Arabian Knights?

It has been almost two weeks at the time of this writing that missile and/or drone strikes were launched against Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. Lives were lost and a dent was put in global oil refinery capabilities. It is estimated that these attacks destroyed some five percent of the entire global refinery capability. Most readers might worry about the impact at the gas pump, but increased gas prices may be the least of our worries. To understand the full implications of this situation we have to go back to…

The vanity of dictators

“Democracy is beautiful in theory. In practice, it is a fallacy.” — Benito Mussolini You could feel the love. Watching American President Donald Trump sitting next to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, it was easy to see that these were two like-minded men. It was like two frat brothers reuniting 25 years after college graduation to rehash all their terroristic campus exploits in a wave of sociopathic nostalgia. There they were in a bizarre hand clutch during a group photograph of Asian leaders with the American president. There was Trump offering…

Anti-American

There are no famous historical quotes as the lede for this thesis; no metaphorical analogy to past events as a segue to my point; no personal anecdote to tie my biography into what you will read below. Here it is, bold, brash and as honest as I can be: If you still support President Donald J. Trump and his family of shameless grifters, you are an enemy of the United States of America. You willfully ignore proof that this maniacal, mentally unhinged narcissist is using his office in collusion with…

Military action as humanitarian relief

As has been said a million times since 9/11, the “war on terror” is unlike any war America has faced. And, yet, war is war and some things don’t change – not even with Donald Trump at the helm (as frightening as that thought is). That we act globally should be no surprise to anybody who has studied American foreign policy over the past century. George Washington’s concern about “foreign entanglements” and our once sacred Monroe Doctrine were abandoned long ago. America has acted globally since World War I a…