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I mentioned the other day that I was taking part in a debate/conversation at TPM Book Club about Peter Scoblic’s new book, “U.S. Versus Them: How a Half-Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s Security.” From my latest post:
Peter ends his most recent post by saying that conservatism at times has been “marked by distaste for humanitarian interventions.” and quotes John Bolton, who he calls a “wonderful example of conservatism,” as being an enemy of “nation-building and democracy promotion. Last year, Peter writes, Bolton told him “how he would have managed the invasion of Iraq: ‘My thought was–and this is exaggerating–we hand ‘em a copy of the Federalist Papers, say good luck, and then we’re out of there’.” Which primarily demonstrates to me that Bolton, whether he is a “wonderful example of conservatism” or not, is first and foremost insane.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”