ONE DECADE AGO, the French distaste for war against Saddam Hussein inspired Freedom Fries, the conventional name for this ubiquitous side-dish having been removed from Congressional cafeteria menus at the direction of Republicans Bob Ney and Walter Jones. On US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Paris, to make the case for a limited strike against Syria, the reception was by contrast positive. Yet the forms of the arguments reveal a tension in the prevailing views of military engagements whose roots reach back to the First World War.
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Tagged America, History, Homer, Horace, Iraq, John Kerry, League of Nations, Munich Agreement, Neville Chamberlain, President Barack Obama, Syria, Wilfred Owen
SOME WEEKS ago, having already absorbed a good many of Mitt Romney’s debate performances, New York Times columnist David Brooks noted the tinniness of the former Massachusetts governor every time the subject of money arose. Why can’t politicians talk plainly about money, and why does the subject of income tax yield so much verbal gymnastic?
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Tagged Bain Capital, Bob Fossil, David Brooks, Mighty Boosh, Mitt Romney, Paul Fussell, Politics, President Barack Obama, Republican Party, Republican Primary, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Thorstein Veblen, Upton Sinclair