12/88 USA Today Op/Ed: “Iron Triangle” Rules Washington

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President Reagan has correctly updated and refined the way Washington works” an “Iron Triangle”  of power and money interests perpetuate a big government run with red ink. He derided the coalition of left-wing congressman, special interest groups, and liberal elements of the media this week as usurpers of our democratic institutions. The Iron Triangle formula once included …

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Book Review: “Nero’s Killing Machine”

The ancient historian Flavius Josephus wrote admiringly of the Roman legionnaires’ fighting excellence: “Their perfect discipline welds the whole into a single body; so compact are their ranks, so alert their movements in wheeling, so quick their ears for orders, their eyes for signals, their hands for tasks.” His observations were more than academic — as …

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“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book”

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“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book.” That was the late novelist Taylor Caldwell’s take on her phenomenally successful career, but she is no longer a well-known name among avid fiction readers. Then again, who hears much about Irving Wallace or even John Dos Passos these days? Among fiction writers who hold the all time record of …

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Are terrorists seeping through our porous border?

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Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has observed: “A very dangerous trend [began] a few years ago when the Iranian Quds force, an external terrorist group supported by the country of Iran, was planning an operation to use the southern border. A porous southern border is now on the advertising list …

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Book Review: Middle East Mischief — Israel and Iran

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Treacherous Alliances: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi Yale University Press, 2007 HB; 361 pages; $28.00 Any book which receives plaudits ranging from the Arab Washingtonian 1 (“one of its kind in providing in-depth understanding and information”) to the Jewish Chronicle 2 (“a valuable and perhaps long overdue …

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Give the Devil his Due: Putin is Right about Crimea being Russian Turf

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Russian President Putin’s claim that, “Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia,” is an uncomfortable assertion (for some), but as pundit Eric Margolis points out, “President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia …

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January 1993 USA Today Op/Ed: Let Arabs Handle Saddam

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George Washington, in his Farewell Address, wisely warned our young country to “beware of foreign entanglements.” And entangled is a nice word that comes to mind to describe U.S. policy toward Baghdad. Webster’s dictionary defines entangled as “involved in difficulties, embarrassments, and contradictions.” Before anyone spends more money or risks more lives, we should heed …

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Dan Smoot: the Man and his Message

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If there ever was a real Horatio Alger story, the life and times of Dan Smoot certainly fit the bill. From farm boy, orphan, and hobo to the faculty at Harvard University, service as an FBI agent, and staff assistant to J. Edgar Hoover—that in and of itself makes for a fascinating story, with enough …

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Citizens United Ruling Empowers Banksters and Power Elites

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“Corporations are people, my friend.” Well, that’s what GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in Iowa, but he’s no friend of Middle America. The Founding Fathers created this Republic for, by, and of the people—with no fine print that says corporations were to be equal partners. Thomas Jefferson warned, “I hope that we shall crush …

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Sheldon Adelson’s Spider Web: Where Special Interests Intersect with Immigration

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Sheldon Adelson is the 10th richest person in the world — some say the eighth, but why quibble about a few billion dollars. Undoubtedly, he’s among the one percent of the one percent of America’s political elites. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that during the 2012 elections, Adelson gave $20 million to Winning Our …

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