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Farewell, and Thank You

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

With this issue, "Hill of Beans" enters its seventh calendar year. I’ve written about half a million words across 300 columns, and this will be my last column. Starting this thing–back in the days of Filegate and the Dole campaign and 104th Congress and the Dick Morris toe-sucking scandal and the macarena–wasn’t even my idea. [&hellip
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How Do Literary Scholars and Adventurers Cull Their Beloved Libraries?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Overbooked This is a matter in which I am an expert. I am in possession of a gargantuan library, lodged in an itty-bitty house full of children. Since for work I’m always receiving semi-interesting books by the boxload, I face almost daily dilemmas like: Do I want to get rid of this fascinating-looking history of [&hellip
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These Days, It’s Hard to Look at Capitol Hill Without One’s Eyes Glazing Over

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

I’ve spent the last few days worrying that this column will stink. That’s because, over the last three months, I’ve had a problem that I might as well lay out: On Sept. 11, the United States was turned upside down by the most stunning thunderbolt of a story since Kennedy was shot; the terrorist attacks, [&hellip
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A Kundoozy; Things Should Change After Sept. 11

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"Rumsfeld’s been extremely callous," a Pakistani official told reporters last weekend. As he spoke, he didn’t know the half of it. He was referring to the U.S. Defense Secretary’s earlier warning that the Arabs, Pakistanis and Chechens who were then helping the Taliban defend their last northern stronghold at Kunduz would face the usual choice [&hellip
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The Taliban Must Be Destroyed Utterly, With No “Moderate Elements” Allowed to Remain As a Future Governing Nucleus

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Anyone still mulling whether we should continue to prosecute our war against the Taliban during the holy month of Ramadan should read the reports that circulated last Sunday during the taking of the northern city of Taloqan. Apparently the "devout" Taliban held their fire against Northern Alliance enemies until they saw the soldiers kneel down [&hellip
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