What Michael Steele Should Have Said

This past week, the talking heads obsessed over RNC leader Michael Steele’s candid declaration that the war in Afghanistan was “of Obama’s choosing” and is unwinnable. Instead of adding my own commentary, I want to reproduce a few excerpts of another American leader’s views on the matter:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Afghanistan. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Afghanistan. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.   Continue reading “What Michael Steele Should Have Said”

The Somalia Syndrome Continues to Go Untreated

Jason McLure had a good article in Newsweek last week giving the history and latest sad news on Somalia:

An estimated 3.8 million need humanitarian aid (fully half the population), according to the U.N.’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia, which calls the crisis the worst since 1991–92. In the past six months alone, the number of people forced from their homes by fighting—between the country’s barely functional transitional government and Islamist insurgents—has grown by 40 percent, to 1.4 million. Most live in squalid camps that a new report from Oxfam calls “barely fit for humans.”

It is, however, easy to miss the bigger picture in McLure’s story. I call it “the Somalia Syndrome.” Here is how I explained it in the Hazleton Standard-Speaker in January:   Continue reading “The Somalia Syndrome Continues to Go Untreated”

Not Another “Graveyard of Empires” Article

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, but I have been traveling and enjoying the company of friends before I leave for London. Among those travels was a brief stay in Fort Lauderdale, where I obtained a new job at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a daily newspaper with a long, stellar history. I am proud and grateful to have been given the opportunity to write an op-ed column for them approximately once every two weeks, as well as occasional blogging. Don’t worry, though, I will post links to all such columns and posts on this site.

My first blog post is live here. I will always try to give you a bit more detail on this site about the issues I discuss at the Sun-Sentinel. Some interesting findings in the paper I discussed in this first post:   Continue reading “Not Another “Graveyard of Empires” Article”