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?

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?

China: Pulling the Red Carpet Out From Under President Obama

Proper Greeting on the tarmac: Premier Zhou Enlai Greets President Nixon in 1972 with a handshake that changed history. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- China, the land of Confucian etiquette, is where diplomatic protocol was first invented.  The sage himself famously wrote in his Analects: “You peng zi yuan fang lai, bu yi le hu!” which roughly translates as … Continue reading China: Pulling the Red Carpet Out From Under President Obama

Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers

    War-Veterans.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------       I felt a special connection when I read Mrs. Ghazala Khan’s July 31st column in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ghazala-khan-donald-trump-criticized-my-silence-he-knows-nothing-about-true-sacrifice/2016/07/31/c46e52ec-571c-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html.)  She described how she had a son who graduated from UVA and then went on to become an army captain.   So did I.   My boy was deployed to South … Continue reading Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers