A briefing on the National Enquirer’s story about Ted Cruz’s “5 Mistresses”

Summary: Campaign 2016 takes yet another surprising turn with the National Enquirer's allegations about Ted Cruz's five mistresses. This post summarizes what little we know. It ends with a reminder about a similar incident in our past. In 2007 the Enquirer made accusations about a candidate's infidelity, political experts sneered, candidate John Edwards indignantly denied … Continue reading A briefing on the National Enquirer’s story about Ted Cruz’s “5 Mistresses”

The unspoken issue of the election: America’s descent into darkness

Summary:  Perhaps the most valuable information, & the most difficult to obtain, is not that about the world, but about ourselves. Hence these posts seeking "mirrors" in which we can see how we have changed and what we've become. This post looks at the results of the war on terror. Not the effects on the … Continue reading The unspoken issue of the election: America’s descent into darkness

Consequences of US torture. A snapshot of a tottering Republic going through the motions of “debate”.

Summary:  What are the consequences for the US from its use of torture on a scale with few precedents among developed nations in the modern era (and those examples considered shameful)? We can only guess, but there are some obvious ones -- although seldom mentioned. Also, here are a few interesting notes from the "debate".  … Continue reading Consequences of US torture. A snapshot of a tottering Republic going through the motions of “debate”.

Bernard Finel justifies our crusade in Afghanistan (insufficiently)

Summary:  At look at the moral basis of our war in Afghanistan.  Are its roots found in Christian theology or western philosophy?  No!  It lies in our heritage from England, as explained by Napoleon. Today's reading about the war "The Ethical Case for War in Afghanistan (is Strong but Insufficient)", Bernard Finel (Senior Fellow at the … Continue reading Bernard Finel justifies our crusade in Afghanistan (insufficiently)