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Vietnam plus-50

By Cal Thomas

HANOI, VIETNAM — 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.

Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

A local TV program reminds a visitor of Chinese propaganda “operas” circa 1970. Performers, some wearing military garb with a backdrop of missiles and an American B-52 bomber going down in flames, commemorate the 1972 Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong ordered by President Richard Nixon. Banners and posters in the streets reinforce the government’s history lesson.

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:35 PM
 
You gotta have positive attitude

 

By Cal Thomas

“YOU GOTTA HAVE hope; mustn’t sit around and mope.” — “Damn Yankees”

Sitting in the room at the Jack Kemp Leadership Award dinner last week, listening to Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and of late the GOP vice presidential candidate, I sensed more than a generational shift in party leadership.

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:51 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:35 PM )
 
Taxpayers, revolt!

By Cal Thomas

CONGRESS RETURNED to “work” this week (now there’s a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people’s money is a taxing experience.

Their task is to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” a geological construct of their own making. It doesn’t take a genius to predict both parties will try to do two things: (1) reach an agreement that will allow each side to take some credit and (2) require those who work for a living to pay government more while they come up with phony, or inconsequential spending “cuts.”

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:52 PM
 
Changing America

 

By Cal Thomas

“THE COLOR OF the world is changing day by day.” — “Les Miserables,” the musical.

A look at the electoral map indicates the Republican Party won in square miles. Unfortunately for them, electoral votes, not landmass, won President Obama a second term. Analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that total spending on federal elections would peak at nearly $6 billion, an all-time record. This spending included ads that carpet bombed swing states; yet we are still an almost equally divided nation. But America is rapidly changing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:34 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:45 PM )
 
Foreign policy open to debate

 

Editor’s note: Cal Thomas wrote this column prior to the presidential election and a new Thomas column was not available for the News-Review before press time at noon Tuesday, Nov. 6.

By Cal Thomas

AFTER WATCHING THE third presidential debate, are you clear on America’s foreign policy? I thought not. That’s because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, rather a series of foreign policies, which must be tailored to fit each nation.

 

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:35 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:46 PM )
 
The 2nd debate

By Cal Thomas

IN FORM, President Obama came back strongly in last Tuesday’s debate with Mitt Romney, but substantively he continues to lag behind the Republican candidate. That’s because the president has a record to defend and it isn’t a good one.

Television being what it is, the president looked and sounded good, but the air seems to have gone out of his messianic balloon as voters focus more on facts and less on spin.

If promises mean anything — and they don’t to most politicians — Romney hit the president where it hurts: on his failure to live up to most of his promises.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:40 PM
 
Total reprobate

By Cal Thomas

“YOU CAN’T RUN from your mistakes. You have to confront them.”?—?Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn’t go on TV to confess their sins. That was back when most understood what sin is, before everything became excusable, especially for celebrities and the politically powerful.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a media tour promoting his book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” It certainly is.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 2:41 PM
 
It’s all out in the open

By Cal Thomas

THERE’S ANOTHER video, this one of Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a fundraiser in Boca Raton.

The video was reportedly “leaked” by James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. How appropriate. It apparently was saved for the most politically opportune moment and then published by the liberal Mother Jones Magazine in hopes of causing maximum damage to the Romney campaign. It’s all part of the Democrats’ attempt to distract attention from the president’s failed record.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 2:45 PM
 
More coverage is networks’ duty

By Cal  Thomas

MY FIRST POLITICAL convention was in 1964 when Democrats convened in Atlantic City to nominate Lyndon Johnson for a full term as president. I was a young copyboy at the NBC News network bureau in Washington. We arrived from Washington aboard a chartered DC-3 plane that also carried the late anchor/reporter Frank McGee and his wife.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:15 PM
 
The debate about debates
By Cal Thomas

DICTIONARY.COM defines a “debate” as: “A formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.”
That is not what will take place during three exchanges between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, or the one vice-presidential exchange between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:09 PM
 
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