Today’s article is basically a continuation of Sunday’s and certainly of the catch up variety. I am including one new item which I will commence with because much is destined to be left on the cutting room floor.
If you are looking for a smooth flowing op-ed, today you are in the wrong place. I want to make a lot of quick hits and observations. Here we go.
I don’t know if Ukraine will win the war with Russia. That wasn’t even a possibility I considered at its commencement. Today I have to and so should the administration.
I recently rated the first 13 presidents I have lived under (I excluded Joe Biden) and I ranked Harry Truman as number 1. I did that in large part because of his decision to use the atomic bomb to end World War II. That was arguably his most controversial decision and many people take the exact opposite view of it. We could debate that ad nauseam, but we will not today, at least not here. Today I want to explore a seldom, if ever, discussed repercussion of that decision.
Today is Presidents’ Day. One of America’s minor national holidays. Most people in education, finance and government have the day off; for the rest it is a regular work day. I’m old enough to remember when we had a day off for both Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays but along the way they got consolidated and now we supposedly honors all 45 men (Grover Cleveland was counted twice in the presidential numbering “system”) who have occupied the office of the Presidency. Enough (and incomplete) history.