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John R. MacArthur

Entries by John R. MacArthur

Decline of Daley, Chicago and U.S.

(127) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 5:17 PM

The Democratic Party indeed must be in very bad shape if the boss of Chicago is relinquishing his nearly absolute power. Mayor Richard M. Daley's bombshell announcement that he won't seek reelection is the most significant indication yet that the majority party will lose a great many congressional seats in...

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Of the IRA and the Afghan War

(45) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 6:11 PM

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. -- I know it was supposed to recall the drama of Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers and Daniel Ellsberg, but when WikiLeaks jolted Washington last month with its "revelations" about the Afghan debacle, I was disappointed.

This isn't to minimize the courage of Julian Assange, the founder of...

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More and More, Obama Seems a Faux Liberal

(640) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 1:03 PM

Following President Obama's war speeches at West Point and Oslo -- two breathtaking exercises in political cynicism that killed any hope of authentic liberal reform -- I've got only one question: Have the liberals who worshipped at the altar of "change you can believe in" had enough?

There was already...

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Rahm Emanuel's Political Pirouettes

(110) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 10:22 PM

God help me, but I had to laugh when I heard the news that Barack Obama had named Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff. What else could I do? Without even so much as a symbolic gesture in support of reform, the great agent of "change" immediately selected...

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Lessons on Wartime Leadership from Eugene McCarthy

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2006 | 2:15 PM

The last time I saw Eugene McCarthy was in July, and we didn't have much of a conversation. Parkinson's disease and old age had dimmed the witty and philosophical voice that always left me feeling ahead of where we'd started out.

Which doesn't mean Gene didn't still manage to communicate...

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The Columns of Liberty

(6) Comments | Posted November 25, 2005 | 11:19 PM

From a commencement address delivered to the graduating class of Eastern Connecticut State University on Sunday, May 23, 2004.

May I first congratulate all the 1141 degree recipients of 2004. I'm not so old that I don't vividly remember the preceding panic, the relief and the quiet satisfaction that came...

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