Category: Foreign Policy
April 9, 2021
This 2012 tome is a comprehensive extract of profound literacy by literate people whose grasp of human susceptibilities to every dodge imaginable in human affairs has continually wrought extreme hardship and loss of credibility to anything representing “the best interests” of mankind. The Primo Levi quote in the Forward on page 2 of the 55-page tome encapsulates this phenomenon.
I have a profound admiration for our chroniclers’ gift for gathering the evidence of our propensity for inching ourselves ever closer to oblivion. I was helped in familiarizing myself with the works of the chosen chroniclers by what I think of as “skip-reading” when confronted by a particularly dense report on any given topic. An example of this is George Kennan’s mia culpa leading to Walter Lippmann’s attribution of Kennan’s famous “Long Cable,” and distortion of it for a career-long elevation of himself as an astute judge of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, when in fact he had an acutely parochial interest in the subject. His entire career as a columnist was based on this deceit, which Mr. Kennan was too civil to call by that name. … Read More »
September 3, 2020
The current US President asserts that he is a genius. The American public has failed to acknowledge this, even though his very name is described in J. R. Rosedale’s 1978 Synonym Finder as meaning (verb), excel, surpass. outstrip, outdo, outperform, outwit, drub, (infinitive – a verb taking the role of a noun): wallop, top, best, worst, overpower, overcome, get the better of, better, get the upper hand, prevail, nose out, win and – followed by the word ‘up’ – fabricate, invent, make out of whole cloth, concoct, cook up, hatch create, conceive, frame, devise, scheme, make up, fake, contrive.
More to the point, this genius’ trumpery [a noun], 1. rubbish, trash, riffraff, 2. nonsense, falderal, gibberish, babble, or [an adjective] 3. trifling, trivial, insignificant, immaterial, unimportant, twopenny, two-bit (as slang), or 4. rubbishy, trashy, insignificant, “and so on,” as Kurt Vonnegut would have said.
The British and French weigh in with slang for: twaddle, blather, drivel, gobbledegook, humbug, foam, froth, bunkum – and, not to be outdone by our former colonialists – the US offers slang terms too: schlock, poor, base, mean, commonplace, shoddy, shabby, beggarly, scrubby, wretched, blah, balderdash, hogwash, swill, horsefeathers, stuff, stuff and nonsense, fudge, foolishness. … Read More »
The historic certainty in the minds of Jews worldwide is encapsulated in Bibi Netanyahu’s father’s life’s work. Netanyahu père was the author of an exhaustive study of the Spanish Inquisition. He was convinced that there will never be a time when people will not do their best to kill every Jew, for which point of view there is ample evidence. Ehud Olmert, Israel’s Prime Minister from April 2006 to March 2009, in an interview on PBS of November 2012 with Charlie Rose, asserted that the process of finding a peaceful resolution between Jews and Palestinians in Israel is encumbered by the fear that were Israel to assume a course that fulfilled the promise of a one state democratic entity, Jews risk becoming a minority.
Given the abject failure of guarantees of security for Israel by successive U.S. governments to eliminate violence and the threat of it in the region as the result of the issue of abrogation of Palestinians’ rights by Israel, the single policy choice for the U.S. and Israel is to go ahead with the democratic state inferred in Israel’s founding documents, thereby assuring the state’s security by guarantee of the entire world community. At the same stroke, the … Read More »
“THE HEAVENS CLOSE SLOWLY OVER THE EARTH, LIKE A GREAT ALCOVE, AND RESTLESS
MAN IS TRANSFORMED INTO A WILD BEAST”
Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821 – 1867)
When conceived, this effort felt extremely quixotic. I began some seven years ago to realize that the public – my fellow citizens in the U.S. and in the world – were somehow not ingesting crucial information essential to the survival of the species, theirs and all others. With ever more curiosity as to the reasons for this and reading ever more widely, I thought myself inadequate to the challenge of bringing it to public attention. Now, at February 19, 2011, I see the field is wide open. Populations of the world are so smug in their ignorance, especially here in the “cradle of democracy” that I can write anything, take any position, no matter how preposterous, and even found a religion on it! In addition I can be granted tax-exempt status and become a rich person on the circuit I create for believers in my faith. Are they stupid? No. We are all very much alike. Read on – please! If you think yourself at all well informed, expose yourself to this evidence of wholesale … Read More »