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Sunday, September 24, 2017
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The much-heralded airing of Ken Burns’s Vietnam television series triggers memories — and fears and sorrow. Vietnam, although I never served there, indelibly formed me when I was in my late twenties. Since then, I’ve never been able . . .
  • North Korea demonstrates the “security dilemma” that bedevils international relations. In trying to make itself secure with nuclear weapons, NorK has made not only itself but the entire region terribly insecure. It works like this . . .
  • Buried among President Trump’s feverish points are kernels of truth. Exaggerated, simplified and without feasible fixes, they nonetheless speak to American anxieties. Opportunity for Democrats: Use these same points to beat the . . .
  • Many wonder why calm, establishment figures are serving an erratic, impulsive president. Some of their public comments approach open criticism of their boss. All these bright, accomplished people could leave the Trump administration . . .
  • We’re going through stressful weeks of Blufferama, a contest in which neither Kim Jung Un nor President Trump intends to deliver on their ferocious threats
  • Something good, almost redemptive, is starting to emerge from President Trump’s profound failure of leadership. Namely, we are starting to see the outlines of a pro-American, anti-Trump coalition encompassing Republicans and Democrats . . .
  • The term “deep state” is increasingly invoked by Trump supporters to indicate a secretive, sinister conspiracy trying to block the president’s program. That, aver some, explains the leaks. It plays well with Trump’s base. . . .
  • The “skinny” health care package that last week failed Senate passage has both medical and comedic possibilities. I thought it was a Republican attempt to replace Obamacare with a mass weight-loss program. That might be an improvement . . .
  • The near-daily revelations surrounding President Trump’s Russia connections are building to a crescendo and a double dump of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which in turn will increase . . .
  • To honor Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died last week, we should follow the Magnitsky Act that sanctions Russia with an equivalent for China. Neither would rectify the respective wrongs but would signal that the world . . .
  • The Trump-Putin summit last week reawakens the old argument that summits are mostly bad. True, last week was not the catastrophe many feared. Both, for good reasons, minimized the campaign-meddling issue. Trump brought it up . . .
  • I’m glad to finally meet President Trump. We have common interests. I never imagined my order for “active measures” in the U.S. election by hacking and disinformation would help get him elected. Russians love cyberwar, and now . . .
  • President Trump’s recent decision to let the generals set their own force levels in Afghanistan is fraught with peril. It suggests there will be few limits on either number of troops or duration of their mission — many thousands for many years. . . .
  • Long ago (1960), sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset noted that movements of both the left and right attract apocalyptic thinking: It’s the end of days. The system is cracking. Things can’t go on like this. Only a decisive rupture (rapture?) . . .
  • At least four paths have been mentioned on how to handle — or hasten the end of — the presidency of Donald Trump. None are very good, but some could be more toxic and less feasible than others. The self-described anti-Trump . . .
  • NATO’s first secretary general, Lord Ismay, is remembered for explaining that the alliance’s purpose was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Well, to the likely dismay of Ismay, the Russians . . .
  • “Russian connection” news stories keep popping, each generating new questions and doubts about their provenance. Latest but certainly not the last is Jared Kushner’s reported December effort to establish, via the Russian . . .
  • President Trump’s messages to both Arab and Israeli chiefs were carefully constructed, although both audiences shrugged off his urgings. Arab monarchies will not “drive out” the extremists they have funded . . .
  • Could anything be worse than impeachment? Yes, four years of paralyzed government. As candidate, Trump capitalized on a climate of mistrust. Very clever. But now Trump is trapped in the mistrust he has sown . . .
  • The White House is now undertaking a series of “up or out” decisions. The Taliban, newly supplied with Russian arms, has retaken much of Afghanistan. Trump’s military advisors are now urging an increase . . .
  • Is President Trump, after his first 100 days, showing mental deterioration? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough — a Republican conservative — thinks so. Several presidential historians recall nothing like . . .
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