Finland and Sweden Apply to NATO, Turkey an Obstacle

A diplomatic nightmare brewing since last week is now upon us.

Russia’s Diplomatic Isolation

The West continues to close Moscow off.

Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022

A trailblazing diplomat has died at 84.

Zelensky’s Plea for Help

Ukraine’s leader wants more help than he’s going to get.

Trump Losing Sway with Republican Voters?

We can only hope.

What If The Bad Guys Win in Ukraine?

The most likely outcome is not a happy one.

Putin’s War Gets Closer to NATO

Strikes near the Polish border show the real possibility of escalation.

Romney 2024?

He’s tanned. He’s rested. Is he ready?

Very Quickly, Putin’s War Is Likely To Get Even Uglier

The disintegrating military situation is leading to escalating brutality.

Biden ‘Leading from Behind’ on Ukraine

The American President is once again leading the free world.

It’s Not Time To Eulogize The Old Order

Pundits like Thomas Friedman struggle with premature prognostication.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Russia Really Invades Ukraine

Putin’s forces are in Kyiv.

The Beginning of a Response to the Beginning of an Invasion

The first shoe has dropped.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

Dan Patrick’s Attack on Tenure in Texas

His attacks are, in fact, the best case for tenure.

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

Richard Marcinko, 1940-2021

The Rogue Warrior is gone at 81.

Peak Fact-Checking?

Not every argument can be tested on a Pinocchio scale.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

A U.S. Marine opens the door as President Joe Biden prepares to disembark Marine One, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Antrim County Airport in Bellaire, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) A U.S. Marine opens the door as President Joe Biden prepares to disembark Marine One, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Antrim County Airport in Bellaire, Michigan. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Blamed for Afghan Fiasco

The collapse is not his doing. But he’s accountable for the poor planning.

China’s Olympic Machine

A massive investment falls just short. This time.

Biden’s Plunging Job Approval!

Democrats and Independents are losing their enthusiasm. But some perspective is needed.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

Congress May Repeal Iraq AUMF

A meaningless gesture that’s long overdue.

Ryan Says GOP Must Move Past Trump

“If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere.”

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden Declares Armenian Genocide a Genocide

The President has overturned decades of US foreign policy and alienated a NATO ally for, well, reasons.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Liberals Upset Biden Foreign Policy is Biden’s

Those expecting Bernie Sanders’ agenda are sorely disappointed.

Biden Punishing Russia but Not Saudi Arabia

The fecklessness of U.S. human rights policy in full display.

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

POTUS Should Be Just A Job

The distance in accountability between the highest and the lowest must be shortened.

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

Biden’s Christianity, Lincoln, and the Truth of Who We Are

Biden’s America is a place and idea in which the trappings of empire or glory are ephemera in comparison with perennial human relationships—families; friendships; communities; schools; neighbors; partners.

The SolarWinds Attack

Our enemies are getting more brazen and sophisticated in their cyber warfare.

Biden to Name Blinken for State and Sullivan for NSC

The 46th President’s foreign policy team is taking shape.

Sean Connery, 1930-2020

The iconic actor best known as the original movie James Bond is dead at 90.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

The Most Important Election in American History

The stakes of losing will be catastrophic. Either way.

What’s a Republic?

What meanings might the Founders have had? How should we understand the term?

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Considering US Attitudes toward Latin America

Pondering lack of US interest in our friends to the south.

Brent Scowcroft, 1925-2020

The National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and GHW Bush has died.

The Cold War Was A Sobering Influence For A Silly People

As scary as the Cold War was, it did reduce the silliness in American politics.

Trump Ignores Russian Bounties on American Troops

The Administration has done nothing about intelligence reports of a grave escalation from Moscow.

Trump Wants to Divest Federal Retirement Fund of China Stocks

Should public employee pensions be an asset in the administration’s foreign policy?

Joe Biden as the Next George H.W. Bush?

Dan Drezner makes an interesting comparison.

American Gerontocracy

Is being ruled by the elderly a bad thing?

Bernie Sanders’ Soviet Sister City

There’s nothing to see here, folks.