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  • September 13, 2021

    Terrorism and the Waning of American Outrage

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    One score and a couple of days ago, Osama bin-Laden’s al-Qaeda henchmen brought acts of terror to this continent and conceived a millennial war dedicated to the proposition that the United States was the Great Satan.

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  • September 10, 2021

    America Steps Down

    White Rose Magazine

    NOWADAYS, when Americans think “superpower” only one thing comes to mind: Marvel superhero movies. Captain America is “the bomb”; actual America is where you might drop one—or casually leave it at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, or detonate two outside the Kabul Airport, thwarting an American evacuation from the 13th century. It’s not a good sign when a nation must rely on its comic books as a show of strength. Disney Plus is not a sensible or fearsome first line of defense.

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  • August 29, 2021

    America: After the Taliban, Get Ready for Iran

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    Far be it from me to extract a silver lining from a gold mine of regional instability, but if the evacuation of Afghanistan is a preview of the impending revival of the Iran deal, let’s save us all the embarrassment and roll out the Persian rugs for the Ayatollahs now. Given America’s botched exit from Afghanistan and ensuing terror attacks that took the lives of 13 U.S. troops, and the Biden administration’s surreal trust in the Taliban, it will be impossible for Iranians to keep a straight face in any direct negotiations.

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  • August 15, 2021

    Has Anyone Told the Terrorists That the War on Terror is Over?

    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

    I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved that the War on Terror is finally over.  All those travel restrictions, security shakedowns, toothpaste confiscations and coded-color warnings.  And the nerve-wracking hesitations about getting too close to iconic landmarks: Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Sears (now Willis) Tower, and the Space Needle.

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  • August 6, 2021

    What Is Truth?

    White Rose Magazine

    THERE was a time in America, not so long ago, when speaking the truth was admirable and knowing the truth essential. Children were raised to tell the truth, with truth as the moral of every story. Liars suffered all manner of shame, even an enlarged nose. As legend had it, America’s Founding Father, George Washington, as a boy, took responsibility for a fallen cherry tree rather than lie.

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