Looks Like Italian Default is Back on the Menu

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini was right to call out the EU over the failure of the bridge in Genoa this week.  It was an act of cheap political grandstanding but one that...

Alex Jones, YouPorn and the New Resistance

Rey; “How do we rebuild The Resistance from this…?” Leia: “We have everything we need.” — The Last Jedi Monday’s coordinated hit on Alex Jones and InfoWars was an act of desperation.  Control of information is one of...

The Curious Case of Bill Browder

“Deserve’s got nuthin’ to do with it.” — William Munny, Unforgiven A couple of weeks ago I told you the first U.S. Civil War was here. What I didn’t tell you was the face of that Civil...
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Joker, Hitler, Burglar, Spy – The Four Stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Donald Trump is the most divisive American political figure of my lifetime. Even Ronald Reagan wasn’t treated like this.  Back then the real powers in the U.S. used their full control over the narrative to...
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Mr. Trump Tear Down This Alliance!

NATO is obsolete.  Donald Trump made this argument back on the campaign trail.  Yesterday, in his typically hyperbolic manner, he dressed down the organization for its hypocrisy over its mandate, which is to counter...
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U.S. Pull Out of al-Tanf Signals Grand Bargain for Middle East Peace is on...

If you’ve followed my work for the past year you know that my default position has been there is a potential Grand Bargain for Peace in the Middle East.  From the moment President Trump first...
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Trump and Obrador — Legalize Cannabis, Make North America Great Again

Populism is popular.  Andrés Manuel López Obrador won yesterday’s election in Mexico with enough of the vote to have a clear legislative majority in the lower house. Most of the commentary on this is fatuous.  The...
Is the Year of Political Hell Over or Just Beginning for Angela Merkel?

Merkel’s Troubles Began in Syria and End in Italy

It looks like we are entering the end of Merkel-ism in Europe.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel is approaching her final days in that position. Be it next week or the end of this year, we...
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The Korean Thaw Has Begun

Now that we’ve had a few days to let the war-mongers and Democrats (or do I repeat myself) fulminate over the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un it’s important to look at what...

G-6? 7? 8? How About the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight?

I have to say that as much as I don’t like the direction Trump’s foreign policy has gone, there are still plenty of moments of unbridled joy in watching the man work a crowd. His...
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