Defining Deviancy Down

So, at the end of the 1986-1987 Supreme Court term, Associate Justice Lewis Powell decided to retire from the Court. Accordingly, Justice Powell submitted his resignation letter to President Reagan. The president nominated Judge Robert Bork to replace Powell. Bork got voted down 58-42 by the United States Senate, the first Senate rejection of a …

Donald Trump and the Lost (or Never Possessed) Art of the Deal

Because the incumbent president of the United States regularly inundates us with boasts about how he is supposedly a clever and masterful negotiator--notwithstanding the overwhelming amount of evidence suggesting that as with other claimed skills, the incumbent president of the United States suffers massively from a severe and pronounced case of the Dunning-Kruger effect when it comes …

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The memos, stamped “confidential” and kept under wraps for years, portray a White House eager to assert U.S. leadership on climate change. Global warming will have “profound consequences,” one document warns, and the United States “cannot wait” until all scientific questions are resolved before taking action. The source of the memos: Not the Obama White …

George Shultz on How to Deal with Climate Change

It is nice to see that more Republicans have accepted the reality of climate change, and are calling for action. Add George Shultz's name to the list of those who believe that something has to be done. After showing what the current climate trends are, and showing why they should alarm us, Shultz--who along with Henry Kissinger …

Social Media: Not the Place to Go for Sober-Headed Legal Analysis

There has been a lot of debate about the letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the Iranian regime regarding the negotiations over nuclear energy use--likely for weapons--by Iran. I happen to think that sending the letter was a bad idea; foreign policy has been found to be the province of the executive branch, with …

Don’t Know Much about History (Paul Krugman Edition)

Look I understand that Paul Krugman is loath to give Ronald Reagan credit for anything good. But when he goes and makes things up about Reagan's economic record, someone should really call him on it. Preferably someone at the New York Times who is actually in charge of editing and fact-checking. Or doesn't the Times employ …

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Another lesson of Mr. Sestanovich's book is that diplomatic engagement with U.S. enemies is a fool's errand unless it's aimed at achieving a deeper strategic purpose. Take Ronald Reagan's personal diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev. Progressives today point to that diplomacy to defend their own concessions to U.S. adversaries. But such thinking, Mr. Sestanovich suggests, misses …

Combating Terrorism: The Shultz Doctrine

Kenneth Anderson reminds us that much of our thinking on how best to combat terrorism comes from a speech given at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York by then-Secretary of State George Shultz, who along with James Baker was the last great secretary of state we have had. Professor Anderson is kind enough to excerpt …