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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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August 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Tanks in Prague & “People got to be free” # 1 on Billboard

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We remember that Warsaw Pact tanks were crushing the people of Prague this week in 1968.    Like Hungary 1956, the USSR did not tolerate dissent in any of its satellite states.    

Over here, “People got to be free” by The Rascals was #1 on Billboard USA.  It spent much of the month of August as the most popular song of that summer.    

It was a pop song for us and a wish for the people of Prague.

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August 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

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Where were you the night that Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout?

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It happened here and at the old Arlington Stadium.  Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout and set a record that will probably last forever:

“A fan favorite, Ryan was 42 years old and a 21-year major league veteran in 1989, but continued to deliver consistently powerful pitching. 
He was 14-7 coming into the game on August 22, with 219 strikeouts, and needed just six more to reach the 5,000-strikout milestone. 
Rickey Henderson led off the top of the fifth inning with Ryan sitting on 4,999. Henderson, as he did so often in his long career–he retired as the all-time walks leader–worked the count full, fouling off two pitches at a 3-2 count before swinging at and missing a low, 96-mile-per-hour fastball. 
After the game, Henderson told The New York Times, ”It was an honor to be the 5,000th. As Davey Lopes says, ‘If he ain’t struck you out, you ain’t nobody.’ ”Ryan had requested before the game that play not be stopped to honor him. Instead, after the fifth inning, Ryan was saluted by President George H.W. Bush in a videotaped message. (The president’s son George W. Bush was then the owner of the Rangers.)”

Ryan followed up the 5000th strikeout with a no hitter in 1990 and 1991.  

Nolan Ryan retired in 1993.   He pursued business interests including becoming a very successful baseball executive.  The Rangers won the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011 and made the post-season as a wild card in 2012.  

Ryan left the Rangers after the 2013 and is a consultant with the Houston Astros, although he spends most of his time these days at the ranch with Ruth.

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August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Happy # 70 to Cindy Williams

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We remember Cindy Williams for two big roles in the 1970s.

First, she was Laurie in “American Graffiti”, one of the big movies of the decade.    

Second, she was one of those two crazy girls in “Laverne & Shirley”, a very funny show.


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August 22, 2016 at 7:40 am

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The poster child of Obama’s foreign policy

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(My new American Thinker post)

Indeed, the babies are dying in Aleppo, as Robin Wright posted today:

Last month, four newborns in incubators fought for their lives in a small hospital in Aleppo, the besieged Syrian city. 

Then a bomb hit the hospital and cut off power — and oxygen to the incubators. The babies suffocated. 

In a joint letter to President Obama this month, fifteen doctors described the infants’ deaths: “Gasping for air, their lives ended before they had really begun.” 

The doctors are among the last few in the eastern part of Aleppo, the historic former commercial center where a hundred thousand children are now trapped.

The photo of the bloody 5 year old boy, is one of the ugliest ones I’ve ever seen. We learned more about him later:

More than a third of all casualties in Aleppo are now kids, according to Save the Children. 

Among them is Omran Daqneesh, the toddler with the moppish Beatles haircut whose picture captivated the world this week. He was shown covered with blood and dust after being dug from the debris of a bombing in Syria on Thursday. Rescuers placed him, alone, on an orange seat in an ambulance. His stunned, dazed expression mirrored the trauma of a war-ravaged generation. (On Saturday, we learned that Omran’s older brother Ali, who was ten, had died from wounds sustained in the attack.)

I understand that war is hell, as any veteran will tell you. However, this picture is more than the byproduct of bombs. It is the consequence of a foreign policy that has made the world a heck of lot unsafer than it was in 2009.   

It started with a reckless withdrawal from Iraq in 2011. It was followed by tough talk about “red lines” that were never followed up. It did not take long for the bad guys in the region to find that President Obama was all about getting reelected in 2012 rather than U.S. national security.      

As Charles Krauthammer wrote:

Two terms later, we see the result. Ukraine dismembered. Eastern Europe on edge. 

Syria a charnel house. Iran subsuming Iraq. Russia and Iran on the march across the entire northern Middle East.

And two terms later, we know that Mr. Obama’s successor will have to clean this up. The next one, he or she, won’t have the luxury of “hope and change” and a media willing to overlook President Obama’s pathetic performance. He or she will have to face the facts and make extremely painful decisions, such as sending ground troops.

And worst of all, one of the authors of this mess is leading in the polls to inherit the problems.

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August 22, 2016 at 6:55 am