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The Mystery of Condi Rice: Where did she learn how to play the game?

The Mystery of Condi Rice: Where did she learn how to play the game?

Way back when George W. Bush was still a candidate and “Condi” was not yet an internationally recognized nickname, someone who had observed the present secretary of state in a previous incarnation told me to watch her carefully. “Everyone underestimates her, because they think she’s a token. Condi’s not a token. Condi plays the game …

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A Vanishing Fantasy

A Vanishing Fantasy

If for nothing else, we should be grateful to John and Anne Darwin for bringing the excellent word “pseudocide” back into wider public use. For those who don’t follow the British press as closely as they should, John Darwin is a canoeist who paddled off into the North Sea in 2002 and was presumed dead …

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Teddy Bear Tyranny

Teddy Bear Tyranny

What do a British novel, a papal speech, some Danish cartoons and a Dutch movie have in common with . . . a teddy bear? If that sounds like the beginning of an elaborate after-dinner-speech joke, it isn’t.

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

Casualties are definitely down. Other places suddenly seem to need more urgent attention. News coverage is shrinking, as is public interest. All of which may help explain the breath of optimism one can now detect in Washington, and even in other places, about the war in Iraq.

Georgia’s Leap Backward

Georgia’s Leap Backward

The French Revolution had its Jacobins; the Russian Revolution erupted in Red Terror. The peaceful revolutions of more recent years weren’t supposed to produce violent counterrevolutions. But now one of them has.

Free the Running Mates

Free the Running Mates

Admittedly, the divorce was one step too far. But right up until the French first couple announced their permanent separation, I was rooting like mad for Cècilia Sarkozy. At last, a prominent wife of a prominent politician who did not pretend to be totally absorbed by her husband’s career!