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Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Long ago (1960), sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset noted that movements of both the left and right attract apocalyptic thinking: It’s the end of days. The system is cracking. Things can’t go on like this. Only a decisive rupture (rapture?) . . .
  • At least four paths have been mentioned on how to handle — or hasten the end of — the presidency of Donald Trump. None are very good, but some could be more toxic and less feasible than others. The self-described anti-Trump . . .
  • NATO’s first secretary general, Lord Ismay, is remembered for explaining that the alliance’s purpose was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Well, to the likely dismay of Ismay, the Russians . . .
  • “Russian connection” news stories keep popping, each generating new questions and doubts about their provenance. Latest but certainly not the last is Jared Kushner’s reported December effort to establish, via the Russian . . .
  • President Trump’s messages to both Arab and Israeli chiefs were carefully constructed, although both audiences shrugged off his urgings. Arab monarchies will not “drive out” the extremists they have funded . . .
  • Could anything be worse than impeachment? Yes, four years of paralyzed government. As candidate, Trump capitalized on a climate of mistrust. Very clever. But now Trump is trapped in the mistrust he has sown . . .
  • The White House is now undertaking a series of “up or out” decisions. The Taliban, newly supplied with Russian arms, has retaken much of Afghanistan. Trump’s military advisors are now urging an increase . . .
  • Is President Trump, after his first 100 days, showing mental deterioration? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough — a Republican conservative — thinks so. Several presidential historians recall nothing like . . .
  • Trump’s improvisational foreign policy raises the question of what kind of international system now prevails. So far, no one has defined one, leaving us with ineffective, self-damaging foreign policies. . . .
  • Limited in our human ability to reason from scratch, we often reason by analogy. Indeed, much education is assembling a professional toolkit of analogies that finds an earlier situation, behavior pattern or . . .
  • Our cruise-missile strike on a Syrian airbase was largely inconsequential. Secretary of State Tillerson got nowhere in Moscow. With angry words, Russia still backs Syria. A new “presidential” Trump has not emerged. . . .
  • Donald Trump is groping — excuse the expression — toward his own impeachment. In accusing former President Obama of wiretapping him, Trump may have broken laws against false accusations. To fib at this level is at least . . .
  • The dirty little secret about health care reform is that it’s impossible. Yep, can’t be done. No insurance can support an extremely expensive medical system at low cost. If it costs a lot, users must pay a lot, either as individuals . . .
  • A cashiered Athenian general, Thucydides, famously explained the cause of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.): “War became inevitable with the growth of Athenian power and the fear this caused in Sparta.” This explains many wars. . . .
  • The massive WikiLeaks of CIA hacking abilities dovetailed last week with my personal computer problems. Namely, I have for months been getting vague but dire warnings that Google would no longer support the Windows Vista . . .
  • President Trump backed away from Israeli-Palestinian peace with a weaseling but clever non-answer in his press conference with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties . . .
  • Donald Trump’s election left both Americans and foreigners wondering where he would take U.S. foreign policy. Now, after his address to Congress this week, the Washington “establishment” is probably breathing a little easier. . . .
  • Washington, it has long been said, “is a container that leaks from the top.” Republicans tried to shift attention from the serious accusations about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to who leaked them, as if the leaks . . .
  • Some worry that Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment will follow Antonin Scalia on values issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Yes, he could, but what we really have to worry about is our bulwark against . . .
  • Imagine in the not-too-distant future the president of Mexico stands on his northern border calling out: “Mr. Trump, tear down this wall!” Further, imagine next to him, grinning, is China’s president. President Trump’s Mexico wall and his . . .
  • Donald Trump said he’d ban Muslims, and he did, via executive order, creating uproar in an unprecedented first week in office. Trump turns everything into a flap, from his inaugural crowd to the Mexico wall and border tax . . .
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