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Lt. Col. Oliver North; USMC (Ret.)

COMMON SENSE

“What are you Americans thinking?” asked the young woman in perfect, if slightly accented, English. She was wearing a name tag with “Marie” in both Cyrillic and Latin print and had greeted us pleasantly when we ducked out of the rain and into her store to buy postcards and mementos for our grandchildren. Her question about American “thinking” came in the midst of a conversation about how dramatically life in Russia had changed during her 27 brief years.

COMMON SENSE

It is said that there are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge. And then there is Harold Koh, the man who is likely to be the next legal adviser to the State Department. Koh most recently served as dean of the Yale Law School and before that as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Clinton administration. He is a prolific author and a legal activist of the left.

COMMON SENSE

The traveling, never-ending campaign road show came home this week [10 April]. The president of the United States is back in Washington from his "I like you, you like me" excellent adventure in Europe and "surprise" trip to Baghdad. It was nice of POTUS to thank the troops. He should have bowed to them instead of to King Abdullah.

 

COMMON SENSE

WASHINGTON. “Can we all get along? …Let’s try to work it out.” That was Rodney King’s plaintive plea in May 1992, after his highly controversial confrontation with the Los Angeles Police Department led to arson and anarchy. Now, 17 years later, the Obama administration apparently has made “get along” its response to every national security test.

COMMON SENSE: FAILURE TO LAUNCH

From the day that Barack Obama wrested the presidential nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton, his presidency became, according to those who were running his campaign, inevitable. Even before winning the election, he began assembling a much-vaunted “team of rivals” to guide U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Though his running mate, then-Sen.

COMMON SENSE: THE CENTRAL FRONT

Please be advised that this was written just before the inauguration.

COMMON SENSE: Privatizing Piracy Protection

WASHINGTON. Piracy has long been the consequence of disorder. America‘s first foreign war—undeclared but authorized by Congress—was waged by President Thomas Jefferson against the Barbary pirates. It is instructive history for those who believe that the problem of Somali piracy can be solved the same way.

COMMON SENSE

GULFPORT, Miss. “We’re the heart of the U.S. military. Our sons and daughters serve, and our neighbors build military ships.” That’s how a fan put it this week [7 November] as I autographed a copy of American Heroes for him during a book-signing session.