Newly sworn in Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for work for the first time Monday, greeted by cheering State Department workers. The former senior senator from Massachusetts, Kerry is the first sitting chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become secretary in more than a century. Kerry succeeded retiring secretary Hillary Clinton. There will now be a special election in Massachusetts to elect a senator to fill the remaining years of Kerry’s Senate term. “I want to thank President Obama for his trust in me to take on this awesome task, and for his trust in you, every single one of you, and what you do every single day,” he told State employees. Kerry also joked how he … Continue reading →
by WALTER BRASCH Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves. But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of Summer, just as Labor Day has become a three-day picnic-filled weekend that laments the end of Summer. There will be memorial concerts and parades. The media, shoving aside political and celebrity news, will all have stories. Among those who will be the first to patriotically salute those who died in battle are those who enthusiastically pushed for them to go to … Continue reading →
Saddam Hussein was evil, but we had no lawful right to depose him. These are our American values.
In the 1945 Nuremberg Trials, there were four counts, and one, if not two, are applicable here. Count one: conspiracy to wage aggressive war, and count two: waging aggressive war, or “crimes against peace.” When it was argued that the court had no jurisdiction, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, lead prosecutor, rejoined, “The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated.” Continue reading →
Rasmussen reported today that it’s still trendy to “Blame Bush” for the economic downturn that has plagued America since Bush’s reign. Sixty-two percent (62%) of U.S. voters agree with the president that the problems are due to the recession that began under the Bush administration. Rasmussen also notes that President Obama has “maintained high and relatively stable approval numbers since January, ” and he got a “bounce this past week in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll from his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.”