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Another Time and Place

College was September 1965 – the Beatles “Help” topped the charts and our Vietnam War was just starting up – to June 1969 – President Nixon and South Vietnamese President Thiệu meet at Midway Island to talk about ending that … Continue reading

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The Man Who Broke the World

The news is what no one expected – otherwise it wouldn’t be news – or it can be what everyone kind of expected but hoped and prayed would never really happen, and then did happen – like a war or … Continue reading

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Starting Wednesday

The news week started on Wednesday. This was a matter of moving all the pieces into place. Pakistan has nuclear weapons – lots of them – and no one is quite sure who runs their government at any given moment. … Continue reading

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Pretty Illusions

It’s Biarritz in the twenties, shortly after the War to End all Wars ended nothing, or ended everything. The Great War had created a Lost Generation – those who survived who would never believe anything ever again, but would do … Continue reading

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Ambiguity Wins

Some diplomatic agreements work and some don’t. Those that work seem to be based on delicate ambiguity. The United States has had an odd One-China Policy in place since 1972 – “The United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side … Continue reading

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The Sensible People Elsewhere

Work on the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961 – the German Democratic Republic built their Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart (Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) cutting off West Berlin from East Germany and East Berlin, protecting its citizens from fascist elements conspiring to … Continue reading

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Discounting Experience

Donald Trump entered office with no experience in foreign policy, other than with the intricacies of resort and hotel development in far-off lands, and with the issues involved in staging a beauty pageant in Moscow – and he has no … Continue reading

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