Tag Archives: John McCain

Over Gaza

Wars used to end in victory – Hitler dead in his underground bunker, Hiroshima and Nagasaki reduced to radioactive ash and a formal surrender ceremony on a giant American battleship in Tokyo Bay – but since then the end of … Continue reading

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Never Quite in Charge

Any movie with Mel Brooks as King Louis XVI is bound to be good, even if his 1981 History of the World, Part I was a bit of a mess. Maybe it was supposed to be a mess, because the … 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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Confronting the Impossible

America is the can-do nation. They say it can’t be done – we do it. They say that there’s no good solution to the problem – we find one. If it’s physically or mathematically or historically impossible, we do it … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole

April can’t end soon enough for the Republicans this year, and there are still a few days left to go – not that things didn’t go their way toward the end of the month. A bitterly divided Supreme Court upheld … Continue reading

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Not Messing Around in the Middle

Unlike the subtle French or the excessively polite British, or the quiet and amiable Canadians, or the inscrutable Chinese, Americans are known for cutting through the crap and saying exactly what they mean, no matter who’s offended. The truth is … Continue reading

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Abandoning Theater for Government

John McCain was never going to be president. The hard right in his party distrusted him, and probably found his choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate rather pathetic. He was sucking up to them – they’d rather … Continue reading

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