Trump Continues to Display Total Cluelessness on Foreign Policy

With each passing day it becomes more and more obvious that Donald Trump lacks the first clue about foreign policy in general and about the need for tact and discipline in public statements about foreign policy controversies. All of these are from a single interview: … [Read more...]

Mattis’ Aggressiveness Toward Iran Concerns Me Greatly

The Washington Post has an article about Gen. James Mattis, Trump's nominee to be the secretary of defense, and his time as head of the Central Command. He argued very aggressively over a long period of time that we should undertake military attacks inside of Iran. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Dangerous Twitter Habit

After Donald Trump's now-infamous tweet about wanting to expand America's nuclear arsenal, which causes his handlers to scramble and pretend that he totally didn't mean it, some experts on nuclear proliferation and foreign affairs are pretty scared about his dangerous Twitter habit. … [Read more...]

Trump Names His Bankruptcy Lawyer Ambassador to Israel

Late last week, Donald Trump nominated his own personal bankruptcy attorney, David Friedman, to be the next ambassador to Israel. Friedman is a very, very reactionary Orthodox Jew who takes positions far to the right even of Netanyahu. … [Read more...]

Trump Adds Another Irrational Liar to Administration

After considering her as his press secretary, Donald Trump has now named Fox News and Moonie Times commentator Monica Crowley to be the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. So let's take a look at some of the things she has said: … [Read more...]

McFarland May Be Worse than Flynn

A lot of attention has been paid to the appointment of Mike Flynn as national security adviser, but the appointment of KT McFarland as his deputy may be even worse. She seems to live in a constant fever dream of invented or wildly exaggerated threats and conspiracy theories. … [Read more...]

Kissinger: Trump’s Rhetoric Should Be Ignored

War criminal and barbarian Henry Kissinger says that we should pay no attention to Donald Trump's rhetoric and should look only at his policies once he takes office. And of course, we should give him a chance and not criticize him until then. … [Read more...]

Another Completely Unqualified Cabinet Pick

At this point, it seems like Donald Trump, alleged friend of the working man, is just letting his richest and most powerful friends draw straws to see who gets which cabinet position. This time it's Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon/Mobil, as secretary of state. … [Read more...]

Trump Using Kids as ‘Informal Ambassadors’

The involvement of Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. in the transition and in the actual efforts of the president-elect is a very disturbing thing, not that Trump himself could possibly care. This is especially true of using them as informal ambassadors meeting with foreign officials. … [Read more...]

Petraeus on Trump’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Last week, retired Gen. David Petraeus met with Donald Trump amid speculation that he was on the short list to be the next secretary of Defense. But in May, Petraeus published an op-ed in the Washington Post that, while it didn't mention Trump specifically, was clearly aimed directly at him and his bigoted policies toward Muslims. … [Read more...]

Trump Keeps One Promise: Ignoring Intelligence Briefings

Donald Trump is softening or outright changing his positions on issues left and right at the moment (though I wouldn't trust the flop any more than I did the flip), but he's kept one promise: He's ignoring the daily intelligence briefings prepared for him. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Huge Conflicts of Interest — And He Admitted To It

Donald Trump's refusal to put his business interests under the control of a trustee who does not report to him but to have his children run the businesses instead raises some huge conflicts of interest, especially since he also plans to have them be unpaid advisers to his administration. … [Read more...]