The Prayer and Unseen Pictures, Semper fi

April 30, 2015

Beyond repair in Afghanistan.

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Someone Who Got It Right: Sandra Mackey (1937-2015)

April 20, 2015

Yesterday Ms. Mackey, distinguished journalist, author and prophetic analyst, passed away at age 77. I am pleased to share a reflection on her work in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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Russia: Back to the Future

March 9, 2014

This week the drama that is the Russian invasion of its neighbor, Ukraine, unfolded to reveal the character of strongman Vladimir Putin and to sound a wakeup call to the West that it is back to the future in the relationship with Moscow.

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On behalf…

November 14, 2013

..please accept this flag as a symbol of your loved one’s service to this Country.

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Never Forgotten

March 19, 2013

On March 19, 2003 the United States invaded Iraq. We must never forget those who went.

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Clear Minds, Not Politics Needed in Middle East

September 22, 2012

The unrest and violence that has erupted in more than a dozen countries across North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia has refocused Americans’ attention on two different but not disconnected historical movements in the Muslim world. The first is the campaign of terror launched by Osama bin Laden and an alliance of militant Islamic warriors who have sought to expel the West from Muslim lands, oust pro-Western dictators and unify those lands as a single Islamic nation for over 15 years. This movement, initially supported by America and its allies when it was used to dislodge the Soviet Union from Afghanistan in the 1980s, metastasized into the Al Qaeda terror groups that eventually attacked the United States on 9/11. The toll in American blood and treasure has been over 10,000 lives and trillions of dollars in damages and the cost of U.S. led wars.

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Dear Mr. Obama

January 3, 2012

I am writing to share with you my great concern about the Defense Authorization Act, just passed by Congress and signed by you, which permits indefinite detention of American citizens.

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The Central Role of Saudi Arabia to U.S. Middle East Interests

November 6, 2011

This year will long be remembered and analyzed by scholars and students for the so-called “Arab Spring” sweeping the Arab world from North Africa across to the Arabian Peninsula. Simmering tensions in a dozen countries boiled over in protests and revolts toppling several regimes – Tunisia, Egypt and Libya – and pushing others to the brink. In the Persian Gulf Iran is playing an outsized role, threatening the neighborhood: sponsoring terrorism, building nuclear weapons, and dominating the scene in Iraq as America is shown the door by Baghdad. Meanwhile, 44 years of conflict and occupation in Israel-Palestine shows no signs of a solution. Indeed the threat of an American veto to a Palestinian statehood bid in the United Nations illuminates Washington’s dilemma of balancing interests versus America’s principles.

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She Opened Our Window to the World

April 16, 2011

WOW is right! The 12th Window on the World, Tennessee Tech’s annual global awareness festival that celebrates, at once, international unity and diversity was center stage on campus this weekend. The Roaden University Center, festooned with scores of country flags that symbolize the origins of many Tech students and faculty, was filled with hundreds of people working and thousands of people visiting the music and dance performances, art displays, shopping kiosks, food courts, children’s activities, and country table displays. The atmosphere, as always, was electric as people moved about to take it all in – to enjoy it all and to learn something about every corner of the world.

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Tennessee Pride Runs Deep

April 10, 2011

As a land-locked state, Tennessee doesn’t strike most people as having a deep Navy tradition. But they would be wrong. Many men and women from the Volunteer State have served as American Bluejackets and many ships have carried the names of Tennessee cities, counties, and the State itself. It was the third ship named USS Tennessee that survived the devastating blow at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 to be repaired and serve with great distinction through to the end of the war, participating in most of the greatest naval battles fought.

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