A Bridge Too Far

Among the heinous stains left in the fabric of American society by the country’s 43rd President, perhaps the most conclusive of Osama bin Laden’s victory in his war against the West, assuredly the most repulsive and annoying to me personally, is the Department of Homeland Security and its Transportation Security Administration.

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Apocalypse Now

A quick look at the IJHTS Archives reveals the vast majority of this blog’s content is dated between 2001 and 2008. That, of course, was the era of the George W. Bush administration, on whose watch occurred the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic devastation wrought by the collapse of American financial institutions between 2007 and 2009.

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This Is Not My Beautiful House

Toward the end of a long, rambling speech he delivered in November of 2003 at the National Endowment for Democracy’s 20th Anniversary gala, then-President George W. Bush told his audience, “The establishment of a free Iraq at the heart of the Middle East will be a watershed event in the global democratic revolution.”

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We Are All Black Now

Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick posted an interesting piece about a seemingly well-attended protest that occurred Feb. 8th in Raleigh, NC. Tens of thousands of people had recently assembled–in Lithwick’s words, “undetected by cable news”–to register dismay and dissatisfaction over the throwback vision manifested by officials elected to represent them in state government.

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Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser?

Author’s Note: The year just passed marks the first since its inception in 2001 when I made no posts to this venerable blog. Granted, 2001 and 2002 each saw precisely one post, but still. The Death of Blogs happened to have been widely speculated in 2013–and I was busier living my life than I’ve been in a long, long time–so don’t feel sorry for me. I love the cathartic experience of writing here and I hereby resolve that 2014 will see a return to my former loquacity on topics I deem notable. It’s a large mountain to climb to regain readership and commenters, I know. But I wrote in relative silence and obscurity for years–and I’m willing to do it again because, if I’m to believe myself a writer, I must write.

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And Now, Let Us Eat Cake

According to legend, in 1788, just a year before the onset of the French Revolution and but a mere five before she’d lose her head completely, Marie Antoinette responded to the news that French peasants were out of bread: “Let them eat cake.”

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