BANNON!

I’ve always liked Steve Bannon. We’ve got a bit in common. We’re both mostly Irish and mostly, Catholic. Bannon went to high school with Benedictine Catholic Monks in Richmond, VA. I attended most of the Jesuit Colleges on the East Coast graduating from one of them. Bannon was elected President of the Student Body at

GENERAL MILLEY AND THE FINE ART OF DECONFLICTION

General Milley is going to be all right. I heard it from a couple of Four Stars. Like, for instance, Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey, who comments frequently on MSNBC and Retired Four Star General Jack Keane, who does the same at FOX. General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under Presidents

JOE, WITH SOME HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

Joe, got through the Tuesday, Afghanistan News Conference. His Presidency is not going up in flames on Afghanistan. He got 75,000 out of the country in August using one airport. He pulled in the perfect person, William Burns, to meet with the Taliban Leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar. Burns is a respected practical diplomat with a

IRAN AND THE AMERICAN COMPULSION TO DO DUMB STUFF

The Biden Team has an early opportunity to do something stupid in Iran. It’ s an American tradition. Caused, in large part, by a school of thought that holds that there should never be any “daylight” between American policy in the Middle East and Israeli policy in the same region. Huh? What’s up with that?

RACHEL MADDOW: CONTRARY INDICATOR

Rachel Maddow, who was unwilling to mention the name of the late Sheldon Adelson during his lifetime, is excited about a non case involving a second echelon actor doing next to nothing with a slightly unimportant country that has oil, an airline and tee shirts. The guy is Tom Barrack. Nice guy, Christian, Lebanese descent,

STUCK IN THE WELL

How many dead bodies does it take for Republican Senators to crawl out from the well in Trump’s desk and do the right thing? Are five dead human beings, including one Capitol Police Officer and 138 injured police officers plus two police suicides in the week after the Trump induced Jan 6 riot, enough? Do

DO THE BEST YOU CAN

On January 13, 2021 the House of Representatives voted to Impeach Trump for the High Crime and Misdemeanor of Incitement to Insurrection for events leading up to, and on, January 6, 2021, at the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Impeachment in the House is in the nature of an Indictment requiring a trial

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”

WINGING IT

I may be having Trump Withdrawal Symptoms. I need a vacation from writing stuff and trying to “make a point.” I’m going to wing it and talk about people who are fun to talk about. I like Bill Belichick and Pope Francis and Javad Zarif and Nancy Pelosi and Phil Mickelson and Aaron Rodgers and

FIVE COMING UP BIG

You never know who’s going to come up big at the moment of truth. Whoever heard of Lenny Skutnik, before January 13, 1982 when Air Florida Flight 90 plunged into the icy Potomac River and Skutnik took it upon himself to dive off the 14th street bridge into the river, and save the life of