Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Yesterday Was a Day Of Mixed Emotions

I personally had a great day yesterday. I can drink small amounts again and eat the equivalent of baby food – but after a month that’s huge progress. I had two lovely nurses take me for a walk outside which was emotionally wonderful – I can’t thank them enough. There’s pictures on FB of the jailbreak. But yesterday was also… Read more »

Israel, Nicaragua, What’s The Big Difference?

Mike Pence, who only stays out of our collective nightmares because he’s not the living, walking embodiment of every terrifying political act and gesture in the world, tried to pump up the sagging fortunes of the Trump Administration (TA) with “the Jews.” Short version: it didn’t go well. Color me not impressed. Pence tweeted out that he would be speaking… Read more »

American Sings Nazi Anthem At International Tennis Match

From the Department of “whatthefuckareyoukiddingmewhodecidedthatwasagoodidea,” a local Hawaii schoolteacher sang the German national anthem before an international tennis match between Germany and the United States, but instead of the modern version somebody decided it would be better to use the Nazi version. The Guardian has the story and the insanely cringeworthy video. Why is it that the American media never covers these… Read more »

You Wanna Be Trump’s National Security Advisor?

Apparently nobody’s biting so if you’re willing to have noted loon K.T. McFarland as your deputy, you’re good to go. I’d strongly suggest you “pre-retain” counsel for the inevitable FBI investigation, though. Vice Admiral Robert Harward has rejected President Trump’s offer to be the new national security adviser, CBS News’ Major Garrett reports. Sources close to the situation told Garrett Harward… Read more »

Van Hollen, Other Senators Seek Independent Probe Of Trump/Russia Ties

Senator Chris Van Hollen, as part of a group of 11 Democratic senators, has written to new AG Jeff “See No Evil” Sessions seeking an independent special prosecutor to investigate both the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as efforts to cover it up. Here’s Van Hollen’s press release: And here’s the full text of the letter… Read more »

Rogue Two: Trump Takes “Command”

Add Yemen to the growing list of countries that just can’t get with this whole “alternative facts” thing. Emperor Bannon will be having his personal Jedi slave Darth Trump make a threatening phone call any day now. Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States… Read more »

Satire Is Dead

Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer is the vulgar talking yam’s pick for ambassador to Israel. While you wrap your mind around that piece of news that not even the Onion could top, let’s take a look at the views of a guy with no relevant experience whatsoever. David Friedman in his own words. A senior Trump adviser on Israel during the campaign,… Read more »

And In Other News, There’s A Coup In Turkey

Exhibit eleventy billion of why Donald Trump should never become president: as we speak, the Turkish military is attempting to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, the country’s prime minister said on live television. His surprise announcement comes as military tanks and personnel were… Read more »

Brexit Racism? Say It Isn’t So

Shocking, I know, to see an almost instantaneous spike in racist incidents following Britain’s Thursday vote to leave the European Union. After Thursday’s referendum on a “Brexit,” a wave of racist incidents have been reported to British police and documented in widely shared social media posts. Through the weekend, #Postrefracism has been trending, and its contents provide a disheartening view of how Britain’s vote… Read more »

“With A Single Vote, England Just Screwed Us All”

British ex-pat Felix Salmon is one of the really bright economic voices in the world today, and even more unusual, he doesn’t come off sounding like a crank and a bore like most economists. So when he rants like he does here, I’m inclined to take him more seriously than I otherwise might. He does not mince words, and the picture he paints… Read more »