Defense Secretary Robert Gates was professional and effective in office, but has abruptly reversed course with his new volume of memoirs which bluntly criticize former colleagues, including U.S. President Barack Obama. His extensive, often harshly negative discussion of personalities is unfortunate, for him and for our nation's foreign policy.
Early January marks the fiftieth anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's dramatic declaration that his still new administration was giving high priority to economic poverty, and not just the reduction but literal eradication of the problem in the United States. He declared a “war on poverty.” Media commentary on the benchmark anniversary has been emphasizing this anti-poverty effort.
Ambitious United States senators have suddenly emerged to try to derail the fragile interim nuclear agreement with Iran. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Charles Schumer (D-New York) joined in bipartisan mischief to introduce a December surprise — legislation titled the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act.
“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption. This particular phrase, penned by Nixon speechwriter William Safire, derogatively denigrated diligent reporters for placing bad news above good.
U.S. financial regulators have now approved the Volcker Rule, despite intense sustained opposition from powerful banking lobbyists. This confirmation reflects the profound sustained efforts of Paul Volcker, who served as Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board during President Obama's first term.
North Korea's official source of information and incendiary insults, the Korean Central News Agency, announced on Friday that the regime had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un.
The international agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear program has generated anxiety in Israel, and elsewhere. Middle East uncertainty underscores the growing importance of Turkey, a democracy with strong ties to both Iran and the West.
China has made an ominous move in claiming sovereignty over the air, and the Obama administration has appropriately responded with B-52 bombers. The unfolding conflict highlights the dark side of the Beijing regime, and reminds us all that growth of investment and trade has not removed political conflicts and military dangers.
Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an 'attitude,' a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.
On Nov. 1, a United States drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, notorious leader of the Taliban in Pakistan. He has been a priority of the Pakistan as well as U.S. governments for initiating many terrorist attacks, including a December 2009 Afghanistan bombing which killed Americans.
2013/11/10, 1 Comment