The info in my earlier post about possibly renaming ICE was only partly correct. A DHS employee forwarded the memo to staff dated Wednesday announcing the change, and the agency overall isn’t being renamed, but instead reorganized internally (yet again) into three directorates, one of which will be called “Homeland Security Investigations” (which a reader noted sounds like a new TV crime drama). So it’s not as absurd as it initially seemed, though how much rearranging of the deck chairs can you do without distracting from an agency’s actual mission? Some past announcements and proposals for reorganization are here, here, here, here, and here. Eventually maybe someone will realize that the policy is the problem, not the way the boxes are arranged on an organizational chart.
Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the international stage. By Trumpism, I do not mean a coherent ideological program, but a psychological phenomenon, or simply the manifestation of his character. On Monday, we literally saw President Trump ... Read More
Yesterday, President Obama stood in a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, and said a lot of things that could, or should, get conservatives nodding in agreement. But as he offered a grim assessment of both modern American politics and the broader geopolitical scene, you had to wonder when, if ever, he ... Read More
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the celebrated, 28-year-old Democratic nominee for Congress in New York’s 14th district, appeared on PBS’s Firing Line reboot last week to discuss herself. The conversation was a broad overview of Ocasio-Cortez’s positions on capitalism, education, and foreign policy. One widely ... Read More
A list of exhibits filed in a Virginia federal court Wednesday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller includes emails between Paul Manafort and former Bernie Sanders aide Tad Devine. Devine, Sanders's chief strategist during his 2016 presidential run, is a former business partner in Manafort's lobbying operation, ... Read More
During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. In an era when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are now ancient history, ... Read More
Once again, Donald Trump has raised questions about America’s commitment to NATO, this time in an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. Carlson asked a variation of the typical question about American military commitments overseas: Why send our kids to fight in obscure foreign lands? Membership in ... Read More