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GUEST COMMENTARY: International community shows strength regarding Ukraine air tragedy

GUEST COMMENTARY: International community shows strength regarding Ukraine air tragedy

The criminal destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine has been compounded by de facto desecration of the remains of those killed. The crash site has also been severely contaminated.

July 26, 2014 12:45 am

Here's my response to Etcheson's complaints

Joy B. Etcheson complains my column on Bowe Bergdahl erred in omitting releasing Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo. The op-ed argues personal denigration of Bergdahl is wrong; this holds whatever the prisoner exchange conditions. Media attacks on him have not been limited to the political right.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Reflection, Renewal on Fourth of July

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reflection, Renewal on Fourth of July

The Fourth of July weekend celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform — scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military — traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history — and present. The current Ve…

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Iraq’s disintegration expands Iran’s influence, challenges U.S.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Iraq’s disintegration expands Iran’s influence, challenges U.S.

The Middle East, always in turmoil, may have been upended in fundamental strategic terms by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, referred to generally by the shorthand label ISIS. The movement seemingly has emerged from nowhere, at least in terms of general public awareness and media attention.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Think why we're making Bergdahl a target

GUEST COMMENTARY: Think why we're making Bergdahl a target

The furor over the American POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to escalate. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on June 11 faced hostile questioning before the House Armed Services Committee. Members of Congress complained the White House broke the law by not consulting in advance

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call changed economy, society and ourselves

GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call changed economy, society and ourselves

The telecom hills are alive with the sounds of mergers, with two at crescendo. In February, Comcast agreed to purchase Time Warner for $45 billion. AT&T last month announced purchase of DirecTV, which if confirmed is valued at about $48.5 billion. Other possible deals provide background …

June 14, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Enduring lessons from fateful D-Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: Enduring lessons from fateful D-Day

From ancient times, amphibious military invasions are rightly regarded as particularly difficult. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest such operation, the Allies’ invasion of France in World War II, on June 6, 1944 — D-Day.

June 06, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Essence of Memorial Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: Essence of Memorial Day

The scandal regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continues to escalate rapidly, providing a major ethical as well as political challenge to the Obama administration. Allegations of willful neglect and falsification of records are indeed shocking.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Israel-Palestinian conflict must be viewed in regional terms

GUEST COMMENTARY: Israel-Palestinian conflict must be viewed in regional terms

A prominent and powerful man is embarrassed when private comments made behind closed doors are leaked to the media, causing a storm of criticism. There are calls for his removal by people who find his remarks utterly unacceptable and contemptible.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in past

GUEST COMMENTARY: Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in past

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a principal war leader, with distinctive credentials, are worth keeping in mind as the crisis in Ukraine escalates.

April 24, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. national security surveillance and price of security

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. national security surveillance and price of security

The U.S. government is working to restrain intelligence agencies, and Americans should applaud. On March 25, major proposals were announced. The Obama administration seeks to end government bulk collection of phone records by the super-secret National Security Agency and require court approv…

March 29, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Intelligence controversy draws attention to South Korea

GUEST COMMENTARY: Intelligence controversy draws attention to South Korea

South Korea is dealing with growing controversy concerning efforts by intelligence operatives to influence domestic politics. Agents of the National Intelligence Service have admitted to secret work to elect President Park Geun-hye. The Cyberwarfare Command of the South Korea Army has been a…

March 22, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Ukraine Crisis confirms Germany’s leadership

GUEST COMMENTARY: Ukraine Crisis confirms Germany’s leadership

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Putin is not Adolf Hitler, but the history of German-Russian relations is central to addressing the current challenge. Merkel, who speaks…

March 15, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Mainland China, Taiwan greatly expand cooperation

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mainland China, Taiwan greatly expand cooperation

On Feb. 11, history was made as representatives of China and Taiwan agreed to exchange representative offices. Face-to-face negotiations are led by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun of China, who heads that government’s Taiwan Affairs Office, and Taiwan Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi…

February 22, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Gates isn't helping USA or himself

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gates isn't helping USA or himself

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was professional and effective in office, but has abruptly reversed course with his new volume of memoirs which bluntly criticize former colleagues, including President Barack Obama.

February 01, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Washington politics threatens to derail Iran nuclear accord

GUEST COMMENTARY: Washington politics threatens to derail Iran nuclear accord

Ambitious U.S. senators have suddenly emerged to try to derail the fragile interim nuclear agreement with Iran.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Grinch did not steal Christmas, and other good news

GUEST COMMENTARY: Grinch did not steal Christmas, and other good news

"Nattering nabobs of negativism" is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption.

December 28, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea continues erratic course

GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea continues erratic course

North Korea’s official source of information and incendiary insults, the Korean Central News Agency, announced Friday the regime has executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un.

