The L Word

Officials at the Defense Department are also said to be "livid," and well aware of the damage that has been done by the incident, according to NBC News' Pentagon reporter Jim Miklaszewski. Speaking on the Imus in the Morning radio/MSNBC program Tuesday , Mr. Miklaszewski said he asked a Pentagon contact about the soldiers alleged [Read More...]

Primal Scream

Timothy Burke, just up the road at Swarthmore, lets loose a primal scream. (You could hear the echoes hear in Media, but I got the link via Brad DeLong.) It's worth quoting at length: "Stop with the hindsight," says one writer. "Be patient," says another. Oh, no, let's not stop with the hindsight. Not when [Read More...]

House of Horrors

Last April, American troops helped Iraqis topple a statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad. That statue was only a symbol, but it was an important symbol. Its fall — an image broadcast around the world — signified the fall of Saddam's tyrannical reign. Other statues were soon torn down and American troops were busied [Read More...]

More from Abe

In searching for the letter below, I also came across the following letter from Lincoln to Herndon. In this letter the congressman defends his vote against the Mexican War while rebutting two charges of alleged inconsistency. Lincoln opposed the war as "unnecessarily and unconstitutionally commenced by the President," yet he voted in favor of supplies [Read More...]

On The Mexican War

I posted the following letter from Rep. Abraham Lincoln (W, Ill.) to his law partner William H. Herndon twice during 2003, but the archives appear to be bloggered. The letter is still relevant and I'm reposting it here. The text of the letter can be found in Vol. 2 of the Complete Writings of Abraham [Read More...]

“Not Everyone Was Wrong”

"The sanctions exist … for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. … And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors." – Secretary of State Colin [Read More...]

Fool’s (Sher)Gold

No doubt you also have some earnest-but-naive friend/acquaintance who fills your inbox with multi-forwarded e-mails concerning various urban legends — dire warnings about toilet-dwelling spiders or kidney thieves, or morality plays warning against unnatural acts involving peanut butter and household pets. Usually I just delete these, but if I'm in one of my rare patient [Read More...]

Active vs. passive

I'm just about caught up with The New Yorker, finally reading many of the articles I told myself I would get around to later. One such article was Malcolm Gladwell's "Big Bad" in the Jan. 12 issue of the magazine. It appeared to be another critique of the SUV boom. I already dislike SUVs, for [Read More...]