Category Archives: Donald Trump

Toxic Leadership

So, Sunday afternoon it was a long chat with the Director of Theater Warfare Studies at the Army War College in Carlisle, not far from Gettysburg. He decides on all the courses – and teaches one or two of them … Continue reading

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Exhausting the Possibilities

America should be exhausted by now. How long has Donald Trump been president? There’s a widget for that – 147 days at this moment – but it seems much longer. Every day is “an extraordinary day in Washington” – no … Continue reading

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When Sorrows Come

Brush up your Shakespeare. Start quoting him now. Polonius is dead – Hamlet stabbed him – and poor Ophelia “divided from herself and her fair judgment” is dead too. Things are a mess, and getting worse. That’s what Claudius explains … Continue reading

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The Old Birthday Boy

Some birthdays are better than others. The fifth through the twenty-fifth are celebrations – life is getting better and better. The fiesta de quince años – Quinceañera – is a big deal out here. It’s a coming of age thing. … Continue reading

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Mass Hysteria

It seems that someone told Donald Trump that if Richard Nixon had only had the guts to fire Archibald Cox, Nixon would have served out his full second term, in glory. But Nixon did fire Cox, and no good came … Continue reading

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Only Memories Now

It was seventeen years ago. It was June. After two weeks of kicking around Paris and the south of France – Avignon and Arles and Aix and whatnot – and a side-trip to Rouen to visit a friend of a … Continue reading

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Crowding Out the Truth

Some want to dance on the quay in the shadow of Notre Dame like Gene Kelly in “An American in Paris” – and others want to walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles, or visit Franz Kafka’s digs … Continue reading

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