Category Archives: International Relations

Career Retrospective – 1990

Operation DESERT SHIELD commenced after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait. The U.S. suffered a relatively brief economic recession. I earned my Private Pilot certificate. My grades were substantially better throughout 1990; however I was still only managing average grades in … Continue reading

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Career Retrospective – 1988

I made my debut as a cadet, in both Army and Air Force commissioning programs. Ronald Wilson Reagan (may eternal peace be upon him) was the President and Commander-in-Chief; George H.W. Bush was Vice-President; Frank Carlucci was the Secretary of … Continue reading

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Farewell, Lady Margaret Thatcher

I’m going to keep some fond memories of you, Lady Thatcher. Thank you for speaking to us at my University of Missouri campus (I started at least one of the rounds of applause). Thank you for your televised speech at … Continue reading

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This Could Get Ugly

     I was a bit surprised to read Georgia had moved troops into South Ossetia and Russia had in turn moved troops in and had started bombing Georgia (CNN, FoxNews, Johnson’s Russia List (via e-mail)).      It’s like Bizarro-Kosovo/Serbia. 

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An Illegal Immigration Analogy

     Let’s say there’s a street out there in Hypothetica.  On that street is a relatively nice big house with a couple spare rooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a five-car garage.  It’s a beachfront house with a yard that stretches from … Continue reading

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I Was Afraid This Would Happen

     In case you haven’t seen the news today, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.  She knew this would be a real possibility when she returned from exile to challenge President Musharraf, and given the current state of … Continue reading

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Update From Jill Metzger

     Jill e-mailed a month or so ago to say that she’s doing a whole lot better, and that she appreciated all the support she got in the aftermath of her ordeal in Kyrgystan.       Thank you to everyone who offered … Continue reading

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More Good Stuff from VDH

    If you’re not regularly reading Victor Davis Hanson, you’re letting some of the best commentary on the War on Terror pass by.  If you disagree with him, at least he makes you think.       Here’s some good thinking … Continue reading

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The Red Horseman Approacheth

    Revelations 5:4 (NIV) — Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.  Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.  To him was given a large sword.     … Continue reading

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Settling an Argument

     I’m pretty close to a number of Germans.  They’re very good friends (and family), and I really love them all.      Occassionally we’ll discuss world events, and since the Middle East is nearly always in turmoil, it tends to … Continue reading

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