Our Potemkin Village

While the population of Hawaii dove under manhole covers, and #TheResistance screeched that The Orange Monster had finally done it and forced Kim Jong Un to nuke the island paradise, it took Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the levelheaded, and quite personable representative from that state, to issue a statement countermanding the “take cover” message sent out … Continue reading “Our Potemkin Village”

Why the Korean ‘Crisis’ Is Completely Phony

I’ve been busy these days, and my shoulders hurt from all that digging, so I’m taking a break and I figured, hey, what the heck, why not write a column: because, you see, I’m digging a bomb shelter. Oh yes I am! After all, I’ve heard – on the internet, where else?! – that the … Continue reading “Why the Korean ‘Crisis’ Is Completely Phony”

The Iranian Rebellion: Everybody’s Wrong

Let’s get it clear right from the beginning: we don’t know what’s happening in Iran. We don’t know who’s leading the demonstrations, which are turning into riots in some parts of the country. We don’t know who, if anyone, is directing them. Yes, yes, I know: you want me to explain what’s happening, and if … Continue reading “The Iranian Rebellion: Everybody’s Wrong”

Liberals Getting Back in Touch With Their Authoritarian Roots

“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured ‘Russiagate’ controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He’s dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing? He can’t mean conservatives, who, these days, are sounding like the … Continue reading “Liberals Getting Back in Touch With Their Authoritarian Roots”

The Strzok Texts: FBI Plotted to Unseat Trump Before Election

We now have proof that the FBI was actively plotting a coup d’etat against President Trump even before he was elected. Despite my libertarian skepticism when it comes to the nature and ultimate fate of American democracy, that’s a sentence I never expected to write. After all, are we living in some banana republic out … Continue reading “The Strzok Texts: FBI Plotted to Unseat Trump Before Election”

The Curtain Rises On Trump Theater

The pundits are up in arms over President Trump’s announcement that he intends to “recognize” Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – and on the eve of the supposed renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process.” What, they cry, can he be thinking?! Is he crazy? (Of course he is!) Are we to be spared nothing? … Continue reading “The Curtain Rises On Trump Theater”

From ‘Russia-Gate’ to ‘Israel-Gate’

Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then – lo and behold! – on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you’d always … Continue reading “From ‘Russia-Gate’ to ‘Israel-Gate’”