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Deeper Into The Tunnel

As General Stan McChrystal plans his march on Washington to demand more troops in Afghanistan the antiwar movement lies on the sidewalk, as inert and forlorn as a homeless person…

Teddy Kennedy, Hollow Champion

Teddy Kennedy's disasters were vivid. His legislative triumphs, draped in last week's obituaries with respectful homage, were far less colorful but they were actually devastating for the very constituencies —…

The Right Wing’s Prince of Gonzo

The “Prince of Darkness” — aka Robert Novak — who died last week of a brain tumor was the Hunter Thompson of the right, albeit with predictable differences. Thompson, like…

Health Plans & Death Plans

The first illusion to chase off the stage is that the great debate here has much to do with health. So far as public health is concerned, many of the…

Progressive Illusions

In retrospect we can see what a lucky fellow Barack Obama was to have had, during his run for the presidency last year, a radical black pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah…

‘A Damned Murder, Inc.’

Some time in early or mid-1949 a CIA officer named Bill (his surname is blacked out in the file, which was surfaced by John Kelly in the early 1990s) asked…

May He Rest in Darkness

Robert McNamara, who died last week, on July 6, served as Kennedy’s, then as Johnson’s Defense secretary. He contributed more than most to the slaughter of 3.4 million Vietnamese (his…