December 14, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Iran accord underscores importance of Turkey

GUEST COMMENTARY: Iran accord underscores importance of Turkey

The international agreement to restrain Iran’s nuclear program has generated anxiety in Israel, and elsewhere. Middle East uncertainty underscores the growing importance of Turkey, a democracy with strong ties to both Iran and the West.

December 07, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s legacy after a half century

GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s legacy after a half century

Shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, CBS commentator Eric Sevareid noted the principal legacy of the murdered leader might well be an "attitude," a contagious spirit that all things are possible if only we have the vision and will.

November 22, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: National security surveillance and price of security

GUEST COMMENTARY: National security surveillance and price of security

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, took a hard line on Oct. 29 in testimony before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He argued that alarm over electronic monitoring of foreign leaders and vast numbers of citizens is misplaced.

November 09, 2013 11:45 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. fiscal follies reverberate in Asia

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. fiscal follies reverberate in Asia

The United States may have averted a debt default, and ended the federal government shutdown, but costly political reverberations continue. The experience of Democratic and Republican leaders frozen in unmoving partisan positions has been unnerving, abroad and at home.

October 26, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: D.C. should plug into German example

GUEST COMMENTARY: D.C. should plug into German example

The maneuvering by Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior politicians in Germany to form a viable new government is important for Europe, and beyond. Unfortunately, the alarming partisan budget standoff in Washington, D.C., preoccupied most related media attention.

October 19, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. must learn from old foes in Africa, Asia

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. must learn from old foes in Africa, Asia

Considerable news has been generated by U. S. military strikes in two African countries, while less commentary is resulting from the passing of a major military leader in Asia, but the two stories are related. Regarding war and revolution, fundamental lessons are enduring.

October 12, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: New UN environment report underscores importance of Arctic

GUEST COMMENTARY: New UN environment report underscores importance of Arctic

A new comprehensive report on the environment dramatically declares global warming is bringing profound changes, and must be addressed urgently regarding causes and consequences.

October 07, 2013 6:45 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Horror, hope in Afria

GUEST COMMENTARY: Horror, hope in Afria

On Wednesday, Kenya began three days of official mourning following four days of heavy fighting to control a Nairobi shopping mall. The well planned and executed terrorist attack left more than 60 people dead in the rubble. Details are still unclear, but according to reports nearly a dozen a…

September 26, 2013 7:06 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Great Recession has not been Great Depression

GUEST COMMENTARY: Great Recession has not been Great Depression

"The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," has become standard shorthand for the global financial crash and resulting severe recession. September marks the beginning of fall, and also the anniversary of the 2008 benchmark bankruptcy of investment house Lehman Brothers.

September 21, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call has changed our economy, society and ourselves

GUEST COMMENTARY: Placing a call has changed our economy, society and ourselves

The phones are busy, and so are the companies that design, make and market information devices. As with earlier communications technologies, smartphones are helping to disseminate political power and foster the growth of equality. Overall, however, the interplay between technology and societ…

September 07, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Korean developments underscore democracy’s strength

GUEST COMMENTARY: Korean developments underscore democracy’s strength

The fresh air of freedom is pervasive in South Korea. A visit to Seoul provides direct dramatic impressions of the strength and confidence of this remarkable people. The capital city of the nation is only fifty miles from the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), within range of North Korean artillery a…

August 29, 2013 9:39 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Another look at MLK shows greatness of his message

GUEST COMMENTARY: Another look at MLK shows greatness of his message

‘I have a dream’ is how the Rev. Martin Luther King highlighted his momentous speech in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, and that phrase resonates strongly. His address was the centerpiece of the historic March on Washington, which involved over 200,000 people.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Vietnam’s Internet censorship a step backward

GUEST COMMENTARY: Vietnam’s Internet censorship a step backward

"Fundamental freedoms apply online just as they do offline," declared the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam on Aug. 6, in response to an announcement from Hanoi that Internet communications must focus on sharing personal information and not expression of views on politics or policies. The new policy f…

August 10, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s arms control treaty remains major milestone

GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s arms control treaty remains major milestone

"I speak … in a spirit of hope," said President John F. Kennedy, beginning a policy address to the nation on July 26, 1963. He went on to describe a major breakthrough in the Cold War. The new Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union would prohibit nuclear explosions in the atmosphere.

