We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
VDH summarizes all of the wrong predications, reckless claims, timid attitudes, and plain stupid things that have been said about the war on terror since 9-11. He does not omit our intellectual leaders in Hollywood:
"Do not dare forget our Hollywood elite. At some point since 9/11, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Whoopi Goldberg, and a host of others have lectured the world that their America is either misled, stupid, evil, or insane, bereft of the wisdom of Hollywood's legions of college drop-outs, recovering bad boys, and self-praised autodidacts."
Matthew Price reviews Phillippe Roger's "The American Enemy: The History of French Anti-Americanism" in the Boston Globe. It's a fascinating review of the long history of French condescension and contempt:
"In his book ... published in English this month by the University of Chicago Press, Roger surveys two centuries of political polemics, pulp sci-fi serials, and travelogues, unearthing an often entertaining treasure trove of outrageous overstatement and bitter accusation that variously depict America as a stunted wasteland, a soulless technocracy, and a racist behemoth hell-bent on world domination."
Clinton's cowardly maneuver gave us the ridiculous situation which exists now in the military. It's not every politician's favorite subject, but people's sexual fantasies and habits are none of the military's business. We don't have to like everybody's habits. America should be, and is, grateful to, and proud of, anyone who is willing and able to pick up a rifle and serve the country. Period. Not surprised that the WaPo agrees.