Power corrupts. Insulated power corrupts corrosively.
I'd say it is a rare if not miraculous gift to be able to rewind history and see so clearly what would have happened if we hadn't stopped Saddam Hussein's continued attacks and depredations.
The Obama administration treated the creation of "democracy" in the Middle East as a Good Thing. Ironically, those who created the United States of America viewed democracy with fear-- and created a Constitutional republic instead.
In two cases last week, lawyers urged the Supreme Court to respect the democratic process by upholding bans on legal recognition of gay marriages. But only one of those bans can plausibly be portrayed as representing the will of the people.
Professional sporting teams rake in billions and billions every year, entice multi-billionaires to buy up teams, and pay their athletes in the millions each. So of course the need for taxpayer subsidy is crystal clear - to politicians.
The finger pointing and the blame game of Washington gets old, but a messy representative democracy is better than an efficient dictatorship.
For foreigners, the only thing nuttier than watching the way we elect our presidents is watching the way we inaugurate them.
It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.