The War on Terror

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Moreover, “terror” is a tactic, not a group of people. You cannot be at war with a tactic.

Many conservative pundits are making a big deal about the President’s refusal to call our response to the attacks on Paris a continuation of the “war on terror.” In their minds, refusing to do so represents a denial of reality and a dangerous parsing of words.

Of course, we all know what the “war on terror” resulted in during the Bush years: an endless conflict, draining away American treasure and lives in far off lands. Yet, there is absolutely no evidence that fighting the war “over there” keeps us safe “over here.” Instead, Americans’ heavy-handed approach is resulting in an entirely new generation of radicalized Islams for us to deal with, that is, it is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Compromise, Republican Style

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With the new Republican House and Senate, we are being bombarded by their talking points about all the ways they are looking to compromise with President Obama, and how they want to prove their “ability to govern.”

I can’t think of one policy concession the Republicans have made in order to hew to their new ethic of compromise.

There’s only one problem with this approach. To Republicans, governing means passing the policies they already agree upon and pressuring the President not to veto them. I can’t think of one policy concession the Republicans have made in order to hew to their new ethic of compromise.

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Romney Redux

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The talk of Mitt Romney again running for President has been fueled by the way he was treated during the previous campaign. Despite his awkwardness and some major gaffes during the election, Mr. Romney was a decent man who was not prepared for the blitzkrieg of a national campaign.

One hopes Hillary will cruise to an easy victory, but politics seldom works that way. The people don’t always make the decision most in their interest, and it will be a tough struggle to put her over the top.

The Obama campaign successfully defined him early in the contest as someone who does not care about “people like me.” And that millstone was hung around his neck wherever he went.

Romney’s continuing high ranking in the polls is indeed based on his image as a decent man — his decency was most pronounced during his concession speech — and the feeling that he did not totally get a fair shake the last time around.

Now Romney’s policies are anathema to me, and he would definitely take the country backwards. But when you look at some of the others in the Republican field, he stands heads and shoulders above them.

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Value of Showing Up

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The White House learned a potent lesson about the value of showing up last week. When 40 heads of state showed up for the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, the United States was conspicuous in its absence. It looked like they were caught by surprise at the size and the prominence of the event.

The White House learned a potent lesson about the value of showing up last week.

The error led to a rare admission of error by the White House, and the French government was quick to downplay the snub. But the French people will not forget that the White House was missing in action when it came to “their 9/11.”

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Refusing to Stay Silent about Paris Attack

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Edmund Burke once said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph was if good men did nothing. No one in Paris can be accused of that now.

… meanwhile, Al Qaeda and its affiliates have grown uncharacteristically quiet about their involvement. One might say that the good people of Paris silenced them.

In a massive demonstration, 1.6 million people in the city of lights spoke out against Islamic extremism and the massacre of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists last week. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda and its affiliates have grown uncharacteristically quiet about their involvement. One might say that the good people of Paris silenced them.

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Black Box Found

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With the recent location of the black boxes, news about the latest air traffic crash in Indonesia will soon draw to a close. However, we are reminded of several glaring problems as we look back.

At least this time, they were able to find the wreckage and the black box.

For one thing, the island nation, the world’s largest Muslim country, is not too advanced technologically or procedurally. Handling a missing plane requires complex protocols, especially regarding timing and notifying the victims, and they still haven’t gotten it right.

The result is a lot of angry family members. At least this time, they were able to find the wreckage and the black box. That will take a lot of pressure off, and even that faraway nation should be able to interpret the results.

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Turning Your Back

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Turning your back on someone represents the ultimate in rudeness, because it dismisses a person totally. It says the person has nothing worthwhile to say and represents an utter rejection.

Let’s hope all sides are willing to discuss policy instead of making puerile gestures.

That’s why, as much as I mourn the death of their fellow officers, I utterly reject the childish yet hurtful means many have shown to personify it, by turning their back on the Mayor of this great and diverse city.

The ultimate asset of NYC revolves around the melting pot it represents; the pluralism of our society is conveyed to the utmost by the diverse neighborhoods and people of our most cosmopolitan city. You can find anything and anyone in New York, and at any time.

By turning their backs on the leader of our great city, the police officers have rejected their own boss, elected by the people in case they have forgotten that.

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In Praise of Mario Cuomo

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Convention keynotes are a funny thing. They are meant to provide a projection, a vision, for the Party, but they often devolve into a laundry list of policies without an overarching theme. Those who are able to convey a theme often reap the rewards. One of those was Mario Cuomo.

Because it was compassionate, because it ensured that a rising tide really did lift all boats, liberalism represented the philosophy of America …

At a time when being liberal wasn’t cool — in the midst of the Reagan revolution — Mario Cuomo showed why liberalism was the only answer. Because it was compassionate, because it ensured that a rising tide really did lift all boats, liberalism represented the philosophy of America; it conveyed the real wishes of the founding fathers during a turbulent time.

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New Year’s Business Resolutions, Part 2

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Yesterday, we pledged two key business resolutions for the coming year — not to burn any bridges with departing clients and to listen more attentively. Today, we will get more into the nitty gritty of our business product.

Making resolutions for the New Year is a productive process, full of hope for self-improvement, and there is no reason why we can’t apply the same desire for our businesses.

My third business resolution involves social media and search engine optimization. We resolve to spend the first hour of every day on improving our corporate results in this field, so we don’t miss any days with our blog and postings. I know from experience that leaving social media for the afternoon is less productive as well as increasing the chances of blowing it off for the entire day. To go six days a week for an entire year may seem like an enormous task, but, as they say, the longest journey begins with a single step.

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New Year’s Business Resolutions, Part 1

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The New Year is a new start, and one of the best traditions of the time is the proverbial New Year’s resolution. Well, self-improvement is a noble goal, and there’s no reason why it can’t be extended for entrepreneurs as well. So here’s some useful New Year’s resolutions for us all:

The New Year is a new start, and one of the best traditions of the time is the proverbial New Year’s resolution.

1) I will stop burning by bridges: Those of us with a more volatile nature will think back on relationships destroyed due to unfair termination. You know you have more to offer the client, and they will be well-served to continue your retainer. Yet for some clients, they just can’t see it. Getting angry at them for ending your relationship does not help either party, but sometimes, it just feels good to unload on them. Let’s do less of this in the future, and we will be rewarded with more clients in the long run.

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