Magazine article The American Prospect

Gypsy Rose Bush. (Devil in the Details)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Gypsy Rose Bush. (Devil in the Details)

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THOSE WHO THOUGHT the classic striptease had vanished with Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand can take heart. The original act of the 1930s and `40s hardly featured gyrating babes who bared all; to the contrary, it was a slow undressing that suggested the real flesh lay just beneath that last leotard. But the classic act was really 10 minutes of tease followed by one brief flash before the curtain abruptly fell.

Strip connoisseurs had pretty much abandoned all hope of ever seeing it again--until the Bush team started to make its case for going to war with Iraq. Ever since the president first went after the "axis of evil" in his State of the Union address one year ago, Americans have been expecting the administration to make a concrete case detailing why Iraq is a threat to us. Something about its ties to al-Qaeda or its resurgent nuclear program, that sort of thing. But instead, the administration delivered one long tease. First we were told we'd get the goods last fall, before Congress voted to authorize war, then we'd find out in the debate surrounding the first United Nations resolution, then in the president's second State of the Union this January, then in Colin Powell's UN Security Council presentation. …

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