In today’s Washington Post, syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson calls for a withdrawal from Iraq. “In a sectarian civil war, the last place you want to stand is in the middle,” he says. Robinson parallels James Baker’s counsel from more than a decade past that we “had no bone” in the Bosnia fight. Eugene, should we have stood aside as hundreds of thousands more perished? By the same logic, should U.S. forces leave Kosovo? While not a U.S. action, would you extend your logic to support Kofi Annan’s decision not to stop the Rwandan genocide at its very start? If the Taliban seek to amplify Pushtun rhetoric when they fight against the multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian Afghan government, should we withdrawal from Afghanistan? Many progressives have made a cause out of stopping ethnic cleansing in Darfur. I support their calls. Foreign policy should be about both national security and principle, not about partisanship. But, by your logic, Eugene, should we tell the Darfuris to get bent? The Democrats were once the party that supported human rights and spoke out against ethnic cleansing. Increasingly, factions within risk making them the party not only that sacrifice U.S. national security upon the altar of Bush hatred, but also the party that symbolizes callousness toward human rights.
So, is Russia now presumed innocent of hacking the 2016 election? If not, it is difficult to understand any proper purpose served by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve military officers in the Kremlin’s intelligence services for doing what everybody in America already knew that they did, ... Read More
On Monday, President Trump gave a deeply disgraceful press conference with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The presser began with Trump announcing that although the Russia–U.S. relationship has “never been worse than it is now,” all of that “changed as of about four hours ago.” It was downhill from ... Read More
1)Al, as you were posting on social media a list of proposed questions for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, did it occur to you that your opinion on the matter is no more relevant than Harvey Weinstein’s? 2) Al, is it appropriate for a disgraced former U.S. senator to use the Twitter cognomen “U.S. ... Read More
Back in March, I wrote about Maryland Democrats talking up a single-payer system for health insurance, and how they were refusing to look too closely at how to pay for the plan, which would eliminate all out-of-pocket expenses for patients. They dismissed Vermont’s experience from a few years earlier, when a ... Read More
Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn’t sound like it. The left-wing publication is prone to extend sympathetic understanding to adversaries of the United States and find some reason, any reason, to blame ourselves for their external ... Read More