Excellent guidelines for a successful long-term romantic relationship!


Great advice! Praise or say nothing, march to your own drummer, be skeptical of any wild emotion whether good OR bad, and accept responsibility for your mistakes and flops.


Valuable piece! I've been a self-employed author for over 20 years, but you can never be too good at the fundamentals, and this short, pithy writeup is perfectly on target!


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An iconic image of U.S. troops and helicopters during controversial, divisive Vietnam War (Photo: The Atlantic)

by Joe Buff, MS, FSA

Until the seemingly endless “GWOT (Global War on Terror)” cum “overseas contingencies operations” cum “Forever Wars,” it was America’s longest war — Vietnam. It ended in 1975 with a whimper for our side, not a bang. Anyone under 44 now wasn’t even born back then. Many of us who were wish it all had never happened. Things went on that still reverberate throughout U.S. society. There are important lessons about national unity and national security here, lessons that we forgot or never got to learn to begin with. What are they? Let’s recap.

In 1975…


A US Navy nuclear-deterrence sub (US Navy photo)

by Joe Buff, MS, FSA

America is not well served by a myth abroad in the land. This myth may or may have not originated with hostile foreign info-war operatives, but they’re sure exploiting it in their nefarious stoking of America’s raging domestic anti-nukes debate. The durable home-front anti-nukes sentiment threatens to undermine the effectiveness of our strategic nuclear deterrent. These overseas influence-campaign agents want to erode this bedrock of America’s national defense. Yet at the same time, Russia and China cynically, hypocritically, and threateningly beef up their own nuclear offense/defense arsenals.

The myth is that our nuclear Triad forces…


Anti-nuclear malign influence campaigns predate the Internet!

by Joe Buff, MS, FSA

Both domestic naysayers and foreign influence campaigners just love to confuse and frighten us. Stoking up these destructive emotions has been a recognized tool for manipulation since the dawn of organized enemy propaganda during Biblical times. And yes, in the modern era with its Internet-enabled stochastic radicalization of targeted home-front splinter groups, the sincere doubters and honest questioners around the U.S. are hard to distinguish from the nefarious professional overseas operatives. …


Russian land-mobile ICBM launchers on parade.

By Joe Buff, MS, FSA

Should the U.S. add land-based mobile ICBMs to its Nuclear Deterrence Triad, or use them instead of fixed-silo nukes? The short answer is no. Such weapon systems were considered during the First Cold War, as one way to make American ICBMs more survivable — by moving them around unpredictably. By jinking hither and yon on random paths while going top speed, they could even seek to outfox inbound enemy warheads. How? …


President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia (Photo: US Military Academy)

by Joe Buff, MS, FSA

The Pentagon recently recognized that the United States is in a “new cold war” with China and Russia. This realization/admission by our national defense officialdom was a gradual process, as was the gearing up by the various participating “near-peer competitor states” involved in the conflict itself. Some commentators, including this writer, offered the view years ago that Russia was being very aggressive in Chechnya and the Near Abroad, and China was exhibiting expansionist and militarizing behavior across Asia, and both could become ongoing trends. Those trends have indeed continued and, in fact, they have accelerated.


Image: Brane Space

By Joe Buff, MS, FSA

The Global Zero Movement and their nuclear disarmament fellow-travelers keep telling Congress and the American people something fundamental, something lovely, some great news about war and human psychology. Alas for global peace and human survival, their claim is about as real as unicorns that fly like Pegasus, eat rainbows, and fart no-cal rocky-road ice cream. The No Nukes crowd keep trying to say that the United States can effectively deter any enemy nuclear attack by threatening to retaliate with conventional weapons only. …

Joe Buff

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