Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

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Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 am

Once we were led by giants like Acheson, Ball, Harriman and Reischauer. Now we chafe under Lilliputian rule—Bolton, Barr, Miller, Pompeo. We have fallen far and fast.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by lennygoran » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:30 am

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 am
Once we were led by giants like Acheson, Ball, Harriman and Reischauer. Now we chafe under Lilliputian rule—Bolton, Barr, Miller, Pompeo. We have fallen far and fast.
And who knows-it could get even worse-we need trump's tax returns and financial records and we need him put in prison! Len :(

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:24 am

... And George Kennan. Sorry, forgot him.

Hard to remember as captives in the Land of Lilliput the bygone days when America not only had a coherent foreign policy, for better or for worse, but also sent out able spokespersons (George Ball being the most brilliant I ever had the privilege of hearing) to articulate it.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by lennygoran » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:09 am

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:24 am
America not only had a coherent foreign policy, for better or for worse, but also sent out able spokespersons
The mention of policy and spokepersons reminded me that after a wonderful Thursday visit to the NY Botanical Garden for their largest special exhibit ever honoring the famous Brazilian artist and plant expert Roberto Burle Marx--he'd be devastated if he saw his beloved Amazon on fire now--coming back on Metro North we encountered this at Grand Central Terminal. Fortunately we got through it and got those fabulous raw oysters at the Oyster Bar! Regards, Len :lol:
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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:47 am

When a stranger approaches my house these days, I am tempted to lock the doors and not answer the bell. Could the tyrant and his toady Stephen Miller have covertly abolished birthright citizenship? Could this be an ICE agent come to send me back from whence I came? Being that my paternal grandfather came here illegally under a false name (the very surname I now carry)?

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by barney » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:04 pm

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:47 am
When a stranger approaches my house these days, I am tempted to lock the doors and not answer the bell. Could the tyrant and his toady Stephen Miller have covertly abolished birthright citizenship? Could this be an ICE agent come to send me back from whence I came? Being that my paternal grandfather came here illegally under a false name (the very surname I now carry)?
Just as well you're not posting about that on an international forum! The cyber walls have ears. :D

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:20 am

I write with confidence, knowing that nobody who is anybody in any DC bureau these days would waste their time reading a classical music blog.

They are far too busy with urgent immigration matters that threaten the security of our nation, such as the need to better ration sanitary napkins for menstruating 12-yr-old girls.

In any event, deportation might, no will, be the only shot I have at seeing the world.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by barney » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:37 pm

I'm sure you'd be welcome in Australia.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:52 pm

barney wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:37 pm
I'm sure you'd be welcome in Australia.
Doubtless, given its colonial history.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by Rach3 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:35 pm

As a Kiwi sees those of us in the USA ; we have met the enemy and it is us 👍

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/ ... t-his-mind

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by jserraglio » Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:12 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:35 pm
As a Kiwi sees those of us in the USA ; we have met the enemy and it is us 👍

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/ ... t-his-mind
Hear, hear. My 6-year-old grandson reads more and better than TariffMan. Just today he was explaining 'infinity' to me which POTUS probably spells Infiniti.

But I fear for him, really I do.

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Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Post by Rach3 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:53 pm

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As do I.

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