If “America’s readiness to use its power to stabilize the world” is in decline, as Roger Cohen suggests in “Ambivalence About America” (column, Aug. 19), there is good cause for that: American power has promoted at least as much instability as stability since 1945. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the upheaval in Libya and Egypt are only recent obvious examples; think of Southeast Asia, South Africa and Latin America.
President Obama seems to recognize this, and this recognition leads to caution unbecoming in a chief executive, whose job, since Ronald Reagan anyway, has been not to compel the nation to make tough choices on energy, inequality and health care, say, but to enable it to feel good about itself.
This seems to be beyond President Obama’s skill set. Read his books, peruse his speeches, talk to his friends and critics, and one meets a man more suited to parsing difficult problems than to proposing convenient solutions to them. I mean this as a compliment.
Even in an ideal political climate many of the issues confronting the nation would seem to border on intractable. Nice words won’t cure racism. Hydraulic fracturing won’t reverse climate change. Raw power can’t guarantee America’s standard of living in a world of gross inequality.
Allowing a 9-year-old girl to fire a submachine gun resulting in the inability to control its recoil causing the death of her instructor does not require much thought upon whom to cast blame. It [sic] a triumvirate consisting of the child’s parents, the instructor and the company that operated the facility.
If one needed a fourth to blame, it would be the Arizona legislators who allow such use of automatic machine guns, sniper rifles and grenade launchers by adults, let alone a 9-year-old.
It may well be that no crime has been committed, but this case is cloaked in stupidity and immorality. The 9-year-old’s tender age makes her innocent of any wrongdoing, but sadly she may carry a scar for many years.
This is downright freaky. A year ago, the Arizona Wildcats defeated the UNLV Running Rebels, 58-13, in Las Vegas. This past Friday, the Wildcats defeated the Rebels, 58-13, in Tucson. Mark Spahn will tell us the probability of that happening.
In his (Aug. 27) commentary, "A Mideast war we should avoid," Tribune columnist Steve Chapman attempts to make the case for a wait-and-see approach by the U.S. in dealing with the Islamic State. Do nothing and see more beheadings like that of journalist James Foley. Do nothing and see the indiscriminate murder of hundreds of more people. Do nothing and hear about the horrific treatment of captured women. Do nothing to a savage group that has declared its desire to destroy the U.S. Doing nothing is essentially unthinkable. We should be very worried about ISIS.
There have been 106 Cy Young Award winners. Nine of them were relief pitchers. Of the 97 starters, 72 of them, or 74.2%, won at least 20 games. This gives the lie to David Fryman's oft-repeated claim that winning 20 games is irrelevant (or at least unimportant) to a pitcher's status as excellent. In fact, 20 victories has long been the standard of excellence for a starting pitcher. That few of today's starting pitchers (such as Seven-Inning Felix) seldom if ever reach it attests to their mediocrity and wimpiness.
The circus is over. Had this man chosen to be a football player first and a homosexual second, rather than the other way around, nobody would have heard a word about him. Moral of the story: Keep your sexual proclivities private. Nobody wants to hear about them; nobody needs to hear about them.