It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.
When we face a threat we can't protect ourselves from as individuals, we metaphorically circle the wagons, and anyone inside our circles - those who share our race or gender or nationality or socioeconomic class or religion or general beliefs and values - is friend, and anyone outside those circles is foe.
CULTURE & ARTS
If you were to isolate the single most striking, if little discussed, aspect of American foreign policy in the first 15 years of this century, it might be that Washington's inability to apply its power successfully just about anywhere confirms that very power; in other words, failure is a marker of success.
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