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Doug Gray

Bloomington, MN
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Posted on 01/20/15 at 11:13 am in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

As opposed to the George II Administration, who to judge by results invaded Iraq in order to do the heavy lifting for Iran and China?

Posted on 01/21/15 at 09:56 am in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

Our first adventure in imperialism was the Mexican-American War in the 1840s. Since then, apart from the Civil War when we were busy killing each other, there have been few if any decades when U.S. troops have not been intervening in some country or other. The Long War differs in degree, not in kind, from the long, sad history of global U.S. militarism.

Posted on 01/21/15 at 01:48 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

for the Iraqis we "liberated" from Saddam these days; or the Somalis; or the Yemenis; or the...

A third option for Vegas travelers who, like us, need to get away from the neon and glitter for at least one day is to take a cab or shuttle to the hotel, rent a car using the concierge service and pick it up and drop it off at the hotel. In addition to all the lovely national parks there are ghost towns such as Jasper that are well worth a day trip.

The U.S. already has diplomats in Cuba and vice versa, formally as Interests Sections of the Swiss Embassies in each country. So for that aspect of relations, the new opening is mostly symbolic.

1. The brothers Castro don't need a lifeline, from the US or anyone else. They're pottering along well enough, as they have been since the embargo was imposed and (formal) diplomatic relations broken off in the wake of the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis.

b. Realistically, there isn't anything much Cuba has that the US needs from them other than what it got, the release of one contractor and one admitted spy.

iii. Diplomacy, particularly between formerly estranged states,...

Meet the new big money with vested interests, same as the old big money with vested interests. Jenna Bush and/or Chelsea Clinton 2040!

Steven E. Rhoads, Cambridge University Press, 1985. A great micro "fake book" that gave me enough background to be mistaken for an economist at least twice.

They just don't make 'em like Rags any more. A true journalist in an era when anyone with a cell phone camera, a Twitter account and a grudge can fancy themselves the next Dan Rather. He, and his kind, will be missed.

Posted on 11/17/14 at 10:09 am in response to Breaking down Minnesota's judiciary

...aren't Minnesota judges supposed to be elected? I wonder what the effect would be on the makeup of the state bench if we barred judges appointed to vacancies from running for their seats as "incumbents?" I personally avoid voting for former prosecutors; this column makes me glad I chose Judge Sullivan.