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America’s future

Memo to Glenn Beck and Fox News Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch

May 29, 2010

As one of the many Americans who value the real Memorial Day as a very special occasion and who is a regular visitor to family and friends whose address is Arlington Cemetery, it is offensive that the disturbing trend of divisive dialogue in our country’s political life has punctured what should be an off-limits zone. Fox News, keep your hands off our Memorial Day. We want it back.

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The World Comes to Cookeville

April 9, 2010

A wise man once told me that it’s much easier to sell people something “they think they want” than something “you think they need.” That dictum is especially apropos to the task of global affairs awareness – teaching people about the world. We are a nation awash in information resources that offer an endless stream of raw data, context and analyses of the world around us but most Americans are content to leave understanding foreign affairs, our interests abroad and international things to someone else.

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Stop the Clock

April 2, 2010

The “Doomsday Clock” is not really a timepiece. It is a metaphor marking civilization’s proximity to a self-induced conclusion adopted by scientists at the dawn of the Cold War. In 1947 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the clock’s makers, set the time at 11:53 p.m., reflecting the danger of nuclear weapons, the sole province, at the time, of the United States. By 1953 with the introduction of an atomic bomb by the Soviet Union and testing of more powerful thermonuclear weapons by both America and Russia, the clock nudged to just two minutes away from humanity’s midnight.

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Closing in on Midnight With Iran

February 12, 2010

by Pat Ryan Like most things in the Middle East the impending train wreck in the Persian Gulf that is America’s confrontation with Iran is complicated. It is one more scenario where there are innumerable consequences to American action, or inaction, against a gathering threat. It is a story that fans of Jack Bauer and […]

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Connecting the dots of America’s well-being

February 5, 2010

by Pat Ryan “Certain” was certainly an unambiguous answer to a question, about the likelihood the United States would be attacked in the next six months, put to Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair in testimony before the U.S. Senate this week. “Al Qaeda,” he said of the group that killed over 3000 Americans on […]

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