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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At War with the World

The current crisis over Syria against Turkey on behalf of the Kurds may be a bit distant to most Americans. That, however, does not prevent many of them to view the situation with the utmost intensity and dire warnings, either opposed to the administration or in favor. But it really makes little difference. The “Foreignness”…

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Can America survive its own success?

Success The possibility of being too “successful,” or too “good,” at what you do might just drive yourself out of the market. “Too much of a good thing” is an old phrase, but relevant when/if there comes a time when the enterprise simply goes overboard by its own ambitions. If your team has won 52…

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First Battle of the Marne

The Most Important Battle in History

What is the most important battle in history? Many claim that the answer is too complicated, as it “depends” on what one defines as “important” and as “history.” Fair enough. All this, however, only begs the question: what was the most important war in history? A significant battle in an obscure war has to be…

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The Nonpolitical Country

It may be widely assumed that the millions of immigrants who have flocked to this country, legally or not, flee their own homes because of oppression there and freedom here. That’s probably a safe assumption and certainly the one promoted now and throughout history. But everything is not politics, and there are many more advantages…

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Upside Down

After the British defeat at Yorktown (1781), their marching band played an old favorite, “The World Turned Upside Down,” signifying the loss of the American colonies, a “first” in British history. There are signs in the modern American culture indicating that history has come “full circle,” it’s now our time. Backward is Forward Having studied…

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Charge of the Light Brigade

“To Hell in a Handbasket”: The continual cycle of war in history

“Going to hell in a handbasket” is a phrase of frustration going back centuries to describe conditions so unsettling as to be irreversible. Today, it is commonly used as an everyday expression in situations that defy origin or cure, within which all must persevere. The phrase is used universally from home to factory, nation to…

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“Happy Days Are Here Again”

Light: Hope within the Great Depression Certainly the greatest political campaign song ever, “Happy Days Are Here Again” was the theme of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 victory, the first of four. The time was the Great Depression, and America was in the doldrums. Unemployment was everywhere, bread lines appeared in every city, banks closed, farms…

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Searching for America

Is anybody in America happy? The economy is doing just fine (so far), but it doesn’t get much play. Doom and gloom dominates the public “discourse.” There are two distinct entities, red and blue (as opposed to blue and gray), that are contesting for the soul and future of the country. One recognizes the past…

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America is the only country in the world that is exploring the idea of compensation to a portion of its people for  behavior in history by another portion. The innocent people make up around twelve percent and are all African-American; the guilty percentage was minuscule at the time and has disappeared. These are called “reparations”…

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