Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thinking Aloud: Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Sept. 30, 2013 by Darius As you’ve probably noticed, the US government is on the verge of shutting down.  That means most government facilities will be closed and their workers will be furloughed—sent home with no pay.  One of the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Seoul Again Stalls on Taking Command of Its Troops in War”

“Seoul Again Stalls on Taking Command of Its Troops in War” The Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2013, p.A8 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/handover-of-us-command-of-south-korean-troops-still-under-debate/2013/09/29/25a73374-28fb-11e3-83fa-b82b8431dc92_story.html “Sixty years after the end of the Korean War, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Military Malpractice

Sept. 29, 2013 by Darius War is hell.  So said one of the greatest American generals, William Tecumseh Sherman.  War is hell for the combatants, hell for the civilians, and hell for the countries involved.  America has had its share … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Imagining a Remapped Middle East”

“Imagining a Remapped Middle East” The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2013, p.SR7 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/opinion/sunday/imagining-a-remapped-middle-east.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 “The map of the modern Middle East, a political and economic pivot in the international order, is in tatters.  Syria’s ruinous war is the turning point. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Roosevelt’s Second Act”

Sept. 28, 2013 by Darius Yesterday, I saw author and historian Richard Moe discuss his new book Roosevelt’s Second Act:  The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War.  It was a very interesting look at one of the lesser-known … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Qatar: No More Own Goals”

“Qatar: No More Own Goals” The Economist, Sept. 28-Oct 4, 2013, p.46 http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21586886-new-emir-wants-more-discipline-home-and-less-risk-taking-abroad-no-more-own “Barely two months since Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani passed the crown to his son, Tamim, a new mood is taking hold in Doha, Qatar’s capital.  Continuity … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: UN Arms Treaty, Words vs. Actions

Sept. 27, 2013 by Darius This week, the US signed a UN treaty regulating the global arms trade, designed to prevent the sale of weapons to human rights violators.  Signing the treaty is a nice gesture.  Unfortunately, though, it won’t … Continue reading

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