Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment

Failed Coup of a Failing Establishment

Tuesday, Trump takes his nationally televised victory lap in the U.S. Capitol with his State of the Union address, as triumphant Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a humiliated Speaker Nancy Pelosi sit silently side-by-side behind him. It has been a bad few days for the establishment, really bad. In a …

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Where Are the 'High Crimes'?

Where Are the ‘High Crimes’?

Nowhere in the articles of impeachment is “treason” mentioned. Nor is “bribery” or “extortion,” the other crimes alleged. Where are the “high crimes” in this impeachment resolution? There are none. “Quid pro quo” was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call …

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Let Them Howl, Boris!

Let Them Howl, Boris!

Whatever may be said of him, Johnson has shown himself as a man of action, a risk-taker, a doer, like Trump, who has hailed Johnson for the suspension. And leaders like Johnson are today shouldering aside the cookie-cutter politicians to dominate the world stage. Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to …

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Are All the World's Problems Ours?

Are All the World’s Problems Ours?

After an exhausting two weeks, one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of …

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Trump Should Close NATO Membership Rolls

Trump Should Close NATO Membership Rolls

“Among neocon and GOP interventionists, there has also long been a vocal constituency for bringing Ukraine into NATO…” When Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, the president should give him a direct message: The roster of NATO membership is closed. For good. The United States will …

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Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors. But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, …

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Has Russia Given Up on the West?

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold …

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Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

Will Tribalism Trump Democracy?

On July 19, the Knesset voted to change the nation’s Basic Law. Israel was declared to be, now and forever, the nation-state and national home of the Jewish people. Hebrew is to be the state language. Angry reactions, not only among Israeli Arabs and Jews, came swift. Allan Brownfeld of …

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