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‘What the Hell Is Barack Obama’s Presidency For?’

“His ascent to power had meaning,” Gary Younge writes at The Guardian. “But now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ron Cogswell (CC BY 2.0)

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

In Kill Anything that Moves, Nick Turse has for the first time put together a comprehensive picture, written with mastery and dignity, of what American forces actually were doing in Vietnam.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but—given what’s happened in recent years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: The Case for Medicare

With Medicare marking its 47th anniversary last week, Bill Moyers, who was a key aide to President Lyndon Johnson when it was passed, has a radical idea on how to save the health care program: Make it available to everyone.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Robert Caro, LBJ and the Pursuit of Power

Robert Caro has so far spent 36 years writing the saga of Lyndon Johnson—more time than the ambitious Texan spent climbing from Congress to the White House. Caro just released his fourth installment, “The Passage of Power,” which chronicles Johnson’s exit from a strong position in the Senate into the relative powerlessness of the vice presidency.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


McChrystal in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy

The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm’s way. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


troops in Afghanistan
AP / David Guttenfelder

Obama’s Meaningless War

True, he doesn’t seem a bit like Lyndon Johnson, but the way he’s headed on Afghanistan, Barack Obama is threatened with a quagmire that could bog down his presidency. LBJ also had a progressive agenda in mind, but it was soon overwhelmed by the cost and divisiveness engendered by a meaningless, and seemingly endless, war in Vietnam.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


McNamara and Johnson
AP photo

McNamara’s Evil Lives On

It was the stark evil Robert McNamara perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him. To not speak out fully because of respect for the deceased would be to mock the memory of the millions he caused to be maimed and killed in a war that he later freely admitted never made any sense.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


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AP Photo / File

Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94

Lady Bird Johnson, widow of President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday at 94 at her home in Austin, Texas.

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