Imperial Exceptionalism

Theodore Roosevelt, center, during construction of the Panama Canal, 1906 It is hard to give up something you claim you never had. That is the difficulty Americans face with respect to their country’s empire. Since the era of Theodore Roosevelt, politicians, journalists, and even some historians have deployed euphemisms—“expansionism,” “the large policy,” “internationalism,” “global leadership”—to disguise America’s imperial ambitions. According

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Frontiers 134: Mike Gravel, A Political Paradox

Steven Spielberg's recently released film “The Post” has generated a lot of interest in the Pentagon Papers and Mike Gravel, who wasn’t in the movie but played a role in making the top-secret government documents public. Alaskans elected Gravel to the U.S. Senate in 1968, almost a half-century ago.  He now lives in California and will turn 88 in May. 

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Senator who released Pentagon Papers: Republicans are ‘cowards’ if they don’t release FISA memo

Former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, the lawmaker who entered the infamous Pentagon Papers into the public record, said lawmakers are cowards if they don't release a memo prepared by House Republicans supposedly detailing surveillance abuses by the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)   The former Democratic senator who entered the classified “Pentagon Papers” into the Congressional Record, making