Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Capitol Hill last week and gave Congress an important message. He told lawmakers that President Trump had authorized him to decide how many American military personnel should be deployed in Afghanistan. This is good news if there is to be anything like a sustainable peace there. For too long, the military has been unable to send more personnel than the amounts decided arbitrarily by President Obama, who was obsessed with building a legacy as a peacemaker rather than with doing what would have been effective. This forced the Pentagon to keep a low troop presence in
I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who fought for the USA in Afghanistan (allied troops, too.) However, Mattis´ plan sounds like every other plan hatched to win in Afghanistan. It´s been 16 years of warfare, just short of a generation, with no end in sight.
Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of empires for a good reason. It´s time to bring the troops home.
Last February, after a political riot on the Berkeley campus, Tucker Carlson conducted a telephone interview with Milo Yiannopoulos, the object of the rioters´ anger. Fires set, windows smashed, and at least two people pepper-sprayed by the protesters. And it was in that Carlson interview, at what seems to have been the absolute peak of the Fabulous Milo Phenomenon, that the 32-year-old British immigrant described the night at Berkeley as "a bit rowdy." It was an interesting turn of phrase for a man who deliberately describes himself as a provocateur. More often than not, when the British turn to irony, they
I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the
James McPherson, writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children. The prime minister of Luxembourg is also childless. I mention him not to cherry pick, but because it means that of the six founding members of what evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime
The Washington Post struck out with many on social media over an article that appears to blame a right-wing Illinois shock jock for the Virginia shooting rampage by a Trump-hating, Bernie Sanders volunteer who targeted Republicans during a baseball practice. The lengthy piece takes aim at the foul-mouthed Bob Romanik, who spews invective on the AM dial from a studio in Belleville, Ill., shooter James Hodgkinson’s hometown. “What’s the point of this?" Buzz Feed political reporter Katherine Miller asked on Twitter. “The shooter hated Trump and there’s no indication in the story he listened to this pro-Trump host.”
Just about the only thing that has unified the Republican Party over the past decade is the premise that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a bad law, and should be repealed. With President Barack Obama in office, congressional Republicans had no qualms about sending repeal bills to a certain veto. But now that President Donald Trump is poised to sign a repeal into law, the GOP has cold feet. Some Republicans want to repeal the law and walk away. Others want to pass a whole new national health care system in its place. A few are suddenly worried that
A new theory about the fate of Amelia Earhart is seriously undermined by evidence obtained by The Daily Beast. The theory, to be aired Sunday in a History Channel documentary, claims that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were rescued by the Japanese after crash landing in the Marshall Islands and then taken to a Japanese prison where they died in captivity. The pivot of the documentary’s case is a photograph, undated, of a wharf at Jaluit Island, one of the scores of atolls that make up the Marshall Islands. A forensic expert who specializes in facial recognition appears in
First, it must be understood up front that in the grand scheme of things “transgender” people constitute a statistically insignificant portion of the population. They’re so exceedingly rare as to make almost any public-policy or political argument about their treatment by society a sideshow in a true sense. We’re not talking about 10 percent of the population who suffers from “gender dysphoria,” or even one percent. We’re talking about a small fraction of one percent. There may be more Amish people than transgender people. Somewhere there might be a transgender Amish person, who is sure to be interviewed by 60 Minutes. So
Kaiser Wilhelm is on the road again, hanging with his peeps in Hamburg and waxing nostalgic for the glory days — when all the cool kids lived on the east side of the Wall and the socialist revolution was always just over the horizon. OK, just goofing about the waxing-nostalgic part, but really: When the mayor of the capital city of global capitalism hops a plane to protest the G-20 meeting now underway in Germany, it’s not unreasonable to wonder: Will he be wearing a Guy Fawkes mask today — or his Che Guevara T-shirt? Didn’t he honeymoon in Havana, after all?
Three members of the Cal State Fullerton College Republicans have been named in a lawsuit backed by the California Democratic Party in retaliation for their work to recall State Senator Josh Newman, who was the pivotal vote in support of April’s $52 billion gas tax increase. The Democrats’ lawsuit, which was filed in Sacramento Superior Court last Thursday, alleges that the College Republicans and other conservative activists “misled” voters in their successful signature gathering effort to recall Senator Newman. The suit names Amanda McGuire, Brooke Paz, and Ryan Hoskins (pictured below) as defendants in the
I wrote about this yesterday but the situation has escalated today as anti-capitalist protesters tried to disrupt the G20 meetings taking place in Hamburg, Germany. From CBS News: Anti-globalization activists clashed violently with police across the German port city of Hamburg all day Friday, setting cars ablaze and trying to enter the convention center where Group of 20 leaders tackled topics like international terrorism, climate change and trade issues. Responding to a second day of protests, police ordered in more than 900 additional officers from across the country to get the clashes under control. Over 160 police officers were injured, dozens
It was a bad week for journalists. Many in the traditional media felt besieged -- especially those who work for a place called CNN -- targeted for scorn by conservatives and for investigation even by their fellow journalists. 1. This Is CNN: This week was extra special for CNN as the network continued its crusade against the president. First, its staffers whined about Trump posting a pro wrestling video modified so Trump appeared to be fighting CNN. His opponent’s head had been humorously replaced with a CNN logo. And then the network targeted the anonymous poster who created the meme.
