What the Founding Fathers Feared

We forget the danger– even as the Right Wing begins to gin up their latest monstrous lie, to pretend that the Iraq was WAS justified–that somehow the instability in Iraq is all Obama’s fault (even though the withdrawal was negotiated and signed by lame duck Bush on his way out of the candy store with as much candy as he could carry) and that Bush’s hand-picked Iraq leader, Maliki, refused to allow any US troops to remain. Continue reading

The Last Day of Battle

Lee’s army was whipped. After four long years, from First Bull Run to Sailor’s Creek, two great armies had mauled each other horrifically, staining nearly every inch of the road between Washington and Richmond with the blood of Americans. And like the Welsh Red Dragon, the Army of the Potomac had triumphed after long sufferance. Continue reading

Gun Culture is Out of Control in America

 As I sit on the futon trying to concentrate on reading Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich for my Existential Philosophy class I find myself unable to stay focused today. There has been another shooting at a school today, and my heart is aching for the loss of more lives … Continue reading

Kerry Chews Up Right Wing Fodder on Bergdahl Swap

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry made his first remarks on the release of Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five members of the Taliban freed from Guantanamo, stressing that he “felt confident the five Taliban detainees freed in a swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans.” Kerry … Continue reading

The Appalling Demonization of Bowe Bergdahl

I have been appalled by the demonization of Bowe Bergdahl, which began hours after his release culminated by the “exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders,” earlier this week. Most notable in the right wing uproar over the prisoner of war exchange is the flip flop of Senator John McCain who told CNN four … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry Returns to Mekong Delta

Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta this weekend, decades after commanding a Swift Boat there during the Vietnam War.  Serving in that war would ultimately turn Kerry against the war and take him full circle from military service, to activist, to decades of public … Continue reading

Russia Urges Syria to Cede Arsenal In Response to Kerry

Is the tide turning on Syria? I hope it is… Secretary of State John Kerry said today “that if President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on Syria he should hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week.” It’s some heavy diplomatic pressure from the U.S. on … Continue reading

What Should We Do In Syria?

I must confess that I have been guilty of sitting on the fence with respect to whether the United States should launch even a limited military strike against Syria, ostensibly in response to the chemical bombing of their own citizens. I have wanted to do two things: first, gather as … Continue reading

President Obama To Seek Syria Vote in Congress

In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval. Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, … Continue reading

Kerry Lays Out Reasons to Strike in Syria

We’re in full court press on Syria now. The drums are beating. The debate is ongoing and looking more and more as though action in Syria is on the way. In a speech today on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry “laid out the case like the prosecutor he once … Continue reading