CNN ON ANTISEMITISM IN AMERICA

Last Sunday, Dana Bash of CNN, narrated a one-hour program on the rise of Anti Semitism in the USA. I watched it all. In my opinion, it was very deeply unimpressive. In other words it was pretentious and mediocre. The fatal flaw of the Special was that it didn’t contain an ounce of self-examination or

INEXPLICABLE

That is the one word description of Vladimir Putin’s behavior by Robert Gates probably the one person in the USA that knows Russia and Putin better than any other. Gates joined the CIA in 1966 and served as its Director under Republican and Democrat Presidents and as our Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush

UKRAINE ESSENTIALS

Ukraine is a core interest of Russia but not for the US. We care, of course, but not to die for. We don’t even have a confirmed Ambassador in Ukraine and Ukraine is not a Member of NATO. Biden is 79 Putin is 69. Putin has time. Biden is going to want to get Ukraine

DO THE RIGHT THING JOE

Someone has got to tell Joe Biden to do the right thing. Joe, you helped Obama win two terms and you beat Trump. Good for you. But, imagining you as President seven years from now is a bridge too far. In fact the very thought of a total of eight years of President Joe Biden,

ISRAELI BRASS IN WASHINGTON

The Israelis, who have a few hundred nuclear weapons, are coming to the USA, which has several thousand nuclear weapons. Israel’s new leaders want to talk to us about doing something about Iran that doesn’t have any nuclear weapons but, according to the Israelis, constitutes the greatest threat to peace in the World today. The

IN DEFENSE OF INCONSISTENCY

It has been brought to my attention that there is an “inconsistency” in how I treat various political actors. How can anyone who describes themself as an Obama-Pelosi Democrat, have anything good to say about Ronald Reagan or Lindsey Graham? Easy. Nobody’s perfectly good or bad. Sometimes people on the “other side” come up big

THE ORIGINS OF OUR POLITICAL PREFERENCES: PART I

Like most people, my dislikes are bigger drivers of my political preferences than my likes. Hate is a stronger motivator than love. Its a fact. Hate energizes. Love pacifies. I like and admire Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. They are, and have been, strong figures on the national stage, who have stood the test of

ISRAEL: IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING

Remember the Saturday Night Live Character, Roseanne Roseannadanna? Her favorite response to any complication or complaint was to tell the source of the problem, “There’s always something. If it isn’t one thing it’s the other.” Which reminds me of our friends, the Israelis. It’s always something with them. They want money, so we give them

CONFIRMATION AND THE JERK FACTORY: LETTER TO A FRIEND

Thanks for your thoughts on Neera Tanden and some other appointments. I believe Deb Haaland will be confirmed at Interior. It would be ridiculous in the extreme if she didn’t make it. Neera Tanden is clearly a partisan and sharp tongued to boot. The thing is, that by itself, hasn’t been a bar to a

REPUBLICAN WAR: VOTERS VERSUS DONORS

“In the Republican Party, we don’t count voters we count donors.” David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush and close confidant of the late Sheldon Adelson uncorked that little truism not so long ago. Did Frum knock it out of the park or what? David didn’t go into details on what constitutes a “donor”