Neither the savage attacks on Israelis over the past two weeks nor the sadistic celebrations of them in Palestinian quarters was anything new. For Israelis, the killings of their innocents took on a dreadful familiarity long ago, and the same is true of the scenes of Palestinians rejoicing in those deaths by honking horns and handing out candy...Read more
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came up with a good line about the Iran-Iraq War, the vicious conflict of attrition between Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "Pity," Kissinger quipped, "both sides can't lose."
Democrats elated by Republicans' poor showing in the 2022 midterms are taking similar pleasure ...Read more
The first thing they teach you at Kamikaze School is: If you're going to blow yourself up, at least get the other guy. There are a whole bunch of election deniers and fraud-peddlers running for office this election cycle who appear to have missed the first day of class. Either that or they confused "kamikaze" with "hara-kiri," the ritual self-...Read more
Legend has it that in 1944, bowing to traditional protocol at 10 Downing Street, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill circulated a draft of one of his speeches to civil servants in his office for their review. One bureaucrat took the perfunctory procedure somewhat overly seriously, returning the draft with a correction. The prime minister,...Read more
Though they spent much of the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, hiding in undisclosed locations and running for cover, most congressional Republicans have spent the past 22 months treating former President Donald Trump's attempted coup d'etat and his bloody insurrection at the Capitol as a nothingburger, too much ado about pretty much zero. "Watching...Read more
The tea leaves suggest that next month's midterms will fall somewhere between a Republican wavelet and a wave, with the GOP virtually certain to win control of the House and given a strong shot at taking the Senate. This will set off a tsunami of finger-pointing within Democratic circles, complete with the recriminations that are their extra-...Read more
The House Committee investigating former President Donald Trump's assorted efforts to overthrow the 2020 election and remain in power wrapped up its hearings last Thursday, capping a mountain of evidence that the former president, knowing he'd lost, tried everything but the kitchen sink to torpedo American democracy -- and then tried the ...Read more
Nineteenth-century French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin is remembered for only one thing, but that's more than will be said for most of us. "There go my people," history records that he mused at one point. "I must find out where they are going so I can lead them."
This was called to mind by Rep. Ilhan Omar's sudden flurry of ...Read more
When we last left U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a former President Donald Trump appointee to the federal bench had bestowed upon the man to whom she owed her judgeship a most welcome gift. To recap: A federal magistrate reviewing a detailed FBI affidavit had found probable cause to conclude that Trump had violated the Espionage Act and ...Read more
The facts at the core of the current antisemitism scandal at the University of Vermont don't seem especially disputable, and the University hasn't really disputed them. A University teaching assistant, feeling perhaps correctly that the University offered a safe space for antisemites, wasn't content to merely bully Jewish students who ...Read more
In July 2014, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick defied angry opposition from certain quarters by offering two Massachusetts military bases as temporary shelter for 1,000 children who had entered America illegally from Mexico. "I believe that we will one day have to answer for our actions -- or our inaction," Patrick said at a news ...Read more
Former President Donald Trump's lawsuit demanding that the Justice Department's investigation into his purloining and concealing of classified documents be frozen and taken over by a "special master" was a shrewd maneuver for this reason: He doesn't seem to have any actual defense to the criminal charges headed his way -- unless he was ...Read more