tTe well-financed fast and furious campaign here against the nuclear deal and the near hysteria churned up on the subject has created a reality that bears remarkably little relationship to actual reality.
"We're going to push and push until some larger force makes us stop." David Addington, the legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, made that declaration to Jack Goldsmith of the Office of Legal Counsel in the months after September 11, 2001.
U.S. Republicans, Conservatives and the Israeli Government are playing politics with nuclear weapons. This must stop. People forget that diplomacy, not the military, won the Cold War.
They both appeal to our "shadow" side. That side of us that makes us sign up to cheat on the spouses we say we love, and possibly ruin the family we say we care more about than anything else in the whole world. That side of us that would say and do all kinds of things we'd be ashamed of if we didn't keep it in check.
Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.
We hate Trump's brash ego, but love his irrepressible brio. We detest his rude insensitivity, but we appreciate his willingness to say what he thinks, political correctness be damned. We cringe at his braggadocio, but admire his wealth and fame. We have a love/hate relationship with Donald Trump, just as the rest of the world has a love/hate relationship with America.
What a difference four decades make.... ...
Never mind the decades of gibberish we have been subjected to about "tax cuts increase revenue to the government" and "low taxes means more jobs" and "pro-growth policies" and "government takes money out of the economy" and "tax cuts hurt growth" and "taxes are theft."
As far as I can tell, Trump is the unapologetic standard bearer of late-stage, theater-of-the-absurd American exceptionalism. He directly addresses the prerequisite for national identity: an enemy. Someone to hate. Someone to fear. This is nationalism; this is Republicanism.
The first prime-time Republican primary debate of 2015 was an eye-opener of sorts when it came to the Middle East. After forcefully advocating for the termination of the pending nuclear deal with Iran, for example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unleashed an almost indecipherable torrent of words.
The priest wish is alive and well in the United States of America right now. Many yearn for a miracle-working savior. And our national pulpit is currently dominated by a high priest whose heresies are undeniably appealing to millions and millions of Americans.
America would, for once, get two candidates who refused to put on their party's usual muzzle.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced this week that he wants to abolish "Birthright Citizenship." Naturally, the other lemmings in the race -- who seem anxious to follow him over the cliff -- promptly announced their agreement with the idea.
I stand on all I said in my August 12th post about "The Donald" (namely, that he's a blowhard who is running for President only to boost the Trump bra...
When things get difficult, everyone starts pointing out their flaws and don't follow their playbook, they stop caring. Trump is running with the ball because it's fun.
This liberal infighting isn't only about competing allegiances. It's about values, communication style, regulating Wall Street, a debate over Clinton's aggressive foreign policy and Bernie's recent Congressional Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the future of the Democratic Party.