Tag Archives: Mike Pompeo

Back to War Again

We’ve always had a problem with the French. The women are too thin and elegant and the men too self-contained and self-controlled – another form of elegance. This tends to make proudly loud and casual Americans feel inadequate, which makes … Continue reading

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Trump as Charles de Gaulle

The final and complete liberation of Paris, on August 25, 1944, couldn’t come fast enough for Winston Churchill and the other Brits in London. Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces in exile there, had been a … Continue reading

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Acknowledged Reality

The guy might not be dead. He might be running a bicycle repair shop in Oslo or something, with Elvis. Who knows? No one knows. Don’t jump to conclusions. But don’t be stupid. President Trump had to give up and … Continue reading

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Mutually Agreeable Explanations

There was Henry Kissinger’s involvement in the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile, and his role in the Greek junta’s attempt in 1974 to assassinate Archbishop Makarios, the president of Cyprus, and his support of the Indonesian invasion of … Continue reading

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Cult Status

Cult films are cool. They’re dumb films, often intentionally absurd, often intentionally ironic. The “cult” is in on the joke. They watch these things over and over and shout out the lines along with the actors on screen, or sing … Continue reading

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Too Much History

This isn’t Donald Trump’s penthouse with gold-plated everything high above Fifth Avenue. There are old copies of Foreign Affairs scattered around the apartment here in Hollywood. They’re depressing reading. There’s classical music on the radio all day – out of … Continue reading

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Ambiguity Wins

Some diplomatic agreements work and some don’t. Those that work seem to be based on delicate ambiguity. The United States has had an odd One-China Policy in place since 1972 – “The United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side … Continue reading

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