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Another Viewpoint

Nation building was not the point

Damon Linker is one of the sharpest political/cultural observers writing today. If you're not already reading his contributions to The Week, you should. He is also my colleague on The Bulwark's weekly podcast "Beg to Differ." In the spirit of our podcast, I must beg to differ with his recent ...

Lies, lies, lies

Mary McCarthy once said of fellow author Lillian Hellman, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" The Democratic Party gives Hellman a run for her money. Politicians are not a terribly honest bunch generally, but Democrats -- at least those on the national stage -- ...

Back to what kind of school?

When I was in public school, a TV ad asked: "It's 10 o'clock Do you know where your children are?" Here's a better question for today: Do you know what your children are being taught and exposed to in their schools?" This summer's controversy over the teaching of critical race theory and ...

It’s time for national soul-searching

After the attacks on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush took to the airways to address the American people. Speaking to a nation in shock, he cast what had occurred in the framework of good and evil. "Today, our nation saw evil," the president said. And he offered up ...

The bitter fruits of interventionism

As President Lyndon Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban's triumph in Afghanistan. Less than a week into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal at Hamid Karzai International Airport, a CBS ...

Regulating duck art is honking silly

I will not lie. I want lots of space placed between a beautiful duck gliding on the marshes and the duck a l'orange carefully arranged on my plate. And I'll never forget the jarring sight of a hawk plucking a baby duck from the water. Its pathetic little quacks still haunt my ears. As you may ...