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Nov 29, 2012 0 Comments

Egypt will set course for Middle East Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

With the ebb and flow of major clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square since the Arab Spring began nearly two years ago, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details of who’s doing what to whom on any given day. Americans must take a step above the fray and look at Egypt and beyond from a broader, strategic level.

What we’re seeing unfold in Egypt — similar to what took place in LibyaTunisia and Yemen with leaders toppled by the “Arab Street” — represents the most significant geopolitical shake-up since the Russian Revolution of 1917 ushered in the Soviet Union and Iran’s Revolution of 1979 gave us the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In all three scenarios, popular uprisings overthrew dictators — a czar, a shah and plenty of Arab autocrats. Although those revolutions were launched by a variety of groups wanting change, the best organized movements always have pushed aside rivals…. Continue Reading »

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Sep 11, 2012 0 Comments

11 years after 9/11 why are we still fighting the last war to keep America safe? Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

As we mark the 11th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks on America, we’re undoubtedly safer to flying on a plane – but that’s just about it.

Sure, a lot has been accomplished since that horrific day — we’ve patched holes in our faulty methods for sharing intelligence, we’ve enacted the Patriot Act to boost surveillance and prosecutions, implemented rigorous albeit inefficient TSA checks at airports, plus killing, capturing and interrogating top terrorists overseas.

However, in many ways, we’re fighting the last war to protect our homeland…. Continue Reading »

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Sep 5, 2012 0 Comments

Iranian Weapons on America’s Doorstep Articles / Opinion Editorials


While many of the world’s leaders traveled to a Mexican seaside resort in Los Cabos for the annual Group of 20 meeting a couple weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled a little farther south, to Rio de Janeiro, for another meeting of world leaders – the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. This was Mr. Ahmadinejad’s sixth visit to Latin America since 2007 and his second this year.

In addition to BrazilMr. Ahmadinejad visited President Evo Morales in Bolivia and took time to stop by Venezuela to confer with his ideological bedfellow, Hugo Chavez, rounding up a three-nation tour of South America before heading back to Tehran on June 22.

On the surface, these visits produce press releases filled with pledges of solidarity, and the occasional signing of commercial agreements, but once the pageantry is over, such commercial agreements rarely materialize and the pledges of solidarity are revealed as little more than political posturing. All these unfulfilled promises and the lack of voluminous trade or business leave one to wonder what really lies beneath the surface in Iran’s foray into Latin America…. Continue Reading »