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INDIANAPOLIS – The spook’s eyes at the Londonskaya Hotel bar burned holes in me. Every time I glanced in his direction, they were trained on me. I had entered Odessa, Ukraine as part of the last hurrah of Sen. Richard Lugar’s old Republican internationalist order in this pre-partitioned nation. 

It was 2007. Vladimir Putin held only shadow power in the old Soviet remnants. His fractured standing belied a reeling nation, the former Soviet Union, in steep demographic decline. High rates of alcoholism, suicide and plunging birth rates defined this former empire. Donald Trump was a gadfly, wannabe presidential aspirant who owned a couple of Gary riverboat casinos and a New York real estate empire.

It would have been impossible to foresee how this churn of events would play out a dozen years later in Moscow, Kiev, Washington and even Indianapolis. The old Republican internationalist order that once thrived in Indiana has ended, begging the question in the emergent era of the Trump cult of personality, so what if it has?

The Indiana aspect of this story can be told through the hyper-supplicant Pences, with the vice president accepting full ownership of that cult; and Indiana’s two Republican senators, Mike Braun, who owes his station to Trump, and Todd Young, a former Lugar staffer who, had he taken a different career path, might have found himself briefing the Senate in a manner similar to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Last week Vindman, former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and State Department Ukrainian expert Dr. Fiona Hill testified before Congress of a disinformation campaign echoing Putin’s Kremlin that it was the Ukrainians, not the Russians, who meddled in the 2016 US elections. The Republican senators received a briefing on the Ukrainian fiction as multiple sources discredited the story. In the wake of the sensational impeachment testimony which appears not to have swayed public opinion, the question for Hoosier voters remains, does it matter? Do people care? I don’t think they do. Hoosier voters appear to be giving President Trump the benefit of the doubt, preferring to decide his future at the ballot box next year. Two recent polls in Indiana, the Old National/Ball State and Bowen Center poll, put Trump’s approval at 52%, while a Morning Consult poll had Trump’s Indiana approval at 50%.

  • MICHIGAN CITY – As we head into a weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, ponder this question: Did Osama bin Laden win? He was killed by U.S. Special Forces a decade ago, his remains dumped into the Indian Ocean. But when you consider what his goals were when he attacked New York and Washington, he has achieved much of what he wanted. When al-Qaeda attacked, the U.S. was the only “super power” on the world stage, coming a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, there is a growing school of thought that we have now fallen behind China. America spent $6.4 trillion on what President George W. Bush described as the “War on Terror,” according to Brown University’s Costs of War Project. This includes President Bush’s “Axis of Evil” State of the Union address in 2002 when he expanded the U.S. assault on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan to Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The Iraq War costs are pegged at about $2 trillion (coming to about $8,000 per U.S. taxpayer). The Costs of War Project estimates the U.S. spent $2.2 trillion in Afghanistan, including $837 billion on “warfighting” and $145 billion on Afghan reconstruction, the development of its national security forces that quit after 11 days this summer, as well as counter-narcotic efforts. There were 2,352 U.S. military members who were killed in Afghanistan, and the 20,000 who were wounded. In the Iraq War, 4,431 U.S. soldiers were killed and 31,944 were wounded. These human costs are incalculable, defying any dollar amount on a spread sheet.

