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Another Time and Place

College was September 1965 – the Beatles “Help” topped the charts and our Vietnam War was just starting up – to June 1969 – President Nixon and South Vietnamese President Thiệu meet at Midway Island to talk about ending that … Continue reading

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The Answer That Now Settles Everything

That was some week. Every week is really something now. Donald Trump really is the president now. There’s never a dull moment. This was the week that Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the six-nation nuclear deal with … Continue reading

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And That’s That

Things are falling into place. Donald Trump really is the president – the man who never held political office before, whose grasp of how our government (or any government) works is a few steps below rudimentary, who has no experience … Continue reading

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Think Twice and Say Nothing

“A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.” ~ Edward Heath “In an ideological age, diplomacy may seem weak and prosaic. But sometimes it is all we have.” ~ Noah Feldman Donald Trump hates the weak … Continue reading

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Idiot’s Delight

In 1869, Ulysses S. Grant succeeded Andrew Johnson – not the best year in American presidential history – but that was also the year that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, and the … Continue reading

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Anticipating Carnage

Donald Trump’s inaugural address was drafted by Stephen Miller, the kid from Santa Monica High School out here – the kid who hated the school’s Spanish-language announcements and the endless damned festivals of minority “cultures” and all the rest – … Continue reading

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The Days of Wrath

“The best fighter is never angry.” ~ Lao Tzu “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ~ Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War “The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from … Continue reading

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