Category Archives: Iraq Falls Apart

Why We Fight

Frank Capra wanted to do Leni Riefenstahl one better. She made all those masterful Nazi propaganda films. Hitler was a jerk, but her film Triumph of the Will was superb, and that couldn’t stand, but Frank Capra was on it. He … Continue reading

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Slipping Into a Third War in Iraq

West Point, on the first day of June, 1990, was pretty cool – the nephew’s graduation. The setting is stunning, high on the bluffs on the west side of the Hudson, just up the river from New York City, and … Continue reading

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Asking Questions of the Perpetually Uninformed

Anyone who’s spent far too many years kicking around Paris each December, and who has now and then played piano in a few dark urban bars, noodling away at the old standards in the background, has a soft spot for … 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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Philosophic Resignation

Things should be settled before summer begins. Teachers grade the last tests and read the last essays and assign that one final grade the sums up each student’s whole year, and reach for the scotch. Students know there’s not one … Continue reading

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Attempting Brutal Realism

It’s déjà vu all over again – that’s what Casey Stengel once said, but on August 30, 1965, he announced his retirement after fifty-five years in baseball. America would miss him, but that was a fine summer anyway, at least … Continue reading

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Those Who Have Been There

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” ~ Niels Bohr Niels Bohr wasn’t being witty – guys who win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries … Continue reading

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