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Barring the minority group of recluses, most Americans love to travel. Whether they fancy a tropical adventure, or are more inclined to soak up the ambiance of an ancient European city, just about everyone loves to get out and explore the unexplored. However, there’s always that dreaded traveling part of traveling. You know, the actual […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 14, 2017, it’s the Overseas Trump edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford CT radio maven Todd Feinburg and all things nano person Mike Stopa. This week, we have a Filipino flavor to the podcast in honor of Trump’s visit to and bromance beginning with Rodrigo Duterte. And, in the latest edition of the Florida man saga, who is Ja Du and why does he think, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that he is Filipino? Isn’t he culturally appropriating? Does he need a bathroom all his own? And, more seriously, why does someone who “identifies” as a different race or ethnicity need to *be* that race or ethnicity? Isn’t it enough to simply *like* Filipino food, clothing, dance, and culture? Why does Ja Du need to actually *be* Filipino? Is it possibly more a denial of his own culture – a need to rebel – that is driving him to insist that his real ethnicity is something else?

We then get into the developing relationship between Duterte and Trump. Are they, perhaps, a match made in heaven? Who are the forgotten people of the Philippines? Isn’t the system there rigged far worse than the system here?

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady of the United States of America, now seeks to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of America – and the first woman to hold that office. Surely this must be a historic moment in the world. Ah, but no: Hillary Clinton is far from the first First […]

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This is the first of two essays of which I mean to deliver myself, concerning American Christians at war. I’m enough of a movie critic to raise an eyebrow when people start saying Christian things in stories. It’s pretty rare; it occurs usually in period pieces. I’ve a few things to say about this that you […]

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A Teachable Moment for Rand Paul?

 

We now have on our hands Barack Obama’s War, for our latest Middle Eastern war belongs entirely to him. And someone — let it be me! — should alert Sen. Rand Paul to this teachable moment, for Obama’s War (which Rand Paul supports) was brought on by the very policy of non-intervention that he, his father, and the Cato Institute all championed. As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has testified in word and deed, there is essentially no difference on foreign affairs between left-wing Democratics and arch-libertarians who sometimes vote Republican.

This war might have been avoided. Had Obama taken the trouble to arrange for a few thousand American soldiers to remain in Iraq — as he easily could have — the Iraqi’s coalition government between Shia, Sunni, and Kurd would have held, despite Maliki’s perfidy. That, in turn, would have prevented al-Qaeda’s reemergence in the Sunni-dominated provinces of Iraq. Moreover, ISIS would not be in control of great swathes of Syria had the president followed the advice of his advisors and allies and backed the secular-minded opposition to Bashar al-Assad from the start.