On the Middle East

October 16, 2018

Things are happening very quickly in the Middle East. For information on the significance of developments there, I would recommend following:

Informed Comment at http://www.juancole.com

Trita Parsi at https://www.tritaparsi.com/ and most recently

Is Trump’s Iran Policy Meant to Start a War?




REGISTER NOW if you haven’t already

October 11, 2018

New York registration is still open:

  • The deadline to register online is Friday, October 12.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Friday, October 12.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Friday, October 12.

And see that your friends do too, especially if they are in any states where registration is still open.

For more info about registering, there is a How to Register box with multiple links when one searches for “[name of state] voter registration deadline” but there doesn’t seem to be a link to the box itself other than by using than those search terms.

And mark your calendars to vote on Nov. 6.


Trump wants it both ways

September 26, 2018

It’s a wonder Trump hasn’t tweeted out his pride in Kavanagh’s abusive misbehavior, or is he ashamed that his nominee for the Supreme Court hasn’t been as abusive as Trump is? Clearly he wants it both ways, which is to say he has no principles about how to treat women or anyone else.

Assessing the Trump Administration’s Iran Strategy

September 24, 2018

This is a very impressive statement from a distinguished group who have worked in and understand foreign affairs,, https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/coalitionagainstirannukes/Statement_Sept18.pdf.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney voted for first iteration of Muslim ban.

July 1, 2018

This link was sent to me by a friend. I’m sure the story will interest any of us who originally missed it like I did. Maloney’s vote for a version of the Muslim ban is a major negative on his candidacy:


Others on the Plight of America

June 23, 2018

Permit me to recommend three articles. Each goes well beyond Trump but Trump is an engine of each.

Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale who wrote The Road to Unfreedom, reviewed Benjamin Carter Hett, The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic. Comparison with contemporary America are uncanny. Snyder ends his review saying “The conclusions for conservatives of today emerge clearly” from this history of the fall of German democracy: “Do not break the rules that hold a republic together, because one day you will need order. And do not destroy the opponents who respect those rules, because one day you will miss them.” But recent events suggest little respect for those lessons.

Kori Schake, deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote The Trump Doctrine is Winning and the World is Losing. Summarizing a magnificent article is difficult but for me the kernel was that “if the United States doesn’t sustain” cooperation among the world’s democracies, “a rising power will eventually force it to defend its interests or succumb.” That’s been the pattern of power transitions except the transition from Britain to the United States, “an exception born of their democratic similarities, and one unlikely to be repeated between the United States and China.” At this point the U.S. handed over leadership in Asian trade to the Chinese with our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and weakening alliances among democratic nations allows China to intimidate weaker countries and reshape Asian geography and maritime rules without cost. Moreover, the costs of the American led world order were small and declining, especially by comparison to the benefits.

And David Sanger, national security correspondent  for the Times and author of the forthcoming The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age, after exploring the extent of cyber-sabotage and American vulnerability, shows the cost of not dealing with growing Russian capability because of its political implications.

Will America choose another Roosevelt to pull us out of this deepening vortex of destruction or will it choose a Hindenburg to hand the reigns to a beast preparing to roast, gas and kill us all?

Stop Dumping All the Risks on Blue Collar Workers

June 13, 2018

That commentary was originally scheduled to air on WAMC on June 5. They did post it on their website but the audio was pre-empted by the Pledge Drive. Instead they aired it a week later on June 12. Even though they’d posted it, I wanted to be sure it was aired because I consider it an important issue to think through. Hope you do too.

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