BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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Category Archives: Foreign Policy / War
The Libyan Affair continues to evolve. I believe it to be an historic precedent in warfare, but whether for good or bad is yet unclear. But whatever the outcome I am resigned that here in the continuing nuclear age some … Continue reading
How should America behave as the Arab world erupts in apparent chaos? Al Qaeda, a.k.a. Islamic fundamentalism, is our enemy, and countering it and its ideas is the challenge we face. Anson Burlingame, my fellow Joplin blogger, in a recent … Continue reading
In a recent speech at Lincoln University 34-year Congressional veteran and long-time military champion Ike Skelton, D-MO, expressed a concern that as 9/11 fades in the American consciousness, “It could come to pass that the American military could become isolated … Continue reading
The book “State of Denial” by Bob Woodward, the story of the George W. Bush presidency and the Iraq war, is one of the most remarkable histories I have ever read. It is a work of great effort and meticulous, … Continue reading
Today’s Joplin Globe editorial (11/12/10) on “National Security” opines that in combating Islamic jihad, military power in the form of a “war on terror” has “. . . not worked to the degree necessary.” Instead, the editorialist suggests that, “If … Continue reading
This aspersion was cast recently in a blog comment, and it was true. IMO, this kind of comment is a denigrating reference to the President’s lack of personal military experience and it could have come from Rush Limbaugh. (But it … Continue reading
Now, maybe we’re getting some progress in this Afghan “war”, or at least a ray of hope. CNN online today (9/22/10) references a new book by reporter Bob Woodward and reports some interesting stuff. First of all, the CIA has “. … Continue reading
Has the nature of “war” changed? Is “war” different now from what it was in WWII? Is patriotism always “good”? When a nation goes to war with selfish intent, to what extent are its citizens complicit? These are important questions … Continue reading