One hopes that the recent events in Paris (at a time when ISISphobia has replaced Francophobia) will begin the process of forging a new trans-Atlantic sense of solidarity with America's historic enemy and perhaps remove some of the allure of French-bashing among the American Right.
This is perhaps the greatest legacy of 9/11 and the two wars it spawned. A nation that, whiled honoring its dead, seeks to preserve more of its fighting men and women from being sent into harm's way to die for dubious causes.
Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.
Why is the federal government so interested in a rail-thin octogenarian? The answer can be found in Bangor 5, which follows the federal case against five unlikely "commandos" who executed a bold and daring break-in at one of America's most highly sensitive military installations.
Hiroshima was our original sin, and we are still paying for it, even if most Americans don't know it. That's why I always urge everyone to study the history surrounding the decision to use the bomb and how the full story was covered up for decades.
Today, Joe Biden may have helped push a new "global social contract" on international security and safety a bit further by hosting personally at his private residence a unique lunch with the non-aligned state leaders.