First-Strike Fiascos
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Bush Doctrine and Governor Palin

It is the press who must ask the questions.  That is their job.  Who else will do it?  Charles Gibson is to be commended for asking the question of Governor Palin.

Sep 26, 2008, 00:00

How Kennedy and Khrushchev averted war in Cuba

Frightened and dismayed today by reckless talk of first-strike bombing of Iran, I turned to history to learn how President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev averted war in Cuba and effected the peaceful removal of the missiles and nuclear weapons.

Aug 25, 2007, 00:00

Let's not proclaim wisdom where folly reigned

Today, even in our own time, America continues to imagine we can resolve our differences best through military intimidation.  And, as our ancestors learned in the Civil War, our strength is not all-pervasive and the enemy does not always lay down its arms. 

Apr 6, 2007, 00:00

The American Albatross - A Strategy for Renewed Flight

Can anyone imagine America extending a first-strike prerogative to any other nation on earth?  And, can anyone imagine non-Americans, freely and gladly, extending a first-strike prerogative to the USA, or, for that matter, to any other nation?


How can America - the post-modern Mariner - resurrect our Albatross and loft it on wings to soar again?

Dec 16, 2006, 00:00

9/11 - A Century Ago (Gandhi proposes non-violence)

At this season – and every year at this time - America will remember that dreadful September morning when we saw the towers fall.  Revenge - it’s a natural desire.  Who did it?  Where are they?  Just find someone to hit.  Anyone!   


Somehow, we must move beyond this temptation.

Sep 10, 2006, 00:00

Bush's (43) first-strike policy fraught with danger!

Shame on us.  Our “first-strike” policy overflows with opportunity for misjudgment and mischief, and contains no safe-guards against rash Presidential use.

Aug 8, 2006, 00:00

Letter to Great-Nephew, July 4, 2003

Of our recent joys, you are our most precious - weighing in at two pounds, four ounces.  What a wonder to behold – to look at that photograph of you wearing your father’s wedding ring around your wrist! 


Jul 4, 2007, 00:00

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - integrity, faith, and suffering

By his actions, it is certain that Bonhoeffer did not confuse, commingle, and entwine into a single strain his love of and devotion to his nation and his God.  He loved them both immensely and was duty-bound to each.  In the end Bonhoeffer sacrificed his life for both, and gained his soul.

Aug 8, 2006, 00:00