Only the absence of retaliation or some lower-level action that gives both sides a face-saving way out of the predicament can restore deterrence. Otherwise, fight’s on.
If these predictions come to pass, their fulfillment will have lasting effects upon America in the 2020s and beyond.
The film’s message isn’t so much that neither government nor media is to be trusted, but for Americans to ask themselves why they should trust either.
Those dismissive of the danger posed by Mexican drug cartels ought to learn of the time they nearly carried out the worst terrorist attack in America since 9/11 and almost triggered a resulting war with Iran.
With the nation’s faith in the republic seemingly on the ropes, the worst thing that could happen is for Americans to believe only the word of retired military officers as gospel.
Retired Admiral William McRaven is leveraging the uniform he once wore and the reputation he cultivated in the military to influence readers. That’s bad for the country, and he knows it.
For those serious about saving lives, white nationalism needs to mean something more than just distasteful opinions, and mass shootings must remain within the context of the larger problem of gun violence.
The grand question of our time may very well be the simple one of whether the United States deserves not only to be defended but preserved.
One player sacrificed a once-in-a-lifetime privilege due to her personal convictions, while the other insists on using that same privilege to essentially declare, ‘You’re either with me or against me.’
It was the combination of 9/11 and the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iraq that culminated in the invasion of the latter in 2003.
In all their self-aggrandizement and pontificating, the media seems to have missed the core tenet of legitimacy as a public institution: trust.
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