Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Our Flawed Democracy is Hurting Our Diplomacy

Alan Zendell, September 21, 2021 In June, President Biden traveled to the U. K. to engage with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and attend his first G7 meeting. From there, he went to Belgium, where he attended the Brussels 2021 Summit. … Continue reading

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Eight Months In

Alan Zendell, September 8, 2021 Did anyone else hear the alarm bells going off on all the cable hype networks? Catastrophe! Afghanistan was a debacle, COVID-Delta is killing people faster than its parent virus, and Republican Governors and legislatures are … Continue reading

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Freedom

Alan Zendell, August 31, 2021 One of the first things we Americans learned as children was that we lived in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” We heard it repeatedly until it became a mantra, … Continue reading

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Best Laid Plans – Two Striking Contrasts

Alan Zendell, August 22, 2021 The City of New York and the effort to wind down our military involvement in the war-torn (so-called) nation of Afghanistan both faced daunting challenges of Intelligence gathering and logistics over the last few months. … Continue reading

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The Spectacle of a Spiteful President

Alan Zendell, November 17, 2020 As if our nation hasn’t been through enough this year, we now find ourselves counting down for another sixty-four days, crossing our fingers that the transition to a Biden presidency takes place without calamity. With … Continue reading

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The Slow Death of Democracy – Part One

Alan Zendell, June 10, 2020 There are many ways to know a thing. We start with facts to gain a cognitive understanding. We research context and solicit other people’s views to make sense of it. When possible, we observe it … Continue reading

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When Trump Called Erdogan…

Alan Zendell, October 14, 2019 If you made a list of things Donald Trump has done right as President, appointing General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense would be at the top. But like most of the potentially right things … Continue reading

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Locked and Loaded

Alan Zendell, September 16, 2019 A couple of weeks ago I was with an old friend who is currently well-placed in Defense Department circles. He’s a scientist, not  prone to hyperbole, wild speculation, or making assertions without sound bases. So … Continue reading

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A Trump Thanksgiving

Alan Zendell, November 22, 2018 I’ve always considered Thanksgiving untouchable. For years it’s been the only American holiday that remained free of self-righteous religious preaching and self-important politicians, who were thankfully smart enough to realize that what we were most … Continue reading

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Two Defining Days For Donald Trump

Alan Zendell, August 23, 2017 The past two days tell us all we need to know about the Trump presidency. On Monday he gave a speech at a military base in Virginia to lay out his policy on Afghanistan. On … Continue reading

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