Space junk, long feared, is now an imminent threat
Thanks to cost-saving advances in rocket and satellite technologies, more countries and companies are preparing to launch more stuff into orbit than ever before. As they do, the risk of collisions will only rise.
Vaccine mandates work, but not if they’re too strict
The lukewarm pace of coronavirus vaccination in the United States has led many policymakers and private employers to impose vaccine mandates, sometimes going so far as to refuse any religious or philosophical exemptions. Others, such as some universities and school districts, have opted for a softer approach — urging vaccinations, but not requiring them, in hopes that enough people will independently decide to do the right thing.
US military got some things right in Afghanistan
Obviously, for 20 years we prevented another devastating attack on the U.S. from the ungoverned wilderness of Afghanistan. And after a 10-year manhunt, we killed Osama bin Laden. But there were also other, more subtle successes.
China’s video-game crackdown gives America an edge
For decades, critics have called gaming a detriment to society without any hard proof. The negativity is an antiquated view that doesn’t match reality. In fact, there is increasing evidence that video games can be beneficial in several areas.
Can Biden’s big ambitions in foreign policy survive Kabul?
As a first step, the president might want to rein in his rhetoric and give “America is back” a rest. When America is back, we’ll know it.
Don’t make it harder for overseas military to vote
Overseas military currently use fax machines and email, which are less secure and lack privacy. The proposed language could either limit them to mail-in ballots that often don’t reach the clerk’s office in time to be counted, or possibly restrict the utilization of current email or faxed-in balloting.
Delta variant won’t send us back to baking in sweatpants
Despite a recent slump in consumer confidence, there are indications that Americans are still preparing to spend during the “golden quarter” for consumer goods — i.e., holiday season. Walmart and Home Depot noted that Halloween merchandise — an indicator of forthcoming holiday demand — was already selling well.
No, the press hasn’t turned hawkish on Afghanistan
The theory of press bias that Biden and some of his cheerleaders have adopted is wrong. It isn’t consistently hawkish. It wasn’t in 2005-07, when seemingly every day brought grim news from Iraq. Looking further back, coverage of the Vietnam War, especially after the first few years of U.S. involvement, was hardly favorable toward military action either.
Disaster in Afghanistan — What next?
The terrible disaster now unfolding in Afghanistan is a destructive reversal for the United States, and a serious policy and leadership failure on the part of President Joe Biden and his senior associates. However, the collapse of the established government institutions in Afghanistan is not a strategic defeat for the U.S. — not yet.
Nuclear non-proliferation’s new challenge
In the 1990s, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up the Soviet nuclear weapons, shipping them to Russia. Kazakhstan’s example offers a ray of light in this gloom.