A Tale of Two Historical Adversaries

Jan 25, 2021

As Joe Biden settles into the White House and the Democrats in Congress play out the final act of their formal confrontation with the man now known as Citizen Trump, observers will begin focusing on another drama, one that the Democrats and their preferred media have obsessively elevated to the...

The Science of Rebuilding Trust
Jan 22, 2021

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?
Jan 22, 2021

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons
Jan 21, 2021

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Jan 20, 2021

“It’s the economy, stupid,” a catchphrase coined in the 1990s by American political strategist James Carville, made George H. W. Bush — who won the First Gulf War for Americans — a one-term president, catapulting Bill Clinton into the White House. As Donald Trump’s one-term presidency...

What If America Doesn’t Recover From Trump?

What If America Doesn’t Recover From Trump?

Jan 20, 2021

With two-thirds of Republicans still believing that President Joe Biden’s election was fraudulent, the Republican Party faces what could prove to be an existential fork in the road. Does it double down on Trump and Trumpism at this juncture or does it reject his divisive legacy root and branch...

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Jan 19, 2021

When I was growing up in Germany in the 1960s, during the holiday seasons, both Christmas and Easter, one of the highlights on television was the reruns of “Don Camillo and Peppone.” These are movies that involve the adventures of a Catholic priest and a communist mayor, taking place in a...

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Jan 18, 2021

With a new US administration about to be inaugurated, it is prudent to look at the dynamics and variables shaping the future of one of the world’s most important relationships, that between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump came into office looking to take a more aggressive approach...

America: Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Mob

America: Motherhood, Apple Pie and the Mob

Jan 15, 2021

The United States began as a glint in the eyes of an English mob of oddballs, dissenters and criminals let loose on what they considered virgin territory. Once secure in their new digs, they administered rough justice to the original Americans and any colonist who fell afoul of community...

Who Owns Susan Collins’ Brain?

Who Owns Susan Collins’ Brain?

Jan 14, 2021

As a senator from the state of Maine with a college education (though not Ivy League), Susan Collins must be considered an intelligent woman. She’s also a Republican. When an intelligent and responsible public figure writes an op-ed recounting an important event, we might suppose she would...

Trump’s Impeachment Should Be Just the Beginning

Trump’s Impeachment Should Be Just the Beginning

Jan 14, 2021

Let’s start with a little good news. It appears that a new US president will be inaugurated on January 20, and, when the Congress convenes for the first time after that, there will be a thin Democratic majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Given what has transpired in...

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War

Recruiting an Army for a Civil War

Jan 13, 2021

Last week’s storming of the Capitol has already achieved the traumatic status of only a few other events in recent US history: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and 9/11. Its historical consequences will play out for years if not...

Flashpoint America: What the Hell Is Happening?

Flashpoint America: What the Hell Is Happening?

Jan 13, 2021

What the hell is happening in the US? Let’s rattle off some of the obvious: political intractability, sectarian entrenchment, tribal mentality, partisan violence, radicalization, conspiracy theories, reality deficits and even an attempted coup d’état. As strategic intelligence and foreign...

A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

Jan 11, 2021

It is a well-established fact that America, as it approaches its 245th birthday, is a divided nation. Red versus blue, conservative versus liberal, right versus left, black versus white, rich versus (a growing number of) poor, urban versus rural. Further divisions may be drawn along education,...

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