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Oct 29, 2023Liked by Sonny Bunch

I made it thru one

and half episodes of Fall of House of Usher. Just didn’t grab me. Usually I give a series 3 or 4 episodes. Maybe I will go back to it based on assignment. Mainly didn’t like or hate any of the characters enough to invest time or emotion in it. Is it worth it? Can I still withdraw passing if I skip this assignment? Will it be on the final.

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Um. What art, books, and culture section of The Bulwark+?

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Oct 28, 2023·edited Oct 28, 2023

Hi Sonny,

From the podcast I learned that you are a pro-national defense neocon. Thank God!

I would LOVE to hear a debate between you and Tim about the consequences of the U.S. having allowed Saddam to rebuild his atomic bombs. It's totally relevant in today's world.

I remember reading articles by Steve Hayes saying that Saddam's own records showed that he was using his money to directly lead the entire panoply of Islamist terrorist groups around the world, for example by paying the families of Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel and by funding attacks on U.S. troops around the world.

If Saddam had managed to purchase nuclear fissile material from, say Pakistan, and rebuild his atomic bombs, he could have handed the atomic bombs to groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. I'd like to know from Tim (because I admire him greatly and everyone at The Bulwark), what his rationale was for leaving Saddam in place, thereby allowing him to rebuild his nukes, knowing that Saddam easily could have passed them on to terrorist groups around the world, at which point presumably civilization itself, quite literally, would have come to an end.

Given that Iran is on the cusp of getting nukes and is directly acting to exterminate Israel from the map as we speak, I do think it's high time to revisit the Iraq-era question about whether the U.S. should act to protect the world or rather should it sit back (avoiding endless wars) and wait until those wars have landed directly on to U.S. soil or effectively are doing so in terms of their impact on American GDP, unemployment rates, and other ways our enemies can hurt us.

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Oct 28, 2023Liked by Sonny Bunch, The Bulwark

I'm already laughing at title. Lol Because New Orleans..... pheww has a wide spectrum of charm as well as "sweaty". You often walk through the charm to get to the sweaty and vice versa... 😃....also thank God we got our bonus check and I can unpause things like my Bulwark+ membership and not feel guilty about spending and not feel guilty about listening while not supporting. I'm sure the authors would say something charitable about it but, "no it's ok" or whatever. I appreciate the work and want to at least do this much. It's already been a rough year and The Bulwark helps to not lose sanity.

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Oct 27, 2023Liked by Sonny Bunch

Although I had tickets Wednesday night, I was sadly unable to attend. Thank you, though, Mr.Bunch, for enjoying my town and (sorta) getting it.

Please return!

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Thanks for the paean to NOLA- a great place for movies, or anything cultural.

If I may, I'd like to put in a quick plug for "Once Inside a Time", by godfrey reggio (of Koyannisqatsi fame). A bit too long for a short, too short for a feature. It might provide some vision of how people on this side of the aisle think, if anyone's interested.

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Oct 27, 2023Liked by Sonny Bunch

Just wrapped up Fall of the House of Usher this week, and in the spirit of topical Halloween costumes, our family theme this year is Edgar Allen Poe!

My 2nd life is going to be modeled around being BillT

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Oct 27, 2023Liked by Sonny Bunch

Also utterly baffled by the criticism of Fraser's performance. I think it also works nicely in contrast with John Lithgow's — how Lithgow is very calm, rational, and plain-spoken, while Fraser plays his character as someone who immediately clocks that Ernest can be bullied, and acts accordingly.

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