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  1. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Why no boycott against N Korea?

    Actually Pyongyang exports nuclear reactors and ballistic missiles, like the No-Dong - a variant of the Scud C - which the Iranians have modified as the basis for their Shahab-3. Mind you the Israelis summarily bombed Syria's NK-produced reactor and the North's No-Dong have about as much...
  2. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    All The World's Indeed A Stage: The Obama-Netanyahu Meeting

    Thank you so much, Mr. Sutherland. You are too kind, as always.
  3. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    All The World's Indeed A Stage: The Obama-Netanyahu Meeting

    Though Neil Peart paraphrased it in the Rush classic, “Limelight”, it was William Shakespeare that famously wrote, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…” Looking at Tuesday’s White House meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
  4. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Havana Daydreamin' In Washington

    While Jimmy Buffett's song chronicles the dreams of a handful of rogues and refugees, a vote in the House this past Wednesday may eventually turn Havana daydreamin' into reality for Americans eager to island-hop to our forbidden Caribbean neighbor. So join me, if you will, and raise your Cuba...
  5. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Obama's Lose-Lose Decision

    I think that if one digs a bit deeper into the mentality that is revealed in McChrystal's and his staffs' comments you will find that while they salute the office of the presidency, they are disdainful of the current occupant as Constitutionalist so aptly points out. Furthermore, I believe that...
  6. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Obama's Lose-Lose Decision

    Thank you for the kind words, Jet. They're greatly and sincerely appreciated. Ultimately, McChrystal left Obama no choice. It's an abrupt and disappointing end to what appears to be an otherwise exemplary military career. I do, though, believe there are a number of lessons that can be...
  7. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Obama's Lose-Lose Decision

    With General Stanley McChrystal having met privately with both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and President Barack Obama today, the controversy over derogatory remarks he and his staff made about key members of the Obama administration, and the President himself, in Rolling Stone appears to...
  8. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Forewarned Is Forearmed

    With Halloween having struck a dramatic finale to October, my students find themselves heading into the home stretch of the semester. Research papers will be due soon, followed by a breath-taking sprint to Finals after Thanksgiving break. Studies that began in the sultry heat of Summer and...
  9. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Celebrating The Audacity of Global Hope

    In a truly stunning decision, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Coming a mere eight months into the first year of his presidency, the Prize is as unprecedented as it is surprising. Following the embarrassment of failing to win the 2016...
  10. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    The Losers In Iran's Latest Nuclear Gambit

    With the revelation that Iran has been secretly working on an undeclared uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom, the world finds it's attention once again riveted on the recalcitrant regime in Tehran and it's opaque nuclear aspirations. Following the harsh condemnations and...
  11. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    The President, the Comedian and the Journalists

    The President wraps up his latest media tour-de-force tonight with an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman". While I personally believe it diminishes the Office of the President and it's attendant stature, I understand the rationale behind it. Having lost control of the debate over...
  12. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Birthers and Pipers - Enough Is Enough

    First there were the Birthers - those who fervently believe President Obama is in fact a constitutionally-ineligible usurper who is actually Kenyan, Indonesian, British or perhaps even Martian by birth. Now we have the Pipers - who believe the silver-tongued Obama will so enthrall an entire...
  13. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    The President's Political Rorshach Test

    In a moment of introspection and candor in his best-selling book "The Audacity of Hope", President Obama wrote, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” As his freshman Summer of Discontent gives way to what may well be a Fall of...
  14. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Frankly Speaking - Barney Blasts Back

    Brash, abrasive, arrogant, caustic, disrespectful and condescending. These are the more socially acceptable adjectives that come to mind when I think of the unreconstructed Liberal stalwart and belligerent progressive, Democratic Congressman Barney Frank. Needless to say, I am not a fan of...
  15. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Once Upon A Time.....A Fairy Tale of American Democracy

    Despite the cacophony and chaos that has become the hallmark of congressional town hall health care reform meetings as of late, the President has nonetheless elected to embark on a series of his own. Filled with pride, his supporters dutifully tout his bravery in the face of flagging poll...
  16. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Geopolitical Posturing - Beijing and Moscow's Iran Policy: Part II

    Friday we took a look at the geo-economic forces driving Moscow and Beijing's aversion to actively joining Washington's drive to pressure Tehran over it's nuclear programs. Today, let's turn our attention to the strategic and geopolitical issues which compel the two to buttress the mullahs with...
  17. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Trading In The Persian Bazaar - Beijing and Moscow's Iran Policy: Part I

    After Pyongyang's most recent nuclear test and the repeated provocations of it's numerous missile launches, we looked at the underlying issues behind China's reluctance to aggressively sanction their maddening neighbors in the Hermit Kingdom. Now with hardline President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad...
  18. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Pardon Me, But I Believe '10 Comes Before '12

    I don't know about that, Tuck. There is still some strong Anti-federalist sentiment to be found in the Conservative ranks and the Republican Party. It may not be as impassioned and consistent as in the past, but it's there. I would, however, say that Obama and Madame Speaker Pelosi are inspiring...
  19. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Pardon Me, But I Believe '10 Comes Before '12

    I was merely expanding on your reference to the 1950s. And yes, the slave states were composed of what could be referred to as Conservatives. I would point out, though, that those Conservatives were members of the then state rights-oriented Democratic Party. In contrast, the Republicans of the...
  20. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    Pardon Me, But I Believe '10 Comes Before '12

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that was about the same time that Democrats opposed the expansion of voting rights to Blacks and rejected the civil rights movement out of hand. Lest I be accused of hypocrisy, not all Democrats felt this way, of course. However, that was the generally...
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