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Le "renovatio" russe: L'issue du conflit ukrainien que l'on ne veut pas envisager

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:05 AM

En 1991, après avoir élevé l'URSS pendant 50 ans jusqu'au rang de "superpuissance" - un titre qu'elle n'avait jamais obtenu auparavant - les Etats-Unis ont cruellement éconduit leur concurrent de la Guerre Froide et partenaire géopolitique, grâce à leur soudaine victoire.

Les conditions mondiales avaient changé : nous n'avions plus besoin...

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Le «renovatio» russe: l'issue du conflit ukrainien que l'on ne veut pas envisager

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:57 AM

En 1991, après avoir élevé l'URSS pendant 50 ans jusqu'au rang de "superpuissance" - un titre qu'elle n'avait jamais obtenu auparavant - les États-Unis ont cruellement éconduit leur concurrent de la Guerre froide et partenaire géopolitique, grâce à leur soudaine victoire.

Les conditions mondiales avaient changé : nous n'avions plus besoin...

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The Russian Renovatio: The Ukraine Outcome You Don't Want to Think About

(102) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:04 PM

In 1991, after raising her up for fifty years, calling her a "superpower" -- a title she had never held before -- in sudden victory the United States cruelly spurned its longtime Cold War helpmate and conjugal geopolitical partner. World terms had changed: We did not need her...

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Street Fighting Family: The Mythic Power of Barricades and Sacrifice

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Why do the photos, video, and tweets out of Kiev have such mythic power? Why do demonstrations, and barricades, and people shot down, young and old, men and women alike, wring such enduring emotion (like Les Miserables)? Why do citizen risings in big, capital cities have...

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JFK and World War I: How We Celebrate Two Tragedies Tells Us Who We Are

(32) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:38 PM

11 November 2013. We call today "Veteran's" day, but it also celebrates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. With the centennial year of World War I upcoming, are we beginning to remember. Sacral memories are already jumpstarting in Britain, but with the anticipation...

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Ottoman-America

(130) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Just days ago, Texas representative Louie Gohmert, standing tall on the House floor, delivered this Attic lamentation, echoing like a cry of grief in the great chamber: "This is the massive beginning of a new Ottoman Empire, that President Obama can take great credit for."

Poor Congressman Gohmert,...

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The Muslim Renovatio (Some of Us Knew What Was Coming)

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Dear Readers, some of us saw what was happening eight years ago. What is below was published in 2004 for a then-popular Conservative webzine, TechCentralStation. I offer this because we could have seen what was happening in Islam, but chose not to -- or better yet, chose to...

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Who Then Shall Mourn Our Drones?

(104) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 1:26 PM

Official Disclaimer: This take is mine and mine alone.

Today is a national commemoration once called Armistice Day: The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In its terrible last nine months, 10,000 Americans were dying every month so that this would be the War to End...

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Did We Lose the War?

(432) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 5:18 PM

Official Disclaimer: This is my take, and mine alone.

I thought at least someone would ask the question. This is after all a solemn commemorative occasion. It is perhaps our only real moment for constructive reflection, because this anniversary also effectively marks the end of the war itself.

It...

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Colonial Britain, Neocolonial America?

(98) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 8:42 AM

The United States has pursued a self-defeating client king strategy in the greater Middle East. It failed in Iran in 1979 and it has failed now in Egypt. It has failed because the global spirit of the age has changed, and America has not yet changed with it. This is...

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America and China: Partners or Rivals?

(53) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 9:42 AM

As Hu descends from the Heavens, the Right has found a new adversary to make American hearts race strong and true. China for its part is acting like a great power teen, testing limits and ready, at least rhetorically, to act out.

The big question raised by the Right, daggers...

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Chilean Transcendence

(29) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Miners. Trapped. No way out. Miraculously rescued. Happy end. End of story.

Not so fast.

The resurrection of Chile's lost miners is a testament to the power of belonging and meaning in human life.

We humans live singularly evanescent lives. Our consciousness is like to the Moth: Done in the...

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Mother Goddess, Ascending

(29) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 8:41 PM

2010-09-23-1.jpgThe Mother Goddess has come into American politics. Her appearance through Sarah Palin is divine sign of an American identity crisis as deep as any in our history, and her intercession promises to alter national identity forever as well....

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James Bond, We Hardly Knew Ye

(4) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 10:27 PM

The American religion puts its faith in Divine Progress. But we now begin to look like ancient Greeks and Romans who looked backward to a lost Golden Age. Consider Jack Kennedy and James Bond: 1962, Dr. No.

Granite-gray three-button suits, Bronzoni silk ties (very thin), unfiltered cigarettes, and...

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Mon General McChrystal

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 10:28 AM

Bigeard is dead.

Who is General Marcel Bigeard, and why should we care?

First in on the Plaines Des Jarres at Dien Bien Phu: The enterprise that doomed the French Empire. Then, marching in Lizard-cap into the Battle of Algiers with Massu:

"At Dien Bien Phu as...
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What Alec Guinness Tells Us About US Alliances

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 11:20 AM

The last of the Roman blockbusters of the 1960s was also the most interesting politically. The Fall of the Roman Empire was designed as an allegory of us, and released in the year Lyndon Johnson so passionately ramped up our stake in Vietnam.

This gorgeous (if tendentious) production was not...

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A Turkish Renovatio?

(66) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 11:30 AM

"This is language that we have not heard since the time of Gamal Abdul Nasser." Thus wrote the influential chief editor of Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, referring to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fiery response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza flotilla -- adding that such "manly" positions and...

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The Real Truth Behind the Denny Blair Resignation

(32) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 9:18 PM

Grazing airy electron opinion, the firing of Denny Blair -- especially him of most High Court title -- is surely a blog-seduction most likely to touch-off tremulous surface fanning and gasps, whetting unfettered gossip: All fluttering to those inmost whisperings and intimate doings in the sacred precincts of our Imperial...

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America: Enemy of Change, Midwife of the Future

(18) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 2:16 PM

The world is changing, but not the way we think. Once the bringer of change, America has now become the enemy of change. After nine Iliad-years fighting change, we find change remaking us. Not only have we lost control -- we shockingly find ourselves the midwife of the very future...

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Are We Not Romans?

(383) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 9:56 PM

Steely Dan would say: "And they wrote it on the wall," inscribed like the stone stele of Daniel 5:1-31. The words tell us when we will leave.

But how to decode these obscure, fateful words?

Americans like to compare themselves to old Romans, especially those martial...

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