Tag Archives: Iraq

The Family Trust

The banner photo at the top of the page – looking northwest from Mulholland Drive at sunset on the day of Ronald Reagan’s funeral, taking place far off in the distance – June, 2004 – has been there for the … Continue reading

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Appropriately Muddled

Things are never what they seem. Conservatives don’t believe that for a moment. Liberals, or Progressives if you wish, assume that conventional wisdom, or received wisdom, and a whole lot of cultural tradition, might be wrong. Our enemies, while evil … Continue reading

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Made for War

Jesus may be the Prince of Peace, but the lion isn’t going to lie down with the lamb, ever, and no one is beating their swords into ploughshares. The world is too dangerous a place for that – it always … Continue reading

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What We Think We Know Now

People hate Mondays. It’s back to the real world, of work and obligations and general unpleasantness. It’s a shock, and the shock this time was reading The Washington Post and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times accounts of the … Continue reading

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No Experience Necessary

We learn from experience – touch a hot stove and you won’t touch a hot stove again, or cold one. One cannot be too careful. Or we learn from the experience of others – watch your friend seeing what will … Continue reading

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The Summer Things Fell Apart

Some prefer to visit Paris in August, because all those pesky French people leave town. They head for the mountains or the beach or the woods, because they not only know nothing much happens in the last month of summer, … Continue reading

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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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