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Roving thoughts and provocations from the writers of the NYRB

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Roving thoughts and provocations from the writers of
The New York Review of Books
October 4, 2011 This issue sponsored by the University of
Sydney
The Republican Candidates
Rick Perry

Texas

The Rick
Perry Hustle

Larry
McMurtry

Clearly the GOP has a problem. It’s
become the party of stale air; and now who should come bounding in but another
slicked up trashmouth, Governor Perry of Texas, a man whose only salient
principle seems to be that all attention is good.

Mitt Romney

Massachusetts

Mitt, We Hardly
Knew Ye!

Christopher
Benfey

We don’t see much of Mitt Romney, our
ex-governor, in these troubled times. Then again, we never did. Our most
indelible memories are of Mitt leaving as he went off to lay the groundwork for
yet another campaign.

Middle East

Obama and Netanyahu

Obama’s
Palestinian Veto: Let’s Be Honest

Henry
Siegman

The international community has until
now abided the US-led peace process out of the belief that America has unique
leverage to persuade the Israeli government to accept a fair resolution of its
conflict with the Palestinians. Obama’s speech at the UN has finally shattered
that expectation.

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