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The S-300 Slap Down

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The Russian-built S-300 anti-aircraft/anti-ballistic missile (AA/ABM, carrying the NATO designation SA-10, codenamed “Grumble”), while not the world’s most advanced surface-to-air defensive weapon, roughly equates to the American Patriot system. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decree promptly lifting former President Dmitry Medvedev’s 2007 ban on exporting the Grumble to Iran constitutes a slap down for American […]

Overcoming Stagnant Wages:

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Stronger Unions and Higher Minimum Wages are not the answer Recently, many economists and politicians have expressed concern about stagnant wages and rising income and wealth inequality. Such concerns prompted 20 states and the District of Columbia to raise the minimum wage this year. Some economists, such as former treasury secretary Larry Summers, also argue […]

Great Expectations?

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“If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.” -Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that […]

Freedom Must Never Be Compromised

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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  — Abraham Lincoln Freedom is a foundation of life.  When freedom is compromised, suffering and misery follow.  This indisputable fact has been demonstrated endlessly throughout history.  Freedom compromised is freedom lost. In politics, compromise is touted as […]

The Strategic Imperative of ISIS:
Deal With It Now or Die By It Later

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During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the […]

Dealing With Barbarism: V-J Day And Beyond

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The Worst Five Years Since World War II

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In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession of 2008-09. After four years of slow growth, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate during […]

Staging Jedwabne

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Playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek won Poland’s Nike literary award for his play, Our Class, based on the Jedwabne massacre. The play is being shown in the US, preceded with conciliatory talks by Polish diplomats. A full review of the Los Angeles production is online at www.posteaglenewspaper.com. This is a condensed version. Aquinas writes that the conscience […]