Seven months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy, at American University, laid out his view on how the East-West struggle should be conducted to avoid a catastrophic war that could destroy us both.
Kennedy's message to Moscow and his fellow Americans:
"If (the United States and the Soviet Union) cannot end now our ...Read more
Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government," reads Article IV, "and shall protect each of them ...Read more
Traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday, President Joe Biden laid out in apocalyptic terms the gravity of the "threat" to American democracy from Republican efforts to reform and rewrite state election laws.
"We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That's not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates ...Read more
Are the Democrats headed for their Little Bighorn, with President Joe Biden as Col. Custer? The wish, you suggest, is father to the thought. Yet, consider.
On taking office, Biden held a winning hand.
Three vaccines, with excellent efficacy rates, had been created and were being administered at a rate of a million shots a day. The pandemic ...Read more
As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.
Yet we did not win the war. South Vietnam was lost.
And contrary to the message awaiting President George W. Bush when he landed on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which was flaunting the banner "Mission Accomplished...Read more
As our July Fourth celebrations were beginning, the U.S. quietly closed and abandoned Bagram Air Base, the largest American military base between the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.
Afghan looters were soon seen scavenging inside the base.
The long retreat of the American Empire is underway, and this longest war is likely to end in ...Read more
Respect LBGT rights or get out of the EU, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte instructed Hungary's Viktor Orban at last week's gathering of the European Union in Brussels.
According to Reuters, attendees described it as the "most intense personal clash among the bloc's leaders in years."
What caused the clash?
Hungary just passed a law that ...Read more
About that clash between a British destroyer and Russian warplanes and warships in the Black Sea last week there are conflicting versions.
The Kremlin version is the more dramatic.
HMS Defender, says Moscow, entered the Black Sea, made port in Odessa, Ukraine, and then sailed for Batumi on the coast of Georgia.
However, the British warship ...Read more
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President and former police captain Eric Adams took the lead in the New York mayoral race with 32% of the Democratic primary vote, 10 points more than progressive Maya Wiley, who had the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
How did Adams beat the elite? Said The New York Times:
Adams built "an old-school...Read more
Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 168-55, more than 3-1, to provide new guidance for receiving Holy Communion.
Behind the decision?
Bishops' alarm that the public religious practice of President Joe Biden is conveying a heretical message to the faithful and the nation.
At Sunday Mass, Biden regularly receives ...Read more
By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, Juneteenth, June 19, which commemorates the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, has been declared a federal holiday
It is to be called Juneteenth Independence Day.
Prediction: This will become yet another source of societal ...Read more
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
Karl Marx's comment came to mind as President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to equate their tete-a-tete at the G7 confab in Cornwall, England, to the Atlantic Charter conference of 80 years ago.
Those were historic days, to which these days cannot compare.
In ...Read more
In 1859, Abraham Lincoln related the tale of an Eastern monarch who charged his wise men with discovering words that would everywhere and always be true.
The wise men went away and returned to present the monarch with this six-word sentence: "And this, too, shall pass away."
So, the question: How long will Sen. Joe Manchin's hour of power last...Read more
"Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him.
Writers have used Churchill's remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose.
For most of our lifetimes, this has not been true of the United States. The goal of our...Read more
Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there, Joe Biden belatedly turned to the issue of voting rights, to explain why he is having such difficulty winning passage of the party's priority legislation.
"I hear all the folks on TV saying, 'Why doesn't Biden get this done?'"
"Well, because Biden only has a majority of...Read more
Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be unmoved by it: Story after story after story of the fallen, of those who had given the "last full measure of devotion" to their country.
Heart-rending is an apt description of those stories; and searing are the videos of those who ...Read more
After nine people were shot to death by a public transit worker, who then killed himself in San Jose, the latest mass murder in America, California Governor Gavin Newsom spoke for many on the eve of this Memorial Day weekend.
"What the hell is going on in the United States of America? What the hell is wrong with us?"
Good question. Indeed, ...Read more
When the U.S. created NATO, a primary purpose of the alliance was to serve as a western wall to defend Germany against the 400,000 Russian troops on the eastern side of the Elbe River.
Seventy years later, Germany has decided to double its dependence on Vladimir Putin's Russia for the natural gas needed to run the German economy, despite the ...Read more
When he took the floor of the Senate to reject the Democrats' Jan. 6 Commission, Mitch McConnell may have salvaged his party's chances to recapture the House in 2022.
For that commission, being spun as a "bipartisan" effort to learn what "really happened" in the Capitol that fateful day, is a Democratic scheme to have the left's version of ...Read more
"Israel is Winning Battles, Hamas is Winning the War."
So ran the headline in the Jerusalem Post atop an analysis of the Gaza war, which began, "The IDF is registering great achievements in Operation Guardian of the Walls, but meanwhile the house appears to be collapsing from within."
Hard to disagree.
Consider this New York Times ...Read more