September 5, 2014 • 8:30 PM
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September 5, 2014 • 8:26 PM
We lost two of America’s great comic minds in the past 30 days. Both had long successful careers. Both were loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Both died prematurely. Both have been eulogized with glowing tributes. I never met either of these giants. The closest I ever came to watching either of them perform was in the 1970s when I stood in line outside a comedy club in Los Angeles for three hours waiting to see Joan Rivers, but I never got into the packed room. During the Vietnam War, I spent two hours one-on-one in the back of a Caribou cargo plane with Jonathon Winters during a monsoon. He was in Vietnam with a USO tour and he invited me in out of the rain onto the aircraft hauling him around South Vietnam. It was that experience that gave me a true appreciation for the value of Comedy. Winters talked to me, entertained me, for the entire two hours not once repeating the jokes he told at his performance for the 2nd Bde of the 9th Division the night before. He lifted my spirits and made me laugh till it hurt. It was an experience I never forgot. Winters and Williams comedy had much in common. It bordered on insanity. Rivers was different. Her genius was taking every aspect of life, including the painful ones, and making them funny. There are and have been many great comics. America is full of them. But the loss of Williams and Rivers leaves a big hole in the comic universe that will be hard to fill.
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It sickens my heart as a Vietnam War combat veteran to watch Iraq fall apart like South Vietnam did. We may not have to watch American helicopters evacuating the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist army takes over the city, but again we are watching the disintegration of a government and the loss of territory U.S. warriors fought and died for. Were their sacrifices in vain as some now say they were? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Military, National Security, Terrorism, Alexander the Great, cold war, Communist China, déjà vu, domino theory, Ed Ross, ewross, GEN David Petraeus, Ho Chi Minh, Imperial Japan, international communism, Iraq, ISIL, Islamic jihadism, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Islamist-Jihadist, Korean War, Nazi Germany, Nouri al-Maliki, President Obama, search and destroy, South Vietnam, soviet union, status-of-forces agreement, Sunni-Shiite, Vietnam, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnan War, weapons of mass destruction, world war II
How many veterans that lingered on secret waiting lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals gave their lives so hospital administrators could receive bonuses and promotions? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
Filed under: Healthcare, Military, canccer, Congress, criminal neglegance, Ed Ross, Eric Houlder, Erick Shinseki, ewross, health insurance, heart disease, Justice Departmentm, kidney disease, Memorial Day, obama administration, obamacare, Phoenix Airzona VA hospital, scandal, secret waiting list, support the troops, VA, VA headquarters, VA Inspector General, veterans, Veterans Affairs, Washington DC
During the nearly five and a half years of the Obama presidency, America has been moving in the wrong direction. The U.S. economy continues to struggle through the longest and slowest recovery from recession since World War II. From Benghazi to Ukraine, U.S. foreign policy has collapsed. U.S. world leadership has receded to a low not seen since the 1930s. Have we hit bottom yet? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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March 23, 2014 • 11:02 AM
Critical mass in nuclear science is the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Critical mass in international politics is the smallest amount of aggression needed to start a war. Despite what President Obama and other Western leaders say and do, the situation in Ukraine may be fast approaching that point. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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If Republicans continue to lose presidential elections it won’t be only because they failed to garner a sufficient percentage of the growing Hispanic, Asian and African-American vote; it will be because they continue to lose the propaganda war. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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Like most conservatives, President Obama’s proposed reductions of the U.S. armed forces disturb me. Since after World War I, every time we have reduced our military strength after a war, we’ve regretted it. Nevertheless, it’s time to rethink the mission, size and composition of the U.S. military, preparing for the next war, not a repeat of the last one. It all comes down to the correct assumptions. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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February 23, 2014 • 12:10 PM
Speaking in Indonesia last week, Secretary of State John Kerry, said that global warming is “perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Sec. Kerry may or may not be right about the destruction global warming may ultimately cause; but he’s absolutely right about one thin. Global warming is a weapon. It’s a political weapon of mass destruction. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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February 9, 2014 • 10:59 AM
Is Jimmy Fallon in the same league with Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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February 2, 2014 • 12:41 PM
Is Jeb Bush the answer to the Republican Party’s woes? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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January 26, 2014 • 2:04 PM
Straight-line projecting current trends into the future is easy; but odds are that you’ll be less than half right. History rarely unfolds in a straight line; and the U.S. national security environment in the year ahead is fraught with twists and turns. Nevertheless, straight-lining things, odds are that by this time next year, threats to U.S. national security will be worse than they were in 2013. The question is what events could alter this prediction? (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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January 19, 2014 • 2:50 PM
The answers to five questions will determine the outcomes of the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Is the liberal bubble about to burst?
Are red states or blue states on the ascendency?
Will the Tea Party resurge or has it lost its clout?
Will political party allegiance hold?
Finally, who will be the nominees?
(Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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January 12, 2014 • 12:41 PM
The way things are going in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospects for lasting victory are fading with worse long-term consequences than Vietnam. The human cost of the Vietnam War was far greater than it has been in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I choose to believe that our warriors did not die in vain in Vietnam because we ultimately won the Cold War of which the wars in Korea and Vietnam were part. Still, we lost the Vietnam War and suffered lasting consequences as a result. What’s at stake in the Middle East is greater than what was at stake in Vietnam. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com
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