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Saturday, April 22, 2017
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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 . . .
  • A remnant of the old Progressive movement bedevils us today: our primary system. A century ago, the Progressives (quite different from today’s liberal “progressive agenda”) supposed that voting on everything would perfect democracy . . .
  • When Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) said he did not regard the Trump presidency as “legitimate,” Trump quickly tweeted his denunciations. We should get straight the difference between “legitimate” and “legal,” as it is likely to be a twitter war. . . .
  • One problem with the murky story of Russian “kompromat” on President-elect Donald Trump is why ever would the Kremlin release its secrets, ending their utility as blackmail? And why ever would Moscow throw away its opportunity . . .
  • Trying for the Republican nomination in 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry, now Department of Energy Secretary-designate, vowed to abolish that department but couldn’t remember its name. Several Trump appointees have . . .
  • Last week we briefly rode a nuclear roller-coaster. Scary. A few words from Vladimir Putin launched Donald Trump — acting like he’s already president — into counterthreat mode. Fortunately, soothing exchanges calmed things within . . .
  • Maybe there is method in Donald Trump’s seemingly odd tilt to Putin’s Russia. It could, theoretically, be part of a larger strategy of separating Russia from China, of breaking up their quasi-alliance. If successful, that could be a . . .
  • In Herman Wouk’s 1951 “Caine Mutiny,” Navy officers gradually question the mental balance of their skipper, Captain Queeg, and take over the ship to save it during a typhoon. Wouk’s insights may be useful for the Trump storm. . . .
  • Last week’s phone chat between Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was initially explained as an amateur misstep, but it now appears that Trump was warning Beijing that he will get tough with them. Beijing bristles at the . . .
  • Now that the reality of Trump’s victory has sunk in, journalists divide into roughly two classes on how to handle a Trump presidency: (1) support him while encouraging him to compromise and pursue moderate policies, which . . .
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