Year: 2013

Syria: Stop the Churchill Comparisons!

Syria: Stop the Churchill Comparisons!

Mr. Brent Budows­ki adds to the long list of Churchill com­par­isons over the Syr­ia tragedy by com­par­ing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma to Sir Win­ston (The Hill, Sep­tem­ber 13th). Sen­a­tors Ted Cruz (R., Tex.), and Rand Paul (R., Ky.), and Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) “lit­er­al­ly offer no pol­i­cy and no ideas about how to stop the slaugh­ter of inno­cent peo­ple with chem­i­cal weapons.”

Oba­ma by con­trast “has made the hard call and pro­posed the strong action that would take a real stand and make a real dif­fer­ence.” Just like Churchill in the 1930s, “when the Span­ish fas­cists with sup­port from Hitler and Mus­soli­ni began their attacks against the Repub­li­can gov­ern­ment of Spain.”

Real­ly, these Churchill com­par­isons need to stop.…

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Churchill-Syria Analogies: A “Syrious” Situation

Churchill-Syria Analogies: A “Syrious” Situation

Inter­est­ing Churchill-Syr­ia hits on Google Alerts for Sep­tem­ber 8th:

 Will Durst, in “Pied Piper of the Potomac” (Sum­mit Dai­ly):

Every­one pre­tends not to be knee-deep in the icky, tricky, sticky Syr­ia sit­u­a­tion. You might say Wash­ing­ton is in a Semi-Syri­ous mode right now. And a Semi-Not-So-Syri­ous mode. Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. Because this whole affair is rid­dled with enig­mas and mys­ter­ies enough to make Win­ston Churchill spin his conun­drums right off. And rumor has it, he har­bored huge conun­drums.

He has that right. I don’t know if Will Durst is a Churchillian, but he cer­tain­ly has Churchill’s knack for coin­ing words.…

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“OMG”: Churchillian Origins of the Texters’ Phrase

“OMG”: Churchillian Origins of the Texters’ Phrase

“I work for the New York Times Upfront, a mag­a­zine run by Scholas­tic Inc. and the New York Times for high school stu­dents. We hope you can ver­i­fy a recent piece of news. The Dai­ly Mail has pub­lished a let­ter writ­ten Sep­tem­ber 9, 1917, by Britain’s First Sea Lord, Admi­ral John Fish­er, to First Lord of the Admi­ral­ty Win­ston Churchill, where he first used the acronym O.M.G., for “Oh My God.” As you know, “OMG” is a phrase often used by tex­ters, espe­cial­ly teenagers! Is Fish­er the orig­i­na­tor, and is there a hand­writ­ten ver­sion of his let­ter to Churchill?” —A.P., New York, N.Y.…

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