Guilt, Innocence, and Vladimir

Well, the chatterati won’t give it a rest. I like to see what all sides of the aisle have been making of the Trump interview, so I tuned in to The Late Show With Steven Colbert. He played a bit from the interview where President Trump asked a question that has been setting the Democrats’…

Behind All The Shouting About Immigration

There have been all kinds of demonstrations around the US regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration. From my perspective these have missed the point. As always, the original documents provide much insight. First, is what he did legal? While a couple of points may not stand judicial review, the enabling statute is 8 US Code…

Diplomacy in the Time of Tweets

I gotta say, I love the new diplomacy by tweet. People keep saying the Donald should put down his Tweeter when he becomes President. I say it’ll never happen, and I’m happy to see it continue. I wrote before about how I appreciated our new Negotiator-In-Chief’s use of a single tweet to render the Chinese drone theft meaningless…

The Early John Kerry Plan

[See Update at end] Yesterday John Kerry gave a seventy-two minute speech in an attempt to explain the disgraceful actions of the State Department that I discussed in Obama Gives The Wailing Wall To The Muslims. In it he laid out his genius six-point plan for Mideast peace … I call it the Late John Kerry…

Obama Gives The Wailing Wall To The Muslims

My heart wails. President Obama has lost the plot entirely. Despite earnest and passionate pleas from Democratic and Republican Senators, Representatives, and other politicians and noted Americans in all fields; despite attempts by Donald Trump to sway Obama from his foolish warmongering path; despite almost fifty years of US policy on the matter; despite the steadfast examples…

The Art Of Sending A Message

[Note Update at the end] I got a good laugh out of the tricky nature of Chinese diplomacy. This was the headline. It was totally audacious. A Chinese warship put a small boat into the water right when an oceanographic ship under a Navy contract was retrieving two drones. The small boat came up right…

Safe and Secure

The Donald, our pre-President, has a curious habit of tossing out possible new policy initiatives in speeches about something totally different. Speaking two days ago on his Thank You Tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania, he said: When I look at what is going on in Syria, it is so sad. It is so sad, and we…