"I am so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held and a check, a government check. What, are you the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that's depressed? I'm sick of it! I can't take the celebration of weakness and depression." -- conservative talk show host Michael Savage
Roland Oliphant, The Telegraph: If the Swedish navy's hunt for a missing "Russian submarine" sounds like a throw-back to the Cold War, it is no coincidence. Diplomats in Moscow and western capitals may deny that we are seeing the beginning of "Cold War Two," but the truth is relations are at their lowest point since the end of the Soviet Union. And the "missing submarine" is most likely guilty of typical Cold War behavior: spying, or deliberately testing Western reaction.
As the former Soviet Union faces tough sanctions from the Obama Administration and European Union (EU) in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and incursion into Eastern Ukraine, Putin threatens the United States. The Russian president fired off more ominous rhetoric as his country's Ruble and economy continue to suffer. Vladimir Putin warns that the continued "hostile" posturing from the West and its partners could have "nuclear consequences."
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It has been nearly half a century since a young antiwar protester named Tom Hayden traveled to Hanoi to investigate President Lyndon B. Johnson's claims that the United States was not bombing civilians in Vietnam. Hayden saw destroyed villages and came away, he says, "pretty wounded by the pattern of deception." Now the Pentagon -- run by a Vietnam veteran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel -- is planning a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. The effort, which is expected to cost taxpayers nearly $15 million by the end of this fiscal year, is intended to honor veterans and, its website says, "provide the American public with historically accurate materials" suitable for use in schools. But the extensive website, which has been up for months, largely describes a war of valor and honor that would be unrecognizable to many of the Americans who fought in and against it. read more
Adam Hartung, Forbes: Economically, President Obama's administration has outperformed President Reagan's in all commonly watched categories. Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, which skyrocketed under Reagan. Additionally, Obama has reduced federal employment, which grew under Reagan (especially when including military personnel), and truly delivered a "smaller government." Additionally, the current administration has kept inflation low, even during extreme international upheaval, failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy. read more