The effect of Western sanctions may cause historians of the future to look upon the conflict in Ukraine as a net defeat for Russia. In terms of the military struggle itself, however, Russia is winning.
Watching American and European news coverage, you might ask yourself, how can that be? It comes down to war aims. Russia has them. They are ...Read more
A friend and I were at a bar when someone opined that France didn't resist the German invasion in 1940. "It's true, France lost fast," my friend replied. "But they fought hard. They lost 90,000 troops in six weeks. It was a bloodbath. We lost 58,000 over a decade in Vietnam but we're still whining about it."
Every conflict ends with a winner ...Read more
"He that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him, and makes me poor indeed," Iago tells Othello in William Shakespeare's play. The belief that defamation is serious, and that the perpetrator of libel or slander deserves to be punished, is a standard trope in popular culture.
The Hollywood screenwriter falsely accused...Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic has made painfully clear, our health care system is a disaster; 12% of Americans are uninsured and 21% are underinsured. Many counties have zero or just one health care plan on offer through their local Affordable Care Act marketplace, so there is no price competition whatsoever. Due to the lack of competition, and price...Read more
Team Politics has gone international! Who cares if you can't find Ukraine on a map? Festoon your home with Ukrainian flags! Change your Twitter avatar to a heart-shaped Ukrainian flag! Tattoo your entire body blue and yellow! It's all about Ukraine -- until the next war or the Azov Battalion gets caught doing something awful, whichever comes ...Read more
Like a lepidopteran Charlie Brown drawn to Lucy van Pelt's flaming football, congressional progressives keep falling for corporate Democrats' pathetically predictable, and transparently self-serving, pleas for unity. Support our priorities, the centrists keep urging, and we'll get around to your stuff later.
How much later?
We'll tell you ...Read more
"Find a way to be against the war in Ukraine, please." That was the subject line of one of my recent hate emails. "If you look through Mr. Rall's cartoons for the past month, there isn't a single one condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine," an anonymous online commenter chided. "There's plenty of ones based around whataboutism condemning us for...Read more
Even the wars that historians judge to have been noble and beneficial rely on popular support marketed and sustained by lies. Contrary to what the English government told its people during World War I, German soldiers didn't bayonet Belgian babies in their cribs. The "cocaine" U.S. troops claimed to have found in Panamanian dictator Manuel ...Read more
I have won two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, published more than 20 books and have seen my political cartoons and columns appear in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. So why do I have Russian state media as one of my clients?
I'm on Sputnik News' website -- as a freelancer, not on staff -- and a ...Read more
Maybe it's time to change the flag on your social-media avatar.
To the extent that objective guideposts exist in international relations, the United States has no legal obligation to defend Ukraine. Ukraine, a U.S. strategic partner, is neither an ally nor a member of NATO. Nor is it in our neighborhood. Much as the Monroe Doctrine declares the...Read more
American media outlets characterize Russia's invasion of Ukraine as, variously and concurrently, the bloodthirsty act of a Hitlerian madman, part of an attempt to reconstitute the former Soviet Union and, predictably continuing the silently debunked Russiagate narrative of the last six years, an assault on the concept of democracy motivated by ...Read more
Franklin D. Roosevelt, scion of one of the wealthiest families in American history, was worth about $67 million in today's dollars. He attended the prestigious Groton boarding school, Harvard College and Columbia Law. He was relatable to the masses despite his privileged background. In the words of a PBS documentary, he was "a patrician who ...Read more
Scrolling through the comment sections under news stories about Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against the New York Times -- dismissed by a judge while a non-sequestered jury was still deliberating and no doubt next heading to an appeals court -- provides ample evidence of the dismal state of political tribalization in this country. With few ...Read more