American Empire: Glass House Built by Stone Throwers

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JP Sotille: Even though death by conventional weapons versus non-conventional weapons seems more and more like a distinction without a difference, the sad fact is that American hypocrisy runs deep on the issue of non-conventional warfare.

Between Treason and Privacy

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Steve Hochstadt: Has he weakened America? Is our society weaker now that we know more about what our government has been doing for years, still is doing, and wants to keep doing?

Republicans Have No Foreign Policy

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Steve Hochstadt: These guys are not talking to Jews. They are talking about Israel to their base, where Jews are few and far between. Israel for them is just another weapon in their war against Obama. And everyone in Jerusalem knows it.

The Last Campaign of Richard Nixon

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Devin Griggs: The parties might be reversed and the cultural issues of the 1970s flipped, but American politics since the Nixon-McGovern race has remained fairly fixed and share all of the rhetoric and even less of the substance that once defined American politics.

Can America Withstand Its Own Political Rhetoric?

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Anthony Samad: The Republicans need a vehicle with a big enough horn to get the public’s attention. They need to raise the ideological rhetoric just to have a chance. Regardless of what it does to the nation. The rhetoric bomb is coming under hood and sheets. The question is, will the nation stand for it.

An Apology to President Barack Obama

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Sherwood Ross: I think you can take satisfaction knowing that you outperformed the Nixon regime, whose Henry Kissinger once said, “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little bit longer.”

The ‘New Nixon’

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Berry Craig: Will religious rightists forgive Gingrich for his serial adultery? He is on his third marriage. Gingrich cheated on wives one and two and ditched them for his paramours.

GOP Debates: Shock and Aww Two More This Week!?

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Tina Dupuy: You know what’s never been said? “We should have MORE Republican primary debates.” Why? Because there are (by my count) 734,589 debates this election cycle and not enough hours in the day (spent working harder for less money) to watch eight Republican candidates stand around agreeing with each other for two hours every night.

Nixon’s “Decent Interval” Vietnam Strategy Should Give Obama Pause

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Ken Hughes: Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon quietly sold South Vietnam down the river for political gain.

Like Nixon, Obama Will Waste Lives to Get Reelected

President Barack Obama talks with Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Photo: Pete Souza)

Ivan Eland: The public could be forgiven for missing the real message of Obama’s Afghanistan speech: “We’ve lost the war, but we are declaring victory anyway and getting out.”

Obama Not Likely to Call for Major Afghan Drawdown

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Sherwood Ross: Outside of the White House, is it possible to find an American anywhere who believes that the presence of U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan is essential to our national security — particularly when we have some 800 bases around the world ready to deploy troops at the drop of a bomb?

Thinking About Bobby

Tom Degan: A second Kennedy administration (which would have ended on January 20, 1977) would definitely have prevented eight years of Nixon and Watergate and might very well have prevented the dawning of the insane right wing era that began exactly four years later with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan – and has continued for thirty years – an era which has ruined a country that used to be a nice place in which to live.

General McChrystal, General Petraeus, and General Confusion

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Michael Hunt: This might be a good time to put a stop to general confusion and to that end assert firm civilian control, order the brass back to the Pentagon, and above all ask if the militarization of our society is consistent with our historic values.

Living in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society

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Tina Dupuy: Pandering to our darkest fears about “the others” coming to our side of the island to kill us is, also, officially no longer racist.

Republicans Used to Like the Whole Constitution

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Berry Craig: In today’s uber-conservative Republican party, President Eisenhower would be a socialist, too, even a Red, and Nixon would be a liberal.

Why We Really Shouldn’t Keep the Bush Tax Cut for the Wealthy

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Robert Reich: Restoring top earners’ marginal tax rates to what they were during the Clinton administration (36 and 39 percent) won’t inhibit their spending. That’s because they already save a large portion of what they earn, and already spend what they want to spend.

Pardon Me, Scooter?

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On July 2, 2007 George W. Bush commuted the sentence of convicted felon and former top White House staffer Scooter Libby for his convictions on five felony counts of perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice. He didn’t pardon Libby but, instead, issued a Grant of Executive Clemency before Scooter Libby even served a single […]

The War on Drugs Redux

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Opium is in the news again. Afghanistan is producing bumper crops of opium poppies, funding Taliban attacks and simultaneously enriching some of the Afghani government’s warlord allies. Low heroin prices worldwide suggest that the marketplace is saturated, and American policy abroad is aimed narrowly at crop eradification while at home we are incarcerating drug users […]

Obama’s Nixonian Dilemma with Iraq

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by Brian R. Robertson With several public commentators and scholars comparing President-elect Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, it has surprised me that there has been little attempt to compare Obama’s election with Richard M. Nixon’s election, exactly forty years ago. Both inherited divisive wars from the previous administration and both campaigns […]

The Era of Obama and Us

With the election of Obama as president, comes the dawning of a new era of our making. On Election Day, my 7-year-old daughter took care to cross out the names of the “already voted” on our list and left doorhangers at each empty house as we walked door-to-door turning out the vote. When I was […]

Testaments: John F. Kennedy

This week, John Peeler will present “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. John F. Kennedy Nixon was a fool to debate me. I was no fool to take Lyndon:Texas made me President. […]

Testatments: Dwight D. Eisenhower

by John Peeler – This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Dwight D. Eisenhower I never seemed political, as Marshall was, for FDR and Truman. The Democrats wanted […]

How We Can Win

You’d have to be on a media fast to have missed journalist/blogger/commentator David Sirota on TV (Stephen Colbert, CNN, Fox News[!]), radio (NPR, Pacifica) and in the pages of Newsweek and The New Republic earlier this summer. He was discussing his New York Times bestseller The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring […]