Category Archives: Project for the New American Century (PNAC)

Inevitable Embarrassment

Experience is a good thing – they say age brings wisdom, which it does, because all the mistakes over all the years still sting. Some things are just embarrassing, even if whatever it was one did was what was done … Continue reading

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Charlie Sheen’s America

Yeah, sixteen years and counting here in Hollywood and you get used to certain things. The apartment building looks like something from the first run of that old show Melrose Place, with the pool in the middle and the cute … Continue reading

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Expected Outcomes

Doctors like to talk about expected outcomes – we start you on this medication, you lose fifty pounds, stop smoking, and exercise four hours a day, and if you live from this point forward on wilted spinach, raw garlic and … Continue reading

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The Persistence of Tribalism

What some people call patriotism others call nationalism, and still others call tribalism. But if we’re talking about the possession of “a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates oneself as a member of one group from the members of … Continue reading

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All Campaigns Are Movies Now

Every four years it’s the same thing – a presidential election where Americans are told they have a real choice. Of course they do, even if on many matters both candidate agree – the United States is wonderful, motherhood sacred, … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Anti-Intellectualism, Attacks on Obama, Cartoon Politics, Celebrity, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Posturing, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Qualifications to be President, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

Winning Tactics but Unclear Strategic Aims

After all the primaries it has come down to McCain and Obama – we must choose one or the other. Yes, some will vote for Ralph Nader or Bob Barr – no one knows why, but a few will vote … Continue reading

Posted in Age as an Issue, American Empire, Foreign Policy, Iraq, McCain, Neoconservate Thought, Obama, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Strategy versus Tactics | 2 Comments

The Statesman and the General

The news came late in the day on Tuesday, July 15, and it was moderately startling:    In a break with past Bush administration policy, a top U.S. diplomat will for the first time join colleagues from other world powers … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Iran, Iraq, McCain, Military versus Civilian Control, Neoconservate Thought, Obama, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Statesmanship, The Military Mind, The War Lover | 1 Comment