The Ukraine … Why Now?
I have no idea why our President and our politicians (on both sides) are suddenly interested in intervening in a foreign civil insurrection. Perhaps they have some inane* wish to start another World War (which might benefit the defense industry). Perhaps they wish to re-establish their long-lost “street-creds” regarding a strong foreign policy. (Kinda like being “strong on crime.” by putting a few million marijuana | Read More »
The Solution to Syria … for Now
There is a straightforward (if difficult) solution to the current chemical weapons crisis. It requires both diplomacy and politics. Diplomacy The World’s leaders will be gathered in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation the end of this week. Behind closed doors, both the United States and France should offer a rapprochement: “Both the US and Russia have experience destroying chemical weapons stocks, but we have little influence | Read More »
Letter to my daughter — Redstate won’t like this
[redacted, and slightly edited, with comments] Darlin’, When you have the chance, please check your student loan balances. I need to know if they’ve been applying your payments against the higher-interest loan, per instruction. If not, I’ll write the appropriate Federal Agencies (there are now several of them). Our Representative Kenny Marchant doesn’t seem to care, I wrote him, but he has not responded in | Read More »
National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice: “We’ve got problems here, here, and here. Ya panimayu.” Susan Rice: “Yo, bro … nuthin’ goin’ on in Africa … play some golf … sorry Mandela didn’t die while you were there.” As Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Susan Rice presided over the bombing of US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. ‘Nuf said.
Prayers for Nelson Mandela
Far away from elections and US politics, I would ask my fellow Red Staters to take a moment to pray for Nelson Mandela, a true African that actually deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. President Bush II awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and some may take umbrage that he was also awarded the Order of Lenin. Nonetheless, he is a great man who has | Read More »
I see too many political posts, this weekend. I won’t make it to Preston, Iowa, this year. There, the flags of Veterans hang in glory, along both sides of the single cemetery driveway. Those flags were given to dozens of families over many years, and donated to the local VFW that my Grandfather helped found. Every Memorial Day, they fly proudly over the prairie, and | Read More »
A Christmas Carol
We interrupt this program, off season … While America is in political tumult, something amazing just happened. We watched Monday efficient, effective, and smiling Russians help a Russian, an American, and a Canadian out of a space capsule of most ancient design, returning them from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth after well-over a hundred days in space. Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada recorded | Read More »
Pillory Hillary; Facts Are Important
I have little doubt that Congressional Republicans’ principal purpose for the multiple Benghazi hearings is to embarrass the President and make a potential Presidential run by former Secretary of State Clinton less likely. Mission Accomplished! But the facts are more important to The People, and they are coming out because of those hearings. The inadvertent result of a Congressional Oversight Committees doing, after the fact, | Read More »
It’s Not Obama’s Fault … did you hear this?
From a reliable source: It is the biggest attack since the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Sunday, saying it would take aim at foreign military bases and diplomatic areas. The attack came four days after three British soldiers were killed in a similar attack in the neighbouring province of Helmand. Nineteen US personnel have been killed in the last week in three air crashes | Read More »
Prime Minister Thatcher’s Funeral Is Wednesday
The BBC has published details of Maggie Thatcher’s funeral Wednesday. In typical British understatement, “Ronald Reagan’s widow Nancy is understood to be too frail to travel.” Thus, the American delegation will include only our most important representatives linked to Thatcher’s decade-plus-one years of service as Prime Minister of our arguably most important ally (the titles are the BBC’s): Former US Secretary of State and Nobel | Read More »