PARIS — There continues to be much pearl-clutching in Washington establishment circles over the global impact of Donald Trump’s presidency. These state apparatchiks — civil servants, lobbyists and other assorted clingers to power — remain permanent fixtures as American presidents come and go.
One such individual who spoke on a panel ...Read more
PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, it wasn’t long before the chaos began. Those who lament the lack of transparency and the mixed messaging from the White House regarding the president’s condition are missing the point. This is Trump’s fog of war, and he has adopted the posture of a wartime ...Read more
PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks along the lines of: “If (the candidate I oppose) wins, I’m moving to (state that overwhelmingly supports the candidate I support).” Some people even vow to move to a foreign country that they perceive to be better ...Read more
PARIS — The Global War on Terrorism is the most successful marketing campaign in American history, if polling results are any indication. The creators of Nike’s “Just Do It” and those Anheuser-Busch “Wassup” ads should pass the mantle. The GWOT campaign has outdone them by keeping terrorism front and center in Americans’ minds, ...Read more
PARIS — It’s hard not to feel sorry for American voters, whose choice in the current presidential race is either an ignorant, self-dealing showman or an establishment wallflower. Based on their respective track records, neither is capable of getting America any further ahead with necessary reforms.
The first question to ask is, “Why?” ...Read more
PARIS — It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found it so impossible to believe that Trump had won that they have spent much of his first term in ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In every presidential election, like clockwork, the candidates ramp up the culture war rhetoric. It’s a well-worn formula: painting your opponent as some kind of omnipotent force that will single-handedly decimate the country within four years.
“Are you safe in Donald Trump’s America?” Democratic nominee ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud at a press conference before a White House meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Aug. 20.
“As you know, in Syria we’re down to almost nothing, except we kept the oil,” Trump said of U.S. troop levels in the country. “But we’ll work ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It’s sometimes hard to tell if those fronting for the Trump administration are completely clueless or just hoping that the rest of us are naive and uninformed. Because to claim, as Donald Trump recently did, that his administration is playing a key role in achieving peace in the Middle East by bringing together ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — U.S. President Donald Trump has decided that the hockey-mad country to the north represents a national security risk.
No, it has nothing to do with some Canadians turning to vigilantism, reportedly harassing the drivers of boats and cars driven by Americans suspected of sneaking across the temporarily closed ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — “So, who’s going to win: Trump or Biden?” That question is being asked with increased frequency in casual conversations at backyard barbecues. Polls famously failed to predict the results of the 2016 race between Trump and Hillary Clinton, so political watchers are looking for other signs. They should really...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The U.S. won over the hearts and minds of other nations in the Cold War era because they looked America up and down and decided they wanted a piece of what was on offer — namely, its wallet, er, “values.” But now, as the U.S. resorts to threatening allies to maintain the status quo in its relationships, it ...Read more