Friday, September 14, 2012


Professor David from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) recently spoke in Pentagon City about Iran's nuclear program.  I asked him what might cause Hezbollah or Hamas to shift targeting focus to the US.  He was quick to remind the group that the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut was such an attack, but suggested that our foreign policy should not be driven by threats.

Less than a week later, our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those lost in Libya, and those serving overseas in embassies or military bases.  We can't imagine that some wacko producing and publishing a video could result in such violence and hatred for all of us.  We are saddened that some of the most idealistic among us, the most committed to your welfare, should pay such an awful price.  We can't help but imagine callous and well trained manipulators whipped up popular anger and orchestrated those attacks.

We underscore our hopes for the safety and prosperity of your children, just as we fight for the prosperity and happiness of our own.  May we find a way to prosper in peace together.  Amen.