Monthly Archives: July 2010

Our Constipated Congress

There are several illuminating similarities between the way our national legislature works and a constipated old man trying, with very limited success, to move his bowels. Continue reading

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The Shahram Amiri case, a different take

I don’t know any more about the Shahram Amiri case than what was in the newspapers, but I have had a personal experience that may provide a precedent. I was the American Consul in Tabriz from summer 1963 till summer … Continue reading

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Afghanistan, the other surge

Today’s Christian Science Monitor (per Truthout) reports that during several attacks during the last twenty-four hours, the Taliban managed to kill another eight American soldiers. The report suggests that this is consistent with a buildup in the scale and effectiveness … Continue reading

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We have lost the war in Afghanistan

General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone article was the ostensible reason for his getting sacked but an even more important factor may have been press reports attributed to him and his staff that were leaked earlier in June. They painted a bleak … Continue reading

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