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Born Under a Bad Site


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To fix the problems of the Obamacare website, the administration has promised a “tech surge.” We’re supposed to think of the surge strategy employed by President Bush to push back the Iraqi insurgency and consolidate the war’s gains so that future administrations would have something more significant to throw away. Apparently the word “surge” tests well as a sign of vigorous, renewed determination to tackle a problem, and makes the geeks involved feel all martial ’n’ stuff.

To the list of things that are now the moral equivalent of war, you can add tech support.


Contents
November 11, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 21

Articles
Features
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Victor Davis Hanson reviews Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics, by Michael Barone.
  • Matthew Continetti reviews Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, by Peter Baker.
  • Peter Tonguette reviews Salinger, by David Shields and Shane Salerno.
  • Paul A. Rahe reviews Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, by Pierre Manent.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Gravity.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses the fall.
Sections
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Editorial  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .