Tag Archives: Cold War

Afghan 'blowback' is just blowing smoke

I hate the word “blowback”. Once upon a time, it meant an action that created unintended consequences; the CIA overthrows a government, and the new regime turns out to be even more inimical to American interests. Ha, ha, the joke’s … Continue reading

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The Wall that fell and saved the world

It feels like a different era, doesn’t it? The graffiti spray-painted on the ugly concrete, the cheering crowds, the young people lithely scaling the hated stonework as they tore it down. It was 20 years ago when the Berlin Wall … Continue reading

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No butter, no guns

Summer has been cruel to British soldiers in Afghanistan. In July, 22 servicemen died and more than 94 were injured. Many of those casualties were caused by IEDs as the Taliban strategy has switched from ambushes to planting roadside bombs. … Continue reading

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Prepare for battle over 'Don't ask, Don't tell'

Despite a campaign promise of ending “don’t ask, don’t tell,” President Obama appears to be in no hurry to end a policy that has rendered gays as second-class citizens within the U.S. military. It’s easy to understand Obama’s caution. This … Continue reading

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No one's gonna give up their nukes

Obama’s speech for nuclear disarmament sounds nice. It’s what a liberal Democratic president would say. But note the White House clarification that U.S. would not disarm unless all other nations did. Nuclear disarmament has been on the table since Hiroshima, … Continue reading

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Enough nukes to make the rubble bounce

Presidents Obama and Medvedev have agreed to slash both the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals by about two-thirds. Even with stockpiles cut to 1,500 warheads on each side, that’s still leaves more than enough nuclear firepower to – in Churchill’s … Continue reading

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