When Sessions Wanted Russia Punished Harshly

One of the most bizarre things about Donald Trump is how he has gotten otherwise anti-Russian politicians to get on board with his Putin lovefest. Attorney General Jeff Session is a textbook example. After the invasion of Crimea, he was loudly calling for Russia to be punished very strongly. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Massive Cuts to State Department, EPA

In addition to wanting a 10% increase in military spending and a big drop in foreign aid, Donald Trump also wants to cut funding for the State Department by an astonishing 37% and a 20% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. Anyone surprised? … [Read more...]

Trump’s Lame Excuse for Yemen Raid

I'm not one of those people who thinks the president should be blamed for every military action that doesn't work out. On the ground and on the fly, bad things happen sometimes. But Trump is offering up a lame, even twisted, excuse for the disastrous Yemen raid that killed a Navy SEAL and many civilians. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Childish Obsession with ‘Winning’

Donald Trump continues his childish obsession with winning, part of his simpleminded conception of the world as a zero sum game in which everything must have a winner or a loser. And this time it's about winning wars, which he says we don't do anymore. … [Read more...]

I Like Trump’s New National Security Adviser

Trump finally seems to have made a good move by naming Gen. HR McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. McMasters appears to be everything Flynn was not -- thoughtful, rational and understanding war in and security in a larger political and cultural context. … [Read more...]

Trump Orders Inventory of All U.S. Aid to Mexico

It seems Donald Trump is serious about his infantile demand that Mexico pay for this border wall he's allegedly going to build. He has ordered all federal agencies to detail every bit of aid the U.S. gives to Mexico to use as leverage to make them do so. … [Read more...]

Flynn Lied About Conversations with Russia

In late December, on the very same day that the Obama administration announced new sanctions on Russia for their interference in our election, Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's soon-to-be National Security Adviser, was evidently on the phone with the Russian ambassador telling him not to worry, Trump would lift them when he took office. … [Read more...]

SEAL Hypocritically Attacks McCain

Donald Trump isn't the only one making hypocritical attacks on John McCain for questioning the recent raid in Yemen. One of his surrogates, former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie is attacking McCain and Veterans Against Trump founder Perry O’Brien. His attack is blatantly hypocritical. … [Read more...]

Putin the Killer and American Exceptionalism

In an interview aired before the Super Bowl, Bill O'Reilly somehow managed to ask a good question of Donald Trump and he, of course, attempted to deflect and distract. And he gave an answer that, while politically foolish, also happened to be absolutely true. … [Read more...]

How David Axelrod Became an Alternative Fact

David Axelrod, one of the President Obama's closet advisers and strategists, writes about how he suddenly found himself an alternative fact offered by the Trump White House in defense of their anti-Muslim immigration order. They tried to use him to justify putting Bannon no the National Security Council. … [Read more...]

Trump, Saudi King Agree on Syria Safe Zone

Donald Trump had a phone call with Saudi King Salman over the weekend and one of the things they apparently agreed on was the need for a safe zone in Syria to protect them from the ongoing civil war there that has displaced more than 5 million people. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Bizarre Shakeup of the National Security Council

Almost forgotten among all the uproar over Trump's anti-Muslim immigration order was another order he issued changing the makeup and protocol of the National Security Council in a most bizarre way. He added Steve Bannon to what is essentially the policy arm of the NSA and removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Director of National Intelligence. … [Read more...]