James P. Lucier

The End of History

 

A rogue agency has provided this writer with a transcript of a recent meeting in the Oval Office between President “I Won” Obama, and his top brain trust, namely that elusive pimpernel, Senior Advisor Pfeiffernut Whiplash, and the Senior Advisor known as the Valkyrie. In this meeting they reminded their boss that the issue was […]

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Alaskan Foreign Policy

 

It’s true that Alaskans look at foreign policy from a different perspective. They know the world is a globe. They look at their neighbors from the polar projection, while the lower 48 are still thinking east and west along the old Mercator projection maps, maps devised for the navigation of sailing vessels in the 16th […]

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A Negotiator Without Preconditions

 

Would you trust Sarah Palin to negotiate with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions? Well, why not? Palin came into the governor’s office and found a mess on her desk. The oil deal struck by defeated Republican governor Frank Murkowski wasn’t working. Through creative accounting by big oil and ambiguous reporting standards, the Murkowski plan just wasn’t […]

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How McCain Can Win the Base

 

Even as the Democratic presidential contest seems to be morphing into Dr. Doolittle’s mythical beast with a head at each end, the pushmi-pullyu, John McCain has the chance to make a leisurely choice of potential running mates. But he had better not wait too long. The spectacle of a third of voters in the Republican […]

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The Happy Poet

 

Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse by Douglas M. Parker, with a foreword by Dana Gioia (Ivan R. Dee, 336 pages, $27.50) OGDEN NASH WAS THAT RARE BIRD in the 20th century, a poet who lived by his wit. T.S. Eliot, who had experience both in business management and […]

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In a League of His Own

 

This review appears in the July/August issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe, please click here.

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