Blog No. 151. North Korea and The Guns of August

Jack Kennedy read Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, and it reportedly influenced his navigation through the Cuban Missile Crisis. The book describes in gripping detail how the world blundered into the cataclysm of World War I, a development that none of the parties had wanted and the kind of outcome that Kennedy was determined[…]

Blog No. 150. The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it[…]

Special Bulletin – A Poetry Break for the Vote-a-Rama

The Chief RINO is vacationing. So, while the healthcare Vote-a-Rama runs on and Scaramucci spews vulgarities…  a few poems for your leisure. First, earlier this month, PBS Newshour hosted a Haiku contest on the topic of the healthcare debate. Although news seems to be changing by the minute, here are our submissions. If tonight’s Vote-a-Rama[…]

Blog No. 149 Politics and the Scourge of Opioids: A Primer

There can be little doubt that the nation is in the grip of a serious opioid epidemic. Overdoses have been reported to be the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50 and the New York Times further reported that, on the basis of preliminary data, “drug overdose deaths last year likely topped[…]

Blog No. 148. The Incredible Shrinking Travel Ban Has Shrunk Again (But Don’t Let Granny On That Plane Just Yet)

On June 26, the Supreme Court announced its decision in two cases involving the Trump travel ban. The decision was issued per curiam (not signed by any individual justice) and was accompanied by an opinion signed by three justices, concurring in part and dissenting in part. The President greeted the decision with an exultant tweet:[…]

Blog No. 147: Afghanistan: Return of the Forgotten War

During the campaign, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton did battle on a wide variety of subjects, but neither had much to say on the subject of Afghanistan. Although the United States had spent billions of dollars and suffered thousands of casualties in what Barack Obama once called the “good war,” it had been pushed from[…]

Blog No. 146. Trump and the Potemkin Agenda

Donald Trump’s affinity for things Russian is well known and, it now appears, extends well beyond his admiration for Vladimir Putin and his cronies. Indeed, Trump has taken his current political approach from a Russian strategy employed in 18th century. During the reign of Catherine II, legend has it, the Governor of Crimea, Grigory Potemkin[…]

Blog No. 145. Comey v. Trump: No Decision, But Perhaps a Milestone

As Amber Phillips put it in the Washington Post, “James B. Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his conversations with President Trump can be summed up in one word: Newsworthy.” Well, yes. And pretty good television-watching, even for West Coast viewers who had to get up rather early to be in at the[…]

Special Bulletin: TRUMP RESIGNS!!

On June 1, Donald Trump announced that, by his withdrawal from the Paris Accord, he was resigning as Leader of the Free World. At the same time, Trump indicated that, pending the conclusion of investigations in Congress and by the Special Counsel, he will retain his position as President of the United States. The designation[…]

Blog No. 144. Donald of Arabia

The defining impression of President Trump’s recent foreign tour was probably formed by his few days in Europe which clearly reflected mutual discomfort between Trump and leaders of our European allies. For his part, Trump berated the Europeans for failing to meet their commitments for increased defense spending and conspicuously failed to mention America’s commitment[…]