since the Assad family took over the Ba'ath Party and created a military dictatorship in 1970. Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria until he died in 2000....

If It Sneaks in the Night like a Raid, and Targets Like a Raid

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It's a raid. Dammit. And not a war. A raid is designed to achieve a limited objective. Raids are not impetuous, born of anger or moral indignation...so no, Ivanka seeing children dead from gas did not...

Trade Brinksmanship, not Trade War, versus Globalism

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"Trade War" is a term the enemies of Donald Trump use to denigrate his proposals for restoring a balance to American trade policies. Only it's not "trade war" but trade brinkmanship, which, as it was first used to define...

I’m Not a Big Fan of Paul Manafort, but…

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(There are lies, and damned lies….” -Mark Twain) I’m absolutely delirious in my dislike for the Associated Press. And it’s all about honesty and dishonesty. Now, personally I’ve never known Mr Manafort to lie, but I suppose...

Melancholy, a Ten-Minute Indulgence

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Just to shut you down for about ten minutes, remind you of your place... ...and our place.   Both from Ken Burns films: Lewis and Clark https://youtu.be/llhs1p2xNgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTONjssOqc Ashokan Farewell, Civil War https://youtu.be/uZmxZThb084 Ashokan Farewell-Sullivan Ballou Letter https://youtu.be/1VK1KcZoDu0