Tag Archives: Pakistan

Dark Days These Days

Yep, the winter solstice is coming up – the darkest day of the year, said to give rise to seasonal affective disorder – feelings of existential hopelessness and that sort of thing. Everything seems so dark – and in this … Continue reading

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Knowing Things

That last day in the classroom was a long time ago – June 1981 – and then it was goodbye to teaching English at the prep school in upstate New York, selling most everything, and then heading off to the … Continue reading

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With Friends Like This

Of course the foreign policy of the Bush-Cheney administration is generally considered to have been a disaster. Dividing the world up into the good guys and bad guys, with no one in between – which plays well to the angry … Continue reading

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Spite and Intimidation as Strategic Thinking

It was an odd moment many years ago, probably in the first year of our second major Iraq War, not the first one managed by the first President Bush, but the second war, initiated by the second President Bush, to … Continue reading

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