Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mr. O’Hanlon on General Patraeus, National Hero

One simply has to marvel at Mr. O’Hanlon’s exercise in hagiography and apologetics. It reminds me of the late Joe Alsop, and his long line of political enthusiasms. See Edwin Yoder’s Joe Alsop’s Cold War and the gossip fest disguised … Continue reading

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Mr. Nick Gass comments on ‘The World is on Fire’

Mr. Gass, in his essay misses the point of the incident: the Republican Party in it’s post 9-11 phase and it’s two losses to Obama, has lapsed into a consistent political hysteria mongering. Yet it is also consistent with the … Continue reading

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Mr. Luce on President Obama’s Iran Negotiation: the failure to confront the idea and practice of the multilateral and the unilateral

Call Mr. Luce a dramaturge that can’t resist the temptation of producing melodrama instead of it’s more virtuous sibling. The first paragraph of his essay posits the notions of: The multilateral Iran negotiations as being Obama’s biggest foreign policy gamble, … Continue reading

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Matt Taibbi on David Brooks, a comment by Political Skeptic

It’s hard to be patient with David Brooks! He never tires of excising his felt prerogatives as Platonic Guardian, combined with his self-awarded status as Old Testament Prophet and the self-appointed inheritor of the mantle of Walter Lippmann. The pretension, … Continue reading

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On Debt, the Germans, the Greeks, Politics and Historical Memory: a comment by Almost Marx

As reported in these pages on January 16, 2015 by Ms. Tett on an after-dinner address by Benjamin Friedman: Ms. Tett’s essay: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/927efd1e-9c32-11e4-b9f8-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3UDJlb8Se The PDF of Prof. Friedman’s remarks: http://www.bis.org/events/conf140626/friedman.pdf The Germans are wont to forget their own troubled history … Continue reading

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My answer to A. Andros at The Economist

The President may enter into treaties, the advise and consent occurs after the fact of the negotiation, not before! The proper place for the Cotton letter was, as others have pointed out in this ongoing debate, the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the Cotton Letter: by Political Skeptic

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has some compelling observations to make on Sen. Cotton’s letter: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iran-us-congress.html?_r=0 Some selected quotes: ‘Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the letter a sign of “the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration,” according to the … Continue reading

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