Watching current world events unfold sometimes leaves me with a kink in my neck. You know the kind you get when watching a fast tennis match, or a game of ping pong? Each side lobbing, or hurling, or firing a return volley as quickly as they can reload.
The thought process seems to be the need to demonstrate and enforce our superiority over the opposition.
The Israelis and the Palestinians.
Radical jihadists and pro-democracy forces.
The president and congress.
Cuban diplomatic talks and a Russian spy ship.
For example, while Ann and I were driving to Salt Lake she had an incredibly insightful and simple solution to the forecasted sharp rise in gasoline after OPEC has driven the shale oil companies here out of business.
She suggested that the government enforce heavy embargos and fees on foreign oil, and then forward those revenues to the domestic energy producers to keep them going.
It was brilliant.