Of Course Trumpkins Are Latter-Day Chekists. Of Course They Are.

Since June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump announced for the presidency, America has been inundated with a veritable cascade of Trumpian awfulness. The outrageous behavior--consisting of multiple forms of bigotry, outright ignorance on the part of the president and his minions, complete incompetence, blatantly unpatriotic behavior and appalling corruption--has come to the public's attention at …

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 …

This Is What Dereliction of Duty Looks Like

I urge everyone to read this horrifying account of how the Obama administration learned of Russian active measures that were designed to disrupt the 2016 presidential election and to throw the election to Donald Trump, whom the Russians have long seen as far friendlier to their interests and designs. I won't excerpt anything from the story; …

“Hamilton”: A Review . . . along with Associated Comments

On the evening of March 15, I finally got a chance to see the Chicago production of Hamilton. It was everything that I hoped that it would be, but of course, there is much more to say about this extraordinary production. So, I aim to say it here and now. The production closely follows the soundtrack, …

Lives (and Other Things) that Do and Do Not Matter: The Donald Trump Edition

I have been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and the lives and other things that may or may not matter to him. After much deliberation, I think I have divined a certain set of criteria with which we may determine which lives and things do and do not matter. First of all, according to …

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 …

Donald Trump Is a Threat to the National Security of the United States and the Security of the World

And yes, I mean every word in the title of this blog post. Here is why. To start, let it be noted that Donald Trump, by himself, can do more to disrupt international security and stability than can most latent geopolitical threats out there: A Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could …

When Denouncing Donald Trump, Be Really Loud About It

When my father was a very little boy--I don’t remember how little, but I believe that his age was in the single digits--his parents decided to host some friends at their home in Tehran. My paternal grandfather, took the opportunity, during the gathering, to tell all of his friends about his very clever eldest son, …

Hypocrisy: It Never Goes Out of Style

I look forward to the time when we will have a Republican president, and anything resembling the politicization of intelligence will be vigorously denounced by just about every media outlet in existence. But for now, we do not have a Republican president, so we have to be content with the Daily Beast's denunciation of the …

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, …