Category Archives: America and Iran

A Matter of Escalation Dominance

That was an odd weekend. But it settled quite a few things. Donald Trump came into his own and now Americans know just what they signed up for in 2016 – all the speculation about what he really might do, … Continue reading

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That Same Question Again

It seems so long ago, and it was, but some of us remember the arguments. We went over and removed Saddam Hussein. But there were no weapons of mass destruction. And things quickly fell apart. We installed a Shiite strongman … Continue reading

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Proudly Wildly Disproportionate

Oversimplification is sometimes useful. Donald Trump’s base loves defiance and doesn’t see defiance as counterproductive at all. Sure, their guy makes stuff up, and he’s offended all our allies – no one trusts the United States now that it’s America … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” The late Bill Vaughan said that. He was famous for his Readers Digest folksy aphorisms and nothing else … Continue reading

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That Original Mistake

Every year should start with a new crisis, or an old forgotten crisis, long resolved, that wasn’t really resolved long ago. Many will say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it – not a particularly original observation … Continue reading

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Appropriately Muddled

Things are never what they seem. Conservatives don’t believe that for a moment. Liberals, or Progressives if you wish, assume that conventional wisdom, or received wisdom, and a whole lot of cultural tradition, might be wrong. Our enemies, while evil … Continue reading

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