THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL

THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL Colin Powell had been officially named secretary of state for barely five minutes and already he was beating the war drums, demanding the beefing up of Iraqi sanctions and not-so-subtly hinting at a military confrontation in the Middle East: "We are in the strong position. He [Saddam Hussein] is in … Continue reading “THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL”

Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love

What’s the use of being the world’s only superpower when we allow ourselves to be bullied, threatened, and spied on by a country the size of Delaware? I’m talking about Israel, the country we give billions in tribute to each year, the single highest recipient of US foreign aid dollars: a nation led by ingrates … Continue reading “Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love”

Ralph Nader and the Abstention of the Left

When Ralph Nader entered the presidential sweepstakes as the candidate of the Green Party, I thought: At last, we will hear from the American Left on the vital questions of war and intervention. A well-known and much respected public scold, Nader, I knew, would get major attention, and in spite of my own political views, … Continue reading “Ralph Nader and the Abstention of the Left”

Kosovo Turnabout–Mutiny in the Senate

The US Congress, at long last, is rising up in rebellion against our Kosovo policy; and, this time, it isn’t just a few Republican back-benchers. A bipartisan coalition of congressional heavyweights is demanding to know: Is there no end to our commitment in the Balkans? The chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Service Committee, Sen. … Continue reading “Kosovo Turnabout–Mutiny in the Senate”

Clintonizing Intervention: ‘It’s for the Children’

The growing convergence between the ideological extremes of “right” and “left” has been noted, in this column and elsewhere; little noticed, however, has been a corollary development, the drawing in of the political center to a common position that dispenses with the traditional conception of polarized politics. While Pat Buchanan (on the “far” right) and … Continue reading “Clintonizing Intervention: ‘It’s for the Children’”