Category Archives: Values

The Growing FIRE

[June 8, 2022]  Move over ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union – you’ve been replaced as a defender of free speech.  At one time, American Liberalism was a staunch defender of free speech issues; no longer.  The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE for short, is expanding outside the college setting to supplant the ACLU. What happened… Read More »

War Crimes in the Ukraine War?

By | April 4, 2022

[April 4, 2022]  Credible allegations of Russian troops committing war crimes in Ukraine are now discussed as a topic in senior political circles.  War crimes, especially against innocent civilians, are a serious charge and should not be ignored.  Are the accusations true? What we know is that we don’t know.  The West’s information about the Russia-Ukraine War comes… Read More »

U.S. State Department Unfocused, Unserious

By | April 1, 2022

[April 1, 2022]  Running any large, complex organization is mind-bogglingly difficult.  Running the American government, one of the world’s largest, is beyond the scope of human understanding.  One thing that makes it easier is sticking with the approved mission and keeping priorities in focus.  Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department is unfocused, unserious, and is failing at its mission.… Read More »

We Stand Alone Together

By | March 5, 2022

[March 5, 2022]  There are times when doing the right thing – doing what is moral and honorable – is unpopular.  I found myself and those I served with on the end of such unpopular opinions while deployed in the Iraq War.1  Politicians, Hollywood actors, journalists, and other uninformed folks, regularly dismissed our efforts as foolhardy and evil. … Read More »