On Banana Republics

CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel (C) inspects troops with President Donald Trump (L) during Trump's February visit to CENTCOM HQ at MacDill Air Force Base

by Gordon Adams In the presidential campaign of 1992, then-candidate Bill Clinton thought it helpful to enlist retired military officers to “validate” his defense views. Given the false but widespread view at the time that Democrats were “weak on defense,”… Continue Reading  

Trump, Racism, and the Elections

A still from Trump’s racist caravan ad, which was too much even for Fox News.

by John Feffer In the week before the mid-term elections, Donald Trump returned to his bread-and-butter issue: immigration. He knows that the only thing that will turn out his base, and possibly swing some independents over to his side, is… Continue Reading  

Why Georgia’s Presidential Election Is a Voter Turnoff

Salome Zourabichvili (David Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons)

by Vera Gogokhia This weekend, Georgians should be lining up to vote for president. But many, especially young people, will not vote at all. The campaign has been a lesson in how to discourage a once-engaged citizenry. It has revealed… Continue Reading  

Attacking the “Deep State”

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by John Feffer Donald Trump has many enemies. And he has long had an enemies list: all the people that he has attacked repeatedly in person, in print, and on Twitter. But now Trump, as president, has drawn up a… Continue Reading  

Brexit And Rare Accountability For Folly

Boris Johnson (Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock.com)

by Paul R. Pillar The Brexiteers in the United Kingdom who sold their fellow citizens a bill of goods before the Brexit referendum two years ago are starting to pay a political price. They are paying it as the countrymen whom… Continue Reading