  • MICHIGAN CITY – The people don't always get it right. From slavery, to the right of women and minorities to vote, from the way we've treated our mentally ill, to Jim Crow laws and school segregation, it took "leaders" to cut through prevailing opinion, gossip and innuendo, and forge evolving visionary policy creating a more perfect union. When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic - the most lethal health sequence in Indiana history which has claimed more than 14,000 lives - the General Assembly moved at the behest of some of the people to crimp the power of our governor. Instead of waiting for this pandemic to end, comprehensively study responses and results, and then make policy changes, the General Assembly passed laws and overrode vetoes by Gov. Eric Holcomb to send public health mandates and restrictions into the hands of local units of government like county commissioners and school boards. So, how's that going? nHalf the Indiana population is fully vaccinated, leaving the other half exposed, and now the "end of the tunnel" forecasted by Gov. Eric Holcomb last March is now in its fourth surge, on course to surpass those of last fall and winter. It was wholly avoidable. According to state health officials, four of Indiana's 10 hospital districts are now above 100% of Intensive Care Unit beds occupied. According to the University of Washington's very credible health metrics evaluation site, another 6,000 Hoosiers will die between now and Dec. 1, with the daily death toll reaching 130 by mid-October. Our ICU nurses are overwhelmed and burned out, which is exacerbating a shortage of medical personnel. After shifts where they are the last human a doomed COVID patient sees, these ICU nurses drive past bars, restaurants and stadiums filled with unmasked people.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – On paper, Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young looks to be in the catbird seat as he seeks a second term next year. He sits on a war chest approaching $5 million. He’s undefeated, having dispatched since 2010 current or former members of Congress including Mike Sodrel, Baron Hill, Marlin Stutzman and in 2016 defeated Democrat Evan Bayh by 10%. His reelection comes in a mid-term cycle that normally favors the party that does not control the White House. McDermott’s Democratic credentials are solid, having served as Lake County party chair as well as on the Democratic National Committee. But he has a long history of attracting Republican support. His father was a two-term Republican mayor of Hammond between 1984 and 1992. McDermott upset Republican Mayor Duane Dedelow in 2003 by 52.1% to 47.9%, a margin of just 700 votes. After a narrow first reelection by virtually the same margin, McDermott has been a Region juggernaut, winning his last two terms with 82% and 87% of the vote. McDermott says that Sen. Young has become “corrupted” by Washington money influences as well as by Donald Trump. Young voted to acquit Trump during two impeachment trials. “He’s a veteran, an Annapolis grad, and quite frankly, should know better,” McDermott said.
  • NASHVILLE, Ind. - I never met Marine Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, but anyone traveling on State Road 46 heading into this town crosses a bridge named in his honor. On Feb. 18, 2010, while on combat support mission in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, McQueary was killed by an improvised explosive device in the midst of a war at that point was going on nine years.  Sgt. McQueary had been inspired by his father, Dallas, to serve. He graduated from Columbus East High School in 2002, just months after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the citizen patriot downing of Flight 93 that had been aimed at the U.S. Capitol. Less than three months after Sgt. McQueary's death, U.S. Special Forces found and terminated the life of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda mastermind of those Sept. 11 attacks. One could make the case that it was at that point that the United States achieved its mission; that was the time we should have exited Afghanistan, the so-called "graveyard of empires." Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, observed on Wednesday, "For more than 20 years ... " it was American warriors like Sgt. McQueary who helped "prevent an attack on the homeland." "This is personal," Gen. Milley said. "To each of them, I want you to know personally, your service mattered."

  • CARMEL – In re-reading Winston Churchill’s 1897 book, “The History of the Malakand Field Force,” it became abundantly clear that the realities of life and war in eastern Afghanistan have changed little over the last 120 years. The enemy that Winston Churchill faced in his first action as a British soldier defending the realm has seen their great-great grandchildren squaring off against our American sons for the past 20 years to much the same result. As Santayana so famously stated, “Those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it,” was never truer than in Afghanistan. The British, Soviets and the United States have all been dragged into the quagmire of Afghanistan for various motivations, but ultimately each suffered the same ignoble result, a final struggle between escaping with your pride and merely escaping. Each lost men and vast treasures in trying to control the uncontrollable. It would have been bad enough if our leaders had forgotten the lessons we should have learned from the British and Soviet experience in Afghanistan, but there were over 56,000 other reasons why we should have given pause to thoughts of a long-term commitment to the conflict, and that was the tragic loss of life we suffered in our previous aborted attempt at interventionism, Vietnam. Although the details may differ, there is much similarity to the two shameful disasters.  
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Major League Baseball is approaching 120 years in its two-circuit setup and it continues to amaze me how often the “firsts” still come along. Take light hitting Chicago White Sox catcher Seby Zavalas, who last week became the first in history to smash his first three home runs in the same game. Or the guy Zavalas replaced, Yermin Mercedes, who back in April became the first in history to go 5-for-5 in his first major league start, and began his career going 8-for-8, his bat headed for Cooperstown. His personal slogan had been “the best or nothing,” though he has since been sent back to AAA Charlotte. At 7 tonight on Fox, another first will occur: The first game played in “heaven.” Or as actor Kevin Costner put it in the 1989 movie classic “Field of Dreams,” the first in “Iowa.” The White Sox and New York Yankees will meet outside of tiny Dyersville, Iowa (population 4,000). Costner will be on hand along with 8,000 Iowans, in the game to be called by IU graduate Joe Buck for Fox Sports.
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Alex Azar, the former Eli Lilly executive and Health and Human Services secretary, played a crucial role in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine after President Trump initiated “Operation Warp Speed” in the spring 2020 as the pandemic shut down much of society. Seen by many as a modern scientific miracle – getting this “Trump” vaccine from research, trials and then into the arms of hunkered down Americans within a year (though based on decades of research) – in early 2021 it was viewed as the key to fully reopening society. Now COVID is raging again in what is now being called the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” In a New York Times op-ed published on Tuesday, Azar writes, “I know the vaccines’ features intimately because as secretary of Health and Human Services, I oversaw their development, testing, approval and distribution from April of 2020 until January of this year. After leaving office, I watched with pride as vaccination rates rose through the early months of the year, and then with dismay as the daily number of vaccinations declined. “Among the many debatable issues around COVID-19 is one unassailable fact: The coronavirus is nonpartisan,” Azar continued. “While the vaccines have had doubts cast upon them by politicians throughout their production and rollout, whether a person lives in a red or a blue state has no bearing on the vaccines’ efficacy. They work incredibly well, and more than 160 million fully vaccinated Americans are proof.” And then Azar throws down the gauntlet to current officeholders: “Whether such skepticism is rooted in political misgivings, conspiracy theories or lack of accurate and timely information, there are still millions of Americans unwilling to take the simplest of steps to end this pandemic. That makes it incumbent upon all leaders and health experts to be honest about how safe and effective the vaccines are and urge vaccination.”

