War — what is it good for? A few good TV plots, at least

We're in a curious situation right now where 94 percent of the country supports pro-war presidential candidates yet other polls show that the majority of people are against war (although most of Congress is pro-war). Of course, war is a complicated issue, and I don't pretend to understand all of it (although I certainly respect soldiers' views, which tend to lean anti-war, in my experience). But because of the mainstream media's focus on the two major parties, the raw fact of our involvement in the Middle East is generally not questioned -- rather, the questions are about the details of how to conduct the wars.

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First episode impressions: ‘Last Resort’

Although "Revolution" has the sexier sci-fi concept, "Last Resort" (7 p.m. Central Thursdays, ABC) is this fall's new show most worthy of watercooler buzz. It starts off with a gripping 20 minutes that deftly introduces us to the characters and the shocking mystery that all future events will be based on: Why did the United States order the USS Colorado submarine to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan?

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