Right vs. Legal

The moral and strategic arguments for the attack on Assad is clear. The legality is less clear. Congress should legalize the attack without giving Trump carte blanche permission to attack anyone anywhere, any time Trump needs a distraction or ratings boost. Trump’s Unlawful Attack in Syria – The Atlantic https://apple.news/As5BWMVWiSdq0Mn0uM_AC6A

Globally 20 Million People Are at Risk

FP describes it as the greatest humanitarian disaster since WWII. This one was brought on by famine caused by drought. UN General Secretary has asked for $4.4 billion to avert disaster, but so far a small fraction of that has been raised. The US should be taking a leadership role here, but so far I […]

The Senate Is Officially Pathetic

The Senate, long a moderate body that venerated tradition and longer-term perspectives than its sister body, the House. Today they have officially become functionally equivalent. The House and Senate are equally small-minded and pathetic. With ‘nuclear option,’ Senate ends Democratic blockade of Trump court pick http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-gorsuch-idUSKBN17814Y

Nationalism Cannot Address Global Issues

Nationalism was historically opposed in terms of it necessarily degrading into conflict, possibly global ones. In the current era, my concern with nationalism is its inability to deal with global challenges, particularly anthropomorphic climate change. We don’t necessarily need a world government. But we do need a world governance structure that can propose, agree, ratify, […]

Germany Needs UK More Than Vice-Versa

This is merely the opening salvo of a long and complex negotiation. The EU will eventually soften on trade relations because of one simple observation: Germany exports more to the U.K. than U.K. exports to Germany. Therefore Germany relies more on retaining a strong trade relationship. The prospects of Scotland’s secession are harder to predict. […]

A symbolic gesture from the master of symbolism

Another gesture that will have little real impact, and that’s a good thing. The bad news is we were already falling far short of what we need to do to address global climate change. NYTimes: Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/climate/trump-executive-order-climate-change.html

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