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Dorian de Wind
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Dorian de Wind is a rtired U.S. Air Force officer and a former aerospace/defense executive. Dorian contributes opinion, travel and human interest articles to several newspapers and blogs.

A native of Ecuador, Dorian was educated in The Netherlands and in the U.S. (Texas A&M, University, Math/Physics, Summa Cum Laude; Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MS Telecommunications; doctoral work in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma). His proudest awards and achievements are the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and having been responsible for the reception, welfare and resettlement of over 400 South Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. He has resided and worked extensively abroad and now lives in the USA.

Entries by Dorian de Wind

Winning Design for National WW I Memorial Announced

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 9:36 PM

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As noted here, while our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials and while there are two memorials in Washington, D.C. called World War I memorials, neither one meets the strict interpretation of...

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PTSD, Domestic Violence, Sarah Palin and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:06 PM

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Andy Borowitz in a satire piece at The New Yorker "quoted" former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin telling an audience at a Trump rally in Iowa that Obama was "single-handedly to blame" for her defeat in the 2008 general election, "just...

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Is the GOP Resigned to Scraping the Bottom of the Political Barrel?

(29) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 10:20 PM

It is safe to say that a vast majority of Democrats have considered Donald Trump and Ted Cruz equally "evil'" and "dangerous" from the get-go.

Democrats now find themselves in the unprecedented position of watching the Republican establishment trying to decide, not which of the two GOP frontrunners is the...

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Trump's and Cruz's Contemptible Game of 'One-Downmanship'

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:30 PM

There are plenty of opinion pieces critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, including those that clearly enunciate and enumerate -- and there is a lot to 'enumerate' -- specific reasons why sane Americans should not vote for this man.

I hasten to admit that most of them are written...

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An Honor Too Far, or Far Too Many Honors?

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 9:57 AM

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Should more of our heroes who have displayed "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" be awarded our nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor?

This is a question that has been frequently...

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Christmas: Our Military 'Doing the Noblest Thing...'

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 8:55 AM

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This will be 15th consecutive Christmas thousands of our troops spend in harm's way, on the cruel battlefields of the Middle East, instead of at home with their loved ones.

Tragically, those cruel battlefields continue to exact the ultimate sacrifice from...

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The Day Satire Died

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 6:04 PM

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Donald Trump is no longer funny.

Looking back, he never was.

As a Latino and an immigrant, the man's hurtful words -- rapists, criminals, drug dealers -- hurled at Mexicans coming to our country saddened me.

Yet, cartoonists and comedians had a...

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Are Better Days Ahead for Our Veterans?

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 9:55 AM

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Homelessness, suicide and unemployment, along with physical and mental health problems and drug and alcohol abuse issues, have continued to plague our veterans from recent wars.

But there are some encouraging trends.

Accusations that Veterans Administration (V.A.) health care facilities...

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Looking Back Longingly

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:37 PM

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Almost exactly five years ago to the day, I concluded a column as follows:

The character of a nation is reflected in the faces of these volunteers. Some have flowers in their hands, some have tears in their eyes,...
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Just in Time for Veterans Day: 'Operation Gown Giveaway'

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 10:16 AM

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When I married my beautiful young bride in England many years ago, I was only a "three-striper" in the U.S. Air Force and my bride-to-be and I could have used some help with the costs of the wedding, especially with the...

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HeartGift Recognized for Children Life-Saving Work

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:02 AM

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It is always gratifying when an organization that does good things for others is appropriately recognized.

It is even nicer when the "others" who are at the receiving end of those "good things" are the most innocent and vulnerable among us: children, worldwide,...

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Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta: An Honor Too Far?

(19) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 8:05 AM

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Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta.

That name should sound familiar because numerous stories have been written, including at least half-a-dozen by this author, about this Marine's heroism.

My first story about this Marine appeared in May 2009 under the title "Stolen Valor...

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Benghazi and the Congressman from Maryland

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:21 PM

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Long before the Benghazi tragedy and long before Republicans seized on the tragedy as a means to bring down Hillary Clinton -- to make her numbers drop -- a U.S. Congressman wrote at the Huffington Post under the title "Enough...

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'The French American' - He Flew 35 Missions for Honor, Then the Last One for Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 10:49 PM

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When I visit World War II veteran and dear friend John Tschirhart at his assisted living community in Austin, Texas, the one thing he invariably asks me is if I have heard from Darla Rae recently. Rae is a Denver, Colorado,...

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Want to Hear Trump's Secret Plan to Defeat ISIL?

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Back in May, when a run for the 2016 presidential nomination was still a twinkle in Donald Trump's eye, he already had a beautiful but secret plan to "bring ISIS to the table or, beyond that, defeat ISIS very quickly."

When asked by a doting Greta Van Susteren at...

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Want to Learn a Foreign Language?

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Want to learn a foreign language?

Great!

But before selecting which language you would like to invest your time, effort and perhaps your money in and -- unless you have a specific reason for wanting to learn, say Saramaccan* or Papiamento** -- you may want to ask yourself, "For what...

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Finally a National World War I Memorial

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 4:04 PM

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Our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials.

But, as pointed out by the World War One Centennial Commission (the Commission), most of them honor "generals, presidents, statesmen and other...

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Ghosts that Haunt Children of Latino Immigrants

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:41 AM

When I was a small boy living in Latin America, I was scared of "duendes y fantasmas" -- goblins and ghosts.

Fortunately, they appeared only in dreams and eventually faded away.

Over at The New York Times, Héctor Tobar writes that different monsters and ghosts haunt the dreams of...

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Where in the World Is the Berlin Wall Now?

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 1:52 PM

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Thursday, August 13, a very special segment of the Berlin Wall was unveiled at the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. (above), presently under construction.

It is one of approximately 54,000, 2.6 ton reinforced concrete slabs, each measuring over 10 feet high...

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The Real Scary Thing About a Trump Presidency

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 12:07 PM

There are many things that should make Americans wary if not outright scared about a potential Trump presidency.

It is not necessarily his narcissism and pompousness. Sadly, there have been and there are too many self-absorbed, arrogant politicians -- one or two may even come close to Trump in this...

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