The twist of the latest CIA cash scandal is not the CIA is handing over wads of U.S. bills to a corrupt president. It is that the CIA has continued to hand over cash for so long, which is not merely unethical but now antithetical to the U.S. government's stated policy goals.
That's the spirit of Memorial Day; it's the remembrance of those who didn't come back alive, and a celebration of the esprit-de-corps and how they lived their lives.God bless the United States and those who stand watch over us tonight.
Amid the worldwide horror and revulsion over nine Afghan children and seven adults evidently murdered by a US soldier, it was remarkable how, in the wake of the shootings, the Afghan media were so restrained in their coverage.
The struggle goes on -- in Capetown and Durban and Pretoria, in Oakland and Manhattan and Los Angeles, in the hearts and minds of souls of people who fight despair and corruption in the cities, towns, and villages of the world.
Favorable opinion about the U.S. has plunged dismally since the early days of the Obama presidency, but it's not just in popularity terms that Washington has been racking up mind-boggling numbers in the no-friends business.
That "our man in Kabul" heads a criminal state is anything but breaking news, yet what remains a mystery is America's continual support for the brothers Karzai as the U.S. neglects promoting Afghans whose power isn't derived from drugs, guns and money.