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The Fifth Column—Can History Repeat?

Origin of the term and its impact For those unfamiliar with the term, a fifth column refers to a group of subversive people who undermine their own country by any overt or clandestine means to collaborate with an enemy. The term originated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War when troops of the fascist General… More

Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump

Putin’s Puppet Congratulations Donald Trump on the enormous satisfaction you provided Russian President Vladimir Putin at Monday’s summit in Helsinki. You’ve done something no other President ever did before. You groveled before a tyrant who rules a major adversary of the United States. But I guess that was to be expected. You’ve given new meaning… More

Republicans’ New Pledge of Allegiance

Updated version of the Pledge of Allegiance In honor of Independence Day 2018, I think it fitting to publish a new and more relevant version of the Pledge of Allegiance that acknowledges the fealty demanded by the President of the United States from the Republican Party, especially the members of Congress, the Government’s propaganda arm—Fox… More

Shame on You — Shame on Us

Child Abuser in Chief Shame on you, Donald Trump, for introducing a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. You are now the Child Abuser in Chief. And shame on us, those citizens of the United States who are tolerating such outrageous actions taken against children, so contrary to the values that have made… More

Saving China Jobs—Trump’s New Policy?

Saving jobs in China How comforting to learn that on the way to Making America Great Again, President Trump is now determined to save jobs in China. Is this his new policy? In April, the U.S. Commerce Department banned the export of U.S. components to ZTE, a $17 billion Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer. ZTE had… More

Politics at the Water’s Edge

Politics and Nonpartisan Foreign Policy There are different opinions as to who first echoed the classic phrase, “Politics Stop at the Water’s Edge,” but both parties have made that assertion when they were the party in power seeking nonpartisan support for its foreign policy.   In an article published on the Oxford University Press blog,… More

Sanctions—Maybe

Sanctions on Putin’s Inner Circle The day after my last posting, I was briefly buoyed by the announcement that sanctions were imposed on seven Russian oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir Putin and the twelve companies they own or control, seventeen senior Russian government officials and the government owned weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport. Well,… More

National Security – The Threat from Within

The Threat The man interferes with the presidential election in the United States and threatens a nuclear attack with a hypersonic missile that would overcome any existing or future U.S. anti-missile system. He interferes in elections in other Western democracies, annexes territory of and promotes rebellion in the Ukraine, threatens neighboring East European countries, and… More

Threats, Interference and Assassinations

The Issue How should one react when a foreign leader openly issues threats of a military nature to your country and its allies, directs interference with the workings of your democracy and silently stands behind assassinations of his own countrymen who oppose or betray him, regardless of the country where they reside. The answer is… More

Illegal Immigrants Pathway to Legal Status

A Country’s Right and Obligation to Control Illegal Immigration Every country has a right and obligation to protect its borders and allow in as a visitor or resident only those persons it deems worthy of admittance. That can be for economic reasons—those persons who will add to the country’s economic well being—or humane reasons—refugees from… More