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The Days of Wrath

“The best fighter is never angry.” ~ Lao Tzu “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ~ Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War “The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from … Continue reading

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Stuck at the Top

Anyone who has worked in any large organization knows all about the Peter Principle – a bit of management theory from Laurence J. Peter first advanced in 1969 – the idea that the problem with all large organizations is the … Continue reading

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Somehow Holding the Line

June 1990 seems so long ago. It was June at West Point and the graduation ceremonies were impressive. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Colin Powell, gave the commencement address: General Powell, President Bush’s chief military adviser, called on the new … Continue reading

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Trump Fades Away

Populists must be popular. They speak for “the people” – a hazy concept of course. Richard Nixon said he spoke for the “silent majority” – but no one could prove they existed, because they were, after all, silent. Still, enough … Continue reading

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Fairly Unbelievable

Donald Trump really did turn the presidency into a reality show. Somehow it’s Celebrity Apprentice every day. There’s an opening – this cabinet position or that, someone to replace that epically odd national security advisor, someone to replace James Comey … Continue reading

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The Expected Unpredictability

Congress has left town for the two-week Easter recess, but this isn’t time off. This is work too. This is when these folks meet with their constituents – those who sent them to Washington in the first place – and … Continue reading

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Hard Diplomacy

Things have gone over the edge. It was Saint Patrick’s Day, with all the parades and green beer and whatnot. Everyone is Irish on this one day? No. we’re all Americans. Why won’t these people assimilate? Hispanic-Americans know better. In … Continue reading

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