People Matter. Character Matters.

Ever since I stopped being a Republican--back in May, 2016, when it became clear that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee--whenever anyone asked me about my politics, I told them that I am a "right-of-center libertarian pragmatist." I continue to hold to that description, and to right-of-center libertarian/classical liberal principles. But the older I …

Donald Trump v. The Court System

All-around nice guy Steve Friess interviewed me and a number of lawyers more famous than me for Newsweek regarding Donald Trump's and the Trump administration's battles with judges and with the court system. Some excerpts: "The Supreme Court decisions regarding Trump's taxes this past term was a surprise," says Chicago attorney Pejman Yousefzadeh, another co-signer …

Stinking to High Heaven

Michael Flynn is an admitted felon. He pled guilty, and reiterated his guilty plea under oath--twice. He has served no time, he has paid no penalty and he has shown no remorse for his crimes against the nation--crimes that threatened to undermine American national security at the very highest levels. So of course he gets …

Make the Crazy Stop

My latest Bulwark piece discusses the welcome fact that Joe Biden does not seem hellbent on making others think that he is clinically insane; a welcome and stark contrast with the campaign of the incumbent president of the United States. Indeed, the refreshingly boring Biden campaign appears to be a harbinger of a refreshingly boring …

Law and Politics in a Post-Ginsburg World

I've criticized Donald Trump savagely and accurately, ever since he descended down his gold-plated escalator on June 16, 2015, announced his candidacy for president of the United States, and caused American politics and the state of our democracy to descend with him to subterranean levels. And I've criticized the Republican party savagely and accurately, ever …

Eric Posner and a Study of American Demagoguery

I am very pleased to have the unexpected and very welcome opportunity to work and write alongside some excellent folks at The Bulwark, which is doing the Lord's work in helping to create a decent and vibrant center-right movement--one that stands in opposition to the racist and white nationalist movement currently infesting the Republican party …

Brent Scowcroft and the Need for a Better Realist Theory of International Relations

I swear to goodness that I am not trying to turn all of my public writing spaces into All-Things-Scowcroftian-All-The-Time discussion locales, but the death of Brent Scowcroft caused me to go back to a 2005 article in the New Yorker written by Jeffrey Goldberg, that profiled Scowcroft in light of his dissent from the Bush …

BREAKING: National Security Advisers Have Views of Their Own

I am more than a bit confused by the claim that because Brent Scowcroft had opinions--strong¬†opinions, even!--it meant that he didn't "follow 'the Scowcroft model.'" My confusion stems in significant part from the fact that I know of no one at all who claims (with a straight face, anyway) that the national security adviser to …

In Memoriam: Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (Ret.)

The administration of George Herbert Walker Bush featured, without a shadow of a doubt, the best foreign policy team of my lifetime, designing and implementing the best foreign policy initiatives and programs in my lifetime, and doing the very best job of any administration in my lifetime in terms of responding to historic changes and …