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The Marines: Premier Expeditionary Warriors

MarinesWriting in the Washington Post this past September,  the usually insightful   columnist George Will claimed that
America’s ongoing messy missions in Iraq and elsewhere had generated tension within its Corps of Marines. “No service was better prepared than the Marines for the challenges of post-invasion Iraq,” he concluded, “yet no service has found its mission there more unsettling to its sense of itself.”

It is not that the Corps did not want to be in the fight, or that it had better things to do. But its naval character has taken a back seat to fighting the virulent resistance in an extended land campaign,  and some core competencies are waning. Today,  on the institution’s 232nd birthday,  we should amplify   Mr.  Will’s observations with a deeper understanding of the Corps’ past and most likely future.

By Guest Column Frank Hoffman- Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bush Pardons Turkeys while Eagles Remain Caged

Fellow Americans and patriots, I would give anything if I could write a syrupy-sweet, all-is-fine Thanksgiving Day message for you today. However, I have always taken pride in my endeavor of not being politically correct, but rather just “correct.” Yes, we do have every reason to be thankful for our health, our livelihoods, and our loved ones.

By Guest Column Dan Howard- Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mandatory drug sentences may be counterproductive

Earlier this week, the Conservatives announced proposed minimum sentences for certain drug offences. Mandatory minimums would apply to the trafficking, manufacturing and cultivating of drugs as well as special mandatory sentences for selling drugs near schools or other areas where children may congregate, dealing while possessing a weapon and for those who sell drugs while linked to organized crime.

By Arthur Weinreb - Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lonesome Dove ranch setting for conference on radical-Islam threat

America’s Truth Forum, in association with Basics Project will kick off the coming new year with the third in their popular national series of symposiums that look into the ongoing threat of radical Islam and aggressive Islamofascism.

  America’s Truth Forum and Basics Project draw the most qualified experts of the day on the topic, to their symposiums, including celebrated Jihad Watch director, Robert Spencer.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CBS portrays Omar Khadr as “obedient son”

Although the Globe & Mail called new footage in a 12-minute 60 Minutes segment “shocking new footage of a Canadian terrorism suspect allegedly building bomb timers and planting land mines when he was a 15-year-old militant hoping to take on American soldiers in Afghanistan,” a November 18 CBS News cast shows Canada’s infamous Khadr family in a mostly sympathetic light. Click here.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How Important is it for Syria to be at Annapolis?

Ever since the Geneva Conference in December 1973, Middle Easterners have become used to the suspense surrounding the question of whether the “bad boy” of Arab politics, Syria, will or will not take part in any meeting connected with the peace process.  In recent years, as Syria has become more closely integrated into the political axis led by Iran, the question has become less interesting.  Still, it has arisen again in advance of the Annapolis meeting.  Will Syria take part and, if so, at how senior a level?

By INSS Shlomo Brom- Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nasreen Syed is a Poet of Truth and Beauty

I enjoyed getting into the skin of the soul-stirring poetry of Nasreen Syed, a poet of Urdu and Punjabi languages and also a singer.  There is flow, control and beauty of an unknown flower that is cared by a gardener of sincerity. In this age when poetry is in the hands of novices, she emerges as an archetype.   

By Guest Column Dr. Stephen Gill- Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Pilgrims, Thanksgiving and the common good

The notion of a common good has traditionally been popular in this democratic Republic.  In recent years and among certain public figures, however, the expression has taken on a more collectivist connotation.

By Michael Bates - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It’s Illegal Immigration, Stupid: Why McCain and Hillary Will Never Be President

The next round of polling data will show a dramatic drop in support for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for President. We know this because of the precedent set by John McCain and Senators Harry Reid, Lindsay Graham, and Trent Lott who all experienced massive drops in their support levels after making the mistake of coming out in favor of assistance for or amnesty for illegal aliens instead of enforcement of our existing immigration laws.

By Guest Column William Gheen- Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Democrats have BIG PLANS

Now that the country is drifting ever so slightly left and the Republicans are in what appears to be total disarray, the Democrats are seeing a chance to seize power.

By Klaus Rohrich - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Will the Real Uncle Sam, Please Stand Up?

I wish someone could explain to me just what is happening in America?

Sitting here north of the 49th parallel, in my mind’s eye I look south over the mostly invisible border to the United States with a sense of unease and at times foreboding.

By Bill McIntyre - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tsunami Alert System Designed

After the tragic events surrounding the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the world once again turned their attention to the ocean tsunami. Scientists were once again directed to find ways to save people’s lives, through early detection systems and through further understanding.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Ascension of a Batman

It wasn’t that long ago that I reported – upon seeing it reported elsewhere – that one of the DC Universe’s favorite sons, Bruce Wayne, would be saying adios to life. It was a massive announcement that seemed to somehow get slipped underneath the proverbial welcome mat of the internet. Well, a few weeks on, and there is more news.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Presidential Candidates Hit the Google-plex

While it is only a week until Australia votes on their new leader, it is the American presidential campaign that will always take top spot on the world news. It’s big, it’s flashy, and there’s no way anyone can really compete with that.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Inflatable Space Base Heads to South Pole

We’ve seen over the past decade the slow reemergence back in to the world of lunar exploration. After the excitement of the Apollo missions died away and funding with it, it’s good to see us moving back to the moon. NASA is planning missions by 2020, and China is hoping to head there soon after.

By Guest Column Joshua Hill- Tuesday, November 20, 2007