John Bolton’s Lesson in the American Value of Self-Interest

June 19, 2020

In a curious article for The New York Times, John Gans delves into an analysis of the perennially bizarre phenomenon known in Washington by the name of John Bolton. The article uses the case of Bolton, the former national security adviser, to examine what Gans calls “the anarchy” at the core...

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

November 22, 2019

It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.”  This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, "Billy the Kid." But the speaker, sheriff William...

John Bolton Is the Most Dangerous of Political Operators

May 17, 2019

John Bolton has the passion of an ideologue and the patience of a realist. Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the...

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the “Troika of Tyranny”?

April 26, 2019

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries, not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if...

The Trump Show’s Season 2 Cliffhanger

December 14, 2018

Other than the episode on the midterm elections, Season 2 lacked that essential ingredient: content. Even popular series can hit rough spots in their second seasons. Take The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Amazon breakout about a young Jewish housewife in the late 1950s who improbably establishes a...

Iran’s Defiant Message on Syria

October 15, 2018

By firing missiles over Iraq into Syria, the Iranians delivered a powerful message to Washington at a time when the Trump administration ratchets up its aggression against the Islamic Republic. On October 1, Iran carried out six missile strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Abu Kamal,...

John Bolton Declares War on International Law

September 18, 2018

Thanks to John Bolton, we seem to have entered a new universe of primordial punishment, directed at anyone unwilling to conform to US dictates or bow down before its global authority. Hired in March as national security adviser to give new impetus to Donald Trump’s foreign policy, John Bolton...

The Girl Who Battled the Trump Administration on Abortion

October 26, 2017

A teenage girl has found herself at the center of America’s two most heated debates: abortion and immigration. Jane Doe is an undocumented immigrant from Central America. Her identity remains anonymous in order to protect her privacy as a minor. While she was detained at a shelter in southern...

America’s Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy

May 23, 2017

Without the compass of values to guide foreign policy, we descend to profit and power and sacrifice principle and people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed his State Department employees in Washington earlier this month. It was his first significant encounter with his charges since...

Jared Kushner’s Rise to Power Mirrors Donald Trump’s

May 03, 2017

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is now also his right-hand man. Like Donald Trump, Jared Kushner was born not quite into the Manhattan elite, but was likewise given an early opportunity to run his family’s property business. Kushner aggressively expanded its operations: In the...

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