Posts in category "peace and war"

Will the GOP Chickenhawks come home to roost again?

  The Republican party is ok with war; They want it to stay  on the table. They seem to be  gung ho for  others to  die Just so that their children ain’t able.  

Don't listen to Netanyahu. Listen to Pope Francis

    Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu is opposed to negotiating with Iran.  Pope Francis is not.  Who is right? That depends on what you want.  War or diplomacy? What has war done for the Middle East? Chaos. Destruction. Suffering and death. Millions of displaced people.  Despair and extremism. War has been tried.  And  has... Read more »

The Epistle to the Iranians

47 Republican senators,  seemingly  inspired by the God of Obstructionism, have signed a letter to “the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.  The letter, a cross between an American civics lesson and a veiled threat, was authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, and addresses the sensitive talks on limiting Iran’s nuclear program. Reaction from... Read more »

The Case Against Torture As a Function of National Security

  My wife doesn’t like to talk politics.  We seldom do.  And usually I’m on a soapbox doing my Patrick Henry impersonation. She listens and nods her head.  Until I’ve run out of words. This morning I brought up what many are talking about: the role torture has played since 9-11.  The Senate’s report has... Read more »

Senator McCain Slips On The Dogs of War

  Rattling his  sabers, McCain Is now itching   to fight in Ukraine. He likes nothing more Than another bad war, Repetition of which is insane.

Pope Francis, FDR, and Dante Weigh in on the Gap Between the Rich and Poor

  Wall Street is booming again. Setting records every few days.  Wealth is being created on an enormous  scale.  But the market’s high tide is not lifting all boats. The gap between the rich and poor in America keeps widening.  The 400 most wealthy Americans own more productive capital than the bottom 150 million Americans... Read more »

No, Paul Bremer, We Don't Need Your Advice On Iraq

  In search  of some  informed insight on what to do about the tinderbox in  Iraq, the Today Show went slumming this morning.  They called on, of all people, Paul Bremer. I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock. Yes, Paul Bremer.  He was the guy Bush II appointed to govern Iraq... Read more »

Andrew Jackson: A la Rand Paul, He Would Not Be a Fan of Federal Reserve

Born today was Andrew Jackson Who,  some  might say, with all the facts in, Was a president of the first rank. Not the least for opposing a National Bank. “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add… artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln: Freedom's Martyr

Born today was Abraham Lincoln. Two years of war with the  South got him thinkin’: “While we  save our Union from its  dissolution, Let’s also abolish its peculiar institution.”

Stephen Decatur: "The Conqueror of the Barbary Pirates"

Born today was Stephen Decatur American sea captain and navigator. He made our early navy strong And said ‘My country, right or wrong.’ * If right, he’d die for it in any fight. If wrong, he’d  always strive to make it right. One of America’s greatest naval heroes, Decatur met an untimely death in a... Read more »