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The Sole Superpower in Decline: The Rise of a Multipolar World
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States stood tall -- militarily invincible, economically unrivalled, diplomatically uncontestable, and the dominating force on information channels worldwide. The next century was to be the true "American century," with the rest of the world...
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The Audacity of Fraud: How Barack Obama Is Losing My Vote
Barack Obama writes a 5,000-word manifesto on " Renewing American leadership " in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. I was expecting fresh, bold new thinking-the audacity of liberalism. What I got instead was a Republican hawk in Kennedy clothing. If this is what we are to expect from the new...
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CIA's Darkest Secret
Every so often, the front page trumpets ethical and legal lapses committed by US intelligence agencies. In Iraq, they have run the gamut from pre war falsification of weapons data to surveillance of American citizens to kidnapping to torture of prisoners. During the Cold War, it was "black...
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Mike Gravel's Campaign
Last weekend, C-Span radio was broadcasting live the speeches of presidential candidates before the Democratic National Committee in Washington. I was listening in the car while running errands. Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor, was holding forth when I ducked into a store. When I got back...
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American Values
What is America? What are the values it has most fought for and admired? A few of the first, and most important, come to mind: Freedom. Equality. Democracy. Champion of the little guy. Helper of the oppressed. Defender against tyranny. Some of the other values are ingrained in our history and our...
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The Language Police: Gettin’ Jiggy with Frank Luntz
If you need any more confirmation that America is the numero uno propaganda nation, look no further than the GOP language maestro Frank Luntz, who has produced a memorandum of "The 14 Words Never to Use." Thanks to the Internet and the blogosphere, we mere mortals can get our grubby mitts on what...
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Journalism Under Fire
Address to the Society of Professional Journalists Saturday, September 11, 2004 New York City Thank you for inviting me to share this occasion with you. Three months from now I will be retiring from active journalism, and I cannot imagine a better turn into the home stretch than this morning with...
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The Enola Gay: Ugly History Hides in Plain Sight
This week, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum unveiled a fully restored, finely polished artifact of World War II — a Boeing B-29 "Superfortress." This particular airplane — the Enola Gay — is the centerpiece of the museum's sleek new $311-million annex. Visitors to the museum will...
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Supreme Court Issues Watershed Decision on Gay Rights
IN a stunning decision, the US Supreme Court struck down laws against homosexual practices. On 26 June 2003, it emphatically and unequivocally reversed an earlier decision by declaring that a Texas law forbidding homosexual sex was unconstitutional because homosexuals had a right to exist free of...
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