The Trump administration has ended a form of prosecutorial discretion that was prevalent during the Obama administration to make it easier to deport illegal immigrants. Prosecutorial discretion generally refers to the ability of prosecutors to prioritize certain cases due to operational constraints. This was used by the Obama administration to enact out its immigration policy, specifically by prioritizing the deportation of gang members, criminal aliens, and very recent entries. Under this policy, immigration attorneys could make the case that their clients fell within the non-enforcement categories and thus should not be deported. A May email from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has decided to take “the gloves off” to encourage others to see President Trump´s the way she does, the House Democrat said in a New York Times profile published on Friday. “Trump was just so outrageous, so disrespectful, such a bully and dangerous for this country, I decided, ‘You know what? I’m taking the gloves off and I’m going to step out,’” Waters told the Times, explaining her bombastic rhetoric toward the president. “I was going to not only challenge him but encourage others to see him for what he is: basically a bully, an egotistical
Veteran political insider David Gergen appears to have offered some conflicting views on Friday about President Trump´s performance at the G20 summit in Germany. The former White House adviser, who has served under both Republican and Democratic administrations, initially appeared on a CNN panel calling Trump "presidential." Gergen focused on the apparent successes stemming from Trump´s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin including confronting the issue of election hacking, discussing future cyberattacks, and possibly working together on Syria. He then said, "This was presidential. This was big league stuff." But hours later, the Harvard professor reappeared on CNN, saying that "this is the first
The daughter of Donald Trump´s rival in the 2016 general election wants the president to read classical Greek stories that have been told to children for generations to teach them about morality and empathy. Chelsea Clinton tweeted a message to her 1.73 million followers Sunday morning that read: "Does anyone else think President Trump might benefit from reading Aesop´s Fables? The Cat, The Rooster & The Mouse? The Eagle and The Arrow?" It´s unclear what prompted Clinton, the only child of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to write the message. Chelsea Clinton is often
Arizona Sen. John McCain "sometimes" regrets his vote for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, especially in the wake of Tillerson floating the idea that the United States has been taking the wrong approach in Syria. McCain said on CBS Sunday said his vote in favor of Tillerson pains him on occasion, and comments Tillerson said made about the conflicting plans of the United States and Russia in Syria, which McCain saw as kowtowing to the Kremlin, are troubling. "Sometimes I do," McCain said when asked if he regrets voting for Tillerson. "But, I´m still torn by the fact that the American
Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. The previously undisclosed meeting was also attended by Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to interviews and the documents, which were outlined by people familiar with them. While President Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and
An Australian journalist´s brutal takedown of US President Donald Trump has gone viral. The ABC´s political editor Chris Uhlmann was reporting on the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany when he delivered a scathing analysis of Mr Trump which set Twitter alight. ´He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,´ Mr Uhlmann said on the Insiders program. ´Donald Trump´s a man who craves power because it burnishes his celebrity. ´To be constantly talking and be talked about is
CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny described President Donald Trump´s address in Poland last week as a "White America, America First kind of speech" during a panel discussion Sunday morning. Trump´s speech in Warsaw last Thursday focused on themes of the collective inheritance and protection of Western civilization. This, Zeleny said, was not the kind of speech Trump could have delivered in the U.S., although he said it was one of his best speeches in terms of staying on a focused theme. "This is not a speech he could have given really any place else. This is a white America,
Saturday, President Trump picked up the hat of a Marine that was blown off due to the turbulence from the President’s helicopter. (Photo) As the President approached Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base just outside D.C. after returning home from Hamburg, he bent over and picked up a Marine’s white hat that blew off his head and onto the ground amid turbulence from the helicopter. Trump placed the hat on the Marine’s head and patted him on the arm, but immediately after doing so, the wind carried the hat off again. The President chased down the hat for the
Sunday on MSNBC, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said The New York Times report that in June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer linked with the Kremlin meant we have “a criminal enterprise running this country now.” Dean said, “I think at this point, Trump is Trump. He’s going to lie. He’s going to do all these things he does. And the real savior for democracy is going to be Robert Mueller. He’s going to find out the truth. We’re never going to get the truth out
Several county clerks in Colorado said they´ve seen hundreds of people withdraw their voter registrations following the state´s announcement that it would comply with President Trump´s voter fraud commission. In Denver, a spokesperson for the Denver Elections Division said 180 people have withdrawn their registrations in the county since Monday, according to a Denver Channel report. In Arapahoe County, which contains the city of Aurora, at least 160 people have withdrawn their registrations since July 1. The counties normally see fewer than 10 withdrawn registrations in similar time frames. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said last week he would
There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62% of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom. After years of drought,
More than half of the memos created by former FBI Director James Comey of his private conversations with President Trump have been found to contain classified information, according to a new report. Four of seven memos Comey created had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, officials directly familiar with the matter told The Hill. The revelation that four of the seven memos included some sort of classified information “opens a new door of inquiry into whether classified information was mishandled, improperly stored or improperly shared,” it said. “This revelation raises the possibility that