McNamara: Another war criminal who will not go to jail

I am often several months behind the curve. For example, I watched "The Fog of War" on video just last night, despite its release half a year ago. I watched it because several friends who I respect told me it was very revealing (I will be skeptical of their judgement from now on). It is Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, talking to the camera, interspersed with a little footage here and there.

My friend Tarek

The young fellow and I have completely different approaches to almost everything -- some might say, charitably, that they are complementary approaches. But the truth is we have a lot in common as well. And I have a lot of respect for him, which is why I've been helping him out in whatever small ways I've been able to -- mostly with (what I think is reasonable) advice which he may or may not take. Perhaps because our approaches are so different I didn't think to promote his reports here, in spite of the fact that I am working with him on his project.

Fear, Loathing, and Elections generally

I was just reading the various pieces that ZNet republished from New Politics on the US elections. I would in particular recommend Steve Shalom's piece. Steve has a way of summarizing all the arguments on all sides in a sympathetic way, and then presenting the last word on the topic, that is really impressive. Years ago when I was confused about drugs, his piece on the subject clarified things for me in a similar way.