I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who is a devout believer in American exceptionalism and the moral duty we have as Americans to police the universe, or at least that part of it that we can clearly identify as vital to our national security. I brought up the name of Ramsey Clark, a former attorney general whom Richard Nixon condemned as a conscientious objector in the "war on crime." Clark later went to Hanoi and pulled a Jane Fonda, broadcasting to our troops over Radio Hanoi, calling on American forces to lay down their arms and stop killing Vietnamese and standing in the way of the people's progress toward the worker's paradise.
A good spy thriller should accomplish two things — it should thrill and it should intrigue. With taut action sequences and a well-written script, Salt, Angelina Jolie's latest foray into action, provides plenty of both.
Perhaps you missed this one. God apparently has been moved ahead of the Iowa caucuses in the process of choosing the next American president. Newt Gingrich has said about the likelihood of a Newt Now! campaign: "That will be up to God and the American people." When a politician starts talking up leaving a decision about his own political future "up to God," you can bet he thinks he has a gun at God's head.