SYRIA: CUI BONO?

Anyone who has watched Columbo once knows that the first step to finding out who is guilty of a crime is to ask who benefits by the crime…cui bono? News reports and conventional wisdom tell us that Bashar al-Assad gassed the people of Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Reports indicate 20-40 people were killed.

LIKELY WAR IN IRAN BY END OF SEPTEMBER 2018

The likelihood of the US getting involved in actual combat operations against Iran by the end of September is closing in on 50% for the following reasons: ONE. Trump needs something to get his job approval rating above 40%. War always gives a sitting president a short term boost in the polls. When we were

TRUMP: TOO BIG FOR THE JOB

Henry David Thoreau famously observed “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.” After 14 months in office Donald Trump has demonstrated one thing for sure…he ain’t “most men”. The things that have burdened and constrained all of our previous presidents are, for Trump, inapplicable. We’re talking about things like facts, truthfulness, study, consultation with experts,

THE COUNTRY WANTS A REAL FIGHT

That’s what a real Presidential Election is supposed to be. When it’s over the country should feel a sense of cleansing and accomplishment. The winner invariably enjoys a job approval rating over 50% on Inauguration Day. In the the ten elections from Carter versus Ford in 1976 to Obama versus Romney in 2012, the country

NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING

About twelve years ago I was in Florida, somewhere between Tampa and Orlando, watching a golf tournament. I’m walking down the street in a little town with The New York Times under my arm. A lady about fifty, probably Jewish probably New Yorker, comes up to me and demands…”where did you get that New York

WAR WITHIN A WAR

There are two wars going on in the United Sates right now. The Big War is the war to get rid of Trump. It’s pretty much leaderless and going nowhere while the House and Senate are in Republican hands AND Trump’s job approval numbers are above 30%. His numbers have been as low as 33%

BACK TO BASICS

When things get crazy slow everything down and go back to basics. The great truths have not been repealed….ignored, yes…but not repealed. Consider: NATURE (AND POLITICS) ABHORS A VACUUM (PARMENDIES, PHILOSPHER, GREECE, 485 BC) The Office of President of the United States is essentially vacant. The occupant is happy to spend his days at parades

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,

STEVE BANNON: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Friday was quite a day for Steve Bannon. From being fired in the morning from his job as Chief Strategist at the Trump White House to convening an Editorial Meeting at his old home, Breitbart News, in the afternoon. When the news crossed the wires that Trump had let Bannon go, cheers broke out on the floor of

WE’D BE BETTER OFF IF HE WAS A DRUNK.

Yeah, I’m talking about Trump, our president. At least if he was a drunk, there could be an intervention. He could get help. Get in a program. AA. Something. Unfortunately, he’s stone cold sober. We’re seeing Trump at the top of his game. This is who he is. We’re on notice. How much more do