Tag Archives: John Kerry

Miscalculation and Adjustments

Something always goes wrong. Plans don’t work out. What you said was a brilliant idea turns out to be obvious nonsense. You miscalculated. You made a mistake, a fundamental mistake, a mistake from which there is no recovery. This is … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

One of the most famous lines in literature is “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet telling Romeo that the names of things don’t matter. She’s referring to family names – “Deny thy father and … Continue reading

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Ready to Govern

Forget Putin and the Ukraine and the hot-war developing there. The few remaining bodies left rotting in the fields from the Malaysian airliner Putin’s separatists shot down two weeks ago aren’t going anywhere. And forget Israel in Gaza blowing up … Continue reading

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No Last Man

It’s a fine thing to be young and idealistic and certain, and it’s even better if you’re right. On April 22, 1971, John Kerry became the first Vietnam veteran to testify before Congress about the war – he spoke for nearly two … Continue reading

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In the Absence of Alternatives

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” ~ Henry Kissinger “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” ~ Abba Eban Clever quotes are cool, but these two guys may have … Continue reading

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Inevitable Adjustments

Sometimes it’s fine being the crazy old uncle who lives in Hollywood, the one whose college years were the last four years of the sixties, when the entire culture shifted, lurching away from the conformist and stifling fifties – to … Continue reading

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Getting a Bit of Democracy Back

Big news that changes everything isn’t supposed to break in the early afternoon of the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. College football begins that day. There are important baseball games – the Dodgers setting records, the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates somehow … Continue reading

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