WAR: my lengthy commentary on a controversial subject by Jed Waverly

It seems like a no-brainer to me today as I think about it carefully.  In fact, it makes me feel like a real idiot that I haven’t been clearer about it in the past.   But today I am taking a break from my work and just thinking.    I read both newspapers in the morning and […]

USURP [yoo-SURP]: to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right:*


One of the more incredible things to happen in world politics over the past several months has been the theft of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by the Russians.    In a bold, unabashedly deliberate act, the troops of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, moved his troops into the primarily Russian-speaking region of Ukraine and usurped […]

Ally: a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose:


There are some words that we use regularly that just seem to be clear, but aren’t.   Ally is one of them. Ever since the two World Wars we have used the term freely, it being understood just which nations were allies of the United States, and which ones weren’t.   Having been born during WWII, it […]

SOVIETOLOGIST: a person who has studied the political policies and developments of the former Soviet government


Professor John N. Hazard was a friend of mine.   A number of years ago we met in Upstate New York where he and his wife, Susan, had a wonderful lakeside home.   Over the course of almost a decade I came to know them as friends. Dr. Hazard is the only person I have ever known […]

DIPLOMACY: the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.


At dinner last night in a wonderful restaurant in Attleboro, Massachusetts, we two couples agreed that we were as discouraged about the political climate as we have been in a long time.   We all had been paying attention to the confusion, chaos, and negativity which has surrounded the President, Congress, The United Nations, Syria, Russia […]

POLICE ACTION: a euphemism for war

Sixty years ago the Korean War began.  That’s a sobering thought, as I realize that I can remember the whole thing…from beginning to end.  Not the details, mind you, but the simple fact that it was going on.  I was too involved in growing up to pay attention to the details. When a distant cousin […]