Tag Archives: Dick Cheney

Refusing to Project Foolishness

September 11, 2001, changed everything. Not really – our war in Iraq was far away, with far less than one percent of us directly involved in any of it, and it’s over. After fourteen years, well, we’re somehow still in … Continue reading

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That Learning Curve

It was good to be walking the cold streets of Paris in the rain on that December morning long ago, after staying up all night watching CNN-International in the hotel room. Somewhere in the middle of the night there was … Continue reading

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Speaking Up for Authoritarian Freedom

Everyone remembers that Abu Ghraib business back in 2003 – at that prison we ran in Iraq, to house the bad guys. We had been abusing those bad guys, and those doing the abusing had taken lots of pictures, because … Continue reading

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Two for Torture

Of all the religious beliefs in the world there are few stranger than reincarnation, although that idea of a talking snake, that suggests eating an apple, is rather odd. After we die, do we come back as someone or something … Continue reading

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So Now We Know

The Bush administration, a dozen or so years ago, was masterful in its use of dire warnings. Yes, there was no “smoking gun” that proved that Saddam Hussein actually had any weapons of mass destruction, but we couldn’t wait for … Continue reading

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The Last Refuge of Scoundrels

What was once considered important and immensely interesting, something everyone knew about and discussed, sooner or later becomes obscure and arcane. Folks were hot and bothered about James Joyce’s Ulysses at one time – the New York Society for the … Continue reading

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The Case for Doing Nothing

There’s a lot of chatter now about Mitt Romney running for president again – the Republican field is weak, once again, and the big-money boys love their Mitt, even if the burn-it-all-down Tea Party crowd and the born-again pro-theocracy folks … Continue reading

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