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Michael Winship: Afghanistan May Forever Be the Graveyard of Empires

Sunday, October 7, 2001: Less than a month after 9/11, President George W. Bush announces to the world, “On my orders the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a […]

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Michael Winship: Old Congress, New Congress: Profiles in Sore Losing

January 4, 2021 – Ever since it first was published in 1956, there has been a joke about John F. Kennedy’s book Profiles in Courage (largely ghosted by speechwriter and advisor Ted Sorensen), historical portraits of eight US senators who demonstrated bravery in the face of enormous political opposition. Kennedy himself and others kidded that the volume […]

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Michael Winship; In the Face of Death and Disease, Who’s Sorry Now? Not Donald Trump — Yet

April 27, 2020 – What’s the smartest thing Donald Trump could say to the American people right now? I mean, other than, “I resign.” How about, “I’m sorry?” Back in the day, three-time New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia admitted, “When I make a mistake, it’s a beaut,”and voters loved him for his seeming humility […]

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Michael Winship: President Trump, This Way to the Egress

July 6, 2017 -This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. A tune was running through my head all this past Fourth of July weekend, and it wasn’t “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.” No, the earworm that afflicted me was the opening number from the 1980 musical Barnum, a Broadway extravaganza that glorified the master showman and […]

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Michael Winship: Don’t Know Much About History

May 4, 2017 – Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual. Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many members of the press weren’t buying it. When Tunney published a volume titled A Man Must […]

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Michael Winship: At Second Debate, A Monster Calls

This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. October 11, 2016 – If there was the tiniest doubt left in your mind that Donald Trump holds no regard for the principles and ideals of a representative democracy — or that he views this country as anything more than a podium for his grandstanding ego, base dictatorial instincts […]