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Missile Defense – A conservative response to Nuclear Proliferation

Posted by on Sep 30, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mitt Romney authored a great essay on why it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to walk away from the Missile Shield Program.  Not only have we alienated our staunch allies in Europe, who took a lot of heat over agreeing to host the shield, but we are sending the wrong message about our commitments to security in general.  Is there any other manner to combat illegal nuclear programs, than to both work through diplomatic channels to stop the programs, while developing a shield to protect from the threat?  We are simply naive, and wrong, to compromise our security for the sake of an ill-fated experiment of appeasement.  There are simply too many lives at stake to take such a gamble.

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The Eyes of the World

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009 in Foreing Policy, Israel, President Obama | 0 comments

It seems it has been a rough week for President Obama.  Although he is battling mightily for health care reform, he still has a long way to go to build consensus.  On the foreign policy front, he is having even more difficulty.  His inability to create consensus of any sort in the Israeli – Palestinian issue is most troubling.  For he willingly entered as a moderator of sorts in the peace process, but was soundly rebuffed by Netanyahu.

Obama’s call for a jewish settlement freeze went nowhere.  This creates issues not only for the ultimate prospects of peace in the region, but signals the world that the U.S. President is incapable of reversing any decision of “No.”  I found the following article in the Jerusalem Post that more specifically describes the problem.

Debating issues with students and faculty as a law professor does not really help one develop the negotiation skills essential to a world leader. Let’s hope somehow President Obama learns to negotiate the tough issues with better success.

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Remembering Dominique Pandolfo

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in 9/11, Remembering, Victim, WTC | 0 comments

As part of a dedicated project to remember each of the victims of 9/11/2001, I was selected to remember Dominique Pandolfo.  In my research into Dominique’s life, it was clear that she was a wonderful and talented person who died much too young at age 27.  

Dominique was born on March 18, 1974, the only child of George and Barbara Pandolfo, in NYC. Her family moved to Paramus, NJ where she was raised and attended Paramus High School and then went on to Rutgers College and received her degree in 1996.

After college Dominique began teaching, but decided that the business world was more suited for her; especially in the computer field where she could still be in a teaching atmosphere. On Monday, September 10, 2001, she started her first class toward her MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. She previously worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers and eventually found her niche at Marsh & McLennan as a regional training coordinator for new employees. 

The WTC was not her home office, but she was called there for a meeting on the 99th floor on September 11, 2001.  There were many people in Dominique’s life whose lives were forever shattered by those who do not believe in American Values or the American Dream.  Dominique was living the American Dream, and should be an inspiration to all of us.  Her unfortunate death should remind all of us about the fragile nature of life, the promise of America, and the necessity to defend both.

Truly no person is an island, and we were all diminished by the loss of Dominique Pandolfo, and each of those lost on September 11, 2001.  Let’s keep their memories alive by continuing to fight those who aim to take away all that was precious to Dominique, her family and America.  

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