The Imperial Presidency Comes Home to Roost

February 04, 2021

US President Joe Biden’s got a problem — and so do I. And so, in fact, do we. At 76 years old, you’d think I’d experienced it all when it comes to this country and its presidencies. Or most of it, anyway. I’ve been around since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Born on July 20, 1944,...

Clinton Presidency Could Shatter America’s Highest Glass Ceiling, But…

April 13, 2015

A Hillary Clinton presidency would still have to contend with continuing sexism against women in public life. She did it. On April 12, former US Secretary of State — and former First Lady — Hillary Clinton put months of speculation to an end and announced she is seeking the Democratic...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 2/2)

January 04, 2014

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran. Hezbollah has been deeply involved in the urban fighting alongside the Syrian regime. As argued by analysts at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hezbollah is suffering human losses which...

Afghanistan: Goodbye to All That?

February 24, 2013

As the US prepares to exit Afghanistan, what will be the consequences? Background As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its 12th year, the US is poised to withdraw 34,000 troops from the war-torn country by next year. The consequences of the withdrawal will be enormous. The Taliban remain a...