Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

Gamma Senmin, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1783). Freer Collection, Washington.

PATRICKLAWRENCE.US serves several purposes. It is an archive of the columns, commentary, and essays published under the bylines “Patrick L. Smith” or simply “Patrick Smith.” This work is now available in one place for the first time. The site also introduces my books and provides readers or those with professional queries several ways to connect. This is also home to an occasional journal, Cú Chulainn.

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                      ——Sam Francis

Recent pieces.

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during remarks as he and his family attend a taping of the Christmas in Washington television benefit program at the National Building Museum in Washington December 15, 2013. The 32nd annual Christmas in Washington show, benefiting the Children's National Health System, featured performers Hugh Jackman, Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monae and Pat Monahan.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT) - RTX16KEJ The West escalates with Russia: Make no mistake, a second Cold War is now official NATO policy - July 12, 2016 12:31 PM - NATO’s aggressive posture towards Russia sets a dangerous course for Obama’s successor There have been 22 NATO summits since the first convened in Paris 59 years ago. If you study the chronology, they are more frequent during those times the...
16_0718 nato-summit-obama_1 - Photo Credit - JONATHAN ERNST Disarray in NATO Completes Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy - July 11, 2016 12:28 PM - As of Friday, when NATO concluded its most important gathering since the Cold War ended, the North Atlantic alliance has a full menu of new tasks. So does Barack Obama’s successor. With the Warsaw summit, Obama’s foreign policy legacy is...
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in this April 7, 2016 file photo. Progress on ridding the world of nuclear weapons, not an apology, is what Hiroshima would want from a visit by Obama to the Japanese city hit by an American nuclear attack 71 years ago, survivors and other residents said. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files - RTX29P4W The two Obamas: An assessment of our capable, but captive president - July 5, 2016 12:34 PM - Obama’s obscuring of the truth about his drone program tarnishes otherwise strong legacy on human rights Not long ago I had the president of our great country down as a conundrum or an enigma or a Hamlet or a hypocrite—or...

Cú Chulainn.

        Ah! now he is running down to the sea…
             holding up his sword…
        O! he is fighting the waves.
                      ——Yeats, On Baile’s Strand

Journal Entry - July 5, 2016 3:17 PM - GALÁPAGOS—I can tell you a few facts about these nowhere-else-on-earth islands, but it would be impossible adequately to describe the experience of wandering for a week among them. Providing one pays attention, one leaves at the end of a time...
Journal Entry - June 8, 2016 4:05 PM - MOSCOW—“Information wars,” “alternative media,” “the end of the mainstream media”—my mind rattles with such thoughts after half a week here. I’ve been to conferences in Moscow twice in the past six months, and these have been the topics of my...