To Lie is to Kill Your Dignity

By | August 21, 2019

[August 21, 2019]  It was a suggestion from my daughter that I write another article about what happens when leaders lie.  Like me, she too is keenly conscious of leaders who lie.  She said something recently that reminded me of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. “By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man” – Immanuel… Read More »

Missing the Obvious & the Invisible Gorilla

By | August 20, 2019

[August 20, 2019]  We were told to be on the lookout for the Soviet-built ZSU-23-4 Shilka anti-aircraft gun.  In previous training exercises, the imitation ZSU had shot down several U.S. attack helicopters.  We were missing the obvious battlefield threat of armored infantry and paid a heavy price in another scenario at the Fort Irwin simulated battlefield. In 1999… Read More »

Old Ironsides, Old Fashioned Leadership

By | August 19, 2019

[August 19, 2019]  A few years ago, I wrote an article about the U.S. Congressional leadership authorizing attacks on British vessels in 1776.  That strategic decision helped win the War of Independence.   Later, with the U.S. Naval Act of 1794, Congress authorized the building of six frigates; one of the six built was named the USS Constitution.  It… Read More »

Some Comments on the Hong Kong Protests

By | August 16, 2019

[August 16, 2019]  Something is going on that most folks in the West don’t know much about, nor seem to care.  In Hong Kong, officially a “special administrative region” of China,1 there are large protests that started with a new Chinese law allowing citizens in violation of the law to be extradited to China for trial.  Initial protests… Read More »