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This post was written one week after Kabul fell to the Taliban, Aug. 15. Another 10 days have since passed, with U.S. troops now departed from Afghanistan, after a herculean (and last-ditch) effort to evacuate over 122,000 people, including both American citizens and Afghan allies who aided the U.S. mission…


Third in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times

Americans might be forgiven if we believe we invented “normalcy.” Apart from the tumultuous crises of the Vietnam War and Watergate which brought citizens into the streets protesting, life in post-World War II America proceeded normally. We went about our personal…


America at present seems in a state of grief. We are deep into the second year of a vicious pandemic, made more vicious by our divisive arguing over how to manage the contagion — or even if the contagion is real — which arguing only extends the pandemic, enables more…


Twentieth in an ongoing series, Notes from a Plague-Time

It had to happen, sooner or later. With the pandemic now “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”; with the nation’s intensive-care units (ICUs) packed to the point that hospitals must now ration care; and with nearly 100% of those ICUs taken up…


Every American can remember, like it was yesterday, the horrific day that soon became known simply for its date: 9/11.

Like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we remember where we were, what we were doing, when the terrible news burst through: that the twin towers of the World…


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The following may seem a foray into the mystical, but it is meant for the realm of policy and national purpose:

Given the astonishing rescue operations of U.S. combat veterans here at home working online, either alone or in teams, to get their Afghan allies (interpreters, drivers, etc.) out of…


Hold off on the “Who lost Afghanistan?” debates and “End of the American era” commentary.

Right now, there is life-saving work to be done — launching a Kabul Airlift, like the famous Berlin Airlift, and mobilizing the international community to protect Afghan women and girls — and precious little time…


The Case of Andrew Cuomo

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With the abrupt resignation of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, second-generation holder of his state’s highest office once held by his late father Mario, the media has reached for high metaphor.


Nineteenth in a series, Notes from a Plague-Time

Just as America, after a year-and-a-half of suffering, was heading for Independence Day from COVID-19, we are regressing — perhaps to a worse place than before — defeated not by the virus in any of its variants, but by the human factor…


Despite assurances from the Biden administration, the evacuation of Afghan interpreters is tied up in bureaucratic squabbling

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It is clear: If your military troops deployed in Country X have been aided by members of Country X’s population — such as interpreters, drivers, fixers, security guards, staff at your embassy, etc.; and if, in aiding your troops these interpreters, etc., have also saved your troops’ lives; and if…

Carla Seaquist

Our times examined via politics, culture, morality. Author, "Can America Save Itself from Decline?" Playwright. Contributor, HuffPost. www.carlaseaquist.com.

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