  • INDIANAPOLIS – I didn’t see this coming. I figured that most Hoosiers would jump at the chance to get the COVID vaccine; that the anti-vaxers made up only about 5 or 10% of the population, as any school administrator could confirm regarding those who don’t want to comply with RMM vaccine requirements that have been in place for decades. Ditto for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said today, “Honestly, it never occurred to me we would have difficulty getting people to take the vaccine.” But now at a time when the pandemic was supposed to be disappearing in the rearview mirror, Tuesday’s Indiana State Department of Health report showed 1,085 new cases, the first time it’s been over 1,000 since May 8. On Wednesday that grew to 1,248 cases with 12 deaths. The seven-day positivity rate, which runs a week behind, continues a month-long climb to 6.3%, the highest since Feb. 9, with some 15 counties over 10%. According to CDC stats as of Tuesday, only 58% of Hoosiers age 18 and up had received one dose of the vaccine which rank us 12th in the nation; only 54.9% had received both doses. In a state of 6.7 million people, less than three million have been vaccinated. 

  • INDIANAPOLIS – The catastrophic events prior to the Sept. 11 foreign terror attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the demise of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania occurred in a time of consequential political instability. The 2000 president election between Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was a virtual tie, and wasn't decided until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Florida recount on behalf of the governor. Gore was understandably dejected, but conceded on Dec. 13, saying, "I accept the finality of the outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.” Ten months later came the terror attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans. In 2002, President Bush created an independent commission to study what happened and make recommendations to shore up the nation's defenses. He ultimately chose former Republican New Jersey Gov. Tom Keane to chair the commission, Indiana Democratic U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton as vice chair, and former Hoosier congressman Tim Roemer to join the commission that included former senators, governors, a former Navy secretary and a former White House counsel.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – Pandemic. Wildfires. Floods. Pestilence. Violence. Gridlock. Coup d'etats, Political intrigue. We need a break. It's time for this former sports writer to bring you some baseball. Some five miles beyond Hammond on the Dan Ryan Expressway is the home of the Chicago White Sox, the closest Major League Baseball team to Indiana. Some 101 years after the World Series Black Sox scandal ended the careers of eight star players, the ChiSox find themselves eight games up in first place in the American League's Central Division. Back in 1919, the young White Sox were poised to become a dynasty (they had won the World Series in 1917). But legendary sportswriters Ring Lardner and Hugh Fullerton figured out the fix was in in their series against the Cincinnati Red, and the new Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis (who grew up in Indiana) forever banned Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte, Swede Risberg, Lefty Williams and others. The scandal inspired two movies - "Eight Men Out" in 1987 (starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Chicago author Studs Terkel and a bit part by then-Goshen Mayor Max Chiddister) and was filmed at Bush Stadium in Indianapolis. Two years later came "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster. Had the Black Sox scandal not happened, the New York Yankee "Murderers Row" dynasty of the 1920s might not have been as prolific. Instead, it cast the franchise into 90 years of funk until they finally ended the drought with the 2005 World Series title.
  • INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most vivid moments of my fatherhood was sitting in the woods one hot early July day on the Gettysburg battleground between Devil’s Den and Little Round Top, watching my two sons climb up what became the most important strategic heights of the American Civil War and a turning point for civilization. Had the Union lost at Gettysburg, the political will of the North to continue would have evaporated. There would have likely been a United States of America, the Confederate States of America, the Republic of Texas and, perhaps, a half dozen other nations. There would have been nations with slavery, regional wars, and the accompanying Pandora's Box of atrocity and horror. While raising my sons, there were the normal parental concerns sending them off to war on a foreign battlefield, but up until now, the notion that they face a second American civil war seemed far-fetched. In the America we grew up in, the regional battles young Hoosiers waged against Alabama and Texas took place on football fields, basketball courts and baseball diamonds. Ominously, that is changing. When a significant portion of one of our two main political parties refuses to accept the results of a presidential election, that calls into doubt the fragile American experiment.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – Save the date! Donald Trump’s Second Inaugural is set for Aug. 15, “in front of the U.S. Capitol Steps.” There is a delicious irony in that, with Trump’s second inaugural scheduled some eight months and nine days after what his new spokeswoman, Liz Harrington described not as an ‘insurrection,” but as a “peaceful protest.” “You had January 6,” Harrington said. “They opened the door to the Capitol … it’s not an easy building to get into ... They opened the door and people walked through. Some people just walked in. And now they are being kept for misdemeanors in some political jail. What is happening here? What about the people who burned down St. John’s Church?” Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted that some of the people who simply walked through the door have been branded “unindicted co-conspirators.” Carlson: “What does that mean? In potentially every single case they were FBI operatives” who were “organizing the attacks on Jan. 6, according to government documents.” Huh?

