Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the underlying crime in Watergate, a break-in to wiretap … Continue reading “Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly”

Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, … Continue reading “Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber”

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations

President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns. While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra “this is the end of the peace process,” Trump’s decision may, in … Continue reading “Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations”

Here Comes the Next ‘Defense’ Shakedown

“Today with the signing of this defense bill,” US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, “we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.” Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly … Continue reading “Here Comes the Next ‘Defense’ Shakedown”

How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War

In April 2002, about a year before the invasion of Iraq, then-president George W. Bush told a group of assembled reporters that Saddam Hussein had to go. When asked how he would accomplish this, Bush replied cryptically, “Just wait and see.” I was reminded of this quote when President Trump was asked about North Korea’s … Continue reading “How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War”