Category Archives: President Bashar

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

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2016 – The Year That Was

It seems to me…. “For 18 years I have resisted talking about current events. I am not going to start now.” ~ George H. W. Bush[1]. 2016 was comprised of many little things: while some events over the past year … Continue reading

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Un-American Refugee Policy

It seems to me…. “We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.” ~ Ariel Dorfman[1]. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill, with backing from both political parties, mandating increased security screenings for … Continue reading

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Confronting Terrorism

It seems to me…. “Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” ~ Jacques Chirac[1]. While ISIS tries to pretend they are a national state, rather than earning that recognition … Continue reading

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An Appropriate Response

It seems to me… “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric.  If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt. It … Continue reading

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