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Aspettando i nostri statisti

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Durante gli anni della Guerra Fredda, dal 1947 al 1991, ad ogni presidente degli Stati Uniti è stato richiesto, in un modo o nell'altro, di limitare gli arsenali nucleari sovietici. Visto che nessuno, a prescindere dalla retorica, era riuscito a scoprire una formula per arrivare al completo disarmo di quell'area,...

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Waiting for the Statesmen

(138) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 1:13 PM

During the Cold War years, 1947 until 1991, every U.S. president sought, one way or the other, to limit Soviet nuclear arsenals. Since no one, regardless of hardline rhetoric, discovered a formula for unilateral disarmament on the Soviet side while we continued to build new nuclear weapons, even the most...

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Welcome to the Money Primary

(48) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 10:40 PM

The first presidential primary is underway, not simply because the political press cannot wait but because he or she who signs up the most megabucks wins that primary and is well on the way to a nomination. Step right up and participate--that is if you can write a very large...

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

(29) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 9:54 AM

For a political veteran, American politics has seemed disjointed and occasionally irrational in recent years. People are voting against their own interests. Campaign speeches are often ideological statements designed to appeal to a "base." And most of all the money. In the past twenty or thirty years, we have managed...

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The Worst Political Endorsement by a Serious Newspaper in My Lifetime

(346) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Mr. Gregory Moore
Editor, The Denver Post
Denver, Colorado

Dear Mr. Moore:

Your editorial board's decision to endorse Congressman Cory Gardner for the United States Senate ranks as one of the worst endorsement decisions, not only by the Denver Post but by any serious newspaper, in my...

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Ignorance of History, and Its Price

(159) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 7:40 PM

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it," is usually attributed to George Santayana. Harry Truman's version was: "The only new thing in the world is the history we have not learned." And, in the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill observed: "...that long, dismal catalogue...

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The Destruction of Memory

(26) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:40 PM

You can't claim to love your country and hate its government. That was a standard line back in the day -- long ago -- when I was a candidate for national office. It was an obvious response to the Murdoch-driven media attacks on "Washington." Since then, it is an established,...

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The Re-Enchantment of the Soul

(39) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 11:27 PM

Three centuries later, we are still children of the Enlightenment, that period of immense intellectual energy that liberated mankind from medievalism, feudalism, and ignorance. Enlightenment thinkers opened the mind to the scientific method and scientific inquiry. They also restored the ancient ideal of the republic and made individual freedom the...

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A Truly Strong Foreign Policy

(29) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:39 PM

The weekend media featured an uncommon amount of navel gazing about foreign policy. Except the navel being gazed at belonged to Barack Obama. To the degree that pundits ever agree, they seemed to agree that the Obama foreign policy was "weak." Predictably, there was little if any agreement as to...

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Ghost Port

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Twenty-five years ago or thereabouts I brought together an international consortium to build a new seaport at Novorossiysk, north of Sochi on the Russian Black Sea coast. There was already a small port at Novorossiysk on the natural Tsemes Bay (due East of Sevastapol). Needless to say, the proposed world...

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Security Is the New Oil

(28) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 5:51 PM

The confused debate, such as it is, over the struggle between privacy and security in the era of Snowden reveals again even greater confusion over our attitudes about government. The conservative anti-government party seems more comfortable (or perhaps less uncomfortable) with intelligence agencies listening to their phone calls than the...

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Quiet Heroes Making a Difference

(10) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 12:12 PM

"...and finally tonight we bring you Making a Difference." This is a news network policy of closing an evening news program largely featuring wars, violence, and the worst of human behavior. Safe landings are not news; crashes are news. But we must not be left without hope.

For many of...

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Job at Newtown

(46) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 6:52 PM

When authorized to test Job's devotion to God, Satan got around eventually to killing all of Job's 10 children. Satan, or his agent, managed to kill twice that many, in addition to six adult caregivers, at Newtown a year ago.

It is cold comfort, especially to the children's parents, to...

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An Idealist Without Illusions

(84) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 8:06 AM

The soul of a great leader enlarges with experience. Eight month after judiciously escaping the trap of nuclear confrontation over Cuba, President John Kennedy spoke at American University on the subject of a stable and peaceful global settlement. "Our problems are manmade," he said, "therefore they can be solved by...

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The Last Act in Alternative-Reality Land

(670) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Occasionally, a single incident can characterize an entire era. Rosa Parks sits down near the front of a bus. Gary Cooper drops his badge in the dust. Warren Beatty is riddled with bullets.

And then, most recently, a Congressman berates a park ranger for monitoring the closure of a...

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Certainty and Doubt

(178) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 12:39 PM

"Often wrong, but never in doubt" is a description of one kind of political mind. "Occasionally wrong, but often in doubt" is another. Applied to foreign policy, and especially the use of US military power, this formulation offers an insight into policy confusion over Syria.

The context: For a decade...

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Diplomacy Where It Is Needed Most

(345) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 9:54 AM

We talk to our close friends for pleasure. We talk to our opponents to settle differences.

Diplomacy is "handling of international relations" and "statesmanship," says the dictionary. We use diplomacy in our dealings with Great Britain and France and Italy and Sweden. But that's not very difficult. We generally see...

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The Intelligence-Industrial Complex

(407) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:02 PM

"...we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist." Thus spoke President Dwight Eisenhower in January 1961.

Now we have an intelligence-industrial complex composed of close to a dozen...

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School for the Commander in Chief

(385) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 12:25 PM

With the notable exception of General Dwight Eisenhower, few presidents or presidential candidates have devoted much preparation for the role of commander in chief of U.S. military forces. John Kennedy was a combat veteran exception, but a rare one.

Certainly, presidents receive the advice of senior military commanders and civilian...

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Gridlock and Its Causes

(594) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 5:09 PM

There is not a lot of honest exploration of the root causes of what is now widely known as political gridlock. Most political journalism simply reiterates the fact that the legislative branch of government is virtually dysfunctional and deplores the fact.

But this did not happen by accident or in...

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