We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
2014 opens on a dramatic scene. Barack Obama appears to have lost his shirt in the casino of history. Every bet he confidently made in last five years has turned out to be a dud, and the other players are waiting on the turnover of his chips. The beads of sweat stand out on his face as he regards the smug countenances of the saturnine Russians, the poker-faced Persians, and the wheedling Afghans.
Let's see. A Taliban commander sends his 10 year old sister to blow her self up. "Bio ethicist" Pete Singer of Princeton says that killing a 'defective' newborn is not wrong.
This all seems to be a difference only in degree. After all who determines what "newborn" or "defect" means. If it's anything like the way that abortion has been "regulated", it shouldn't take more than a few years before society decides that the mother (or father, sister or brother) could decide these things. Or maybe we'll be under Sharia Law and it won't matter.
Recent unilateral actions by the Chinese to expand their sovereignty over air and sea space in and around the S. C. Sea seems a little bit desperate to me. If it is not the product of some administrative brain fart and/or is calculated to intimidate it's neighbors, it will backfire. There is also a chance that this new risky policy is a response to the very aggressive rhetoric coming from Washington. China is not invulnerable. There is no reason to panic. Contrary to the hyperbole we hear from our politicians, China is surrounded by many powerful competitors, trading partners and potential enemies. The 'new' aircraft carrier we hear so much about is a recycled piece of crap they purchased as scrap from the Russians. For the most part, Chinese economic growth has been fueled by her peaceful acquisition of mineral rights, trade agreements and manufacturing and construction projects all over the world. Peacefully and lawfully obtained. American politicians and business leaders should be half as intelligent. Instead, our leaders prefer the endless, pointless, insane war model. So, rather than allow ourselves to get panicked into war, China can be persuaded to behave itself. China has ruby and copper mines in Afghanistan. Who guards them? We do. China has oil and raw material interests all over Africa. Who secures them? Mostly former colonial powers and America. How to fix? The answer can be as simple as charging them cash and good behavior credits. Mines owned or leased by China and left unprotected in those very dangerous regions won't make a lot of money will they? Or else they can try fielding an army in Afghanistan or supplying lots of garrisons in Africa? I think not, as they have learned by watching us, that way leads to bankruptcy. Spending tons of money to secure risky investments is a great way to lose money. Leaving aside the mischief that India and Japan alone could do to the far flung and vulnerable business interests of the Chinese, it seems to me that China can be reasoned with.
Yes, it is important to continue debating the historical record as Diana West's book "American Betrayal" gives us a point of view to consider the invasion of Islam into Western civilization (once again). While numerous writers attack her analysis of the impact of Stalin's agents within FDR's administration as to WWII and the Cold War, more important is her premise that Islam's advance into U.S. politics deserves equal inquiry and consideration.
Having read "The Venona Secrets," M. Stanton Evans' "Blacklisted by History…;" numerous biographies on Churchill, FDR and Stalin; commentaries by William Buckley over the years and West's book, I have to give her credit for raising legitimate questions. If we don't ask the right questions, we will never get useful answers. Why the firestorm from former liberals now calling themselves conservatives remains beyond my ken. The bigger concern should be "what do we do about Islam now?"