When all it takes to get someone to shot themselves in the foot is for some fiendish clown to stir up their tribal impusle against the ‘other,” then dumb is, indeed, the best word to describe them. The strength of America has been that for over 200 years the nation’s top leaders rose above such primitive instincts. Now we are bed with the worst of nations, right, Mr. Putin?

You can wallow in that sort of muck all you want, most likely because deep down you feel that your own life is not worth saving, so you might as well have fun ruining life for everyone else. Hey, I guess that’s something. which you must feel is better than nothing — sad.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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