Tag Archives: James Mattis

Almost the Right Thing

There was that graduation at West Point long ago. Colin Powell spoke – he was fine. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and we had no enemies now. In fact, our idea of how societies should be organized had won. … Continue reading

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Marching Into Darkness

If the Democrats in the House, where they have a clear majority, cannot do anything at all about anything a Republican president does, no matter how dangerous, or simply absurd, because the Senate is controlled by the Republicans who will … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Trump

Not much has changed since 1843, when Charles Dickens gave the world that tale of a miserable miserly vindictive but rich old man alone in the night just before Christmas – who only changes his ways after the ghost of … Continue reading

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In the Twilight

Wagner called it Götterdämmerung – the twilight of the gods. It’s over for them. All that will be left for them is flat meaninglessness and death. Everything comes to an end. Wagner isn’t exactly cheery, but even gods became insignificant … Continue reading

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One Very Bad Day

What happened? In one day everything fell apart, because four things happened. After the president ignored the advice of everyone in the government and in the military, he announced the United States was pulling its troops out of Syria – … Continue reading

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That Clueless Boss

It’s good to be retired. Each morning, the Los Angeles Times arrives with a thump outside the apartment door. It’s a retro thing. No one gets their news from newspapers any longer. The news in newspaper is yesterday’s news. The … Continue reading

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Gloom and Misery Everywhere

Some years are just awful. There was 1933 – the economy had collapsed and the Great Depression had shut down just about everything. There was the Reichstag fire and the Reichstag Fire Decree – Hitler was on the move. German civil liberties … Continue reading

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