Author Archives: John Carey

Column: A look in the mirror

With some state and local issues put to rest, at least temporarily, by the Nov. 5 election, it is a good time to look at a foreign policy question of great importance. The question is, how can we fairly judge whether a particular national action or policy is effective and ethical? A prominent U.S. government […]

Column: A bit of non-partisan politics

This is the first time I have been able to raise my voice on a political matter since my second appointment to a New York State Court. After reaching the age of 70, I was required to retire as a full-time trial judge, but was glad to receive designation as a judicial hearing officer, or […]

Column: A treaty never broken

When German immigrants arrived in the hill country of Texas in the mid-1840s, they not only escaped the turmoil that erupted in Germany in 1848, they also achieved a peaceful arrangement with the existing inhabitants rivaling that of William Penn in Philadelphia, and never breached. The leader of the new arrivals, who anglicized his name […]

Column: A September to remember

No bad rainstorms “It always rains in Sep­tember,” declared my older brother Henry sometime in the late 1930s. He was no longer able to test his theory after 1944, when he died of war wounds in eastern France. It did seem in the 30’s as if we got a lot of rain around the time […]

U.S. and Russia, shoulder to shoulder

When I was in college, I took an elective course on the history of American diplomacy. The reason for this choice was probably because my father had been a U.S. diplomat during his first few years after Harvard. He had the good fortune to be posted to the American embassy in Paris during World War […]

Column: Syria minus sarin

On Sept. 16, UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon declared that he “condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons and believes that this act is a war crime and grave violation of the 1925 Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases and of Bacteriological Methods […]

Column: Obama passes the Syrian buck

President Truman famously said the buck stops at the White House. President Obama has shown how to share the buck with Congress. He confounded his Congressional foes when he asked them if they wish to go to war with Syria. A military attack is war, and absent self-defense, it cannot today be carried on without […]

Column: Internet’s foggy future

The Internet is “under threat from a number of directions.” So concluded a 27-member independent task force of the Council on Foreign Relations. A cover letter dated July 18, 2013, from the task force chairs John D. Negroponte and Samuel J. Palmisano referred to task force recommendations “that the United States and its partners work […]

Column: What is it about August?

On the first day of this month in 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, which had sided with Serbia after the assassination by a Serb on June 28 of the heir-presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. On the third of August, Germany declared war on France. Eventually 32 nations were involved in World War I. We […]