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September 17th, 2021 - 1:00 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

Biden is all about China

In Washington, “everything comes down to China.” At least, that’s how CNN sees it. (Read article here.) After describing how Biden’s administration justifies nearly all its domestic policies on a “need to strengthen the country to better compete with China,” CNN p[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 4:50 pm § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

U.S., U.K. working to arm Australia with nuclear subs

The United States and United Kingdom are working together to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, CNN reported on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (read story here). Australia has a small navy, with fewer than 20 large combat ships, which includes 6 diesel-powered submarines (details here[...]

September 11th, 2021 - 6:35 pm § in America, Misc.

9/11 tribute (video)

There were many events today marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, and many videos to choose from: speeches, singing, ceremonies. What’s an editor to do? I chose this one. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

September 11th, 2021 - 1:30 pm § in America, Misc.

Did an airliner hit the Pentagon?

Yes. Unequivocally, yes. Conspiracy theorists refuse to believe it. Some people drink fish tank cleaner or eat horse pills to “cure” Covid-19. There are lots of gullible, stupid people in the world. The evidence that a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, is[...]

September 11th, 2021 - 11:48 am § in America, Russia

PHOTOGRAPHY: 9/11 Teardrop Memorial

Did you even know it exists? Designed by a Russian architect, donated by Russia, the groundbreaking attended by Vladimir Putin, and dedicated by Bill Clinton, this memorial to the victims of the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks stands in an industrial area of Bayonne, New Jersey, across the harbor fr[...]

September 7th, 2021 - 12:54 pm § in America, Law and Courts

Remember Gitmo?

You remember what “Gitmo” is, and who’s there, right? Okay, let’s review. “Gitmo” is shorthand for the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It houses terrorists, including detainees from the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. It’s still in opera[...]

September 5th, 2021 - 1:43 pm § in America, Foreign Affairs, News Media

The Afghanistan Papers

With U.S. troops now completely out of Afghanistan, most Americans don’t want to hear about that country anymore, much less read an entire book about our war there went awry. Nobody learns anything from the mistakes of the past anyway. So this posting will be very short. The Afghanistan Papers[...]

September 4th, 2021 - 5:07 pm § in America, China, Misc., Russia

Is the movie “Reservoir Dogs” an allegory on nuclear war?

“Reservoir Dogs” was Quentin Tarantino’s (bio here) first film, released in 1992, and typifies his film work. On its face, it’s a crime noir movie about jewel thieves who come into conflict with the police and each other. Its explicit portrayals of violence grossed out audien[...]

September 4th, 2021 - 12:21 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Toddler tantrums

“The toxic acrimony of national politics is seeping down to the local level — and the consequences look ever more ominous.” This is Niall Stanage (bio here), an Irish journalist looking at America from the outside in, writing for The Hill where he’s an associate editor. Read the [...]

August 17th, 2021 - 6:20 pm § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

Afghan debacle increases risk of war between U.S. and China

A couple days ago I wrote (here), “I’m concerned about a couple of things. One is whether our withdrawal from Afghanistan will be interpreted in Beijing as a lack of resolve and embolden China’s dictator to attack Taiwan.” I wasn’t imagining things. And it didn’t take lon[...]