Korea and Virginia: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

  Constituent politics in the United States often has a major impact on foreign policy.  The ballot box can send a signal in a more direct and, at times, cutting way than any academic debate on foreign policy at a Washington think tank.  As any Congressional staffer knows, vocal advocacy by constituents on behalf of … Continue reading Korea and Virginia: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

North Korea Has Killed Tom Sawyer

All Americans, no matter of what political persuasion, deeply mourn the death of Otto Warmbier, the all-American youth.  He was reportedly a soccer and football player and homecoming king at his high school in Wyoming, Ohio.  He came from a religiously devout family.  And Otto was also an accomplished scholar at the University of Virginia, … Continue reading North Korea Has Killed Tom Sawyer

Taiwan’s President: Go South, Young People!

In a previous blog posting I discussed PRC President Xi Jinping's major policy for not only rejuvenating his country's increasingly sluggish domestic economy but also to bring about a regional burst of infrastructure development: the "One Belt, One Road" initiative along the old Silk Road. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen faces corresponding domestic challenges to stimulate Taiwan's economy, … Continue reading Taiwan’s President: Go South, Young People!

High School Reunion: Vietnam and Baby Boomers

Notre Dame College Prep, Niles, Illinois Class of 1966 -- 50th high school reunion  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GREGORY JOSEPH KASPER PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular Length of service 0 years Casualty was on Sep 25, 1967 In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR Body was recovered Panel 27E - … Continue reading High School Reunion: Vietnam and Baby Boomers

ICAO’s Not-So-Friendly Skies Exclude Taiwan

WV MetroNews – September 11, 2001 Air Security Should NOT Become a Political Football Post-September 11th. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As the leading experts on airport safety and security are gathered for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s  39th Triennial Assembly in Montreal (September 27 - October 7)   (http://www.icao.int/Meetings/a39/Pages/default.aspx), representatives of one of the world's leading air hubs … Continue reading ICAO’s Not-So-Friendly Skies Exclude Taiwan

Silk Road Summit: As China Leads, America Recedes

 AmazingXinjiang.com In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. --composed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge after awaking from an opium-induced dream; completed in 1797, published in 1816. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those who have seen the rather sexually risqué Netflix TV series … Continue reading Silk Road Summit: As China Leads, America Recedes

Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?

980 × 551 - scmp.com By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea! You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be! Then Secretary of State Clinton and then Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi were anything but happy when they discussed freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The long march … Continue reading Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?