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All hail Comrade Trump!

On the heels of his increasingly questionable “success” with Kim Jong Un in Singapore (he called off “provocative” military exercises, and in exchange North Korea is, um, producing new ICBMs capable of reaching the United States), President Trump has offered to meet Iranian president Rouhani with no preconditions.
Trump’s offer to meet Rouhani comes shortly after [...]

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and 2008 Republican candidate for President of the United States, offered one of the milder criticisms I’ve seen of President Trump’s encounter in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin:
Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The [...]

“When in the Course of human events…”

Happy Fourth of July.
Did the rather dimwitted hosts of Donald Trump’s favorite news source “Fox and Friends” get punked by a Thomas Jefferson impersonator?
Everything he read from the Declaration of Independence actually appears in our founding document. But his selection of specific items from the long list of grievances against George III is interesting in [...]

“Napoleon is always right”*

The people who bought Trump’s line that he was powerless to stop the migrant family separation he approved (blaming “Democrats”), and who then supported him when he reversed himself and did stop it, remind me of the American Communists and fellow travelers who loyally followed the party line by opposing war against Nazi Germany as [...]

“I want my people to do the same”

I realize that Donald Trump’s unique diplomatic style involves heaping flattery on murderous dictatorial adversaries while dumping insults on long-time democratic allies.
And I’m not going to make a big deal about Trump returning the salute of a North Korean general. Like Obama’s bow to the Saudi king, it was both cringe-worthy and relatively insignificant.

But Geez– [...]

Post-Singapore mental exercise

Imagine if President Bill Clinton had spoken about the absolute ruler of the world’s most repressive and criminal regime– a regime which outlaws all dissent, starves people as a means of control, incarcerates tens of thousands of people in brutal slave labor camps, earns hard currency through counterfeiting and illegal drug manufacturing and smuggling– in [...]

Another time

Remember when Howard Dean couldn't be president because he yelled
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2018

Yup. This post of mine from way back then seems downright quaint.


Even if you’ve shrugged off evidence of Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 US Presidential election (as some of our readers have), you have to admit there is no other word for this.
Russian hackers posed as ISIS to bully military spouses. Evil.
— Josh Lawson (@josh_lawson) May 8, 2018

Our Tweeter-in-Chief finds plenty [...]

Fearing loss of military aid, Ukraine cuts off cooperation with Mueller

Now that Trump scandale du jour Doctorgate (remember Doctorgate, from earlier this week?) has been overtaken by Stormygate, there’s at least one serious and substantive report that has received relatively little attention.
The New York Times reports that the government of Ukraine has stopped cooperating with the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia.
In [...]

Why did Trump back off from Russian sanctions?

I didn’t have much use for Nikki Haley as governor of South Carolina. The then-rising star of the Republican party made her hatred for trade unions plain. She redeemed herself somewhat when she advocated for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol after the murders of nine members of a historically [...]