Now it can be told, and indeed has been told by a U.S. Senate subcommittee on investigations. The last administration publicly pretended that it was standing fast against any attempt to give what may be the world's most dangerous regime -- that of Iran's mullahs -- access to the American financial system. Yet all the time these masterminds were ...Read more
The body count continues to grow as desperate migrants continue to seek some way to make it to the European continent despite all the obstacles in their peril-strewn way.
One can only imagine how hopeless they must be to leave their homes and strike out for European shores if they're willing to abandon any opportunity for a decent life, or just...Read more
If aficionados of writing and writers wonder how what was once an audacious breakthrough for journalism became the standard which dominates the writing trade, they need look no further than the rise of one preternaturally talented journalist.
In his time he became the very embodiment of that curious mix of news, gossip, literature, whimsy and ...Read more
When is a rattlesnake most dangerous? When it doesn't rattle but strikes without warning.
Checking out the artillery range one broiling hot summer's day with my faithful driver, I made the near-fatal mistake of deciding to take a shortcut up an already shell-pocked hill only to find myself staring into the eyes of a rattler. Specifically, a ...Read more
Despite their claim to being something new under the sun, revolutions have their own histories complete with predictable patterns of decline and fall.
A classic example is the one that took place in France as the 18th century was ending with a bang. Its every twist and turn is worth studying, as one would examine the fever chart of a patient ...Read more
In the dim light of this administration's indecisiveness about whether to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, our neighbors Canada and Mexico have been informed that this country has again postponed a decision on whether to slap tariffs on key commodities like steel and aluminum. But that announcement only postpones the day of ...Read more
While this all too distractible administration has been busy forging new ties between this country and both Koreas, it may have overlooked the need to reinforce old understandings in the Middle East. There the Israelis and Saudis, whatever their own differences, have developed a working relationship with the United States. It's all part of a ...Read more
In a document made public the other day by the Vatican, the Pope called on his flock the world over to live holy lives whatever their weekday occupations. He referred to the "saints next door" whose lives may please God more than those of high ecclesiastical authorities like himself who interpret and enforce the rules and regulations of the Holy...Read more
Everywhere you look along one of the most fabled trade routes in the annals of man--the old silk road that winds across Russia's steppes toward far Cathay--you'll find evidence that the Jews were here once upon a long-ago time.
According to a story by Andrew Higgins in the New York Times, a relative handful, maybe 100 to 150 by most estimates, ...Read more
Both sides in the developing trade war between Beijing and Washington are heating up their rhetoric in preparation for a climactic showdown that can only wound both sides as it continues. Our president and agitator-in-chief is still tweeting like mad, as in this bellicose bulletin: "The United States hasn't had a Trade Surplus with China in 40 ...Read more
Despite our president's mixed signals when it comes to the overheated issue of immigration, the plain fact cannot be denied: Immigrants are a net asset to this country's economy. They are also the foundation of our national character.
For this is a nation made up of immigrants and their descendants, and dedicated to the proposition that we are ...Read more
Once upon a better time, a wiser president of these less than United States of America made certain that the representatives of all contending views were separately but equally represented in his circle of advisers. Happily, a natural and beneficial rivalry exists between any modern president's national security adviser (John Bolton as of ...Read more
Haven't we been here before? It all feels so familiar, even comfortable. Once again, the world is conveniently divided between east and west, freedom and tyranny, them and us. You can almost feel your way around in the darkness cast by the fear of a thermonuclear confrontation between old enemies. No more playing palsy-walsy with The Bear That ...Read more
At last the president of these all-too-divided United States of America has found a national security adviser whose top priority, sure enough, is the security of this country. His name will be well known to those who follow televised news and opinion, for he's been around for what seems like forever, and brings to the job a well-honed set of ...Read more
It is a terrible thing to be a people without a state or province to call its own. Just ask the Kurds, who now find themselves under the hell of Turkey's ruthless ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who may as well be one of the Turkish sultans of the past.
For he has unleashed a campaign of genocidal fury against people of his ever-expanding realm. ...Read more
His name was Ibn Khaldun. He lived from 1332 to 1406 in this our Common Era, which was the only thing common about him.
Descriptions bestowed on Ibn Khaldun, according to Eric Ormsby in the March 16 Wall Street Journal, include First Philosopher of History and father of sociology, among many another honorific. English historian ...Read more
It's anybody's guess who'll be in and who'll be out of our president's cabinet tomorrow. Or whose name he'll be floating next for a top position in these currently less than United States of America.
The first and one of the greatest American presidents and commanders, George Washington, insisted that both parties and then-dominant philosophies...Read more