Tagged: U.S. foreign relations

A Shoulder to Lean on

A Shoulder to Lean on

  My fellow Americans, are you feeling frazzled? Are your nerves on edge? Are you frightened by the fury, bigotry and hate reflected in the media? If you are, I suggest you stop listening...

With Friends Like Netanyahu, America Needs No Enemies

With Friends Like Netanyahu, America Needs No Enemies

We are often told that Israel is America’s most important ally in the Middle East, but I wonder whether the Jewish state isn’t more of a liability than an asset. With hawks like Benjamin...

Russian Gesture Shows Racism is Global

Russian Gesture Shows Racism is Global

If you think racism is a uniquely American phenomenon, you should consider the strange behavior of Russian politician Irina Rodnin. The former Olympic figure skater posted a picture on Twitter of President Obama and...

It’s a Beautiful Day but Storm Clouds Gather

It’s a Beautiful Day but Storm Clouds Gather

The sun shines bright on our old Lakeland home (to borrow a line from that misleading song about Kentucky)… and I have to admit that things don’t look so bad in the old USA today....

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

When you crowd 1,500 workers into a sweatshop with too few exits, setting them up behind jerry-rigged sewing machines amid a cloud of fabric dust (photo above, right), you shouldn’t be surprised if a...

Why Do I Feel So Out of Place in Today’s America?

Why Do I Feel So Out of Place in Today’s America?

Increasingly, I feel like a stranger in a strange land, like Gulliver in Blefuscu, struggling to make sense of the issues of the day.Yet I am no “foreigner” from an alien culture. I was...

The Iran “Threat” Looks Like a Bluff to Me

The Iran “Threat” Looks Like a Bluff to Me

So Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. And that is setting off alarm bells from Jerusalem to Washington DC. But, somehow, I don’t feel any goosebumps. I don’t have a list of...

I Wonder about the Billionaire Backing Gingrich

I Wonder about the Billionaire Backing Gingrich

According to American folklore, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape and you don’t mess around with casino operators. And it looks as if the warning is still valid in real life. A couple of years ago,...

The Neocon Threat: Endless War

The Neocon Threat: Endless War

I find it difficult to comprehend, but I have to conclude that  a significant segment of the American population wants continuous war. It’s not just the Neoconservative movement, although they are the most obvious...

What Can We Learn from a Dictator’s Death?

What Can We Learn from a Dictator’s Death?

I should be trying to figure out what Kim Jong Il’s death means to the rest of the world.  That’s what a responsible blogger would do today. But I am not in the mood....