War Thoughts At School
October 05, 2006

by Eric Rauchway Further to David's point below, war doesn't just inflect American history, it runs all through it and often informs discussion of the nature of the American republic. An example: If it's October, it must be the 1860s, at least in my lecture hall. Each year around this time we get to the factors that hastened Redemption, or the end of Reconstruction in the South: southern white resistance, including the Klan; national Republican weakness and division; and the Supreme Court.

A Friend Writes In Response To My Last Post
October 04, 2006

by Richard Stern Who says Bush et al want to 'win their War on TERRORRRRR' or their war against Iraq? I think that they would prefer the latter to be at a lower level, just to justify the permanent US bases astride the oil supplies but not so intense as to give traction to the bleeding-heart liberals and the traitorous wing of the Protestant clergy.

Right-wing, Imperialistic Warmongers?
October 04, 2006

by David Greenberg Are military historians victims of political correctness? Via History News Network, I came across this piece by John J.

I.f. Stone Redivivus
October 02, 2006

There are three or four living political intellectuals by whose ideas I test my own. I blame none of them for what others may think my excesses. But I am always both eager and nervous to find out what they think. Paul Berman is one of these by whom I judge myself. Maybe it is solipsistic to introduce a third person by what he means to me. But probably you have read him in TNR many times (here, here, and here) and elsewhere, too. He is one of our contributing editors and, therefore, one of our gang. When Paul writes in others' pages, I immediately feel a kind of sullen envy.

Condoleezza's Future
October 01, 2006

by Richard Stern What a medley the least complex of us is. When the medley is exhibited on the large screen of public life, the discrepant elements can become components of tragedy or farce. Take the enormously gifted and attractive person who serves as our secretary of state. The child and grandchild of high-minded, accomplished people of exceptional dignity--grandfather and father Presbyterian ministers, mother a teacher of science, music, and oratory--she grew up in Birmingham exceptionally alert to the racial fires from which her parents could not protect her.

A Grave Turning Point In America
September 28, 2006

by Alan Wolfe Did it finally happen here? I've always been a skeptic of Sinclair Lewis's sloppily written novel of 1935--and equally skeptical of all those left-wingers who predict, sometimes with barely repressed glee, a fascist takeover of the United States. But there is no doubting that something finally happened this week. It is not just that Congress is about to give the president the authority to collect anyone, including an American citizen, off the street to be indefinitely imprisoned as an enemy combatant.

Definining 'us'
September 27, 2006

by Alan Wolfe"Since the Iraq war started, there have not been any successful terrorist attacks against the United States." So wrote Robert Kagan in yesterday's Washington Post in an op-ed arguing that we should not rush to judgment on the now-famous NIE leak. I know that Kagan thinks that Europeans are from Venus, but does that mean that terrorist attacks in London and Madrid should somehow not be counted because they were not attacks against "us"? I thought this was a battle in which the entire West is engaged. Kagan, evidently, does not.

What No One Will Be Saying About The Nie
September 26, 2006

by Daniel Drezner The declassified portion of the much-discussed NIE is now available online. Bloggers and analysts will spend the next 24 hours parsing and re-parsing the document to see exactly what was said about the relationship between the war in Iraq and the global war on terror (like, for example, here). In the interest of being contrarian, therefore, I think it's worth highlighting a surprising assertion made in the NIE that has nothing to do with Iraq:Anti-US and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies.

Poking Fun
September 26, 2006

I don't know who collected these comments on France. Let me assure you though that I am not a Francophobe. It is true that for a few years in recent times I have not bought French wines. But I did drink the ones I had in my cellar. In any case, there is some silliness in what follows. But there is also some wisdom, wisdom garnered from historical experience. If you are a Francophile, you may not want to read this. It's your choice. Feel free to send this to friends if you like. That's how I saw it in the first place. "France has neither winter nor summer nor morals.

A Lieberman Fantasy
September 25, 2006

by David BromwichA tempting fantasy, in Sanford Levinson's posting, about Senator Lieberman being ideally situated to emerge as a hero of constitutional liberty. What, exactly, in Senator Lieberman's record of the past ten years would suggest an absorbing concern with the integrity of the Constitution?