The Good and “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” of John Bolton

Now that John Bolton is going to be Donald Trump's third national security adviser in a little over a year(!), it behooves us to consider what we might expect during Bolton's tenure. The position of national security adviser is exceptionally influential--especially given the recent tendency over the span of several administrations to concentrate significant amounts …

Anatomy of Craziness–Monday Night Massacre Edition

Today, Monday, January 30, 2017, has seen yet more insanity perpetrated on the country by the Trump administration, which continues to be determined to prove itself the worst thing to have ever happened to American politics. First off, let it be noted that the Trump travel ban/Muslim ban was both stupid and evil: Let’s start …

Jonathan Pollard Should Remain in Prison, and the Obama Administration Should Stop Insulting Our Intelligence

Let's be abundantly clear about something. Jonathan Pollard is a traitor to the United States of America, and should spend the rest of his life paying for his crimes. He inflicted catastrophic damage on American national security, he betrayed the trust of those who thought well of him and gave him access to sensitive intelligence, …

More Reasons to Dislike the Nuclear Deal with Iran

My desperate attempt to convince myself that the nuclear deal with Iran is a good one is--I am sorry to report--in the process of failing miserably. I wish that I could report otherwise, but alas, those accursed facts keep getting in the way, and keep me from liking this deal. Oh, don't think that I …

Yes, I Most Certainly Have Concerns about the Nuclear Deal with Iran

I would like to think that the nuclear deal with Iran is a good one. I would like to think that it will succeed and prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear power. I would like to think that it will increase regional stability and security, and that in doing so, it will increase global …

Another Diplomatic Setback (Saudi Arabia Edition)

We have known for some time that American relations with Saudi Arabia are less than ideal. Despite Barack Obama's promise back in 2008 that he would cause people the world over--especially those people located within the borders of nation-states allied with the United States--to like us once again (presuming that we were as hated as …

Quote of the Day

It seems that not one single thing escapes the attention of hardliners in Iran, bent on using the extraordinary powers they hold to suppress every effort by Iranians to exercise their right to freedom of expression. They have even decreed that men should refrain from sporting various hairdos and—yes I am not kidding—from plucking their …

How to Be Smarter about Dealing with Iran

I was struck by the following in Aaron David Miller's piece, which argues that Iran is outwitting and outmaneuvering the United States in the Middle East: Iran isn't 10 feet tall in this region, but by making the nuclear issue the be-all and end-all that is supposed to reduce Iran's power, the United States is …

“This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time”

The tentative nuclear agreement with Iran was initially hailed as a triumph of diplomacy on the part of the Obama administration. But the more one examines the deal, the more one ought to be concerned about its terms. For starters, it is worth noting that no less than the president of the United States has …