Biden’s “America is Back” is consumed by a conflagration of contradictions, betrayal, and actual flames

As the US completes its retreat from Afghanistan, the alliances President Biden promised to rebuild are perhaps more strained than ever.  The optimism of his inauguration and first international address have been replaced by blame and bickering with key allies like Britain and France openly berating the President and planning their own course in Afghanistan… Continue reading Biden’s “America is Back” is consumed by a conflagration of contradictions, betrayal, and actual flames

Afghanistan goes boom: Imagine if Trump were in office

Where are the resignations?  The leaks?  The anonymous sources and Gold Star families?  The profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter in solidarity with our abandoned Afghani allies?  Compare and contrast the reaction to Trump pulling out of Syria without incident and Biden’s catastrophe in Afghanistan, and you tell me why the difference in coverage. It… Continue reading Afghanistan goes boom: Imagine if Trump were in office

Coronavirus: Australia and New Zealand are flashing red warning signs for the fate of the free world

Once upon a time, I thought most of us agreed that heavily armed police asking people for their papers, concentration camps for the sick, armies patrolling the streets and breaking up peaceful protests, citizens not talking to their neighbors, executing dogs, and manhunts for people who sneeze have no place in a free society.  Boy,… Continue reading Coronavirus: Australia and New Zealand are flashing red warning signs for the fate of the free world

Afghanistan: The lack of imagination and determination is most frightening of all

Whatever happened to Obama’s Yes We Can and the Audacity of Hope?  Lessons from President Truman on the importance of creative thinking and a refusal to surrender in the face of setbacks and untold horrors.  Truman faced perhaps the greatest challenges of any incoming President in US history, yet wouldn’t be cowed and ultimately created… Continue reading Afghanistan: The lack of imagination and determination is most frightening of all

Afghanistan Fallout: The six biggest questions in the days ahead

Will we get our people and allies out safely? What did Biden know and when did he know it?  How could our intelligence be so bad?  Why did we do nothing while the Taliban marched through the country?  What becomes of Afghanistan?  How do our enemies and adversaries react? Momentous events like the Taliban’s swift… Continue reading Afghanistan Fallout: The six biggest questions in the days ahead

Spreading fear and growing government, now as inevitable as death and taxes

The media industrial complex backed by so-called experts and politicians pushes out panic for clicks, and the only way to avert catastrophe is to back some new government program or expansion of government power. The result is an increasing disconnect between the reality of the threats we face and the public’s perception, rendering us incapable… Continue reading Spreading fear and growing government, now as inevitable as death and taxes

Afghanistan: Lofty dreams and outright lies, the wreckage of neoconservatism and its lessons for our entire approach to government

Our failure in Afghanistan is the result of policy goals that could never be achieved and lies to cover up our failure to achieve them.  Unfortunately, this pattern isn’t limited to the Middle East.  It infects just about everything, from our response to coronavirus to climate change, we’re always planning to do the impossible, then… Continue reading Afghanistan: Lofty dreams and outright lies, the wreckage of neoconservatism and its lessons for our entire approach to government

Afghanistan: Don’t look now, but we just lost another war on Biden’s watch

Twenty years, four Presidents, thousands of lives, tens of thousands of injuries, and trillions of dollars later, the vaunted Afghan Army refuses to take the field and the entire country falls in barely a month. There’s no shortage of blame to go around when our entire strategy was based on a steady stream of lies...… Continue reading Afghanistan: Don’t look now, but we just lost another war on Biden’s watch

The Infrastructure Scam: Clueless Republicans and increasingly radical Democrats make for a toxic mix

Apparently, the bipartisan effort is hostage to a secondary, entirely partisan effort, and changes to the partisan effort, even by the party pushing that same partisan effort, undermine the bipartisan one. Are you following? If you care about democratic norms, this is your moment... It was finally infrastructure week in Washington, DC when 19 clueless… Continue reading The Infrastructure Scam: Clueless Republicans and increasingly radical Democrats make for a toxic mix

Cuomo: We hardly knew ye, except we did and that was more than enough

The Emmy Winning Governor resigns over accusations of sexual harassment, but despite ranking second in the country in deaths and a scandal over nursing homes, is still lauded by President Biden and others, even as liberals start to rewrite history and claim they knew he was a creep all along. How the mighty have fallen: … Continue reading Cuomo: We hardly knew ye, except we did and that was more than enough