Colin Powell and ‘Guernica’

WASHINGTON — If we could unlock the puzzle of Colin Powell, maybe we could understand why America cracked up.
General Powell was the best America had to offer. He was the son of Jamaican immigrants in the South Bronx who became a hero in Vietnam and then the first African American secretary of state.
He was smart and charismatic, with an easy laugh and a Corvette Stingray. At Washington parties, even ones where Jack Nicholson dropped in, people gravitated toward Powell.

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The Right Is Embracing the Reactionary Brutality of “Special Operators” Like Eddie Gallagher

Special operators in elite military units are the tip of the spear of US counterinsurgency campaigns around the globe. Their exploits in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts in the global “war on terror” have become fodder for scores of action films like American Sniper, fanboy books by journalists covering the military, and tell-all memoirs by SEAL Team 6 members involved in the rubout of Osama bin Laden and other targets.

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Our Pathetic White House “Press Corps”

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Posted: Oct 23, 2021 12:01 AM

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Washington, D.C. has more leaks than a Viking River Cruise with a hull fashioned out of Swiss cheese. To his chargin, our 45thPresident Donald J. Trump discovered that…starkly and early-on. ButeveryU.S. President in the past century came to realize—some sooner, some later—that weasels within the Executive Branch or within our permanent Washington “establishment” exist for little more than to leak secrets to favorable media.

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Reagan’s Warning About The Fragility of Freedom Has Always Been Relevant — But Never More Urgent

It seems more than apropos to assess the legacy and words of President Ronald Reagan at this juncture in our history; it is an absolute necessity. Reagan not only understood the political reality of the world in front of him, he had a prescience of the political world that might be coming if Americans did not demonstrate the same resolve that won the revolution.
The insouciance of the Biden administration is unrelenting as it watches inflation rise, spends trillions on phony infrastructure bills and blithely observes the southern border evaporate.

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Why Dune endures

Harkonnens. Messiahs. Deadly, insect-like hunter-seekers. A secretive all-women order of spies, nuns, scientists, and theologians that’s bending history to its will. A spice harvested from an arid desert that enables space travel. ’Thopters. Interstellar war. Giant sand worms.
The world of Dune is a wild one, a tale spun by Frank Herbert in the tumultuous 1960s that mixes fear of authoritarian rule and environmental collapse with fascism, racism, and hallucinatory imagery.

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Pete Pushes Off Blame for Supply-Chain Crisis

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tried to distance his department’s decision-making from the supply crisis on CNBC’s Squawk Box Wednesday, saying that supply chain issues “will persist as long as this pandemic continues.”
“I mean, if a shoe factory closes in Vietnam in September for a COVID outbreak, you’re going to see the effect of that at the mall in December or January,” he said. 
Buttigieg did insist that his department has made moves in the past week to combat the crisis.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Talks to Jacobin

I lived abroad as a child because of my father’s job. He was a helicopter pilot in the army. We lived in Germany and all over the United States as well — mostly in the South and Midwest.
My mother is quite liberal in her beliefs. As was my father, who is deceased. He had a healthy disdain for politicians. In particular, he hated how they often treat policy decisions that impact people’s lives as chess moves.
As an active-duty military man, he certainly felt the consequences of that.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Talks to Jacobin

I lived abroad as a child because of my father’s job. He was a helicopter pilot in the army. We lived in Germany and all over the United States as well — mostly in the South and Midwest.
My mother is quite liberal in her beliefs. As was my father, who is deceased. He had a healthy disdain for politicians. In particular, he hated how they often treat policy decisions that impact people’s lives as chess moves.
As an active-duty military man, he certainly felt the consequences of that.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Talks to Jacobin

I lived abroad as a child because of my father’s job. He was a helicopter pilot in the army. We lived in Germany and all over the United States as well — mostly in the South and Midwest.
My mother is quite liberal in her beliefs. As was my father, who is deceased. He had a healthy disdain for politicians. In particular, he hated how they often treat policy decisions that impact people’s lives as chess moves.
As an active-duty military man, he certainly felt the consequences of that.

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Invisible General: How Colin Powell Conned America

There were many worse American generals in the last century than Colin Powell, men who also died, like Powell, largely celebrated for their accomplishments. Curtis LeMay (firebombed Tokyo; nearly incited a third world war on multiple occasions), Douglas MacArthur (provoked the Korean War; attempted to start nuclear war), and perhaps Tommy Franks (oversaw the invasion of Iraq), to name a few.
But Powell was uniquely bad, fundamentally a bureaucrat and public relations man for the American political and military establishment.

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