by | Oct 23, 2019

“Trump has betrayed the Syrian Kurds” — so goes a popular refrain regarding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the areas of northeast Syria held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The events that have followed — namely, a…

by | Oct 20, 2019

I think it was last Thanksgiving that a bright young family member told me about his fear that President Donald Trump would start World War III. He had watched Trump, the infamous counterpuncher, retaliate during political debates and tiffs with…

by | Oct 9, 2019

Politically speaking, President Donald Trump may be right about a troop withdrawal from Syria. After years of failure in the Middle East, he wants to cut our losses, and many of his voters would tend to agree that keeping even…

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 | Jan 1, 2019

As Americans ponder the lessons of the year gone by, worry about why their clothes don’t fit, weigh the virtues of fresh water vs. rye whiskey, and compare the benefits of tiddlywinks and free-style swimming, it dawns upon large swathes…

by | Dec 24, 2018

President Trump has the dangerous habit of giving greater credence to what our enemies tell him than to what his closest advisors and our intelligence agencies say. Perhaps that is what Defense Secretary James Mattis meant when he wrote, in…

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