  • INDIANAPOLIS - After the City of Gary was hit with a cyber ransomware attack, it had to rebuild its servers. LaPorte County ended up paying cyber criminals $132,000 after it was hit with ransomware. Lake County government, Eastern Hancock schools and a hospital in Greenfield have been victims, as has the City of Carmel, and Lawrence County. Lawrence County officials, including the sheriff and county commissioners put out this statement: "On February 7, 2020, we discovered that certain systems and services within Lawrence County Government were rendered inoperable due to a ransomware event.  As soon as we became aware of this, we immediately took steps to secure our network and commenced an investigation to determine what happened. We are working with the appropriate state authorities to try to resolve this incident. In addition, leading third party experts have been engaged to assist with our response to this incident." Earlier this month, CNN's Jake Tapper asked U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm if cyber criminals had the capability to shut down the U.S. power grid. “Yeah, they do,” Granholm responded. “There are very malign actors who are trying, even as we speak. There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally. It’s happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together."

  • INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Todd Young was feeling it at the Kosciusko County Republican Lincoln Dinner, so much so that he coaxed the crowd into doing a stadium-style wave. “I’m in front of, what I perceive to be, the most motivated, the most energized, the most fired-up group of Republicans I’ve visited with since this COVID pandemic descended upon our country. Folks, we are fired up!” the Warsaw Times-Union quoted the senator. He had reason to be jubilant. Five days later, the U.S. Senate passed the Endless Frontier Act that he sponsored with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 68-32. The New York Times calls it “the most expansive industrial policy legislation in U.S. history, blowing past partisan divisions over government support for private industry to embrace a nearly quarter-trillion-dollar investment in building up America’s manufacturing and technological edge.” It is Young’s most important piece of legislation since joining Congress in 2011 and the Senate in 2017.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in history, the president of the United States promised Americans “free beer.” This isn’t one of those “Free beer … tomorrow” signs that adorn a few Hoosier restaurants and taverns. It was President Biden seeking to lure hesitant Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine after Anheuser Busch offered free brew to gin up vaccine rates. "Get a shot and have a beer," Biden said on Wednesday as he sought to convince enough Americans to achieve what epidemiologists have termed "herd immunity" in an effort to put this pandemic behind us. "Free beer for everyone 21 years or over to celebrate the independence from the virus," Biden said, seeking that elusive 70% penetration needed for herd immunity. In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine opted for a “Vax a Million” lottery, spurring vaccination rates up 77%, or more than 68,000 per week. Many of us thought that the Nobel Prize-level scientific achievement of producing a vaccine in less than a year that is up to 95% efficacy would be the way to get this pandemic out of our lives, our schools, our businesses, out of our stadiums. But at this writing, Indiana has just 45.5% of its residents who have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • COLUMBIA, Md. –- There’s a reason U.S. Sen. Todd Young has been fanning out across Indiana, meeting with policemen and sheriff deputies in recent weeks. He’s up for reelection next year, but he will likely be confronted with some controversies over the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. According to multiple media reports, about 140 U.S. Capitol and Washington Metropolitan PD officers were injured by the mob inspired by President Trump. They suffered injuries ranging from a lost eye, cracked ribs, severed fingers, smashed spinal disks, heart attacks after being repeatedly tased by their own weapons, to dozens of concussions. Some 38 Capitol Police employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the attack, almost all of them had responded to the riot.  “I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained head injuries,” said the Capitol Police officer’s union chairman, Gus Papathanasiou to the Police1 website. “One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake, to name some of the injuries. The officers are angry, and I don’t blame them. The entire executive team failed us, and they must be held accountable.”   In the days and weeks that followed, here’s what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, urging a congressional censure of Trump: “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters."
