Tag Archives: Islamic State

Neither Here nor There

There are portents and omens, but sometimes there’s just weather. At midnight, as November began, there was an hour of heavy rain here in Los Angeles, the first rain in ten months or so – no one here can actually … Continue reading

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Making Peace with War That Isn’t War

Things used to be simple. The Japanese, those sneaky bastards, attacked Pearl Harbor – a Day That Will Live in Infamy – and sank most of our Pacific Fleet. FDR immediately asked Congress for a formal declaration of war, on … 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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The Art of Bombing Effectively

This should sound familiar. Imagine the United States propping up a hopelessly inept foreign government halfway around the world, one we had helped create to be our ally to keep the bad guys at bay, and one we had fought … Continue reading

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Forced Learning

Summer is over and it’s back to school – but not really. Summer does not end at dawn on the Tuesday morning after the extended Labor Day weekend – the autumnal equinox is weeks away – it just feels like … Continue reading

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Unease in the Absence of Drama

There’s a rule out here in Hollywood – ignore them. They’ll appreciate it and you won’t come off as a jerk, as some yokel from Iowa who just saw a movie star and wet his pants. Locals know this. Nod … Continue reading

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