Before it Gets Dark

December 28, 2016 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. As 2016 comes to a close, it’s hard not to think back over all that has happened - with new events marking the final days of the year. 2016 has been peppered with contentious issues like the U.S. presidential election, China’s growing aggression in the South China Seas, … Continue reading Before it Gets Dark

Benghazi, Libya: Is There Anything New?

Phil Johnson, Ph.D. June 29, 2016 When our consulate in Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012, I was in Cairo, Egypt - watching our embassy being attacked by a large and angry group of Egyptians - who were actually offended by an anti-Muslim video they had seen on YouTube. The building had been … Continue reading Benghazi, Libya: Is There Anything New?

MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Iran, Libya, Iraq and Egypt

January 15, 2014 Well, it’s only January, but it’s time to do a quick update on what’s going on in the Middle East. There are four issues that deserve our attention. DEAL WITH IRAN The West struck a landmark deal with Iran over their nuclear program. Under the deal, Iran has agreed to cap the … Continue reading MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Iran, Libya, Iraq and Egypt

2013 End of Year List: Part Two

December 26, 2013I began my “end of the year” lists in my last blog by discussing important news events, music and books. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. Now, I will continue my reminiscing of 2013 by sharing my take on movies, travel, people and my final thoughts for the year. MOVIES: I don’t … Continue reading 2013 End of Year List: Part Two

Guns, Violence and Distractions

A gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16th. Thirteen people are dead - including the gunman. At least eight others were injured. Aaron Alexis, from Fort Worth, Texas was identified as the gunman. It’s been reported that he was a Navy reservist, but had been discharged for a pattern of … Continue reading Guns, Violence and Distractions

Benghazi: One Year Out

It’s the 12th anniversary of 9/11 - a dozen years have passed.  9/11 has definitively changed the world and the way people look at safety, security, terrorism, radicalism and how nations interact with one another and against one another. But today is also the one year anniversary of another event: The murder of US Ambassador … Continue reading Benghazi: One Year Out