Arthur Cyr

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One candidate who was not a part of last night’s debate was James Webb.  That makes sense, since he’s a Democrat.  The DNC announced its primary debate schedule yesterday, which includes a total of six debates, including one in Wisconsin.  Webb announced his candidacy just before Independence Day, which Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr thinks is significant:

Webb’s Vietnam War novel “Fields of Fire,” published in 1978, is generally recognized as one of the best to result from that war.

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From Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the collapse of the Russian currency, to the ongoing crisis in the middle east, to the ebola outbreak in west Africa and independence votes in Scotland and Catalonia, it’s been a typically busy year on the foreign affairs scene. 

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The Obama administration has dealt with several major challenges in the foreign policy arena in the last couple of weeks.