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The latest crime wave

Ominously timed for Campaign 2008, we've got a hike in certain stats for violent crime. So we can look forward to commitments to being tough on crime, particularly from Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and ' it's safe to assume ' Hillary Clinton. >More
 Crazy talk on Iran

The Bush administration is capable of almost any folly, but would it really bomb Iran's nuclear research labs? Would it prod Israel into taking on the job? >More
 As good as they get

I bid a sad adieu to Gerald Ford, who has always been, in my view, America's greatest president. >More
 Obama-nation would be abomination!

I've never heard a politician so desperate not to offend conventional elite opinion while pretending to be fearless and forthright. >More
 The real 9/11 conspiracy

You trip over one fundamental idiocy of the 9/11 conspiracy nuts'the ones who say Bush and Cheney masterminded the attacks'in the first paragraph of The New Pearl Harbor, the book by one of their high priests, David Ray Griffin. 'In light of standard procedures for dealing with hijacked airplanes,' writes Griffin, 'not one of these planes should have reached its target, let alone all three of them.' The nuts have a devout, albeit preposterous belief in American efficiency. They believe military systems work the way Pentagon press flacks and aerospace salesmen say they should. They believe that when American Airlines Flight 11 switched off its radio and transponder at 8:14 a.m., an FAA flight controller should have called the National Military Command center and NORAD, which would have intercepted the flight 'by 8:24, and certainly no later than 8:30.' They appear to have read no military history. If they had, they would know that minutely planned operations ' let alone responses to an unprecedented emergency ' are screwed up with monotonous regularity, by reason of stupidity, cowardice, venality and other whims of Providence. >More
 In praise of stupid emperors

Quite often these days, I feel the sort of ecstatic incredulity that the Goths and the Vandals must have felt in the fifth century, rejoicing in the stupidity of the Roman Emperor Theodosius II, a fanatical Christian monophysite and book-burner who presided over the Empire's accelerating decline, and who eventually died at age 49 by tumbling off his horse. The Vandals and Goths didn't anxiously scan the news bulletins from Rome hoping to find a "better" imperial candidate who would revive the Empire's fortunes and consolidate its iron rule. Neither should we. >More
 Israeli aggression: A primer

As the TV networks give unlimited airtime to Israel's apologists, the message rolls out that no nation, least of all Israel, can permit bombardment or armed incursion across its borders without retaliation. The guiding rule in this tsunami of drivel is an utter lack of historical context. >More
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