Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

The Election Dividend

In recent days America reaped a significant benefit of the decision it made to elect Barack Obama instead of John McCain in 2008.  That harvest should continue for years.  At the end of the Cold War there was much made … Continue reading

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Trying To Explain The Latest Middle East Flash Point

It’s only Tuesday as I write this.  Today’s topic is normally one I would save for Sunday as the big story of the preceding week.  This week promises to be a big news one and who knows where we will … Continue reading

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Hopeful About Paris

Traditionally blogging doesn’t entail much risk taking.  Most bloggers have an idea, write about it and post it instantly.  I work a bit differently in that I always write in advance.  Sometimes it is a matter of a few hours … Continue reading

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Money Changes Everything

The threat of terrorism is real and very serious.  Like every other risk and danger it needs to be put into perspective.  The other day I heard an economist advance a theory about the economic sustainability of the ISIS threat.  … Continue reading

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Blind “Leadership”

Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris are still dominating the international news and, barring a major development, I expect they will for at least the rest of the week.  I will grant everyone that they were a big deal; my problem … Continue reading

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Boots In Syria

Friday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that the Obama administration was sending less than 50 Special Ops troops to Syria to work with Kurdish and moderate Arab fighters in the region.  Any way you slice it this means … Continue reading

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Two Pending Items

Two pending issues were the biggest political stories last week.  One remains very much up in the air and the other became much clearer. 

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Me And Joe Told You So

Nearly a decade ago then Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden advanced the theory of a three state solution in Iraq.  For several years now I have been advancing a similar although bit more expansive … Continue reading

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It Never Happened

Generally speaking I try to make the subject of Sunday’s article the biggest political event of the previous week.  This week it is about an event that didn’t happen and why it ended up that way.  Not only is it … Continue reading

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Halt! Who Goes There?

“Halt! Who goes there, friend or foe?”  That has been the command and question sentries have used for centuries.  The United States would do well to obey the command in part because discerning friend from foe in the Middle East … Continue reading

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