March 19, 2013 |
Do conservatives still believe in American greatness? The question is not intended to discourage the healthy debate being pushed by Rand Paul and his allies over whether Republicans in the George W. Bush years were too eager to deploy our country's armed forces overseas. After the steep costs of the Iraq war, it is a very necessary discussion. But the libertarian senator from Kentucky has inadvertently called our attention to a deep contradiction within American conservatism. Those who share Paul's philosophy are quite right to see the rise of American power as closely linked to the rise of the New Deal-Great Society state at home.
August 8, 2012
By Nicolaus Mills Many commentators have contrasted the England of 1948, which staged the Olympics on a shoestring while recovering from war, with the England of today, which is staging the Olympics with a lavish budget while coping with recession. The comparison makes Clement Attlee's postwar Labor Party seem much more attuned to economic reality than David Cameron's contemporary Conservatives. But another contrast that should interest us is the one between the America of 1948 and the America of today.
August 18, 2011 |
An unsolicited memo to Barack Obama: Mr. President, can you speak Truman? If you want to stay in office beyond 2012, you need to channel his language. Enough, already, with all your overtures to the Republicans. Why bother trying to extend your hand to people whose primal impulse is to devour it? You surely remember what happened the other day. You suggested extending the payroll tax cut in order to boost consumer spending, and key House Republicans naturally said no. They won't even cooperate with you on a tax cut. That alone proves there's no point in talking to them anymore.
June 25, 2009 |
O'Neill Osborn, 88, of Haverford, a retired pharmaceutical executive who was an administrator with the Marshall Plan after World War II, died of pancreatic cancer June 16 at home. A native of Oxnard, Calif., Mr. Osborn earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. During World War II, he served in the Navy and was a navigator for patrol squadrons in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He received two Air Medals. After his discharge, Mr. Osborn worked with an import- export company doing business with China until the communist takeover in 1949.
June 23, 2006 |
WHEN MICHAEL Berg found out that the man who'd beheaded his son Nick had been killed by U.S. forces, he didn't give thanks. Far from it. The grieving father and congressional candidate stated that the loss of any life was tragic, or words to that effect. The clear implication was that Nick Berg's execution was no different from a military maneuver that had neutralized a terrorist mastermind. When three men committed suicide at Guantanamo, human-rights advocates and miscellaneous administration critics decried the harsh conditions that allegedly forced them to take their own lives.
March 20, 2006 |
I recently spoke at the library and birthplace of President Harry S. Truman to reflect on his leadership in the early days of the Cold War and to consider what lessons might apply to another - and in many ways very different - struggle that could occupy our country for a good many years ahead. With the perspective of history, the many new institutions and programs of the Truman years - such as the doctrine of containment, the Marshall Plan, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - can seem as part of a broadly supported strategy that led to what now almost seems like an inevitable victory in the Cold War. But, of course, things didn't unfold that way. Our country was tired after the Second World War, and strong strains of isolationism still persisted.
February 21, 2005
On this day, we celebrate our presidents. And so we should. This is a hard job, famous for whitening men's hair before their time, famous for isolating men, balking their greatest hopes. As William Howard Taft once said, the White House can be "the loneliest place in the world. " Among our presidents we can number some true greats. George Washington stood steady as the nation found its footing in the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln - consistently identified by historians as the greatest ever - held the country together through civil war and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
October 8, 2004 |
THE POPULAR thinking was he didn't deserve the job. He wasn't qualified to be president. He wasn't popularly elected. Critics said he was stupid. He spoke with a regional accent. He was a failure in business. He only served in the National Guard. He surrounded himself with cronies and insiders. The press hated him. He is going to lose the election they said. The polls were close. He supported an unpopular war. He challenged labor leaders. He got the job because of his connections.
November 16, 2003 |
Stef Wertheimer, a Palmach-era Zionist and one of Israel's richest men, has a simple plan to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Bring good jobs to the Arab world with an economic infusion modeled on the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. Invest in industry and infrastructure, he tirelessly tells leaders in Israel and abroad, and prosperity can bring peace. Don't wait for quiet; bring it on with industrial development. To that end, Wertheimer, 77, is promoting a plan to build as many as 100 industrial parks across the region, including a billion-dollar demonstration project in Aqaba, Jordan, and a park in Rafah, the impoverished southern tip of the Gaza Strip.
October 10, 2003 |
Austria revives memories with a coin honoring the Marshall Plan. The last of an eight-coin series, "Austria Through the Ages," the 20-euro silver piece marks postwar Austria's emergence from four-power governance from 1945 to 1955. The coin shows soldiers from the four nations riding in a jeep. Banners depicting agriculture and reconstruction hang below the letters ERP (for European Recovery Program) and "Marshall-Plan. " Austria's eagle is on the reverse, along with the 2003 date.