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[29 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Should we be surprised that Donald Trump, who once strongly opposed the war in Afghanistan but also declared himself the most “militaristic” presidential candidate, has decided to put more money and cannon fodder into America’s longest war?

 That nearly-16-year war no one really believes is winnable?
 A  war where no one even knows what “winning” looks like?
  A perpetual war where as much money is absorbed by the corrupt Afghan government as is spent for the fighting itself?
  Ironically, of all of Trump’s advisors on international affairs, the only …

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[22 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

It’s an established, transparent pattern by now. When Trump is having a bad week or seriously under fire, he has a near-genius for changing the subject by week’s end. Sometimes it’s an outrageous tweet to distract attention–sometime an overt action, such as this past Friday’s firing of “Darth” Bannon.
Most White House observers knew Bannon’s days were numbered. He actually submitted his resignation on August 7, but Trump held it for use at an appropriate time–such as following his week-long  berating from Democrats and Republicans alike for his tacit support of …

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[15 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Trump’s new and dangerous bellicosity toward North Korea involves a subtle shift in his language, which may reflect a change in policy, a new speechwriter or both. The phrase “fire and fury” is relatively high rhetoric compared to his usual off-the-cuff, un-telepromptered speeches. It’s said by the New York Times to have been “improvised,” while another report said the words were scrawled on a piece of paper in front of him.

We do know his statement was neither written by nor shown to the so-called adults–the secretary of state, director …

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[9 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

For a guy who spent the election campaign disdaining generals, Trump has stuffed more into his cabinet than any president since World War II.
   Remember his boast, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” Or the other gem, “I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand.”  Then came “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”

   So why have so many three-and-four-star generals taken those jobs? Do they think they can learn something at the feet of the master?
   His first, …

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[2 Aug 2017 | One Comment | ]

Let us stipulate, as everyone except Donald Trump acknowledges, that Vladimir Putin’s Russia “meddled” in our recent election–as the United States has done for decades in South America.
   Let us also put the most “innocent” construction on this meddling. Let’s say–strictly for the sake of argument–that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign and no genuine hope Trump could be elected to serve as a “useful idiot” for Putin. Let’s further hypothesize that Russia was not trying to defeat Hillary Clinton because she would be unfriendly if she won.

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[26 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

Have you ever noticed that whenever things get a little hot for Donald Trump he is likely to tweet out something bizarre, however goofy, or make some inconsequential announcement that gets the 24-hour news-readers and cable-babblers chortling, analyzing an reanalyzing–usually relegating the more serious previous issue to the back burner?
This past week is a perfect example.

Let me ask what is ultimately more important: Trump’s delving into his powers to pardon, his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, his warning to special counsel Robert Mueller  OR …

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[18 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

With apologies to the late Jay Ward, whose animated cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle” may have been the best TV kids’ show ever, especially because parents could enjoy its puns and topical references while kids loved the cavorting animals and satirical tales, I offer a contemporary update to the show.
  As things began unwinding for the White House gang last week I could not help but see it all as yet another of the “Fractured Fairy Tales” segments along with other entertaining features of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, with other …

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[14 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

Illinois finally got a budget and Governor Bruce Rauner finally got his comeuppance.
  After 738 days without a budget that included a highly necessary increase in revenues, last Friday the Illinois House over-rode Rauner’s veto of a bipartisan tax-increase. That ended a wild holiday  week of both Senate and House passing the tax increase, Rauner vetoing it, the Senate over-riding the veto with the help of one Republican and Speaker of the House Madigan finally delivering the goods aided by 10 courageous Republicans.

It’s an imperfect law but had the step …

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[12 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

Last week came the momentous first meeting of two of the world’s great liars–both heads of state, but as different in style as Sinatra and Eminem. There was Vladimir Putin, smooth, experienced, savvy in world affairs and the former spymaster for the old Soviet Union. Then there was our very own Trump, inexperienced on the world stage and in diplomacy, erratic, undisciplined and often self-contradictory–he once even lied that he had previously met Putin face to face.

   With them were Trump’s novice Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who knows Putin …

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[27 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Who should be the “face” of the Democratic party for the upcoming mid-term elections?  And what should its message be?
Those questions bubbled up like lava following Jon Ossoff’s loss in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff, despite spending millions with the hopes of all brands of Democrats riding on him.

In fact those hopes were excessive based on his showing of 48 percent in the nonpartisan “jungle” primary. Wonderful to think about but essentially beyond reach, especially since he had no message and didn’t even live in the district. But he did …