Tag Archives: John Bolton

Time for Fussing and Fighting

Try to see it my way, Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?  Think of what you’re saying. You can get it wrong and still you think that it’s alright. Think of what I’m saying, … Continue reading

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The Facts of This Matter

“Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” That was how Dragnet opened – the 1949-1957 radio series starring Jack Webb, and the 1951-1959 television spinoff … Continue reading

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Shuffleboard in Florida

There’s history. It was the summer of 1781 and things were going badly for our side – the British occupied New York City and a second British army lead by Cornwallis was making trouble down south, capturing Charleston and Richmond, and then … Continue reading

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That Air of Inevitability

Put questions of free will and determinism aside. There’s that moment when what seemed unlikely, and then seemed vaguely possible but unlikely, starts to seem possible, and then seems likely, and then quite likely, and then seems inevitable – that … Continue reading

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The New Age of Kafka

The handsome and noble and brave Victor Lazlo in Casablanca – played by an Austrian, Paul Henreid – was Czech. That character had to be Czech. Czechs were heroes back then, and Neville Chamberlain had a bit to do with that. … Continue reading

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Gone Again

The Colonel dodged a bullet. After all those tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a stint at the Pentagon, and assignments at the National Training Center out here in the desert, and a brigade command at Fort Bliss, he was … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for Competence

Donald Trump made it official. The next phase of his life has begun. He began his campaign to be reelected. But as the New York Times reports it, there was nothing much new here – no real news – just … Continue reading

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