With plans to gather public opinion on gun control, we would like to think there is some kind of momentum building for a serious discussion of violence in our world.
We may be a long way from Joni Mitchell’s vision of bombers turning into butterflies, but fewer and fewer of us have an appetite for American military aggression. Listening to Ron Paul’s farewell address, I was reminded that the electorate truly overlooked one of the only voices of reason in American foreign policy when we nominated Obama and Romney in 2012. Having ordered five times as many drone strikes as George Bush, our president is no Gene McCarthy, but his nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense offers some hope.
Following a series of military missteps (urinating on corpses, Quran burnings and nighttime attacks on civilians), Leon Panetta tried to tell the press: “This is not who we are.”
Should he be confirmed, a good place for Chuck Hagel to begin as secretary of defense would be to admit that this was who we were but now we’re going to do something about our actions and our image by re-examining our purposes. Maybe then we can turn the tide of public skepticism of our military, which has for too long stood in violation of our trust.
CastletonMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.