John J. Tierney Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at IWP and Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
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Taiwan

Taiwan: A Dangerous Flashpoint

Introduction For the near future (two to five years), the issue of Taiwan and its position between China and the U.S. offers the greatest potential in the world for the outbreak of either conventional or nuclear war. Still worse, we may even see such fears realized within weeks or months in what could well be…

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Memo to The World: Party’s Over

Office “memos” are meant to impart guidelines or instruction to the rest of the staff from the Boss regarding proper (improper) behavior. They may address business conduct, office decorum, sales techniques, timeliness, or any other conduct that may (may not) affect the business. They should normally be taken seriously, especially if one wants (likes) his…

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Apocalypse

Apocalypse

The strict definition, from ancient Christian and Jewish texts, means God’s intervention against the evil of mankind, an “imminent cosmic cataclysm,” the “final judgment,” end of the world, the collapse of civilization, etc. Apocalypse is always meant as a prophetic revelation rather than a reflection of the past. Synonyms include “Armageddon,” “disaster,” “calamity,” etc. Thus…

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What’s Wrong With US (A)?

Pardon me, but I’m almost 82, have been around a “long, long time,” and keep thinking that “IT” has to be me. Am I too old, impatient, cranky, selfish, and satisfied that everything that happens appears both unprecedented and catastrophic? So what is “IT”? Good question! Answer: the country, that’s what is “IT.” So ……

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Ignoring history dooms us to repeat it

It was refreshing to read Michael McKenna’s recent Commentary piece on history, specifically World War I, as a reminder of where the world is now and how we got here (“What did we commemorate on Veterans Day?” Web, Nov. 14). The abuse of history by Americans has always been an intellectual problem, and it has…

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A dilemma of our time: Fear sells

Rarely does one read a column that summarizes most political circumstances, good or evil, as succinctly and as helpful as David Von Drehle’s Oct. 6 op-ed “Fear sells. It’s our job not to give in to it.” Read more at The Washington Post

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Angelo Codevilla speaking in Prof. Ken deGraffenreid's intelligence course in August 1994

Angelo Codevilla, RIP

Above: Angelo Codevilla speaking in Prof. Ken deGraffenreid’s intelligence course at IWP in August 1994.  My initial contact with Angelo goes back nearly half a century when we both worked Capitol Hill as “conservative” staff on National Security issues, me in the House he in the Senate. In 1975, we shared a memorable year together…

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National Purpose, “Going, Going, Gone”

When I ask friends whether the country is “going or gone” they usually look at me quizzically and ask “what do you mean”? Admittedly, the question is both pessimistic and unnatural, as it presupposes that the USA is, indeed, on a trajectory and that this trajectory is headed, at best, nowhere, and at worse, to…

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Afghanistan in Perspective

Today, August 16, 2021, will probably not go down in history as did Pearl Harbor, declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a “day that will live in infamy.” That particular day, December 7, 1941, has, in fact, stood the test of time. But today’s day, in 2021, is being declared as much by a…

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American Flag

Divisions within America

Why do they hate this country? Of all the countries in the history of the world one might think that the United States of America would be the most loved, respected, and even exalted compared to all others. This is not just a sentimental and biased reflection from an American national but can be amply…

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