A Spy in the House of Trump

The identification of a spy implanted in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by a murky cabal of spooks, both foreign and domestic, has given us a whole new perspective on the Russia-gate hoax. We know the FBI had a source within Trump’s organization because Fusion-GPS chief executive Glenn Simpson testified before Congress on August 22, 2017 … Continue reading “A Spy in the House of Trump”

The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong?

As news of the statement by the North Korean vice minister for foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan spread, the usual suspects could hardly contain their glee: Trump’s vaunted Korean peace initiative had been a fraud all along! The summit was off! The North Koreans had been faking it, and Mr. Art of the Deal had … Continue reading “The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong?”

Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold

Why has North Korea suddenly decided to negotiate with Seoul and Washington, and quite possibly give up its nuclear weapons? This question has commentators in the West stumped, and so they fall back on the usual self-serving narcissistic America-centric nonsense: Kim Jong-un was so intimidated by President Trump’s outlandish threats that he decided to be … Continue reading “Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold”

Iran Deal Exit: America First, or Israel First?

As the US walks away from the Iran deal is Washington headed down the road to war? That’s the assumption of the deal’s supporters, the main talking point – but is it necessarily true? President Trump’s decision, made despite pleas from our European allies and even some of his own base, supposedly unmasks him as … Continue reading “Iran Deal Exit: America First, or Israel First?”

Variations on a Theme of ‘The Revolution Betrayed’

The anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday 200 years ago has gifted us with dozens of polemics, both pro and con, debating the theoretical prognostications and real world consequences of the ideology that bears his name. I won’t add to this genre except to note that the revolutionary character of the regimes that claimed his legacy … Continue reading “Variations on a Theme of ‘The Revolution Betrayed’”

Trump and the Iran Deal: Expect the Unexpected?

The Israeli propaganda machine is working overtime in the run-up to the May deadline for Trump’s decision on recertifying the Iran deal. So what did all that buildup to Netanyahu’s big announcement amount to? Less than nothing, i.e., documents that prove what we already knew – that Iran did have a nuclear program prior to … Continue reading “Trump and the Iran Deal: Expect the Unexpected?”

Nicholas Kristof, Korea, and the Orientalist Temptation

The stupidity and arrogance of America’s political class is on full display lately, and the White House Correspondent’s “roast” is the least of it (albeit the most visible). The conceit and open identification with Power – i.e., with the very Washington insiders they’re supposed to be guarding against – by our “mainstream” journalists explains why … Continue reading “Nicholas Kristof, Korea, and the Orientalist Temptation”

Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch Connection

Among the least convincing explanations ever: Sen. Rand Paul’s rationalization for changing his vote on the Pompeo nomination. When pressed, the Senator admits there were no real promises made, just a “general” sense that “we’re going to see less of these wars” after Mike Pompeo takes the helm of State. His fans were not impressed. … Continue reading “Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch Connection”

Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us

Yesterday they told us that President Trump was intent on war – he was about to invade Korea¸ unleash “fire and fury,” and millions would die. Today many of these very same people are telling us that President Trump has been “snookered” by the wily Kim Jong-un, who doesn’t really mean all the pre-summit concessions … Continue reading “Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us”