I was an MSNBC viewer. I’ve been at home for the past couple of weeks, trying to finish writing a book before leaving for Texas, and I’ve had the TV on the Fox-CNN-MSNBC rotation since the war started. I’ve really enjoyed watching MSNBC, especially their overnight crew. I like Dan Abrams. But good grief, that Arnett interview is sickening. No wonder he’s still in Baghdad, beloved by his fascist hosts, while other journalists have been kicked out, or have gone missing while in the tender care of the Ministry of Information. Arnett’s bootlicking is an affront to journalism, and worse, an affront to decency. Sorry MSNBC, but as long as that cretin is “reporting” for Baghdad, you’ve lost me. Send him to al-Jazeera, why don’t you?
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
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
I agree with Jonah on all counts: On net, President Trump’s do-over of his Helsinki remarks is a good thing; regrettably, it is not sincere; and while I hope the revised version is the one he sticks to, I don’t have confidence that will be the case -- as posited in my column Tuesday on the folly of having the ... 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