Clearly all of my received wisdom from a lifetime of reality and cinema was wrong. Because Donald Trump has decided that John McCain is no war hero for having spent five and a half years as a tortured guest of the North Vietnamese.
What we must learn from his and Dubya's blunders is that the U.S. should never go to war unless we have absolutely no other choice, when any other course would put our country in real danger. As a country, we must learn to turn away from those who never learn that war must only be a last resort.
To all those candidates losing their minds and expressing outrage at Donald Trump now - where were you then? Donald Trump's comments are sickening. But, so is the putrid selective outrage being displayed by his competitors in the primary.
Corn and Cooke debate how to keep Iran from weaponizing its nuclear energy. Obama's tour de force presser argues 'jaw-jaw not war-war'. Critics say that simplifies the issue. But wasn't lifting sanctions for no-nukes the plan? Then: was Scott Walker ready for his close-up? Hillary for her Eco orals?
There is a real opportunity to realize a qualitative shift in the relations between Iran and the world through reassuring measures in the region. Obama has the opportunity to broker the needed rapprochement and dialogue, and help establish constructive relations.
The rings of Hell are everywhere, we place our leap of faith that stalling nuclear development trumps continued sponsorship of terrorism and regional aggression.
In eighteen months the stone carver will engrave the final dates of the two-state solution idea, and we will head towards unilateral actions that will create two states or back into a one-state entity. Neither will be a solution and will only create different dynamics for the conflict to continue.
As we start to analyze the details of the deal and think about its implications, there are a few things we should keep in mind going forward, so that we are looking at this agreement in the right context.
The Vienna agreement is a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also a big step for the geostrategic future of the region. From now on Iran will be a full partner in the big game in the Middle East and the world.
The Mullahs in Iran have reason to celebrate. After 36 years, Iran has reclaimed its role as the definitive power in the Middle East, a truism it has known all along since regional geopolitics changed as a result of the 1991 Iraq War.
President Obama has made America's worst strategic blunder by empowering the anti-American regime in Iran, acquiescing in its burgeoning hegemonic role in the Middle East, while legitimating its status as a nuclear threshold power.
It is crucial not to raise our expectations and conflate our analysis with hope. The most crucial parts of the deal still remain to be implemented. The current deal is an understanding, agreement and accord.
The ink is barely dry on today's historic Iran nuclear deal and the airwaves are already filled with pundits arguing for and against the agreement -- arguments that are not likely to be settled for some time, if ever. But what is clear that a deal got done.
This week's Financing for Development (FfD) Conference - a major gathering to advance the post-2015 development agenda - will be critical in deciding how the world's governments and private sector and civil society partners will contribute to international development in the future.
When we analyze the negotiations and terms comprehensively, it becomes evident that the current terms being negotiated will not only keep Iran's nuclear infrastructure and threat primarily intact, but it will create a whole new regional security dilemma, geopolitical concerns, and nuclear arms race in the region.
For a couple of months I have noted the unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the U.S. and Venezuela. Now it is getting some attention in the major media.