Madman 2017: The Dawn of a New Nixonian Era

Richard Nixon sent 18 bombers, loaded with thermonuclear payloads, to threaten the borders of the Soviet Union. They flew aggressive patterns for three days. For Nixon had an idea. He called it his “Madman Theory.” And he believed it could win, or at least end, a war in Vietnam that had stretched nearly five years.Continue reading “Madman 2017: The Dawn of a New Nixonian Era”

The Once Essential War

It was not too long ago that Vietnam stood as the model war against which to measure all other wars. It took years to digest the tragedy. But, eventually, a consensus was reached that the first and most vital lesson learned from the ill-fated incursion was that the United States should not fight a warContinue reading “The Once Essential War”

What Millennials don’t get about Bernie

(Printed in USA Today May 11, 2016.) Bernie Sanders’ lock on young people has been a constant throughout the Democratic presidential primaries. Exit polling shows he won 83% of voters under 30 in Pennsylvania last month, 74% in Indiana last week and 71% in West Virginia on Tuesday. Why are Millennials so enamored of Sanders? Most hypotheses credit their enthusiasm for sweeping moral goalsContinue reading “What Millennials don’t get about Bernie”