Apr. 21, 2017
Ready for another war?
It’s clear that Donald Trump’s first hundred days haven’t turned out to be the walk in the park he envisioned. The most spectacularly unqualified and intellectually disabled leader ever freely chosen by any people on earth — that’s us, friends — can’t hide his scowl of frustration whenever he sits down for the obligatory photo op with visiting dignitaries. Otherwise, he retreats into Twitter-world, or his gated fortress at Mar-a-Lago. The most photographed person in the history of the world has suddenly become the least visible.
Apr. 21, 2017
Dropping the bomb on Trump’s foreign policy
According to whitehouse.gov, President Donald Trump claims that “peace through strength” will be the premise of his U.S. foreign policy and that this will lead to a “more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground.”
Jul. 11, 2014
Back to Baghdad: the ISIS crisis
So, let’s see. We are asking our declared enemy in the Middle East to help prop up the puppet government we created for its benefit to push back an army we also brought into being, and which is now financed by our chief Arab ally.
Sep. 20, 2013
Putin’s op-ed shows leadership
It is not often that a leader of a well-known and well-respected country makes a point to address the American public directly, let alone by the medium of an editorial in The New York Times. Vladimir Putin’s stark message to the American people did not go unnoticed by many, even those who were not regular readers of the Times, but in addition to the harsh criticisms made by Putin, he established himself a new title in the world as perhaps the greatest political genius of our time. Putin’s plan and its result were multifaceted — embracing an aura of superiority; diminishing American hypocrisy with a cloaked hypocrisy of his own; and establishing himself as a placeholding leader for the American people, who lacked a clear leadership on the issue of Syria. His greatest success was in playing on the already weary opinion of the American people while plopping himself into a leadership position, showing both a clear direction on the Syria issue and pointing out the flaws of the caustic nature of exceptionalism.