Publications by John J. Tierney, Jr.

A "House Divided": Wartime dissent in American history and today

Publication Date: Monday, February 1, 2016

Democracies are obviously much more fragile than their opponents in holding coalitions together or in keeping their domestic house in order while fighting on distant fronts.   {read more}

Is Banning Non-Americans Un-American?

Publication Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There are several ways to critique Donald Trump’s recent call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States…” but “Un-American” has certainly summarized much of the emotional ire directed against his latest political bombshell.   {read more}

The Impact of Pearl Harbor on America

Publication Date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Nearly three quarters of a century later, the words "Pearl Harbor" still have a unique meaning to the American people. The image of the sunken USS Arizona, where half of the 2400 casualties remain, still conveys one of the country's most lasting symbols. But what does the image symbolize, and why is it lasting?  {read more}

The Best or Worst of Times

Publication Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

With the growth of ISIS, the recent Paris attacks, the threats to the American homeland, not to mention the racial unrest at home, plus practically everything else since September 11th, one could easily believe that the world has suddenly plunged into unprecedented chaos and violence.  {read more}

What’s In a Name?

Publication Date: Monday, November 30, 2015

The refusal of President Obama to use the "Islamist" or Muslim name to define global terror confuses and annoys many Americans. His supporters dismiss this as a trivial sideshow, claiming that names are distracting as long as tactics work.  {read more}

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is …. Us

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I often open my class on U.S. foreign policy by asking the following (trick) question: In history, what is the Capital city that has come closest to an existential defeat of the United States? Hands go up: Moscow, Berlin, Tokyo, even London.   {read more}

Liberty: America’s gift to the world

Publication Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The name "America" may mean a number of things to the seven billion people living on planet earth. Both good and bad. The word "superpower" comes first to mind, and many do not like the world's policeman (both at home and abroad).   {read more}


Publication Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In 1990, columnist Charles Krauthammer first pronounced the coming demise of the Soviet Union as the beginning of what he termed the political globe’s “unipolar moment.”   {read more}

Where's the Fire?

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

California is not the only part of American now burning. So is the political system. The metaphor "fire" has served a number of purposes for human endeavor, mostly positive. Out West, the fire is tragic, but in human affairs, fire has indicated resolve, purpose, and dogmatic sense of mission, also hard to "put out."  {read more}

For America "The War to End War" Was Just the Beginning

Publication Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The most enduring legacy of World War I for the United States has been the emergence of a unique set of internationalist principles, which has allowed the country to elevate itself to a self-defined pedestal of righteous virtue justifying the pursuit of its foreign policies.  {read more}

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Total Records: 17