  • INDIANAPOLIS – What we’re watching these peculiar days on the Washington to Mar-a-Lago axis isn’t so much Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” but more of a Hoovering out of the Grand Old Party. But first, a bit of family history. My Grandma Cunningham used to delight the family by saying she only voted in one election in her life: 1928. She voted for Herbert Hoover. “And then look what happened,” she would say. President Trump continues to have a D.C. Stephenson-like hold on the GOP, despite becoming the first president ever to lose the House and Senate majorities (the latter coming on Jan. 5 with the spectacular loss of two Georgia seats), going 1-for-2 in presidential races while never carrying the popular vote. You would think that trifecta would have prompted Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski and Todd Young to reproduce their 10-foot poles when it comes to enlisting the future of the GOP with Trump, particularly after the Trump-inspired Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that killed five people and injured 130 cops that won’t play well in suburbia. Banks, Walorski and their Hoosier delegation colleagues are about to dispatch U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her party post because she keeps conjuring the bad B-roll from the Jan. 6 insurrection.
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Your odds of being killed in a car crash are one in 102; being struck by lightning, one in 15,300; dying in a plane crash, one in 205,000; being eaten by a shark, one in 4 million; or dying in a tornado, one in 5.6 million. Your odds of developing a blood clot by taking the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: Extremely unlikely. According to Reuters out of more than 8 million J&J vaccines given, only 17 developed a clot. I go over these morbidity figures as the Center of Disease Control reported earlier this week that just 25.4% of Hoosiers have been vaccinated, ranking 45th in the United States, while the Indiana State Department of Health puts it at 26.4%. Neighboring Michigan has turned into a COVID hotspot, with emergency rooms swamped with younger patients. It's encroaching into Northern Indiana, with hospitals in Elkhart and Goshen at capacity, while statewide hospitalizations were up 50% since March. Late last year, Indiana health officials were giddy over what has become a modern scientific breakthrough on the scale of the World War II Manhattan Project, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, or putting an American astronaut on the moon eight years after President Kennedy issued the challenge. That breakthrough was the COVID-19 vaccination, coming within a year. Nobel Prizes will be awarded for this achievement. The more of us who get it means the days of social distancing, mask wearing, fanless stadiums, and closed schools and businesses would soon be over.

  • INDIANAPOLIS – The headline under LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody’s sunny, smiling face in the Herald-Dispatch was this: “LaPorte officials urge everyone to get COVID-19 vaccine: ‘We’re not trying to be political.’” It’s headlines like this that really make me wonder whether the human race, which has been around in our evolutionary state for only about 10,000 years, is going to last more than the next century or two. Here we stand amidst a modern scientific medical miracle: The development, testing and implementation of a COVID-19 vaccine within a year. And what we face as a society is what is being called the “hard part,” which is getting the vaccine into the arms of about 50% of the population who have yet to receive a dose. A Monmouth Poll last week revealed “partisanship” remains the main distinguishing factor among those who want to avoid the vaccine altogether, with 43% of Republicans versus just 5% of Democrats saying this (along with 22% of independents). This “vaccine hesitancy” demographic is poised to prevent the U.S. from attaining “herd immunity.” As COVID-19 mutates and morphs, the nasty scenario is what is happening in Michigan, which has a higher inoculation rate than Indiana, but finds its emergency rooms swamped with COVID patients, becomes the norm.
  • INDIANAPOLIS – We are now in the “Super Majority Era” of Indiana governance. While there have been 20 Democratic House and Senate super majorities, and 49 for Republicans over the past two centuries, never have these decks been stacked like they are today with both chambers so Republican that they can do business without a single Democrat present. According to former speakers Brian Bosma and John Gregg, current Speaker Todd Huston and Senate President Pro Tempore Rod Bray are working with caucuses that are too big, with the bipartisan filters removed. As the General Assembly heads toward an April 21 sine die, Huston and Bray are attempting to shepherd their super majority caucuses (39 in the Senate, 71 in the House) on an array of issues that could alter the state’s future pandemic responses, how it deals with municipalities and manages its natural resources ranging from wetlands, to CAFOs, to 5G cell tower siting, local ordinances, as well as abortion. 
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