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Time’s Dilemma had it Really Selected the Most Newsworthy “Person of the Year”

December 31st, 2014

by LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET) On December 8th, TIME magazine announced 2014’s “Person of the Year”-the Ebola Fighters in West Africa. It was the publication’s 87thselection of such a title-bearer in its 91-year history. The basis for selection, as always, turned on who was the year’s most influential newsmaker, regardless of whether

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Obama Administration’s Brain Drain Emboldens Iran

December 10th, 2014

By James G. Zumwalt What similar experience does the Obama Administration share with the University of Texas at Austin? Hint: Last week the University announced a collection of one hundred brains, preserved in formaldehyde, were missing. Univeristy co-curator Tim Schallert’s comment “We think someone may have taken the brains” is appropriate to describe an Obama

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Obama’s Failed Intervention

November 24th, 2014

When a family member or friend engages in behavior destructive to himself and/or those around him, counseling is required. When the offender ignores it, suggesting a serious problem exists, a much more aggressive approach-“intervention”-is demanded.On the evening of November 4th, President Obama underwent an intervention-yet it failed to have the desired effect. The seriousness of

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No “Tokyo” to Target + No Leadership to Lead = No Early End to War

November 6th, 2014

During World War II, in an effort to motivate fellow crewmembers onboard a destroyer, a sailor had posted a photograph of their ship, scrawling the words, “Tokyo, Here We Come!” at the bottom. There was no doubt in every crewmember’s mind victory turned on sailing into Tokyo Bay-the American flag flying high. A four year

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THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS CANDIDATES’ FEAR OF LOSING

November 4th, 2014

By James Zumwalt, Special for USDR As America’s important mid-term elections approach, we have witnessed un-American campaigns seeking to gain influence with voters. Candidates have played up the “fear” card or played it down, depending upon which best serves their party’s needs. Unfortunately, the idealism demonstrated by our Founding Father’s in pursuing the Nation’s common

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Re-Setting the Doomsday Clock

October 20th, 2014

In 1947, to address man-made threats to our global existence, scientists created the Doomsday Clock.It sought to symbolize the countdown to global catastrophe posed by nuclear war. The minute hand of the Clock was to be moved closer to midnight as the threat of such war increased. In 2007, scientists added climate change to the mix of

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Mayer/Affleck/Media Islam Conundrum,—They’’re All Wrong

October 9th, 2014

While not a fan of TV entertainment host Bill Mayer, this author salutes his recent efforts-and the stand he took-to stimulate debate on Islam and its true teachings. Such a debate is long overdue and in need of being addressed beyond the confines of an entertainment show. In an October 3rd panel discussion including actor

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ISIL “Final Solution” Does Require Killing “Their Pet Goats”

October 9th, 2014

A week later, the author received a letter from a very irate woman audience member who was critical about giving impressionable young students such a response. She suggested, as humans, we are all capable of rational thought and, therefore, an alternative to war always exists. The recent and continuing stream of brutal videos put on

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Memo to Joint Chiefs: Now is the time for ‘moral courage’

September 29th, 2014

By Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt (ret.) Published September 27, 2014 FoxNews.com A recent documentary chronicled the pandemonium as North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon. Efforts to evacuate South Vietnamese were terminated and U.S. military personnel ordered to board the last helicopters. But several Americans ignored the order, continuing – until the last possible moment

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Obama’s U.N. “Let There Be Peace On Earth” Speech

September 26th, 2014

In his U.N. speech, as has been his wont since becoming President, Obama failed to definitively link Middle East violence to its root cause. He came ever so close to doing so, but then recalibrated his position. Throughout his speech, one could hear the refrain from the song “Let there be peace on earth…” As

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