When forty years have passed, the distinction between friend and foe may seem less important, or less emotionally true, than the distinction between those who share the secret of war and those who do not.
We note with some sadness that today’s installment concludes the daily “Letters to the President” Dan Embree has published with us for the past 75 days. It’s been a great pleasure to bring our readers these witty ripostes to the insult of Trump’s presidency. But as he says in his final letter, Trump has “now passed beyond the reach […]
The Pope is an educated guy, so stay away from religion, history, politics, philosophy, literature, science, sociology, art, war, peace, and even geography. Stick to subjects you’re familiar with like the electoral college or . . . just stick to the electoral college.
Saturday, 6 May 2017 Dear Mr President, Well, as you can imagine, your daughter’s book Women Who Work ($14.56 on Amazon) is not exactly the talk of Sal Si Puede, what with the lack of seed money for girls to start up international fashion boutiques, but Evelyn Schrifttroller of the Gatos Gordos Gazette provoked a […]
And a brave modern woman you were! Not every new mother would bravely turn her baby over to a nanny and go back to copying shoe designs from Aquazzura the very next day! OK, Munchkin?
This disorder is characterized by thrusting a finger at someone, either at the end of an extended arm or with the hand shaped like a pistol, ostensibly to introduce that person to an audience, but really to demonstrate the power of the pointer (that’s you, in case you’re not following) to create importance in the pointee.
When I think of Kim Jong Un, I think “bad hair” – shaved on the sides and the rest straight up, apparently because he thinks that makes him look slimmer and taller, which would obviously be what you’d want if you were Kim Jong Un.
Monday, 17 April 17 Dear Mr President, Your remarks Thursday about the dropping of the MOAB bomb seem to be your first public statement about your relationship to the military, and one short paragraph tells me that you need some help. As a former army officer, I thought I might give you a few tips. […]
Friday, 14 April 2017 Dear Mr President, The thing about plagiarism that some people, like Senator Rand Paul and your brand-new Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, don’t understand, is that it’s the theft of ideas – not just of words. As an English professor, I taught university students for more than 30 years, and a […]
In 1944, German General Dietrich von Choltitz is reported to have refused orders to burn Paris to the ground. I’m wondering whether American generals, ordered on a whim to nuke Baghdad or Pyongyang will have that kind of courage.
Your action last night was no heroic adventure – so spare us the lines from the movies about “a tough call” and “the loneliness of command”. Don’t swagger around today bragging about your victory, your toughness, or your “deal”.
Is he there to prolong your administration by making the public afraid to have you impeached? If so, make him even more ridiculous by ordering him to bring the documents balanced on his head. He will do it.
calls me into the Oval, tells me how he’s attracted to beauty, then looks like he’s going to grab me, so I always hold Volume 379 of the Federal Reporter, Second Series in front of me.”