Monthly Archives: June 2006


[The world continues to roil around him, and yet he remains mum. Rainfall of Biblical proportions for eight days straight, a seemingly momentous Supreme Court ruling purportedly putting a vagrant administration in its place, ludicrous Congressional gassing about flag burning (almost as rarely seen as the Higgs boson) and treason at the New York Times (i.e., […]

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Stephen Cohen has written an excellent piece on America’s wrong-headed (and dangerous) approach to Russia, well worth reading in its entirety. I’ll cut to the chase and quote the end. After noting areas in which Russia is still capable of pushing back against the US, Cohen writes: American crusaders insist it is worth the risk […]

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Yesterday I asked a quasi-rhetorical question: … but would this administration be smart enough to accept the invitation to depart? This obviously assumes the US has the best interests of Iraqis at heart. There are several competing assumptions: The Iraq invasion was actually an imperial venture. Thus the rationale for staying is the creation of “forward bases,” […]

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… of hope: Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has told an Australian newspaper that he believes the Iraqis will soon ask the US to leave their country. This would certainly moot the fatuous “cut and run” talk—but would this administration be smart enough to accept the invitation to depart? … of sanity: Hamas […]

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A Russian friend would periodically make the case that his native language is more expressive than English and, I have to admit, when he rolled out his examples, I was impressed. They were masterpieces of concision and wit. But in my heart of hearts I knew my mother tongue was pretty damn good—precise when it […]

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My fellow Americans: If you really love your country, you wear a flag lapel pin, just like our President does. If you don’t wear one … well, we can draw our own conclusion. Question of the day: Can you name one other president, prime minister, dictator, or king who routinely wears the flag of his […]

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Somewhere in America recently, there was a conference on international strategy. After presentations by three scholars, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. After ten or so, this: “My question to the panel is, What is the path to success in Iraq?” There was a damburst of laughter in the audience … The […]

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Why I don’t read InstaPundit. (I know you’ve been dying to know.) I don’t bother with Mickey Kaus either. That guy’s always on the verge of making sense, but never really does. Wait a minute—if I start listing all the people I don’t read because of the low return on my investment of time … […]

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One of these men is leaving Iraq in a matter of minutes. Can you tell which one? AP

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If you like M.C. Escher (and, really, who doesn’t?), you may or may not like the Lego version. And here’s a link to works by Rob Gonsalves. Some people invoke Escher when describing his stuff; some call it kitsch. What say you?

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman