[ by Charles Cameron — two powerful graphic images, one simple truth ] . ** From a purely graphic angle, the two images mirror one another quite nicely, and arguably the meltdown is the cause for the need to scream. I generally try to avoid politics, but when it leaks over into the same religious […] Read more »
[ by Charles Cameron — classification, impropriety, and a concept pretty much unique to Meister Eckhart ] . First, here’s what I call a DoubleTweet, juxtaposing two tweets for the resonance between them — and juxtaposing two thoughts for the resonance between them is about as simple a way of demonstrating the whole being greater […] Read more »
know it may be hard to believe after reading multiple media reports about Putinâ€™s latest â€œsurprise pull out from Syriaâ€ but the Kremlin did not, repeat, not, really pull its military out of Syria last week. So what were Putin's motives? Read more »
[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Many of you have seen the controversial NRO essay by David French on absurdly restrictive rules of engagement that enlisted men and their NCO’s and junior officers have been forced to wrestle with in Iraq, Afghanistan and miscellaneous conflict zones. This is a problem that began under the Bush II […] Read more »
[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] President Obama addressed the nation in the wake of the ISIS-inspired terrorism San Bernardino that killed 14 people. You can read a transcript of his speech here. A few quick comments: It is a positive, albeit small, step toward realism in the White House that the President […] Read more »
Didn’t Vladimir Putin turn 63 on October 7? Didn’t the Russian military provide him with a spectacular birthday present – the launch of 26 cruise missiles from the country’s flotilla in the landlocked Caspian Sea that very same day? It was an impressive display of night time fire power in honor of the President in Chief (or Perpetuity). . . .The increasingly likely downing of Russia’s Metrojet filled with mostly Russian holiday makers by some kind of incendiary device planted by an ISIS-affiliated terrorist group is just the latest example of how barging into someone else's conflict can have unexpected and tragic results. Russians may love spectacles – but this is not one either they or their leader bargained for. Read more »
[ by Charles Cameron — the moral arc of history from Billie Holliday via MLK to Obama — and beyond, who knows? ] . Our topic here is foresight — prediction, prophecy, prognosis, projection. ** The Legatum Institute today tweeted a Pew Research projection of Muslim and Christian growth 2010-2050. It is now 2015, so […] Read more »
Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the Iran deal at American University's School of International Service.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy also delivered a historic foreign policy speech at American University. Just eight months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy had boldly entered into a diplomatic agreement with an adversary of the United States -- the Soviet Union. He faced criticism at home for choosing to pursue a peaceful weapons agreement with a country no one trusted.
President Kennedy addresses the American University Commencement, recieves honorary degree.
President Kennedy's diplomatic approach succeeded in advancing the national security interests of the United States -- and the Iran deal does the same.
— The Iran Deal (@TheIranDeal) August 5, 2015
Both Presidents believed that a peaceful agreement was preferable to alternatives which would likely lead to military confrontation.Read more »
Today, President Obama visits Kenya — the 50th country he has visited during his Administration. It’s also my 50th country traveling with the President.
To mark the occasion, as I did when the President visited his 50th state, I chose one photograph from each country that we’ve visited.
Traveling abroad with the President is very different.
Often times, I am at the mercy of the host country for access. Some countries are more accommodating to me than others. I am lucky to have counterpart official photographers in many countries who are extremely helpful to me in this regard. I of course try to return the help to them when they visit the White House with their head of state.
We’re also rarely in any one country for more than a couple of days, which gives us only a partial glimpse of each place. And because of security, the sites we are able to visit are often limited too.
All that said, we’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit the Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, the Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar (Burma). (So I really shouldn’t complain too much.)
I hope you enjoy this gallery. And stay tuned — we’ll be adding a photograph from Kenya and additionally, Ethiopia, following his visit next week.
Boarding Air Force One at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Read more »
Last Monday marked a year since the declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria by the extremist group Daesh (Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS). Despite maintaining and even expanding their territorial claims over the past year, some argue that their greatest accomplishment is their social media campaign. Assisting in attracting fighters and spreading their extremist […]Read more »