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Heresy? Maybe. But we must fail in Iraq

April 16, 2004

I do not agree with critics of the U.S. war in Iraq who compare the destructive and violent turn current U.S. foreign policy has taken with Vietnam. Comparing the two does the travesty of both events little...

More to the clerical union’s strike than numbers and money

October 27, 2003

One of the problems with writing about labor strikes is the cloud of numbers produced while describing the situation. Numbers, in their sublime and terrifying efficiency, can both numb the senses and obscure...

Large dose of hubris hampers the White House

October 10, 2003

Over the last two years, a deep sense of growing doom persisted when I listened to person after person discuss the rest of the world, the parts not including the United States. The sensation is like a...

Question those writing history

May 2, 2003

While addressing American troops in Qatar earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld placed the recent military action in Iraq into the following historical context: "It will certainly take...

Senate needs Sen. Wellstone

April 21, 2003

On several different occasions in November I started to write the same column but never finished it. The topic was both timely and tragic to consider - an event most commentators felt compelled to discuss...

War against Iraq is a personal vendetta for some

April 7, 2003

In June 1997, the Project for the New American Century was formed to address neo-conservatives' complaints about U.S. foreign policy during the Clinton administration. A small group of individuals, including...

A plea for propriety in D.C.

March 24, 2003

The Daily ran an opinion piece by Audra Harpel on March 10 in which she argued conservative groups are not adequately represented in the paper. In thinking about the points she raised in her opinion piece,...

Debate U.S. foreign policy – apply at the CIA

February 21, 2003

In mid-January I decided to apply for a job with the Central Intelligence Agency. I am not kidding. It turns out applying for a job at the CIA is incredibly easy and actually kind of a hoot. By simply...

Shuttle accident provokes ’80s flashback

February 10, 2003

After waking up last Saturday morning, I turned on the radio and heard a news report on National Public Radio about the apparent breakup of the space shuttle. In my precoffee haze of the morning, I wondered...

Bush bluffs at threat of war with Iraq

January 24, 2003

On Jan. 14, President George W. Bush held a short photo opportunity with Polish President Kwasniewski in the Oval Office of the White House. Both heads of state answered a few questions from journalists...

Mascot should find new ways to reinvent itself

October 25, 2002

In recent days, an important and vital debate has taken shape in the hallowed pages of The Minnesota Daily. Many readers of the popular press might think I am alluding to the question of gun control laws...

Mall preachers bring brimstone, dates to campus

September 30, 2002

While walking across campus last week, I came across a rather provocative bit of spray-painted graffiti bearing an urgent message: "(Screw) fascist pro-lifers." I paused for several minutes to contemplate...

One year later, coherence evades us

September 10, 2002

I do not really know what I can say about the events one year ago. Most of my Daily column space last year surrounded events and adverse reactions to Sept. 11, 2001, and I believe my case was made at that...

ACTA unfairly excludes U subversives

December 7, 2001

In November, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni published a report documenting comments made by individuals on college campuses regarding the events related to Sept. 11 and subsequent military...