How George H.W. Bush Blew the Peace and Donald Trump Threatens Prosperity

Needless to say, the chart monkeys are struggling to get their footing. The S&P 500 closed 2.6% below its 50-DMA and 2.4% below its 200-DMA, but in an end-of-session stick-save it shinnied its noise a hair (o.3%) above the 50-week MA Maginot Line. That is, the market closed at 2696 – eight handles above the … Continue reading “How George H.W. Bush Blew the Peace and Donald Trump Threatens Prosperity”

Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine?

Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.? The United States is resolute in our support for the security of European nations. – Department of Defense news release, Dec. 6, 2018 … Continue reading “Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine?”

Seeing Yemen From Jeju

Several days ago, I joined an unusual Skype call originated by young South Korean founders of "The Hope School." Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea. Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close … Continue reading “Seeing Yemen From Jeju”

The Russia Investigation Is About Criminalizing Peace

“For those who long wondered why throughout the presidential campaign Trump could not bring himself to say a critical word about Russian President Vladimir Putin, we now know the answer: Trump was hoping to do business in Russia, and doing so would require the approval of Putin.” – USA Today Opinion Make no mistake, the mainstream left and … Continue reading “The Russia Investigation Is About Criminalizing Peace”

The Donald Undone: Tilting at the Swamp, Succumbing to the Empire

You can’t build the Empire and drain the Swamp at the same time. That’s because the Swamp is largely the fruit of Empire. And it’s also the reason that the Donald is being rapidly undone. Indeed, it is the Empire’s $800 billion national security budget which feeds Washington’s vast complex of weapons suppliers, intelligence contractors, … Continue reading “The Donald Undone: Tilting at the Swamp, Succumbing to the Empire”

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”

Who Lost the World Bush 41 Left Behind?

George H.W. Bush was America’s closer. Called in to pitch the final innings of the Cold War, Bush 41 presided masterfully over the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the liberation of 100 million Eastern Europeans and the dissolution of the Soviet Union into 15 independent nations. History’s assignment complete, Bush 41 … Continue reading “Who Lost the World Bush 41 Left Behind?”