October 9, 2006 | The Nation

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October 9, 2006

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Jonathan Schell's "Too Late for Empire" drew much praise from readers
[Aug. 14/21].


Bill Clinton maintains that the mainstream media has misrepresented his
record on fighting terror. But it will take a generation to meaningfully assess his effectiveness.

Will we be a nation that abides by our own Constitution and upholds
international law? Or will we become a nation that punishes those who
follow the orders while exonerating those who give them?

Pope Benedict XVI's controversial speech is indeed a call for dialogue
among all religions. But what kind of dialogue is possible if the Pope
believes his ideas are "rational" and everyone else's are not?

Decency is a subjective perception. And so arbitrary.

The courts of Spain have already tried human rights violators from Chile and Argentina. Those responsible for torturing, imprisoning and killing 200,000 Mayans during Guatemala's thirty-six-year civil war may be next.

As the hunt for homegrown terrorists sympathetic to Hezbollah intensifies, the Muslims of Dearborn, Michigan are losing their trust in American justice.

A winning economic strategy for Democrats: Push for realistic policies to relieve workers' frustrations, rebuild their damaged confidence and improve lifetime security.

The Bush Administration is trying to use flawed intelligence to whip up public support for military action against Iran. Can they get away with this again?



Every person on this year's Forbes 400 list of America's richest people is a billionaire, who collectively possess about $1.25 trillion. Imagine how many Congressmen that will buy.

We should be cheering at sports events and screaming at politicians. But these
days, it's vice versa. Now that ESPN's Screamin' Stephen A. Smith is
acting like a pundit, things could change.


If George W. Bush took the latest National Intelligence Estimate seriously, he would end the ineffectual "war on terror" model and treat terrorism as a pathology to be clinically and relentlessly excised.


NARAL ProChoice America wants its sisters in Connecticut to support Joe Lieberman. Are they out of their minds?

The world is in tumult, but in the heart of Empire, the level of creative political energy runs flat along the bottom of the graph.

The Decider takes on that bothersome Constitution and that meddling


At the unofficial GOP midterm convention, Focus on the Family delivered
election-day marching orders to the faithful, praising GOP hopefuls and
hurling jeremiads against liberals, "faggots" and Fallujans.

As a strike group of six US Naval vessels prepares to deploy to the Persian Gulf, wary critics of the Bush Administration and some members of the military are raising flags that an "October surprise" attack on Iran may be imminent. Others are skeptical.

Few Americans, especially those in government, know much about Cuba. And
nowhere is that more evident than in the coverage of Fidel Castro's
illness and the transition of power.

A nasty succession battle is brewing at the conservative Washington
, its newsroom abuzz with allegations of racism, sexism and
unprofessional conduct.

Books & the Arts


Reviews of Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia and Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy.


Have you attacked the Founding Fathers lately? Know anyone who has?
Gordon Wood knows you're out there, on a campaign to dehumanize
Washington, Jefferson and their peers.


Our cat, who's over nineteen, likes to sleep
on the massed softness of a pile of shirts,
two, three, four, flung on the floor
but soon to be gathered up


Richard Powers's The Echo Maker speaks volumes about
neuroscience, nature and environmental degradation. But it says little about what it means to be alive.


A Pentagon report raises worries that Iran has several facilities for the enriching of mass quantities of high-grade students.

The Defense Secretary says escalating violence in Iraq shows the Iraqi population is capable of staying the course without outside military aid.