With 2008 marking the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, a visit to the places where American soldiers fought and died evokes memories of that war. The names are familiar to an older generation: the Marne, the Meuse, Argonne Forest, Verdun, Champagne, Lorraine.
Nobody has yet discovered what to do with the vice president. His only real duties are to attend funerals in far-off places abroad and to stand by for the only funeral he could enjoy. This isn't enough for an ambitious pol.
How different our politics might be if presidents and presidential wannabes were like priests, sworn to celibacy. Bill Clinton might still be in Hot Springs. We're forced among other things to listen to what wives and children (and maybe soon a husband) say and watch what they do. Families are sometimes assets, occasionally liabilities and often casualties.
Most Democrats seem so invested in defeat in Iraq that they apparently have no "Plan B," which would be success.
Senate Democrats, who announced an all-nighter Tuesday to reiterate their antiwar positions, packed it in shortly before midnight, surrendering to a greater desire for a few hours sleep. Only a handful of stalwart senators kept the Senate — technically — in session. We know Senate Democrats don't have the staying power to win the war in Iraq, but can't they even make it through the night without some shuteye?
Mary Zwo was 6 weeks old, neglected by her mother and abused by her father, when she was admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit at a university hospital. Mary was dehydrated, with low blood sugar and at risk of hypothermia. Doctors quickly put her in an incubator. Mary Zwo is a gorilla.
One cheer, but no more than two, for George W. Bush.
Harry Truman longed for a one-armed economist who couldn't tell him, "But, on the other hand . . ." As the economic mismanagement of the 1970s is forgotten and the profession's confidence soars, however, the opposite has emerged: The two-fisted economist. These scholarly brawlers self-assuredly venture far beyond their traditional topics.