A Separate Peace

No, this isn't about the tearjerker John Knowles novel. It's about that question of the day, "what does Putin want?" And a separate peace is also something I think is becoming more likely based on recent events. My thesis is: Russia's leadership, and to a large extent the Russian population, want to reach a separate… Continue reading A Separate Peace

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Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument

Jim Comey, the Quintessential Expert With Poor Judgment Jim Comey is the perfect example of how an expert, particularly one who has extremely high regard for himself and his own expertise, can fall into a trap of mistaking one's own superior knowledge for good judgment. Comey is an expert on the law and on the… Continue reading Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument

Trump’s Inverse Wolfowitz Doctrine

It's official: Germany hates Trump. Across the whole German political spectrum, Germans have denounced Trump. The grievances are many: Trump has demanded that NATO countries, and Germany (NATO's second-largest economy) accelerate defense spending to meet the agreed target of 2% of GDP, which Germany has resisted, saying it prefers to focus on diplomacy and international… Continue reading Trump’s Inverse Wolfowitz Doctrine

#Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

  Yesterday Hillary Clinton appeared onstage at the Code tech conference in California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgdJlzuaJ6k She took questions from two journalists who joined her onstage, as well as questions from the audience. And of course she was asked about her defeat in the 2016 election. Anyone who follows Hillary in the news would expect that she'd… Continue reading #Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

If Trump leaves office early, what next?

There has been a lot of talk about Trump's presidency ending early, whether by resignation, impeachment, removal under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, or otherwise (even a military coup). There hasn't been much attention paid to what happens afterwards though. One thing that won't happen: a revote or special election. https://twitter.com/rubenkmajor/status/866547659321901056 A "do-over" of the… Continue reading If Trump leaves office early, what next?

#Trump vs. #professionalism

The other day I was reading this article in The Washington Post, an opinion piece headlined "Don't underestimate Trump." It was written by a former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser. It opened with a remarkable anecdote about the Clinton campaign's reaction to the leaked Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged to Billy Bush in 2005 how he… Continue reading #Trump vs. #professionalism

Julia Ioffe’s Apr. 4 article in The Atlantic

A new article went up on The Atlantic's website yesterday: "In Syria, Russia Falls Victim to Its Own Success." The main thrust of the article is that Moscow's response to Trump's missile attack on the Shayrat air base near Homs, Syria has been halfhearted: Despite its morning protestations, the Russian Defense Ministry got out of the… Continue reading Julia Ioffe’s Apr. 4 article in The Atlantic