Monthly Archives: August 2013

Playing the Righteousness Card

Slate’s David Plotz may be right. We really should abolish August – it’s a miserable month. Barack Obama must know this. The month ended with his righteous plan for launching a few days of intense airstrikes against Syria, with cruise missiles but … Continue reading

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The Incredible Elusiveness of Credibility

We were going to war with Iraq anyway, but someone told George Bush that he needed to pretend to be playing by the rules, so he sent Colin Powell to the United Nations for their approval. They didn’t have to … Continue reading

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Because We Probably Should

Here’s a thought experiment. Imagine if, a few years ago, in the final years of the Bush administration, a coalition of nations led by Russia, or even worse, by France, had decided it was time to launch limited airstrikes against … Continue reading

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It Gets Worse

That anti-bullying thing, the It Gets Better project, was petty nifty. Almost everyone did a public service spot, save for Michele Bachmann and the crew at Fox News. Traditional values regarding the inherent evil of even acknowledging vaguely homosexual tendencies … Continue reading

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The War Speech

Another Monday, another war for us in the Middle East, although no one expected this of Obama, and no one wants another war. Somehow these things just happen. Our initial war in Afghanistan, to get rid of the government there, … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Something

Iraq messed us up. Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with what happened on September 11, 2001, and he really didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction or any programs to develop them – he just found it useful to … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Now

Fifty years is a long time. Fifty years ago, in 1963, Liz Taylor was relatively young and sleek, and she was Cleopatra in that movie that broke the back of Twentieth Century Fox – they had to sell off a … Continue reading

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