Catalonia: Spanish Centralism or Self-Defeating Hubris of the Authoritarian Mind?

On Wednesday, the Spanish government conducted a number of armed raids upon government ministries in Barcelona, and effectively suspended the charter of the autonomous government to which they belong in order to interdict the circulation of that most dangerous of social threats: ballot boxes and the little paper slips that citizens place in them on … Continue reading “Catalonia: Spanish Centralism or Self-Defeating Hubris of the Authoritarian Mind?”

It’s Time To Make a Deal With North Korea

The United States faces a new nuclear power ruled by a communist dictator. Washington is worried that the leadership of that country is crazy enough to use its new weapons – even against the United States. Meanwhile, other countries fear that the “madman” in the Oval Office might just launch a preemptive nuclear attack. This … Continue reading “It’s Time To Make a Deal With North Korea”

Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam

“From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions … Continue reading “Reclaiming the Truth About Vietnam”

Dealing With North Korean Missiles

Small powers often have leverage well above their size and capabilities. North Korea is the example par excellence today: It has a primitive economy by all the usual standards, no reliable trade or security partners, and depends on the outside world for essentials such as fuel and food. Yet by virtue of nuclear weapons and … Continue reading “Dealing With North Korean Missiles”

Catalonia: Do the Unionists Really Think They Can Give Us Lessons in Democracy?

There are politicians that believe performances can change anything. There are those that do it the old-fashioned way, with the most precise and abominable of cynicisms, with an irritating professionalism. There are also those that seem to have concluded at some point in time that we are all just a bunch of imbeciles who really … Continue reading “Catalonia: Do the Unionists Really Think They Can Give Us Lessons in Democracy?”

Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade

What will go down in history as the “Rocket man” speech underscores the confusion, the contradictions, the dangers, and even some of the virtues – however attenuated – of the Trump presidency. Despite the flamboyant rhetoric – or, perhaps, because of it – it’s hard to take Trump’s threat to “destroy” North Korea seriously. Trump … Continue reading “Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade”

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled “Was the ‘Russian Hack’ an Inside Job?,” gave rise to some questioning and controversy – nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence in the mainstream media. The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been … Continue reading “More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative”