Just 48 hours ago, I flicked on my computer to see if any hot advice had arrived overnight as to what my topic today should be. Hope running through my veins, I pushed the necessary buttons, and waited for my machine to light up with news from cyberspace.
"America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation ... the other ... is the power of inspiration." That statement by retired Marine Corps General James Mattis indicates a perspective that emphasizes discipline, discretion and awareness of the limits of military force alone.
Chaos, conflict and crisis are some of the words that best describe the combustible global situation that new U.S. President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor.
In the second half of the 1970s, a hand hit a button to turn the Muslim world into a blood bath. In the process that started with the acceleration of the Lebanese civil war, coups came one after another -- in 1977 in Pakistan, in 1978 in Iraq and Afghanistan, in 1979 in Iran and in 1980 in Turkey
Rex Tillerson, picked by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet's nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in disputed waters with Russia's seizure of Crimea and saying that China's access to the islands "is not going to be allowed."
One well-known political quip in the United States is: When facing a domestic trouble, the president goes abroad. President Richard M. Nixon did so quite often, but finally he had to resign in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office because of Watergate.
Specific details in the remarks that actress Meryl Streep made at the Golden Globes (film award ceremonies) last week in Hollywood may not stay long in our memories. The fact however that she spoke like that at all, and with such sincerity and eloquence, has had a positive effect on many., 1 Comment
"Success cannot be advertised; failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity."
Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for Conflict Prevention initiatives.
Taiwan's leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, arrived in Honduras Sunday for a closely watched four-nation Central American visit. But (in China at least) there was much more interest in her stopovers in the United States: Houston on the way out and San Francisco on the way home.