saber rattling

Bluster and saber-rattling: effective tools of foreign policy?

Mark Moyar wrote a fascinating editorial in The New York Times the other day. In “The World Fears Trump’s America. That’s a Good Thing,” Moyar argues that Trump’s bluster and saber-rattling are effective instruments of foreign policy. I use the descriptor “fascinating” because the article represents a sea change in conservative thinking: the right-wing adopting…

A very unfair 160-year streak that Hillary Clinton could not overcome

James Buchanan did something that Hillary Clinton could not do, nor could any other Democrat since the election of Buchanan in 1856. Buchanan succeeded another Democrat by election without previously having ascended to the position because of the death of his predecessor. Hillary Clinton could not do this nor could a number of other Democrats…

conflict of interest

Trump’s laughable conflict of interest plan

Experts in the field of government ethics apparently had to restrain themselves from laughing out loud at Donald Trump’s conflict of interest plan, as he assumes the office of President of the United States. Trump’s lawyer, Sherri Dillon, outlined the plan at Trump’s Jan. 11 press conference. When it came time for this important announcement,…

Trump’s incoherence on full display at press conference

Don’t rely on condensed and cleaned-up news reports of Donald Trump’s Jan. 11, 2017 press conference to give the full picture of his incoherent thought process and speaking “style.” You have to read the complete transcript—or at least extended sections of it—to completely comprehend Trump’s inarticulateness and the erratic flow of words that constitute a…