President Biden is the same belligerent, wanna-be-tough guy as Senator Biden.

There’s a certain conventional wisdom afloat in some circles that Joe Biden may very well have come to regret his role in pushing for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His son Beau served in that war, and during his time in-country he was exposed to what came to be known as “burn pits,” in which hazardous waste materials were burned and destroyed. There’s ample reason to believe that the fumes inhaled by U.S. …


It depends on whether or not the president who ordered it is a progressive liberal Democrat.

The Biden administration’s recent airstrikes in eastern Syria should serve as a stark reminder that when a Democrat orders such strikes on a Middle Eastern country, it is qualitatively distinct from when, say, Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on the very same country. When a Democrat does it, it’s totally progressive and therefore justified. There’s no reason to think otherwise so long as a nearly octogenarian Democrat president who clearly exhibits signs of advancing dementia gave the order, the key difference being that his is…


Not by a long shot.

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In a vote that — once againsurprised absolutely no one with a fully functioning cerebral cortex the U.S. Senate vote to “remove” President Donald Trump from office once againfell short of the constitutionally required two-thirds majority. Considering that Trump had already departed the presidency, however, the whole exercise may prove to be one of the most bizarre deliberations in that august body’s history. But if we’re actually going to make the impeachment and retroactive “removal” of presidents who have already departed from office a normal practice, then I’d like…


It’s his enemies, of course.

Donald Trump enjoying the sweet dish served up to him by the Democratic party on a silver platter dressed with garnish and a wish of “bon apetit!”

Donald J. Trump is only the third president of the United States to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. And as with presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton before him, the U.S. senate declined to remove him from office. The outcome was a foregone conclusion from the very beginning of the House impeachment inquiry, as it was always politically impossible for the Democrats to pick up the twenty Republican votes needed in the senate for the constitutionally required tally of sixty-seven votes to force Trump out of the White House. …


U.S. foreign policy has rarely been about putting America first, and that hasn’t changed under Donald Trump.

It’s been more than two weeks since a U.S. Reaper drone killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani of the al-Quds forces, a part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Also killed in the strike, which took place at Baghdad International Airport, was the leader of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was also an official of the Iraqi government. Fortunately, all-out war has not broken out between the U.S. and Iran. At least not yet.

The justification initially offered by Donald…


Monetary policy makers keep peddling financial cocaine. How much longer will markets keep snorting it up?

John Maynard Keynes, the economist who told every government what they had always dreamed of hearing from an economist — “you know, you really should tax and spend more” — used to lament the “animal spirits”. This was the mysterious urge of investors, entrepreneurs, and consumers alike to suddenly go on a mass shopping spree that preceded every market crash, according to Keynes. …


The conspiracy may be right before our eyes.

Conspiracy theories that alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was murdered lit up the internet literally within minutes of the announcement that his lifeless body was discovered in his Manhattan jail cell, dangling from the end of a bedsheet serving as a makeshift noose. His death occurred the very day after some 2,000 previously sealed legal documents related to the 2008 prosecution of Epstein in Florida were unsealed for a federal civil case.

Even the most hardened skeptic of internet-spawned conspiracy theories had to at least cock an eyebrow at the news. It…


If you’re one who likes to dispense his two, three, or four cents on matters political — as is occasionally my wont— you have a broad and varied smorgasboard of topical dishes from which to choose these days. Whether it’s abortion, gun control, immigration, U.S. foreign policy, the Mueller Report, or, of course, everyone’s favorite hot topic, Donald Trump himself, you have a wealth of material to work with. There is no exhausting the vast treasure trove of controversies to mull over and opine on.

One common theme you run across in published political opinion of late is that Americans…


Former DNI James Clapper’s recent denial that he lied to the U.S. Congress is indeed laughable, but that’s not nearly as newsworthy as what he’s conceded.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (left, photo by Graeme Jennings); former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden (right, photo by Lotta Hardelin)

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was on CNN recently to discuss North Korea with John Berman, but it was his answers to questions relating to the National Security Agency’s controversial mass collection of cell phone metadata that’s gained him some renewed attention. Metadata consists of the logs of calls between cell phone numbers, the locations of the callers, the time and duration of the calls, and other uniquely identifying data.


Some reflections and meditations post-September 11th.

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Though the latest 9/11 anniversary has already passed as of a few days ago, it seems to me that more sober reflection is only truly possible once the circus of media attention has subsided.

Things look a lot clearer once the dust settles.

Looking back on the attacks on that picture perfect summer morning in September of 2001, the unreality of it all seems even more disorienting now than it did at the time.

A blanket of dread descended upon us after the horrific collapse of those towers. For days, weeks, and months afterwards…

Robert Kaercher

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