America’s President Plays With Matches
“I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has M.S. She and my dad got the call to evacuate after midnight last night. They were able to... Read more
The White House Could Inadvertently Goad North Korea Into Nuking the Pacific
The Trump administration may inadvertently be provoking North Korea into conducting a live-fire test of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. While it is clear that North Korea has both ballistic missile technology and a working hydrogen bomb, the U.S. State Department recently suggested in a tweet that Pyongyang does not... Read more
Donald Trump Flew to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico to Heap Praise on … the F-35
U.S. president Donald Trump flew to Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2017 to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island territory in late September 2017. Mid-way through a rambling, incoherent speech downplaying the disaster — which killed at... Read more
In America’s Wars, Failure Is the New Success
It was bloody and brutal, a true generational struggle, but give them credit. In the end, they won when so many lost. James Comey was axed. Sean Spicer went down in a heap of ashes. Anthony Scaramucci crashed and burned instantaneously. Reince Priebus hung on for dear life but... Read more
High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Donald Trump
Let me try to get this straight — from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional one on this small orb of ours. We... Read more
Donald Trump Repeats Bigoted Pershing Myth
U.S. president Donald Trump repeated a widely-discredited and bigoted myth in the aftermath of an Aug. 17, 2017, terrorist attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona. “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror ... Read more
The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses
Like it or not, the president of the United States embodies America itself. The individual inhabiting the White House has become the preeminent symbol of who we are and what we represent as a nation and a people. In a fundamental sense, he is us. It was not always... Read more
Oil Is Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy
Who says Pres. Donald Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy? Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement a clear international agenda. Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges — Trump will do whatever it... Read more
Preparing for Doomsday
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That’s a tale I’ll get to soon, but first let me... Read more
Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Middle East’s Flames
The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea?  Not likely. The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a plethora of ongoing armed hostilities stretching from... Read more
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