Biden, the FARC, and Domestic Politics

The Biden admin is about to take a demilitarized group off the terrorist list and some people aren’t happy about it.

Unanimous SCOTUS Keeps Immigration Catch-22 in Place

The law and justice are frequently not the same thing.

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

All Lies Are Not Created Equal

President Biden told a little fib.

Latin America and Covid-19

The pandemic is having serious effects in the region, and they will persist for some time.

Bernie Sanders’ Soviet Sister City

There’s nothing to see here, folks.

South Carolina Debate Was Terrible

CBS did a lousy job.

Graham is Wrong

This time on Venezuela

New York Times Editorial Cartoons Gone

America’s Newspaper of Record has decided the backlash isn’t worth it.

Bill de Blasio Running For President For Some Reason

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for President, making him the 23rd candidate in an already crowded field.

Trump Abandons Restraint In Foreign Policy In Favor Of Interventionism

While he campaigned on a message of restraint, Donald Trump has largely adopted the interventionist foreign policies of his predecessors.

The War On Yemen, Congress, And The Constitution

The Wall Street Journal tries, and fails, to defend President Trump’s indefensible veto of the Congressional resolution regarding the war on Yemen.

Maduro Holds on in Venezuela

The key remains the military.

Bolton Cites the Monroe Doctrine Regarding Venezuela

He conjures the imperialist past with such comments (and he doesn’t even use the term correctly).

Speaking of Elliott Abrams

And if you don’t know, now you know.

Violence on the Venezuelan-Colombian Border

US policy is creating nonconstructive confrontation.

Some Context for Presidential “Emergency Powers”

There is a bit of a disjuncture between the terminology and the reality (but that does not excuse Trump’s current actions).

Trump Administration met with Venezuelan Coup Plotters

Thankfully, they chose not to help.

Trump Once Again Reveals His Horrible Foreign Policy Instincts

Donald Trump had to be talked down from considering military intervention in Venezuela.

Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci Dies At 87

Frank Carlucci, who served as President Reagan’s last Secretary of Defense, has died at 87.

Oliver North Named New President Of National Rifle Association

A blast from the past as Oliver North, who was once at the center of a major Washington scandal, is named President of the National Rifle Association.

Miguel Díaz-Canel Becomes New President Of Cuba

Cuba has a new President and he isn’t named Castro, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to see significant change in the near future.

Attacking Syria Without Congressional Authorization Would Be Illegal

Without Congressional authorization, any attack on Syria would be illegal, but don’t expect Congress to do anything about it.

Will Mexico Pay for the Wall?

The answer is, of course, no. Really, this is a post about the wall as policy.

Trump Administration Claims It Needs No Legal Authorization To Keep Troops In Syria

Continuing a long-standard tradition, the Trump Administration claims it doesn’t need to get legal authorization to keep American troops in Syria.

Congress Needs To Act In Response To Trump’s Illegal War In Syria

With the Administration set to commit the United States to a forever war in Syria, it’s time for Congress to act.

Donald Trump Shrugging Donald Trump Shrugging

American Ideals?

Some thoughts about why the president’s remarks on immigration are so problematic.

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

One of the Cold War era’s last dictators has finally died.

Eighth Democratic Debate Raises Question Of Whether We Need This Many Debates

The eighth Democratic debate raises the question of whether we really need this many debates.

Nancy Reagan Dead At 94

Nancy Reagan was a crucial part what made Ronald Reagan the man he was, and today she passed away at the age of 94.

Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Should We Let 16 And 17 Year Olds Vote?

After success in Scotland, it may be time to consider allowing at least some teenagers to vote.

The Border Crisis: Many Causes, No Simple Solutions

Trying to make sense of a very complicated issue.

Former Senator Howard Baker Dies At 88

One of Washington’s giants has passed away.

The End of History, Continued

Twenty-five years after his seminal “End of History” article, Francis Fukuyama reflects on its legacy.

Carterization of Obama

Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.

Some Basic Political Science Regarding Egypt

Some thoughts on the ongoing situation in Egypt.

Governing Requires Compromise

There are factions of the American right that really need to understand this.