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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

It's multicultural, stupid

The attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001, set off alarms everywhere. We were shocked to discover that few Foreign Service officers were fluent in Arabic or Farsi, the dominant languages of the Middle East. We didn't know much about Islam. Children grew up on the engrossing and romantic "Tales of the Arabian Nights," but few parents thought much about the implications of women portrayed in veils and harems, as the property of men. Published September 17, 2009

Learning is no picnic, Buster

Conservatives and other parents won their point. President Obama dropped his lesson plan for the schoolchildren of America. He didn't ask what they can do for him, as he first intended to do, but what they can do for themselves and country. Published September 10, 2009

No requiem for a twitching corpse

All but hidden in the fulsome eulogies for Edward M. Kennedy lurk a few serious ideas worthy of more than romancing history or waxing sentimental over a death in a famous family. These ideas are about the very nature of liberalism and conservatism, the connections between personal virtue and public morality, and how emotion shapes ideology. Published September 3, 2009

His bummer of a summer

This is everybody's bummer of a season, particularly these rough weeks for Barack Obama. You could call this a summer of discontent, but there's nothing poetic about it. The president warns that the economy will only get considerably worse before it gets better. Published August 27, 2009

Cheating the least among us

Colonial Williamsburg is proud of its tradesmen. You can see the carpenters walking out of the history books and down the cobblestone streets, ready to talk to visitors about how they hammered Williamsburg together, log by log, shingle by shingle, as if still in the 18th century. Published August 20, 2009

Reverie beyond Beltway bustle

The shorter days of late summer usher in the melancholy prospect of autumn, the thoughts of returning to school, work and reality. Such anticipation makes the last moments at the beach, lake or camp site especially precious. The children can stay up late because they can sleep 'til noon. They come and go on whim, tracking sand or mud, but dirty footprints are easily washed away with seawater. Published August 13, 2009

But for the grace of God ...

What a fortnight this has been for observing the human animal in his natural habitat. We're reminded daily of the clay feet, the wounded psyches, the angst of the exploiters and the anger of the exploitees. Their behavior runs the table, from naive foibles to deep tragic flaws, linking the venal with the vulnerable. All is writ large in headlines about money, sex and power. Published July 2, 2009

FIELDS: No slouching toward approval

Nothing so polarizes the nation as a nomination to the Supreme Court. Advise and consent is often more like divide and confront, rarely eliciting our best debates. "Borking" a candidate has entered the lexicon of tactics for savaging a nominee by exaggerating positions with simplistic slurs, uttered with an attitude and tone of self-righteousness. Published June 4, 2009

FIELDS: An appeal to survival ethics

Washington is a company town, and what the company makes best are politics and policy. Sometimes the politics is "unprecedented," as certain historians called the duel between President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney. Published May 28, 2009

FIELDS: A courtship of two countries

Diplomacy is like courtship, with its rituals to keep passions in check. Both diplomacy and courtship pose tests to see whether a meeting of the minds can turn into a tentative relationship of the hearts and a proper engagement leading to a union convenient to both sides. Diplomacy is courtship conducted in public and carries a lot of baggage because nations, like families, have diverging vested interests, sending contradictory and conflicting messages. Published May 21, 2009

FIELDS: Souter, Specter and a soft shoe

Souter & Specter sounds like a vaudeville song-and-dance team, stuck in Cleveland and still dreaming of the Palace. You can almost hear their Peoria humor and see their old soft shoe. Published May 8, 2009

FIELDS: The banality of moral preening

Evil is never banal. Hanna Arendt was wrong. Evil is fascinating and provocative and focuses the mind. Adolf Eichmann may have been a boring man to know. He may have thought he was merely a bureaucrat following orders, but his acts forever fascinate the human mind in our attempt to understand how he could have done what he did without a conscience, without remorse. Published April 30, 2009

FIELDS: School choice a piece of cake?

First lady Michelle Obama set just the right example as the mom in chief. She made no speeches about Afghanistan or the stimulus for the global economy but returned from a boffo trip to London and Europe with better press notices than her husband. Published April 9, 2009

FIELDS: Cultivating her own garden

Wonder Woman she's not. She has Wonder Woman's good biceps, as we've seen in photographs, but she's hard to picture in red, white and blue tights and starred spangles. Published April 2, 2009

FIELDS: Obama's public overexposure

Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom, like the tick tick tock of the clock, like the drip drip drip of the raindrops, a voice within me keeps repeating Obama Obama Obama. Published March 27, 2009

FIELDS: Red meat for dinner

The conservatives in party frocks and black tie were restless. They were hungry and thirsty. The bread had been devoured and the wine bottles were empty and the speaker had not yet begun to speak. There was one speech and one hour to go until dinner was served. Published March 19, 2009

FIELDS: Women's work is never done

Barbie, believe it or not, is 50, and still a dish. A doll is only a doll, but Barbie illustrates how over the last five decades women have become a touchstone for judging what freedom really means. How women are treated in different countries tells you a lot about the politics and culture of where they live. Published March 12, 2009

FIELDS: Slings and arrows on the way

Barack Obama may be becoming presidential at last. The campaign mode of supplication and imitation is fading. The new president has done his Lincoln shtick, train ride and all. He's no longer tempted to make his Saturday radio address an imitation of a fireside chat (he still sneaks an occasional cigarette, but without Franklin Roosevelt's cigarette holder). Conservatives who were afraid to challenge his popularity, retreating to criticism of an unpopular Congress, are unlacing the gloves. Published March 5, 2009