Category Archives: Iran Nuclear Deal

The Done Deal

We will have to fight another war in the Middle East, unless we won’t. The Sunday morning talk shows were filled with this sort of thing: Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has defended his plan to “carpet bomb” civilian areas … Continue reading

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Making Useless Trouble

There’s no point in talking about this anymore. In the end, forty-two Democratic senators came out in support of the Iran deal, our part of the international agreement to lift the world’s sanctions as Iran dismantles its nuclear weapons program, … Continue reading

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Republican Game Theory

In 2010, the Republicans didn’t have the votes to block passage of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, their guy, Mitt Romney, ran on the promise he would get rid of it, of every single word in the Act – … Continue reading

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Winning by Losing

There’s what they call a Pyrrhic victory, where you win, but the war cost you so much you have nothing left. King Pyrrhus of Epirus’ army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum … Continue reading

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Knowing How to Play the Game

Two outs, bases loaded in a tie game, the bottom of the ninth – and there’s that high pop fly to shallow right. Three guys converge on it, shouting something or other to each other, and they run into each … Continue reading

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Unilateral Pipe Dreams

It seems like a century ago, and it sort of was – spending the last two years of the last century running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive plant in London, Ontario. That place is long gone. General … Continue reading

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The Actual Job

Here it is, ten days into August, of the summer the year before the 2016 election, and America is deciding whether Donald Trump is a misogynist pig or whether Megyn Kelly owes him an apology because he’s the “pure” one … Continue reading

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