Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?

Friday the 13th is presumably always someone’s unlucky day. Just whose may not be obvious at the time, but I suspect that “Russiagate” special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already regret picking Friday, July 13 to announce the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges relating to an embarrassing … Continue reading “Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?”

Helsinki: How About a Fresh START?

As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the “Russiagate” scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election. … Continue reading “Helsinki: How About a Fresh START?”

The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to a Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It

“Nothing,” economist Milton Friedman once observed, “is so permanent as a temporary government program.” And nothing makes a government’s programs – or, more importantly, changes in its core values – more permanent than the loss of collective memory that comes with generational changes. We’re hitting a big one soon. It worries me. Next year, the … Continue reading “The New Normal: Our Evil Gift to a Generation Which Didn’t Deserve It”

North Korea: Pelosi versus Peace

Which is worse: The specter of nuclear war, or giving US president Donald Trump credit for a significant diplomatic accomplishment? In her official statement on Trump’s Singapore summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes it clear that a few million incinerated human beings are a small price to pay … Continue reading “North Korea: Pelosi versus Peace”

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State

Since the “Russiagate” probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the “Deep State.” Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically against Donald Trump and his administration? Yes, the Deep State exists – … Continue reading “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State”

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law

On May 8, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” While that decision has come under criticism for being both a really bad idea and a severe betrayal of trust, both of which are true, it’s worth noting that the US withdrawal … Continue reading “The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law”

Just When You Thought ‘Russiagate’ Couldn’t Get Any Sillier…

April 20 is cannabis culture’s high holiday, and the Democratic National Committee celebrated it with fervor this year: Blaze up, get silly, file a bizarre lawsuit accusing the Russian government, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and transparency activist group WikiLeaks of conspiring to steal an election. The suit confirms that after more than a year, … Continue reading “Just When You Thought ‘Russiagate’ Couldn’t Get Any Sillier…”

Mueller Is Desperate – But for What?

On April 9, federal agents raided the office, home and hotel room of Michael Cohen, personal attorney to US president Donald Trump. Cohen has come under fire, with potential legal implications, for paying $130k to silence adult film actress and alleged Trump paramour Stephanie Clifford, better known as “Stormy Daniels.” That hush money seems to … Continue reading “Mueller Is Desperate – But for What?”

Syria: Is Trump Finally Putting America First?

During a visit to Ohio to promote his infrastructure plan on March 29, US president Donald Trump dropped one of the bombshells that Americans have become accustomed to over the last year and a half: “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon …. Let the other people take care of it now.” If … Continue reading “Syria: Is Trump Finally Putting America First?”

On Military Spending and Trade, Trump Puts Americans Last

US president Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill – $1.3 trillion – on March 23, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn’t fund his cherished US-Mexico border wall idea, and because it doesn’t address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that he’s threatened to … Continue reading “On Military Spending and Trade, Trump Puts Americans Last”