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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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To America’s Lions: Thank You for Your Service

To America’s Lions: Thank You for Your Service

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It took some time for the nation to appreciate the services offered and sacrifices endured by men and women who served during the Vietnam War. In addition to 58,000 deaths, there remains the enduring physical and psychological trauma experienced by many Vietnam veterans. Those of us who served [...]

War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age [...]

War: A Matter of Semantics

War: A Matter of Semantics

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” —President John F. Kennedy For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire others to do the unthinkable. Modifiers [...]

The Gaza Trap—Earl H. Tilford

The Gaza Trap—Earl H. Tilford

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it’s apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel. For example, there’s the media trap. Hamas, like other Islamic terror groups, manipulates the Western media while toying with an abundance of [...]

Intelligence and National Security Priorities—Tilford

Intelligence and National Security Priorities—Tilford

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no one in the community ever wanted a superior, especially at the highest levels, to point to an [...]

A More Immediate Threat

A More Immediate Threat

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES On July 23, 2012, Syria—one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention—admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A foreign ministry spokesman warned that Damascus would use these weapons against any force intervening in its civil war. NATO estimates [...]

On a Wing and a …

On a Wing and a …

Earl H. Tilford EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an “alarming pattern of attacks on faith” in the U.S. Air Force. This was a reaction to U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Norton [...]

Afghanization

Afghanization

DR. EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES President Barack Obama’s five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and “forge a just and lasting peace.” What does the plan involve, and can it work? Here are the five points: Making Afghans responsible for [...]

Lessons Not Learned from Vietnam

Lessons Not Learned from Vietnam

DR. EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES After the fall of Saigon on April 29, 1975, military and civilian strategists sought “lessons learned.” Many were tactical or technical, such as the operational effectiveness of precision-guided munitions and the continuing need for guns on jet fighters. At the strategic level, one [...]

Iran: Israel’s Options

Iran: Israel’s Options

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet Long Range Air Force and Strategic Rocket Forces by 80 to 90 percent. Since these bases were [...]

Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, following the burning of copies of the Koran and their careless disposal. An apology [...]

Strategic Abdication

Strategic Abdication

Earl H. Tilford, Center for Vision and Values From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military—well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in power—kills up to 200 or more of its own citizens. Protests from Washington, the withdrawal of the U.S. [...]

Preparing the Military for Future Threats

Preparing the Military for Future Threats

EARL H. TILFORD With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully rescuing two hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the deployment of small, elite units will fit in with President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military. Yet, while small, elite units are indeed crucial to the modern [...]

Military Modernization: Back to the Future

Military Modernization: Back to the Future

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES President Barack Obama’s vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in “back to the future.” Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a decade into positing what 21st-century warfare would entail. These considerations were based on notions set forth [...]

Iran: How to Lose

Iran: How to Lose

Earl H. Tilford, The Center for Vision and Values Once again, tensions between Iran and the international community are on the rise as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, released a new report that warns of concealed attempts by Iran to produce an atomic bomb. How should one respond? The [...]