Monthly Archives: January 2008

NATO amounts to what?

"Britain, with a higher percentage of its forces deployed worldwide than the United States, is stretched thin in Afghanistan. Not only did the British have insufficient force strength to hold conquered territory, but the reconstruction and development assistance that was … Continue reading

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The “Surge” and its results

With their usual consensus driven sense of what is true and what is not, the media have bought into the idea that the improved combat situation in Iraq is the result of "The Surge."  If by that is meant the … Continue reading

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A Fools Errand

I would love to be sanguine about the president’s mission to the Middle East, but I am not.  Physicians take an oath to "cause no harm," perhaps politicians should do the same.  Someone said to me yesterday that the conversion … Continue reading

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Homage to New Hampshire

In accordance with my preference for finding wisdom in unlikely places, I would echo at least some of the sentiments of this Fox News story. Hillary Clinton won in New Hampshire.  It was a satisfying experience for those of us … Continue reading

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“we dance in our chains” Nietszche

"The phrase dancing in chains is in Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter VII. "This world with which WE are concerned, in which we have to fear and love, this almost invisible, inaudible world of delicate command and delicate obedience, a … Continue reading

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Giuliani – Yes! Ron Paul – No!

Yet another triumph of manipulation and heavy handedness for the "Dirty Digger" and Roger Ailes.  Come to think of it Britt Hume probably had a hand in this as well. Consider it.  The supposedly conservative Fox News organization did not … Continue reading

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A Strange Season for Politics

A good friend tried to persuade me last evening that in the end this year’s elections for president, vice-president and the Congress will be decided by money.  This, of course, mirrors the accepted wisdom of the social scientists.  For most … Continue reading

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What change is wanted? Part Deux

"As often stated the "Devil is in the Details." So here goes and sorry if this seems so technical but it is necessary for democracy to prevail in our Republic. 1. Statutory caps on political appointees in Federal Departments and … Continue reading

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What Change Are we Talking About?

I understand that people wept while listening to Barack Obama’s speech following his caucus victory in Iowa.  I think he is a fine speaker. The main theme of his campaign is the assertion that he will bring deep and significant … Continue reading

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“The Mendacity of Hope” Richard Cohen

"You can appreciate the usefulness of this false claim. It says something compelling about the plight of young, black males that is essentially true — their condition amounts to a calamity and something has to be done. But this particular … Continue reading

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