The precipitous fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban is a painful lesson for US foreign policy and, by extension, for all Americans. While the abject failure of the Biden administration’s planning and implementation of the US withdrawal cannot be overlooked or excused, the first lesson we must learn is how the roots of this tragedy … Continue reading Afghanistan’s Fall
In the midst of terrible headlines—wildfires in Turkey, Greece, Siberia and California (not to mention a devastating report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Taliban successes in Afghanistan, sexual impropriety in New York leading to Governor Cuomo’s resignation, the ravaging Covid-19 Delta variant, and the increasingly desperate struggle to ensure voting rights—I saw … Continue reading More Than a Shred of Good News
The news this week about extensive and repeated sexual improprieties on the part of New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is yet another sad chapter in the annals of men of influence who wield their power in wholly unacceptable ways, attacking women (often on their own teams!) and perpetuating a stereotype that should have been discredited … Continue reading Et Tu, Andrew?
What are we to make of the riveting testimony on the first day of hearings by the House Select Committee investigating events leading up to the insurrection on the Capitol on January 6? Comments delivered by four DC police officers, reminded us once again of the violence on that fateful day and how close we … Continue reading Riveting Testimony
The latest flap out of Washington follows a familiar pattern. This time, the issue centers around the dispute over which Republicans should sit on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection on the US Capitol. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked to name five members from his party to serve on the … Continue reading The Next Gambit