“Mad Dog” Mattis is officially stepping down as Secretary of Defense. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Some surmise the abrupt decision to remove troops from Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The full text of his resignation is below. While it is written diplomatically, it is clear that Mattis is fed … More Mattis Resigns
It’s our second anniversary (yay!), and we’re still talking about the very fist topic introduced on the blog – Kaepernick, protest, and the national anthem. The discussion has been reinvigorated not just by the new football season, but by Nike’s decision to feature Kepernick in a new advertising campaign. The new ad speaks of sacrifice, … More We’re Still Missing the Point of the Protest
It seems that “a lot of people are saying” that Trump is a traitor, and that his actions in Helsinki (and prior) constitute treason. That’s quite a statement. How well does it hold up? Well, here are some definitions: Merriam Webster definition of traitor: (1) one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an … More Treason Summit?
The third version of Trump’s Travel Ban was upheld along partisan lines by the SCOTUS today as constitutional. Since I have a day job, I have not yet read the actual ruling. I have looked over a few analyses and will include a brief one from Chris Cillizza here. The full text is in the … More Travel Ban: Upheld
The immigration system as we know it today is only a little over 100 years old. When the quota system that we now have was first implemented, it was based on the proposals of the Dillingham Commission, which framed its research from the context of immigration as a problem. Today, we continue to look at … More Trump’s Immigration Policy: Lies and Racism
A few days ago, President Trump met with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, at a historic summit. It is historic, no matter whether one thinks it was good idea or whether one thinks the outcomes were positive, simply because it had not happened before. Both supporters and detractors jump on that last point. Trump … More Historic
Photo credit: CNN Just a quick note after watching the historic handshake: No matter what else happens during their meeting, this moment was a huge win for Kim Jung Un. Shaking hands with the leader of the free world with a backdrop of US and North Korean flags all standing at the same height… A … More Trump & Kim
Well, what do we have here? Just weeks ago the world witnessed the spectacle of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and South Korean President Moon holding hands. Each crossed the DMZ into the other’s territory. North Korea then quickly freed three US hostages after meeting with newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. These actions created … More Surprised? We Shouldn’t Be!
Trump’s decision to back out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, AKA the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” is predictably not being well received by the rest of the world. Our allies are trying to salvage the agreement while expressing concern and regret over the decision, and Iranian hardliners are saying “we told you so” to … More Death of the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA)
The New York Times reports that President Trump is looking into reducing the number of US troops in South Korea. This is coming on the cusp of a meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un. Says NYT: Reduced troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Mr. Trump’s talks with Mr. Kim … More US Troop Reductions in South Korea?