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Trump, Obama and the Missed Opportunity of Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

How many generals are too many at the top tier of a presidential administration? What level of attention to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pear...

Trump Thinks A General Who Died in 1964 Wouldn't Like Hillary Clinton's Website

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is helping ISIS by putting her plan to fight the extremist group on her website, Republican presidential nom...

John Ford's Greatest Film at 70 (plus In Harm's Way at 50)

William Bradley | Posted 12.31.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It was 70 years ago this holiday season that the film I think is legendary director John Ford's greatest -- greater even than The Grapes of Wrath or The Searchers -- was released to an American public just a few months removed from the largest war in world history.

A Biden/Warren Ticket: Announcing a Running Mate Would Be a Risky Endeavor

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

On paper, a Biden/Warren ticket appears to be a dream ticket in the Democratic primaries. However, history shows that when a candidate announces his running mate before the nomination is decided, there is a good chance that deleterious consequences will follow.

Obama Wins Back Lost Advantage in the Philippines As He Dabbles, Fitfully and Perhaps Fatefully, in the Ukraine Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As Obama accomplished something quite real in the Asia-Pacific his administration and the European Union pursued something unreal, announcing new sanctions against individual Russians for their involvement in Russia's strategy to foment discord in Ukraine and keep that nation, which is only a few hundred miles from Moscow, out of NATO.

Obama Finally Gets Back to the Asia-Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a critical time for the the Asia-Pacific Pivot. Which is, of course, America's shift from its fateful post-9/11 fixations with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific.

Hope for Veterans Day

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If you haven't worn the uniform, you don't know what that's like. You're also prone to underestimate what can go wrong as well as what can be achieved, to make blithe assumptions based on unfounded notions and no experience at all.

A Far-Flung Strategy Unfolds: From Washington to Mumbai to Tokyo to the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

While the the melodramas of the moment which too often define the media culture played out, America's Asia-Pacific Pivot continued over the past week with major developments. In a host of seemingly disparate events ranging across many thousands of miles, a multi-faceted geopolitical strategy played out on multiple fronts.

Movie Review: Emperor

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emperor doesn't reimagine history so much as use it as the jumping-off point for a fictional historical romance set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film.

Howard Fineman

Chris Matthews' Book Uncovers Deeper Truths About JFK | Howard Fineman | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A presidential call to service that inspired generations of Main Street Americans originated, ironically, in the privileged world of a N...

Duty, Honor, Country, and a Big Tent

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After a day of reflection we look forward, to the future. America is stuck in some ruts. It has had some serious dips and shown some key economic, military and moral limits that have punctured its mystique. But I feel that America has a creative edginess that may help to undermine cynicism and get the country on a healthy, productive course that everyone has a hand in. As controversial a man General Douglas MacArthur was, he had a way with words -- and focus on the particular words of duty, honor, and country, I feel, apply to all of us.

Book Says MacArthur Flooded Japan With Post-War Religion

Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion

By Suzanne McGee c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS/ENInews) A new book on post-war Japan says Gen. Douglas MacArthur sought to fill the country's...

Fame and Death in April

Norman MacAfee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Norman MacAfee

If you go to The New York Times' obituary page, you will see the list of deaths of famous people who died in any given month and were written about in...

Akihito and Michiko

Murray Fromson | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Murray Fromson

Only those of us who served in Japan in the 1950s might have shaken our heads after Thursday's frontpage photos in the New York Times that showed Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko consoling evacuees.

Journalist Recalls Interviewing Last Surviving American WWI Veteran | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I met Frank Woodruff Buckles on a chilly March afternoon in 2007 at his farmhouse in Charles Town, W.Va. He was a mere 106 years old back then. The l...

Forget the Carter Comparisons, Obama Is Following in the Footsteps of Harry Truman -- and That's a Very Good Thing

Ari Emanuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Emanuel

Like Truman, Obama will not be fully appreciated until he is out of office. But, like Truman, he will win re-election. And also like Truman, Obama will one day be considered one of America's great presidents.

McClellan, MacArthur, McChrystal

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.

McChrystal's Folly

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

By the end of the day, the career of General Stanley McChrystal will be over. If not, President Obama will be sowing the seeds of even more confusion and disagreement over his policy in Afghanistan than he has had until now.

Harry Truman Talks About Firing General Douglas MacArthur

David Colbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Colbert

McChrystal is no Douglas MacArthur. Maybe he shouldn't be fired. But you can bet that the political debates that Truman had with his advisors then are probably something like those Obama is having now.

The McChrystal BFD

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

It won't be hard to spot Gen. McChrystal on the way to his White House grovel. He'll be the guy in the perfectly pressed uniform with the red face above all those stars on his shoulder.

Obama -- Really the Afghanistan "Decider"?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Brenner

There is something rotten in the current state of Washington's Afghan policy making. And a confused American public, and an ever credulous press, are buying the fairy tale.

Memo to Obama: Dismiss McChrystal

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

When Truman realized that General MacArthur was insubordinate, he dismissed him. When General McChrystal spoke out in London, he usurped the power of the president to design and execute foreign policy.

An Open Letter To President Obama On Afghanistan

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Moore

When we elected Obama we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought he would stop the madness -- the killing and the insanity.

If Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm Had Resigned Instead of Sarah Palin

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Susan J. Demas

Sarah Palin is wading back into the warm bowels of victimhood, whining that everyone's pilin' on about her steppin' down.

What Does Obama's Afghan Command Change Mean?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

The move from McKiernan to McChrystal also seems to signify an end to nation-building fantasies in Afghanistan.