No other film this year has been as polarizing as Vice — a mess of comedy and political thrill about former Vice President Dick Cheney written and directed by Adam McKay. Everyone from movie critics to political commentators has been debating the film’s veracity (or lack thereof), its straddling of satire and seriousness, or its neglect of other important figures in the George W. Bush administration. But the most important aspect of the film, and where it whiffs the worst, is the political story arc McKay constructs that begins with Cheney’s humble beginnings in Wyoming and ends with the presidency of Donald Trump.
This November 11 marked the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, and the beginning of the long peace process that followed. The centennial of one of the greatest tragedies in human history offers an opportunity for reflection on what went wrong a century ago, and should encourage us to understand exactly how the peace process failed so spectacularly in less than two decades.
Mary Angela Ricotta
Beto O’Rourke has style. He skateboards, jams with Willie Nelson, drops the f-bomb, and chats with Ellen and Stephen Colbert. One viral video shows O’Rourke waiting in the drive-thru line of Whataburger, a Texas staple, while playing the air drums to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.”
In psychiatry, an identity crisis is a confusion or uncertainty over one’s own sense of identity. In Identity Crisis, the latest post mortem on the 2016 presidential election, the authors depict the psyche of Trump’s base as anything but uncertain or confused.
With ISIS apparently eradicated from Iraq and only marginally present in Syria, the Trump administration is now increasingly using U.S. hard-power to counter Iran’s regional ambitions, the beginning of a fundamentally new mission in contrast to the counter-terrorism operations still targeting ISIS militants.