Leaders often face making difficult decisions, with limited information, under horrendous time pressure. We shouldn't criminalize mistakes and failures. But that doesn't mean we should reward gross ineptitude.
Mindless threats and meaningless bluster will not bring the world closer to peace. We must finally embrace the reality that leaders of countries, especially undemocratic ones, will do anything to stay in power.
Osama bin Laden's death meant that Americans had one less evil to fear in the world. Most of the youth at the White House were not celebrating the death of a human being, but rather a long-awaited return of their belief in American exceptionalism.
As with many things in life, when it comes to being an independent voter, actions speak much louder than words. If your actions show that you are a party loyalist, then embrace it. If your actions show that you are an independent voter, then embrace it.
Chairman Burns' stonewalling to keep the Fed from being caught in the Watergate scandal was extreme undue political interference. Inspector General Mark Bialek's report bypasses this information that was made available to him.
Islam -- not Marxism, socialism, nor liberalism or nationalism -- is the only authentic ideology indigenous to the Arab world. Unlike the West, the Arab world has not undergone a reformation separating religion and state, and religion continues to play a major role in Arab society.
Those stories you hear about the foreign troops who pillaged and pilfered Iraq, the seat of ancient Mesopotamia -- those stories don't do justice to what we have learned from the tale of Nigel Ely. He's taught us things that only Saddam's buttock could have imparted.
In more than 50 years, America's leaders have never made a move in Iran (or near it) that didn't lead to unexpected and unpleasant blowback. Now, another administration in Washington is preparing yet another set of clever maneuvers.
Who is to say that the Iraqi people, left to their own devices, would not have followed the lead of their brethren in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya in deposing intolerable leaders with seemingly unshakable control of their countries?
The fact we have the military might to conquer the world matters not when our economic backbone is on the verge of snapping. As Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: "How far can you go without destroying from within, what you are trying to defend from without?"
I love Buddhism and I'm all for forgiveness among us flawed humans. But only after unrepentant mass murderers who outstrip every definition of evil Webster's can muster are, to paraphrase President Obama, taken off the field.