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Briar Patch, flag, Iran, war, Iraq,

Bye-Bye Iraq?

We may soon be at war with Iran. Wait, in this day and age of endless conflicts without so much as a decent declaration, are we not already at war with Iran? Clearly, the drone-strike killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, described by The New York Times as “the

Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, democracy, freedom,

Totalitarianized

Legislation introduced last April to allow the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China motivated millions into the streets in protests that have not yet ended . . .  . . . including a major pro-democracy rally scheduled for tomorrow in Causeway Bay. Traveling to Hong Kong

Space Force, war, foreign policy,

The New Arms Race

We who grew up in the time of the Apollo missions are more than aware of the arms-race angle to the Soviet and American forays into Earth orbit and beyond.  Now, we must recognize that the space race is no longer mere ornamentation over earthly military competition. “The United States

handshake, China, US, foreign policy, China, Hong Kong,

Beacon of Liberty

What part should we play in terror, torture, oppression? Asking for a friend.  Well, friends . . . some three-hundred-and-thirty million of them. Egypt. The government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi just stormed the newsroom of one of Egypt’s few remaining independent media outlets, Mada Masr.  “Mada has shown nothing

Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard, Russia, conspiracy,

Mrs. Clinton’s Fevered Nightmare

Hillary Clinton’s recent statements linking Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to the Russians — Mrs. Clinton’s current favorite enemy — provided Rep. Gabbard with an opportunity for a return volley, dubbing Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party

soldiers, world police, war, peace, Syria, Kurds,

Superpower Blues

I don’t want the Turkish military to wipe out the Kurds. I also don’t want the Taliban to return to power in Afghanistan. Nor do I want the Chinese totalitarians to violate the rights of Hongkongers. Or for the Spanish government to slap long prison terms on peaceful Catalonian separatists.

Donald Trump, telephone, phone call, impeachment,

The Democrats’ Wrong Number

“Where’s Hunter?” Donald Trump asks in front of his pro-Trump rallies (and of course on Twitter), referring to Joe Biden’s son and his cushy Ukrainian sinecure.  From the beginning of the Phone Call quasi-scandal, the upshot sure seemed to portend disaster for the Democrats, in general, and Biden’s presidential bid

Ng, Activision, Blizzard, games

Blizzard Fallout

“I’ve already deleted my Blizzard account,” offered the young man while taking my Starbucks order.  Blizzard Entertainment is a video game developer based in Irvine, California. Earlier this week, the company rescinded the Grandmasters tournament winnings of Hearthstone esports player Ng Wai Chung, whose professional name is “Blitzchung,” banning him

Fight for Freedom, Stand by Hong Kong,

Stand By Your Tweet

Last Friday, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets, tweeted a graphic repeating the Hong Kong protesters’ chant,  “Fight for freedom! “Stand with Hong Kong!” But before I could hit “like,” he deleted it amid the massive backlash from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and

John Bolton, war, defense, peace,

War Minus One Warmonger

At long last, John Bolton’s 17 month tenure in the Trump Administration is over. I won’t pretend not to be pleased. Yet I also do not pretend this national security advisor was always and completely on the wrong side. He has consistently claimed to have an ulterior motive for his

Greenland, Trump, land, territory, purchase, ice,

Buying Ice

The president wants to buy more land. On our dime. “The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination,” began a Wall Street Journal report last week. Donald Trump has asked about it anyway, “with varying degrees of seriousness.” Grønland — “Kalaallit Nunaat” — is

Hong Kong, police, riots, protests, violence,

Protests and Propaganda

Poised to gobble up Hong Kong whole, completing the process Britain began when it ceded the colony back to China in 1997, the government of China remains concerned about world opinion, for it engages in massive propaganda. “When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week

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