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Unprecedented: He Did WHAT?!?

A General reminding his subordinates that there is a procedure to be followed regarding nukes, and demanding they follow it? Easily defensible. That’s not the real story here. Calling a Chinese General without authorization and assuring him our government was stable, while simultaneously promising to provide them early warning in advance of any US attack?Continue reading “Unprecedented: He Did WHAT?!?”

Rudeness Ruins Rightness

Punctilious courtesy, good manners, and the Golden Rule reflect an attitude and acknowledgement that other people are, you know…actually people, equally deserving of consideration and basic decent and civil treatment despite our differences.

Afghanistan: What Now?!?

Today has seen catastrophe and loss, but tomorrow we get to wake up as a Republic and decide who we want to be, and what actions will define us.

What Just Happened?

I’ve spent most of my adult life at war, fighting for lost causes. I gave the decades of my youth to strive for that in which I generally believed, alongside men I loved and respected. I regret none of it, but days like today I do feel a bit old, tired, and discouraged. For thoseContinue reading “What Just Happened?”

Make America Great

Today we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which told the world that the United States of America were a new, free, and independent republic joining the community of nations. This new Republic would in fact change and shape the course of western civilization and the world for the two centuries that followedContinue reading “Make America Great”

Guile > Gadgets

We must never forget that our most useful gadget rests between our ears, and we must be as eager to upgrade it regularly as we are our every day carry pistol or any other tool upon which we depend.

The Measure of a Man

What makes a “man?” Am I a man? Are you? How do we know? How do we measure? Many years ago when my eldest boys were very young, I decided to create a familial definition of manhood that could serve them as a guiding tenet as they matured and navigated life’s complexities. For those ofContinue reading “The Measure of a Man”

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