The Most Dangerous Man in America

The first crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program arose in late 1994. It was obvious there was not much the United States could do to step in unilaterally and disarm the North Korean regime. Sanctions, the normally inevitable option short of war, had no meaning – the United States had no trade with the North … Continue reading “The Most Dangerous Man in America”

Torture, TV, and
the Banality of Scalia

Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism had several flaws, but one of her observations has lodged itself permanently in the national psyche as a handy cliché whenever some human monster is found to have a taste for the art of Walter Keane or, like Kim Jong Il, for pornographic movies: The Banality of Evil. It should … Continue reading “Torture, TV, and
the Banality of Scalia”

For God’s Sake, Don’t Mention the War!

It has long since come to universal notice that Time and Newsweek, the Coke and Pepsi of weekly print journalism, have slid to the level of what were once considered lowbrow publications like People and Entertainment Weekly. Needless to say, these latter two journals threaten to assume the Darwinian niche previously occupied by the lamented … Continue reading “For God’s Sake, Don’t Mention the War!”

Rumble in the Jungle: The AFRICOM Boondoggle

The government’s assaults on our common sense, our wallets, and our dignity are becoming so numerous that one is hard pressed to keep up. The media pivot like a herd of wildebeests from one scandal to the other – from illegal wiretapping, to torture, to mercenaries, to saber rattling in the Persian Gulf, to $4 … Continue reading “Rumble in the Jungle: The AFRICOM Boondoggle”