Donald Kaul

Donald Kaul

Donald Kaul wrote newspaper columns for half a century, beginning with a long stint at the Des Moines Register that made him a household name (in a good way) throughout Iowa. Kaul, who was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary in 1987 and 1999, wrote for OtherWords for many years, right on up to his retirement. He passed away in July 2018 and was lovingly memorialized throughout Iowa, the Midwest, and the journalistic world.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Martin Shkreli: My Person of the Year
It’s time — past time, really — to name the person of the year. (TIME Magazine does it. Why not me?) There were many worthy candidates in 2015: the Pope, the Donald, and Luke Skywalker, to name just a few. But only one symbolized the spirit of the year. I speak, of course, of Martin Shkreli. For...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Smashing the Austerity Idols
I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece. I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay their taxes, and their early retirement ethos. When they were given membership in the Euro zone, I made fun of that too, or...
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Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
There Ought to Be a Better Law
I wasn’t too surprised when do-it-yourself vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. The trial took place in Florida, after all. You have to be pretty stupid or reckless or both to be found guilty of murder in Florida.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a roasted wild pig beside U.S. President George W. Bush during a barbecue with residents in the northeastern German village of Trinwillershagen at the German Baltic sea July 13, 2006. Bush on Thursday defended Israel 's attacks on targets in Lebanon. Views
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Dear Israel: Bombing Doesn't Work
I am always amazed at the childlike faith that powerful nations put in bombing. In the past 70 years we have seen nation after nation launch hideous bombing attacks on enemies, confident that the resulting carnage will “break the spirit” of their adversaries. It never does. What it does, for the...
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President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004 on October 1, 2003. (cc) Views
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
You Can't Be Patriotic in Spanish
I was walking down the street, humming a tune, when suddenly I found my path blocked by two men in dark suits, narrow ties and snap-brim hats. One of them took his wallet out of his breast pocket and held it in front of my eyes, so close I couldn’t focus on it. “Homeland Security,” he said. “Would...
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Jack Abramoff---lobbyist, con man, swindler, keeper of Washington’s buried skeletons---is singing. Views
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The Crookedness of Congress is Nearing Exposure
A terror stalks the streets of Washington today the like of which has not been seen here since the War of 1812 when the British invaded the city and burned the White House. Jack Abramoff---lobbyist, con man, swindler, keeper of Washington’s buried skeletons---is singing. His opening number,...
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President George W. Bush poses with flight deck crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003. White House photo by Paul Morse Views
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
So Iraq Was a Good Idea After All?
You can’t pick up your newspaper, listen to your radio or turn on your television set these days without being confronted by a deeply earnest George W. Bush telling you how well the war in Iraq is going. It’s reached the point where I’m afraid to open my closet door for fear he might pop out, ready...
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War criminals. (File) Views
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Dissent Isn't Disloyal, Just Corrupt And Shameless
Don’t tell me about the need for national unity. The last thing we need right now is national unity. The urge for unity---sometimes confused with patriotism---is what silenced many Democrats and potential critics as Mr. Bush marched us off to war. While many of us were skeptical about the need for...
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? U.S. President George W. Bush meets with the crew aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, left, where he announced the end of all major combat in Iraq on May 1, 2003. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters File Photo) Views
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
So That's Why We're in Iraq
Finally, after many fits and false starts, President Bush has given us a good reason to support the war in Iraq. We must fight the war in Iraq, he says, to honor the soldiers who already have been killed fighting the war in Iraq. In a speech to a VFW convention in Utah, he mentioned that we have...
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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Struggling to Find the Reasons for War
There was a story in “The New York Times” last week that should disabuse you of any illusions you may still have about why we went to war in Iraq. (Hint: it wasn’t weapons of mass destruction.) The “Times” reported that a former CIA officer has filed suit against the agency, saying that prior to...
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