Can Obama Succeed in Afghanistan?

In a major foreign policy speech on Tuesday, US President Obama announced the sending of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The fact that he gave the speech at West Point military academy, the single most prestigious US military academy, was significant. As the chief arbiter and representative of the different factions of the US state […]

Obama’s surge

Obama’s surge, will it work?  What a stupid question.  First of all, Bush’s surge didn’t work.  Everyone said it did because he sent over all those troops and the fighting stopped.  Never mind that the Sunnis and Shiites were already driven out of or killed in each of the other’s communities.  Never mind that the […]

Karoshi and the Economic Crisis

The concept of karoshi, a Japanese word that translates to “death from overwork” has gained notoriety throughout both hemispheres during the economic powerhouse decades of the eighties in Japan and the nineties in America. The first case reported came in 1969 from the shipping department of Japan’s largest national newspaper, where a 29 year old […]

NO COMMON GROUND, in 600 words or less

I give up.  There is no common ground.  I just tried to reason, in my head, with a close friend who exists on the other side of the great partisan divide that has arisen in this country.  It doesn’t work.  I doubt if he has ever even seen a food stamp or collected unemployment.  I […]

Why Do We Celebrate Veteran’s Day?

Reflective citizens need to ask what the celebration of Veterans Day is really about. If we are no longer celebrating the cause of peace, and instead are celebrating the military, what exactly are we celebrating?