Monthly Archives: June 2014

On Robert Kagan Part 3

On the dangers of ‘Escapism’ and ‘Futility’ This is also escapism, however, for there is a myth embedded in this plea of futility. It is that wielding power effectively was ever any easier than it is today. With rose-colored glasses … Continue reading

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Kagan on the resolute courage of American Imperialists Part 2 by Political Cynic

In part four of his essay Mr. Kagan begins his self-congratulatory rationale for the American Empire, larded with the cliches of past empires, and the shopworn arguments of the present coterie of apologists for American Exceptionalism. Here is an example … Continue reading

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On Robert Kagan, before intellectual exhaustion set in: by Political Cynic Part I

Like his political ally Mr. Fukuyama, Mr. Kagan does not know the power of brevity, although Mr. Kagan has the good sense that Mr. Fukuyama lacks, namely, he does not resort to shopworn Hegelian rhetoric to rescue his banal thoughts … Continue reading

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David Brooks on Iraq, essays from 6/12/14 and 03/24/03: a comment by Selbstdenker

Mr. Brooks in his column, at the New York Times web site, of June 12, 2014 examines the failures of American Policy in Iraq since the American invasion and finds the whole of it a collection of grievous mistakes, miscalculation … Continue reading

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Francis Fukuyama on the 25th anniversary of ‘The End of History’, a selective commentary by Almost Marx

Where else but the Wall Street Journal, a Murdoch publication, would Neo-Conservatism’s reclusive intellectual pontiff, Francis Fukuyama be given space to opine on his own essay of 1989, ‘The End of History’? From a small essay to a intellectually bloated … Continue reading

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Three Pundits on President Obama’s 2014 West Point Address : some thoughts by Political Observer part 3

Mr. Leslie Gelb in his essay at the Daily Beast titled Old Flaws in Obama’s New Foreign Policy begins his piece with these four paragraphs:

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Three Pundits on President Obama’s 2014 West Point Address: some thoughts by Political Observer, part 2

It’s seems as if Mr. Beinart has not read very carefully the President’s May 28, 2014 address, nor it’s precursor, the speech of December 1, 2009, both delivered at West Point. Or more pointedly he reads them ideologically, with his … Continue reading

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