Spring Break in Mexico

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning to spring breakers and others going to Mexico. Because of the crime wave, there’s a risk in certain parts of Mexico, says the report, and that includes kidnapping. It may be the usual abduction for ransom or the victim may be forced to withdraw money from an ATM or he or she may be threatened over the phone until payment is made. Continue reading “Spring Break in Mexico”

War Tweets

As troubles pile up at home, President Trump acts more aggressively overseas, as we know from his tweets. That’s a mistake, say two researchers who have traced Trump’s surprise election victory to his anti-war stance that gave him three crucial states won by the Democrats in 2012:  Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Continue reading “War Tweets”

Which War To Fight?

Arizona Senator John McCain, who was tortured while imprisoned for five and a half years in North Vietnam, opposes that treatment of anyone else. So he and other U.S. Senators have called for an investigation into reports of U.S. military participation in torture in the war in Yemen. In reply, U.S. defense officials say there has been some American involvement in interrogation of Yemeni prisoners, but not torture. Earlier, McCain earned the ire of President Trump by questioning a U.S. commando raid in Yemen that killed a number of al-Qaeda operatives but at the expense of some civilian lives and one American, a Navy Seal. Continue reading “Which War To Fight?”

Tombstones for the World

On October 26, 1881, Lawman Wyatt Earp exchanged gun fire with three outlaws at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. He killed his foes in 30 seconds, shots truly heard around the world. Not only did this encounter become a defining moment in the winning of the American West, law allegedly triumphing over lawlessness, it echoed overseas in many countries that perceived America through the intrepid, fearless, gun-toting Wyatt. More legend perhaps than fact? Doesn’t matter. Wyatt shot his way to fame and took his country along with him. Dusty little Tombstone goes global. Continue reading “Tombstones for the World”

Today’s Frontiersmen

Ranchers of southern Arizona stick together. It’s a necessity as they confront the cartels across the border who supply Americans with illicit drugs and kill their fellow Mexicans in appalling numbers. One rancher, Ed Ashurst, has even written a book about another rancher, “The Life and Times of Warner Glenn,” who is portrayed as the model cowboy superior to legend, patient, persevering, good-humored, a skilled tracker of lions and outlaws. Continue reading “Today’s Frontiersmen”

Our Spy in Mexico

At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s, Mexico City was teeming with intrigue. Agents of the United States, the Soviet Union and Cuba jostled one another for information and influence. Writes Gus Russo in his book “Live By The Sword”: “This megalopolis had become the most spy infested in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world.” Continue reading “Our Spy in Mexico”