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|The Twin Pillars of Foreign Policy
Below is the text of an essay I wrote in 1999 while I was working in the State Department, commenting on the events and policies around me. It was ignored, and I didn't really promote it, because I ...
|Give Diplomats the Respect They Deserve
This is in reaction to the tragic events in Benghazi, and the comments on it. I say this, full disclosure, as a retired career member of the U.S. Foreign Service (diplomatic) Corps. It is standard ...
I know that Democrats and Liberals (or, as we have been taught by those who will deny the value of the term Liberal, Progressives) are not big on a unified message. Nevertheless, there are some ...
|The Stock Market
We can understand what happened to the stock market over the last couple of days with a few simple facts. These facts are not brought up by commentators because a) they are not dramatic, and b) ...
There are those who believe that people can be divided into clear, simple categories, and those who do not. I am one of the latter, and having begun by doing what I do not believe in, will now do ...
|I Give Up
I realize that my impact on the politics of this country is nil. I realize that my influence on the debates we are engaged in, even within the navel-gazing context of those who read the entries on ...
|Rand Paul: Objectivist
A bit of needed perspective on the Rand Paul statements about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The man is seriously dangerous.
|The Real Scandal in Intelligence
There has been some reporting recently that the name of the Underwear Bomber was missed in the database search because it was misspelled. That is not possible. Arabic names are meant to be written ...
|The Myth of Data Mining
There has been some coverage in the news lately about the NSA/Bush Administration efforts to “wiretap” Americans. I write to clear up some of the mythology surrounding this subject.
|The Roots of Neoconservatism -- Not
This is a draft of an essay I'm writing based on reading one of the founding books cited in histories of the neoconservative movement, The Road to Serfdom , by Friederich Hayek. The thesis ...
Just finished Jacob Heilbrunn’s book, They Knew They Were Right, a history of neoconservatism, and here is a quick reaction. These guys were full of shit.
A small suggestion for the netroots: We need to start campaigning now to get the candidates of both parties to pledge that they will hold a real debate during the fall campaign next year, not just ...
|New Zealand Politics
When I lived in New Zealand, I had a very interesting history lesson from a member of its Parliament that has resonance with American politics today, indeed all politics everywhere. The year was ...
|Political Briefings for Ambassadors
I read in the WaPo today (Tuesday, July 24) about the White House Political Office conducting briefings ...
It isn't on-line yet, or even out officially, but I'm reading the Washington Post Magazine cover story for tomorrow, because its delivered a day early. It's tomorrow, and the link to the ...
Yesterday, on Hardball , a viewer sent in the first question, and Christopher Hitchens blew the non-answer. The question was whether his lack of religious belief meant that he did not ...
Well, here goes another diary posting on a general, philosophical point. I’m not connected enough with the world to come up with specific facts. But this is something that is important, and we ...
|Cheney taking over
The following block quote is the latest posting in a blog that I participate in called The Washington Note . It is run by Steven Clemons, Director of ...
|Nothing New Here
Since I am so effectively cut off from contact with the real world, I can't offer the tidbits of current information based on contact with actual people, or reporting on events. What I feel I must ...
This is beginning to sound old, even to me. None of this bullshit matters. The Liebermann bullshit, the Gulianni bullshit. The Clinton bullshit. It doesn't matter. It's all empty posturing, so ...
In a discussion in another forum about questions to pose to the new appointee as Ambassodor to the United Nations, Zamel Khalilzad, I suggested the following list. In fact, these questions would be ...
|What Not to Do
Reading some of the books that came out last year -- a year too late -- about the woeful mishandling of the Iraq occupation, one is left with the sad impression that the BushCo cabal were not the ...
|Reason vs. Magic
More and more, it strikes me that in many of the debates, news reports, entertainment plots, and general information that surrounds us, there is an assumption that is closely akin to the idea that ...
This is just a short diary posting to keep my hand in and my name active. It is a follow-on to my earlier diary “The Myth of Sacrifice,” in which I called for a better understanding of ...
|The thing about impeachment is
That the Republicans have – as they have with every other part of government that they touch – rendered it illegitimate.
|The Myth of Sacrifice
Corporate spokespersons – of whom the main ones are Republicans, traditional conservatives, and network and print journalists – describe many of the aims of the classical liberal agenda ...
|I Want to Be a Subversive
While I have enjoyed much of the information gained in DailyKos, and the interaction with others, there has been a small feeling of something lacking. The problem is that the reaction to both what ...
The following is an essay I wrote just to get it out of my system in December, 2004: What is the meaning of sovereignty? What is its role in international relations? This is a particularly ...
|Why did they do it?
At an event at the New America Foundation, a member of the audience asked the question (I paraphrase from memory), “Why does Al-Qaida hate America so? Why did they fly those planes?” ...
|Plato vs. Socrates||Noziglia||11/17/2006||10||7||1||23|
|Wizard's Twelfth Rule||Noziglia||11/14/2006||20||5||1||143|
|The Evil of Essentialism||Noziglia||11/10/2006||12||1||1||1|
|What does a Liberal believe?||Noziglia||11/08/2006||13||-||-||2|
|Bush Has Failed||Noziglia||11/06/2006||2||1||-||-|
|Vote for Moral Values||Noziglia||11/04/2006||1||4||-||-|
|Neither Left nor Right||Noziglia||11/03/2006||3||-||-||-|
|Unspoken Pillars of American Foreign Policy||Noziglia||11/02/2006||3||3||-||-|
|The So-Called War on Terrorism||Noziglia||11/01/2006||16||-||-||1|
|Iraq: Bush's Failure||Noziglia||10/27/2006||-||-||-||-|
|Iraq: Democracy Not So Much||Noziglia||10/26/2006||2||3||-||-|
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