One of my mother’s favorite expressions, invariably addressed to me, was “make yourself useful as well as ornamental.” Another helpful bromide, this one of uncertain provenance, is “tell your own story or someone else will tell it for you.” Practical advice for individuals, businesses and governments. How does this relate to Trump as an actor
FOREIGN RELATIONS IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
ADELSON AND MURDOCH
If it was a boxing match, they’d stop it. Two Jewish octogenarians, Sheldon Adelson and Rupert Murdoch, are beating the jack crap out of decades of American policy and tradition that has had the US pursuing peace as a first option, keeping commitments, and supporting those that have supported us. In its place, Adelson and
IT’S SHELDON ADELSON’S DREAM AND WE’RE LIVING IN IT
Billionaire Casino owner Sheldon Adelson is not wracked by doubt. In Sheldon’s world there is no such thing as the Palestinian People, there was never anything to negotiate with Iran, and Israel’s Capitol is Jerusalem. Sheldon has no trouble keeping things simple and no problem getting to the point. In dealing with the Trump Campaign,
DEALING WITH IRAN: NOT A WALK IN THE PARK
If you can imagine trying to do two complicated math problems simultaneously while a rabid dog gnaws on one ankle and a furry animal pees on the other, you've got a good idea of the task before Secretary of State John Kerry and his team, working with five other countries to get a framework agreement
NETANYAHU: AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
Each time it’s pretty much the same. We’re an ancient people; we’re always threatened; Iran is bad; the US should attack them; never again. Is the Prime Minister totally unaware of the universal truism: familiarity breeds contempt? Sometimes a new wrinkle finds its way into a Netanyahu speech. At his first address to a Joint
NETANYAHU AND BOEHNER: THE UNCTUOUS MANIPULATOR AND THE USEFUL IDIOT
These two were made for each other. Yiddish describes them best. Netanyahu is a schnorrer, the perpetually uninvited guest that always wants more. Boehner is a schnook, the not-so-bright dupe. Skulking around in the shadows for six weeks, Boehner and Netanyahu hit upon a scheme to benefit each other individually and undermine American foreign policy.
IRAN DEAL: BIBI IS NOT AMUSED
Working mostly in secret over a period of many months, Barack Obama and John Kerry have succeeded in putting together a deal on Iran’s nuclear program acceptable to our European allies plus China and Russia, whose closest border is less than 200 miles from Iran. The deal was accomplished with minimal hand-holding of Israeli Prime
BIBI AT THE UN: A THREE PART BOMB
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's annual pilgrimage to the UN constituted a three-part cluster of bombs. First, his Deputy Defense Minister, Danny Danon, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times, calling on Israeli to annul the Oslo Accords. Second, Bibi instructed his delegation to absent themselves from the hall during the speech by Iranian
HAGEL: DOES HE LOVE ISRAEL ENOUGH?
Decorated Vietnam War veteran and two-term United States Senator Chuck Hagel spent 8 hours on the witness chair, trying to convince 26 members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that his love for Israel was sufficient to warrant confirmation as Secretary of Defense. Everything else was of secondary importance for the Committee. I watched the
ARE YOU STILL HERE, BIBI?
It seems like you're always here. You spent a lot of time in the US as a student and in business. You speak perfect English, and I'm sure you know our slang and idioms well. So, you would know: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Familiarity breeds contempt. Fish, house guests, and visiting dignitaries start