Magazine April 18, 2011, Issue

‘The Right Side of History’

Guevara and Castro: Are they on the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side of history? Or simply monsters? (AFP/Getty)
It’s bunk

In politics, as in clothes, there is fashion. And that includes fashion in political language. About 15 years ago, everybody in Washington started to say “kabuki dance.” I don’t know why — they just did. Every process or procedure or exercise was a “kabuki dance.” My impression is, that term is fading out a little. But it is still in frequent use. Last month, a writer for The Atlantic spoke of “the kabuki dance that is our justice system.” The term has even crept into the sports pages: “NFL Talks Were a Kabuki Dance,” read a headline, also from last

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To be fair, Obama is right: Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Congress has to declare kinetic military action.

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