Tag Archives: War on Terror

The Terms of the Argument

He who defines the terms of the argument wins the argument. Everyone knows that. All you have to say is look, what we’re really talking about here isn’t what you think it is, it’s really this other thing – and … Continue reading

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Easing Into the Real World

Sometimes you have to ease into things, or putting it another way, sometimes it takes years to admit things have changed. Every baby boomer knows this – the sixties are over, Mick Jagger and the Stones are in their seventies, … Continue reading

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Extending Invented War Powers

Are we at war? The Korean and Vietnam Wars were called that popularly, but the first was officially our participation in a UN police action. We were, on the record, supporting the UN there, no more than that, so it … Continue reading

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The Empty Toolbox

So here we go – the president wants his jobs bill passed and the House is saying no way – the only way to create jobs is to cut spending, shutting down as much of the government as possible, throwing … Continue reading

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