Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison is a former senior policy analyst in Washington think-tanks who worked in the Reagan administration. He also served as a Coast Guard Russian interpreter in the Bering Sea and taught diplomatic history to nuclear submariners.

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The Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech

With those words—“Her Majesty’s Government will…”—the speech from the throne was not read by the monarch. For the first time since the beginning of the present reign, this important address to Parliament was read for her by her 74-year-old son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

A Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson for the Russia-Ukraine War

John F. Kennedy never flinched, but he showed his mettle during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was his finest hour. Will this one be ours?

Pray for these Russians

So now I will pray for all Russian dissenters, who are in great peril. And I will pray for Vladimir Putin, too.

Send Comfort, Send Mercy - Russia - Ukraine
Send Comfort, Send Mercy

Now is the time for us to show Russia what kind of country America is. We can show the Russians and the world by sending our naval hospitals USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy to Odessa. We can provide humanitarian help the Ukrainians desperately need.

Proud Mary’s Rage - Mining - Appalachia - Canada
Proud Mary’s Rage

I owed Mother an apology. I had knowingly dismissed her fears. I refused to let fear determine my course. But I had heedlessly exposed my beloved wife and children to mortal dangers.

Semper Paratus: Always be Prepared - Advent - Hope
Semper Paratus: Always be Prepared

Considering our blessed lives as a people, in spite of all, we cannot give up on hope. Jefferson spoke for each one of us: “I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear far astern.”

Moby Dick was Framed!
Moby Dick was Framed!

One of the most stunning revelations of “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick was the witness reports of the sperm whale’s attack on the Essex, which is assumed to have inspired the book Moby Dick.

Man Will Prevail - Faulkner
Man Will Prevail

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.

America Didn’t Lose Afghanistan, Afghans Did
America Didn’t Lose Afghanistan, Afghans Did

The photographs and reporting from Kabul, the besieged airport there, and from other places in the broken land of Afghanistan are surely most troubling. But they indicate in no way American defeat.

For All Mankind

“We build and we defend a way of life, not for ourselves alone, but for all mankind.” That is the…