Loose Canons
by | Dec 9, 2019

Assassination — murder for political purposes — has a long and bloody history. The Macedonian general Parmenion was assassinated in about 330 B.C. after his son was convicted of treason. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the…

by | Dec 2, 2019

Next year, Democrats will control both houses of Virginia’s state Legislature as well as its governorship. On November 18, State Sen. Dick Saslaw introduced a bill that he will sponsor in the 2020 legislative session. That bill will outlaw not…

by | Nov 25, 2019

What began as a good week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended in his indictment for corruption. It is the first time that a sitting Israeli PM has been indicted. Early in the week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

by | Nov 18, 2019

Regardless of what President Trump does, the media are quick to find “experts” to condemn his action. They’re doing that right now to the president’s decision to grant clemency to three military men — two Army officers, one of whom…

by | Nov 11, 2019

Movies such as The Godfather attached a perverse, almost romantic, cachet to the Italian Mafia. Movies and television shows are doing the same for Mexican drug cartels. Their chieftains are played by tough-looking men and beautiful women, their murderous cruelty…

by | Nov 4, 2019

President Trump has earned both the highest praise and severest criticism for his decisions on defense and foreign policy matters. Whether he was revoking Obama’s terrible nuclear weapons deal with Iran or telling the world that he trusted Russian President…

by | Oct 28, 2019

Last week, Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the illegal FBI–CIA spy operation against President Trump’s 2016 campaign was formally shifted to a criminal investigation. The means the investigative team, under the direction of John Durham, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut,…

by | Oct 24, 2019

President Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have a lot in common. Unfortunately, their commonalities are political facts they wish weren’t true. Both have, at various times, been stymied by politicized court decisions. They are continuously derided by much…

by | Oct 21, 2019

In a campaign rally in Minneapolis about 10 days ago, President Trump talked about his sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. He said, “We don’t have any soldiers there because we left, we won, we left, take a…

by | Oct 14, 2019

The stock markets rose abruptly Friday on President Trump’s announcement of a ceasefire in our trade war with China. There is no agreement on a trade deal — not even an agreement to agree — but the president suspended application…

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