Category Archives: Foreign Policy / War

Way, Way Too Much

A magazine article about the frequency of military deployments caught my eye with a fact I had not known:  “. . . many combat units have been deployed to war zones every other year for almost a decade.” I knew … Continue reading

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Government Intelligence, An Oxymoron For Sure

The editorial in today’s Globe, “Accountable Intelligence” decries the lack of accountability in America’s intelligence community.  It’s good as far as it goes and it echoes a theme I have posted on often.  In fact, it was one of my … Continue reading

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Honor Bound?

A recent posting by Anson Burlingame, Captain, USN (Ret.) about an honor issue at the U. S. Naval Academy prompts me to discuss it, but in a broader context.  Anson’s post, “Another Senior Officer in Trouble” is HERE. It is … Continue reading

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Whither Thy Course, O Ship of State?

I for one feel a little less alone on the issue of Afghanistan now, reading George Will in today’s Globe (6/24/2010).  He even used the phrase, “Viet Nam redux”.  He also said, “The American undertaking in Afghanistan is a fool’s … Continue reading

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What’s In A Word?

This appeared in the June 15 edition of USA Today: STATE DEPT. SAYS IT NEEDS OWN COMBAT FORCE IN IRAQ – the Associated Press WASHINGTON — “The State Department says its diplomatic staff will not be safe after the American … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Friend

Real rage is pretty rare.  If you have witnessed it you won’t forget it. I don’t even remember what set him off, this friend and fellow worker of mine.  He had a stressful job.  It was in quality-assurance, a job … Continue reading

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LOOK MOM, I SHRUNK THE GOVERNMENT!

Welcome to Gadfly Economics.  (Warning – I am not a real economist.) Having wandered through the blogosphere now for a little over a month I now believe I have identified our basic economic problem.  Government, mainly federal, spends too much.  … Continue reading

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Beware of Greeks Bearing . . . Bonds!

For update of 5/10/2010, see next-to-last para. Greece is in a world of financial hurt that is affecting the world economy.  How it got there is turning into a teachable moment.  ABC News last night (5/5/2010) characterized their plight as … Continue reading

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Tribes and Crazy People

Was Timothy McVeigh crazy? What tribe was he from? Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan the Next Viet Nam?

Every war needs an exit strategy. Do we really have one in Afghanistan? Continue reading

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