F-15E_aircraft_over_IraqA Dim Attack on Dumb Policy

Trump’s simplistic critique of Clinton’s failures against ISIS

By Scott Ritter

There is a scene in Hal Ashby’s classic 1979 adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novella Being There where the hapless Chauncey “the gardener” Gardiner, played by Peter Sellers, ends up at a meeting with the president of the United States. Complex policy discussions are taking place and the president turns to Chauncey to ask his opinion about the prospects for economic growth. “As long as the roots are not severed, all is well, and all will be well, in the garden,” Gardiner replies, deadpan. As the president tries to come to grips with Gardiner’s nonsensical utterances, Gardiner concludes, “There will be growth in the spring.” The simplistic phrases, taken completely out of context, end up as the centerpiece of the president’s new economic initiatives, delivered to the American people in a televised address.

Watching Donald Trump deliver his much-heralded “foreign policy” speech last week in Youngstown, Ohio, I was struck by how much life imitates art.

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25457697902_7ddf85b270_kHillary’s GOP Sympathies

Don’t save the Speaker—let him go down with the Trump ship

By Rick Perlstein

Rarely has the tragedy of the Democratic Party across these past several decades of Republican radicalization been rendered in such crystalline form. Continues Miranda, “We would basically have to throw out our entire frame that the GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics. We would have to say that Republicans are reasonable and that the good ones will shun Trump.” He concluded, “It just doesn’t work from the party side,” then added a P.S.: “It might be a good strategy ONLY for Clinton (which I don’t believe), I think instead she needs as many voices as possible on the same page.”

You read this, and 20 years of Democratic Party history flashes before your eyes.

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9287609827_7d77656d07_kSentimental Journeys

How to feel good while watching the planet burn

By Alyssa Battistoni Read

F-15E_aircraft_over_IraqA Dim Attack on Dumb Policy

Trump’s simplistic critique of Clinton’s failures against ISIS

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Fusil_photographique_Marey2Dark Passages

Hollywood, tabloids, and images of criminality at the Met

By Isabel Ortiz Read

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