This blog contains personal commentaries on developments in domestic and international business and economics, government and politics, defense and national security, diplomacy and international relations.
The brief essays reflect op-eds published in a range of venues, including The Korea Times, Chicago Tribune, The Journal Times of Racine, Kenosha News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Northwest Indiana Times and others. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and should not be presumed those of any other individual or institution.
The terrible disaster now unfolding in Afghanistan is a destructive reversal for the United States, and a serious policy and leadership failure on the part of President Joe Biden and his senior associates. However, the collapse of the established government institutions in Afghanistan is not a strategic defeat for the U.S. – not yet. The unwillingness of the administration to anticipate, at least at the top, and prepare for this scenario is a major failure.
The twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and in the skies over Pennsylvania, demands considered reflection. Two decades provide useful distance for relatively dispassionate discussion of how we reacted to the shocking, grotesque mass murder. The shorthand reference to the horror is “9/11”. How would an objective analyst evaluate the response of us Americans?
In May 2021, trial began in San Francisco involving Apple and Epic Games. When the maker of the extremely popular game Fortnite refused to require using the Apple app store, and thereby paying a 30 percent surcharge, the store removed the game.
“Just a nice piece of hitting.” That is how Nick Martinez, pitcher for the United States’ Olympic baseball team, complimented Japan’s Munetaka Murakami on batting a home run. At 21 years old, Murakami is the youngest starting lineup member of Japan’s strong team.
The Olympic Summer Games concluded on August 8, with basketball, cycling track, marathon and rhythmic gymnastics among concluding events. The elegant closing ceremony symbolized very appropriately the ultimate success of this historic 17-day competition.
Infrastructure is now barreling down the political highways of Washington D.C. Bipartisanship clearly is working in current negotiations, which is not surprising, since the subject is of fundamental importance. Enormous sums of money are involved, exceptional even amidst today’s aggressive government spending.