July 27, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: 150 years later, Gettysburg still offers lessons

GUEST COMMENTARY: 150 years later, Gettysburg still offers lessons

This year, American Independence Day on the Fourth of July immediately followed the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. That enormous death struggle at a small Pennsylvania town occurred July 1 through July 3, 1863. Afterward, the Confederacy was never again to mount major offensi…

July 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Afghanistan insurgent attacks underscore high stakes

GUEST COMMENTARY: Afghanistan insurgent attacks underscore high stakes

On June 25, Afghanistan insurgents detonated a car bomb and fought security forces in front of the presidential palace. The area is the most heavily guarded in the country. Penetrating the enormous security apparatus is a major success, but spectacular attacks of various types are nothing ne…

June 29, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Asia’s currents of conflict highlight global maritime commerce

GUEST COMMENTARY: Asia’s currents of conflict highlight global maritime commerce

Current maritime conflicts echo earlier wars, launched over history to control global commerce and territory, while underscoring the durable importance of traditional trade routes.

June 15, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Poison gas accusations greatly raise stakes in Syria

GUEST COMMENTARY: Poison gas accusations greatly raise stakes in Syria

The brutal continuing civil war in Syria now includes allegations that there has been use of poison gas by the Assad regime. Gas employed in war presents an especially horrifying specter, which in turn risks raising the stakes for both sides.

May 25, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Election in Pakistan reverberates

GUEST COMMENTARY: Election in Pakistan reverberates

Pakistan’s National Assembly elections on May 11 provided a significant victory to Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-N. Despite violence, turnout was approximately 60 percent. A peaceful power transition to this opposition party means progress from the nation’s history of military coups.

May 18, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Afghanistan corruption only one part of complex picture

GUEST COMMENTARY: Afghanistan corruption only one part of complex picture

"The first challenge is corruption," Ambassador Bernard Bajolet, representative of France to Afghanistan, stated as he completes this assignment and prepares to return to Paris for another post. Diplomats are generally paid to be discreet, polished and smooth – in short, diplomatic.

May 04, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Taiwan’s positive economic role increases

GUEST COMMENTARY: Taiwan’s positive economic role increases

In pursuing current events as in playing cards, evaluating the wider atmosphere is as important as studying the specific hand one has been dealt.

April 19, 2013 10:54 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea tantrums underscore South Korea’s success

GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea tantrums underscore South Korea’s success

North Korea’s propaganda reference to the "venomous swish" of the skirt of South Korea President Park Geun-hye is loaded with symbolism, mostly unintended.

April 13, 2013 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea’s leader substitutes tantrums for policy

"A real and clear danger," is how U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel described North Korea on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se have held a joint press conference in Washington to emphasize military and security partnership.

April 06, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Israel’s olive branch to Turkey indicates smart strategy

GUEST COMMENTARY: Israel’s olive branch to Turkey indicates smart strategy

On March 22, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel reached out the hand of peace by telephoning Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to apologize. Often belligerent "Bibi" Netanyahu was making amends for the notorious incident in 2010, when Israeli armed forces boarded a Turkish shi…

March 30, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: The Arctic, melting ice and ancient issues

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Arctic, melting ice and ancient issues

"What about the rest of the North?" asked McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation, back in the 1970s while considering yet one more grant to help the troubled Native Americans of Alaska.

March 16, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Lingering Cold War legacy in Cuba is fading

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lingering Cold War legacy in Cuba is fading

Cuba’s President Raul Castro has made notable news by announcing on Feb. 24 that he will retire from that office in 2018. His older brother Fidel stepped down from the same post in 2008, after turning 85 years of age.

March 02, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. still standing, pursuing S&P

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. still standing, pursuing S&P

"I am shocked, shocked to find … gambling …" This famous line of the cynical Captain Renault to night club manager Rick in the film classic "Casablanca" comes to mind in reflecting on the practices of American credit rating agencies.

February 09, 2013 11:45 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama’s second term provides opportunity for reflection

GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama’s second term provides opportunity for reflection

The start of the New Year, and also of President Barack Obama’s second term, is a good time to pause for perspective on the sources of the current political constellation in our country. To help understand the recent national electoral success of Obama and the Democratic Party, study Al Smith.

January 26, 2013 5:28 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Recognize past realities on MLK Day

GUEST COMMENTARY: Recognize past realities on MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.

January 20, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: The Grinch didn't steal Christmas, and other good news

GUEST COMMENTARY: The Grinch didn't steal Christmas, and other good news

"Nattering nabobs of negativism," is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative announcements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption.

January 05, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea missile launch latest in ongoing provocations

GUEST COMMENTARY: North Korea missile launch latest in ongoing provocations

Wednesday's successful launch of a space satellite by North Korea is cause for concern, but no sign of a basic strategic shift -- yet. Nonetheless, a tough response with teeth is required by the world community.

December 15, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: The East Asia Summit, world trade and world peace

GUEST COMMENTARY: The East Asia Summit, world trade and world peace

Cambodia, scene of the killing fields of genocide less than four decades ago, has just hosted the seventh East Asia Summit, which brought together leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and the U.S. The summit concluded Tuesday, on a…

November 22, 2012 12:00 am
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