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THE TONIGHT SHOW

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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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JEB BUSH?

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Is Jeb Bush the answer to the Republican Party’s woes?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE OUTLOOK FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY IN 2012

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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)

Filed under: National Security, Uncategorized

THE 2014 AND 2016 ELECTIONS

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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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IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: WORSE THAN VIETNAM?

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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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IN DEFENSE OF MEN AND MANHOOD

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Are men becoming obsolete? Two prominent feminist writers, last week, were the latest in a long line of people that have made that argument from different points of view.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the White House
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The Stockings were hung from the chimney with prayer
Hoping perhaps Santa could fix Obama Care.

(Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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REDUCING MILITARY BENEFITS

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Reducing military benefits threatens U.S. national security as surely as deep cuts in operations, maintenance and acquisition spending. A high-quality, all-voluntary U.S. military is unsustainable without sufficient benefits and incentives to attract and retain top-quality warriors.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

 

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CHINESE CHESS

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China extending its air-defense identification zone (ADIZ) to include the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, of which Japan has administrative control, is China’s latest move in the strategic chess game for power and influence in Asia. It’s one more step in China’s strategy to erode U.S. and its ally’s military superiority in the region. The Obama administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia is intended to counter China’s strategy, but it will only work if Washington firmly stands its ground when China challenges it.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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FLASH MOB AND KNOCKOUT CRIMES

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Flash-mob crimes and teenagers knocking out random strangers on the street are rare in the overall scheme of things; although they are on the increase. They don’t compare to murders in Chicago or fights that occur in Walmart stores on Black Friday, for example. Nevertheless, they represent a disturbing wave of lawlessness that justifiably should concern Americans.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WILL SARAH PALIN RUN AGAIN FOR OFFICE?

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Sarah Palin has remained in the national spotlight ever since she ran with John McCain in the 2008 presidential election; although the intense media coverage and liberal attacks on her had dropped off considerably until MSNBC’s Martin Bashir advocated that someone defecate in her mouth. With rumors that Mrs. Palin may run for a Senate seat in Alaska in 2014 or that she might run for president in 2016, this is a good time to ask if Palin will run again for office and if she has matured and developed sufficiently as a politician to win either of those elections.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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REMEMBERING JFK

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Fifty years ago, I was attending an English class at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, when I learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Like the rest of America, I spent the next three days watching television and thinking about what it all meant. I didn’t know it then, but JFK was to have a lasting impact on my political perspective; although I’ve never voted for a Democrat.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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HONORING OUR VETERANS BY PRESERVING THEIR LELGACY

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The legacy of America’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan is the U.S. armed forces they created and sustained. We can best preserve that legacy and honor our veterans by concerning ourselves with the plight of America’s warriors on active duty.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OBMACARE DEBACLE

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President Obama’s Teflon presidency has been attributable to the mainstream media’s propensity to devote little time to his misstatements and mistakes, the President’s remarkable oratory skills, and his willingness to willfully deceive Americans if it serves the “greater good.” He’s been a superhero-like figure, loved and hated, seemingly immune from slings and arrows of his enemies. All that’s changing, but if Republicans want to exploit this opportunity, they have to do more than throw rocks.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE TEA PARTY, ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS AND THE AMERICAN LEFT

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The continuing-resolution/debt-limit battle is over, temporarily; but Democrats and establishment Republicans continue to criticize Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their hard-line stance on defunding Obamacare. Are they the future of the Republican Party or harbingers of a third-party?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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