Loose Canons
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…

by | Oct 8, 2019

Perfidy — deceit and treachery — has always been a principal aspect of relations between nations. Since the 18th century, the United Kingdom has often been labeled “Perfidious Albion” for its diplomatic practices. The label was usually applied by France…

by | Oct 7, 2019

The United Kingdom has never been a good fit in the European Union. It has never been a continental power. Since the 1707 Acts of Union it has been a proudly independent state. In 2016 then-Prime Minister David Cameron first…

by | Sep 30, 2019

In the week since I last wrote about the accusations made against President Trump as a result of his July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a lot has happened. Both the rough transcript of the call and…

by | Sep 23, 2019

On July 25, President Trump had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During that conversation Trump repeatedly asked or demanded that Ukraine investigate the possible corruption that may have occurred while former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter…

by | Sep 16, 2019

The most accurate measure of a man is who he counts as his friends and who he counts as his enemies. John Bolton has a lot of friends and allies in the American national security community, myself included. When Bolton…

by | Sep 9, 2019

As the $90-plus million release of IT: Chapter Two proved last weekend, America loves scary clowns. But when you consider that four of them — Bernie Sanders, Lizzie Warren, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris — all beat President Trump in the…

by | Sep 2, 2019

Last week’s publication of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on former FBI director James Comey basically found that he was the leaking, sneaky weasel that he promised President Trump he wouldn’t be. Comey claims that he’s been cleared and…

by | Aug 26, 2019

President Trump is obviously puzzled and dismayed by the fact that most Jewish voters will vote for virtually any Democrat instead of him next year. Giving voice to his puzzlement last week, and responding to the latest from Nancy Pelosi’s…

by | Aug 19, 2019

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are playing a high-stakes game of chicken that encompasses both trade negotiations and the protests against Chinese oppression that have continued for 11 weeks in Hong Kong. Over the past week, the contest…

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