British ministers are seeking to rebrand Britain for the country’s exit from the European Union, but they’re divided — as their critics are — about how the country should see itself and be seen by others post-Brexit. The divisions are revealing a country deep in the throes of an identity crisis. The country’s defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, a candidate to succeed embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, has been invoking Britain’s imperial past and has called for the opening of new military bases in the Far East and the Caribbean to boost ‘Britain’s standing’ on the world stage and to “make Britain a true global player.” “This is our biggest moment as a nation since the end of the Second World War, when we can recast ourselves in a different way, we can actually play the role on the world stage that the World expects us to play,” Williamson said in a recent newspaper interview.He was unable to elaborate, … [Read more...] about UK Struggling With Post-Brexit Identity Crisis
UPDATE at 10:00 a.m. Nov. 19, 2018: This story was originally published May 11, 2013. We're bringing it back to observe the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Just past dusk, in the leafy splendor where Turtle Creek Boulevard merges with Highland Park’s exclusive Lakeside Drive, Lee Harvey Oswald was on his knees digging in a pile of brush next to the MKT rail line, now the more gentrified Katy Trail.A few dozen yards from the houses of Dallas’ most prominent citizens, the future presidential assassin pulled his mail-order rifle from its hiding spot and walked toward a row of spacious Turtle Creek homes.As part of a methodically crafted plan, Oswald had spent the previous month making hopeful detours to the main post office on Ervay Street as he waited for his Excalibur to arrive. At the end of March 1963, he came home with the prize — a 1940 Italian surplus rifle with a telescopic sight.Bewildered by the purchase, his … [Read more...] about Before gunning for JFK, Oswald targeted ex-Gen. Edwin A. Walker — and missed
The liberal world order is taking a beating these days, and not just at the hands of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. In recent months a bevy of American political scientists from the progressive left to the libertarian right has launched attacks on the very idea of the liberal order, as well as on the conduct of American foreign policy over the past seven decades. These critics argue that the liberal order was a “myth,” a cover for American hegemony and “imperialism.” To the degree there was an order, it was characterized by “coercion, violence, and instability,” and also by hypocrisy. The United States did not always support democracy, but often backed dictatorships, and in the name of shaping a “putatively liberal order,” it often “upended, stretched, or broke liberal rules.” The celebrated achievements of the liberal order, they therefore claim, are either overblown—the “long peace” was due to … [Read more...] about The World America Made—and Trump Wants to Unmake
On Monday, coupled with the launch of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Instagram account, the State Department launched a campaign rebranding itself the “Department of Swagger.” Replete with a composite photo of William Shakespeare, Gen. George S. Patton and Pompeo (because the Bard and Old Blood and Guts all had #swagger, apparently. Who knew?) and a PhotoShopped State Department seal now ringed by the words DEPARTMENT OF SWAGGER, the not-so-soft relaunch is the diplomatic version of New Coke. Put aside the fact that the department’s catchphrase sounds more like a product line of Old Spice deodorant than a label for a venerated institution that’s been led by American icons from Thomas Jefferson to Dean Acheson. Yes, it’s a long strange trip from “present at the creation” to “swagger.”Story Continued Below The new slogan is the latest indication that the administration is misdiagnosing State’s real problems: … [Read more...] about Why Is Trump’s State Department Stealing Ideas from Old Spice Commercials?
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Enlarge Somewhere in the archival dungeons of one of her six children is a picture of my mother, on an early fall day in 1953, sitting on the steps of the Department of Justice, in Washington, DC. She worked at the FBI. An Ohio girl who went to college at the University of Wisconsin (the head of the journalism program there advised her to major in history and minor in English and get a job on a small newspaper upon graduation), she was enormously proud of her short stint at the bureau. She and my father, who was serving in the Navy at the time, loved their time in Washington, then still mostly segregated and un-air conditioned. They often returned there, especially when my uncle, a career Air Force officer, was stationed in that beautiful city — a citadel of democracy. Read more by Keith Burris My Dad was a Wisconsin lad and he was mortified, in 1953, by Sen. Joe McCarthy, his home state senator, whose … [Read more...] about Where are the servants?