Esther Goldberg

Esther Goldberg is a lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia.

A Compact With the Devil

 

The more you learn about the new safe zone proposals for Syria, the smellier they seem. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have struck a deal to “de-escalate” hostilities between pro and anti-Assad forces in four vaguely defined zones. The pro-Assad forces are mostly Iranian-backed Shia militias. The “rebels” are an assortment of Sunni militias too numerous […]

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The Washington Post Compares Obama Apples to Trump Oranges

 

Josh Rogin is one of the mainstream media’s scribbling scribes who wouldn’t be caught dead praising President Donald Trump, not even faintly. That would get him into some deep doo-doo with his bosses at the Washington Post. So, given the fairly general and bipartisan kudos for Trump’s strike on one of Assad’s air bases last […]

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The Pussycons Fret About Donald Trump

 

The hanky-clutching, cluck-clucking, tsk-tsking faction of the Conservative movement is in for a rough and bumpy ride over the next four to eight years. They’re the ones who wanted a Republican president who looked like the male manikin on top of the wedding cake. You know, like Mitt Romney. And who were shocked when they […]

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Inauguration Washington: A Meditation on Nazis, Gas Chambers, and Provocation

 

A few years ago I put a “I don’t trust the liberal media” bumper sticker on my car, a thirteen-year-old Jeep Cherokee. Some folks on the road were offended. They tailgated me, made rude hand gestures, and even tried to run me off the road. In one case, an African American woman in a shiny […]

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A Threat to Democracy: How Bad Is He?

 

“Honey,” said my husband this morning, putting down his coffee cup and looking up from his laptop. It was in that tone of voice that presages a suggestion as to how I might occupy myself the rest of the day. I waited. “I’m reading an article in the New York Times that is just calling out for […]

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What the Hell Is John Kerry Up To in Syria?

 

In an extraordinary column, the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports that our intrepid Secretary of State John Kerry, whose brilliant negotiating skills were responsible for the disastrous Iran Nuke Deal, is currently working on yet another cease-fire agreement in Syria with the Russians, all of his previous attempts having come to naught. This endeavor is […]

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The Children of Darkness: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

 

Had Leonard Cohen’s fans understood that he was a culture warrior, it’s unlikely that he would have achieved the pinnacle of popularity as a pop star, for they would have been greatly offended. Leonard Cohen was politically incorrect, but his followers lacked the cultural context that gave depth and meaning to his work. Early on […]

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What’s Wrong With Them? The Misguided Establishmentarian Right

 

Amongst Republicans there are two kinds of Trump-haters: the never-Trumpers who boast that they’ll never support him, and the non-never-Trumpers who say they’ll do so, but only by holding their noses. By their timidity, the latter reveal the tragic flaw that has prevented Republicans from winning elections. They’ll advance their arguments in favor of the […]

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It Takes a Certain Kind of Stupid to Be a Political Commentator

 

Do journalism schools have a course called Stupidity 101, or is this something one picks up like a virus after working in the industry for a few years? I’m talking about the kind of stupidity that’s not found in folks who have real jobs or small businesses. Folks who have to worry about the slings […]

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Hillary: Demonic Possession or Natural Depravity?

 

When I saw the headline in the National Catholic Register, “World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91,” I was struck by a coup de foudre. “François,” I remarked to my husband. (His name is Francis, but my Quebec roots were asserting themselves.) “If we assume demonic possession, the mysteries that have surrounded Hillary […]

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