No, this is not another blog post about the benefits (or costs) to being beautiful, though attractiveness certainly is a characteristic that can impact an election. Just ask Richard Nixon.
But I'm not talking about physical attractiveness per se.
The full effects of regime changes in Libya and Iraq won't be clear for years. If new dictators emerge, or terrorism gets a boost, today's victories may seem ephemeral, if not illusory, in the light of history.
A wartime president has many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is to know why America is at war while clearly conveying those reasons to our citizens. That is patently not the case today.
Showering the military with superlatives may be good politics, but it's not necessarily good policy. A pat on the back for "dedication" and "determination" or even a simple "thank you" is all the military needs, Mr. President.
A few days ago, I argued about whether Manning has the right to due process and the right not to be tortured. I believe he has rights, the other contributors disagreed. Captain David Price, a viewer and a retired JAG corps member, wrote in to clarify.
Military officials have quite literally usurped the policymaking powers of the President of the United States, to the point where the president is asking for things and they are not being given to him.
Whenever the president addresses our troops, he should, indeed he must, appear in civilian clothing, because that's precisely what he is: a civilian, a very special one, to be sure, but that's what he is.
While the Bush administration has no doubt made errors in the course of its valiant attempts to protect us all, in one respect it has displayed admirable creativity, from which the Obama administration could benefit.
What both candidates have gotten wrong is the old adage of "Mission First, Troops Always" -- that no matter how much you want to take care of those under your command, your unit's assigned mission must come before their personal well-being.
After spending time with Clark, it became clear to me that he isn't a politician -- he's a straight shooter. We need people like him who speak the truth, without beating around the bush, if you get my drift.