Merry Christmas to My Readers

Dear readers, I’ve been undergoing some pretty intense anticancer treatments the past few days and will be going through this throughout the holiday season. Despite the fact that I am getting better, some of the side effects are quite fearsome. This isn’t always the case but it is today and so I am taking Christmas … Continue reading “Merry Christmas to My Readers”

The End of the Weekly Standard

The rumored demise of the Weekly Standard is yet another of Donald J. Trump’s achievements that will go uncelebrated by his liberal enemies: indeed, they are even now mourning the death of the neoconservative flagship. And of course neoconservatism’s many fellow-travelers are out there with panegyrics. It “stood up for conservative principle” in the age … Continue reading “The End of the Weekly Standard

A Monster Reawakens: The Rise of Ukrainian Fascism

Originally posted March 5, 2014: Ukraine is back in the news; once again Ukrainian right-wingers and their American cheerleaders are agitating for war with Russia (see this week’s op-ed in the New York Times “Putin Must Be Punished: Russia can’t be allowed to get away with its brazen aggression against Ukraine. The West needs to … Continue reading “A Monster Reawakens: The Rise of Ukrainian Fascism”

Democracy Is Sacred – Except When It Isn’t

On both sides of the Atlantic the regnant elites have launched a furious regime change campaign not all that different from the ones they started in the former Soviet republics. The formula seems to go like this: hold an election in which the full resources of the EU states and their upper classes are brought … Continue reading “Democracy Is Sacred – Except When It Isn’t”

Pursuing Julian Assange – and the President

When the history of American foreign policy and the misery Washington has caused throughout its tenure as world policeman is written, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks will have many entries in the footnotes, not to mention the index. The publication of Chelsea Manning’s treasure trove of US diplomatic history – thousands of cables describing the interactions … Continue reading “Pursuing Julian Assange – and the President”

Bolton’s Met His Match – Melania!

We don’t really hear all that much about Melania Trump in the media except occasional digs at her immigration status and a few daring photos. That’s because the FLOTUS is one of the few unreservedly good things about this administration, and of course the media doesn’t want to go there. Her grace, her reserve, her … Continue reading “Bolton’s Met His Match – Melania!”