My 2018

For my memory only:
As we leave 2018 behind, I’d like to recollect some of the highlights. In most respects it rates as a terrible year: Donald Trump’s stupidity, egocentricity and meanspiritedness was a daily downer, […]

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Awfulness of Donald Trump

It is impossible to overstate how horrible Donald Trump is as a man or as a president. I can’t think of a single thing he has said or done that I agree with, which is […]

September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

History in the Making

For years, as we moved relatively steadily through “the American Century,” I thought of history as something we studied in school. Now I am older, with a longer perspective, and the American Century is itself […]

September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Endangered Species

Of all the horrible things the Trump Administration is contemplating or doing, weakening the Endangered Species Act is the one that, surprisingly, bothers me the least. I say “surprisingly,” because I consider myself an ardent […]

July 27th, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Mideast “Policy”

Letter to Representative Salud Carbajal:
July 2, 2917
Dear Representative Carbajal,
Congress should retake its Constitutional power to declare war and remove the blanket authorization that allows the President to send troops and drop bombs wherever he wants.
Trump’s […]

July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Foreign Policy|0 Comments

The Russia Investigation

With Washington seemingly consumed by the Russia investigation, when they aren’t being shot at playing baseball, I thought I’d hazard a comment in media res. In short, I suspect there is more smoke here than […]

June 16th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Thoughts on Democracy

Two weeks of travel through United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar provided us with quite a different perspective on the world. For one, the United States seemed a long way away and less relevant than […]

April 5th, 2017|Categories: Foreign Policy|0 Comments

Dear Speaker Ryan:

846 Lilac Drive
Montecito, CA 93108

February 22, 2017

The Hon. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan:

Please stop Donald Trump!

President Trump apparently believes he can do whatever he wants, say whatever he wants, […]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

The Trump Era

I enter upon the Trump Era with nothing but fear and loathing. Literally, I do not know of an American public figure I would less like to have as my President. He is a bully, […]

January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

The Hillary Problem

The complement to the votes for Trump were the votes against Hillary, and certainly among people we know the latter far outnumbered the former. It’s hard to understand the vitriol she inspired, but it was […]

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Trump Election

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

History Unfolding

The combination of reaching a certain age – I having just turned 70 – and reading a new, overarching history of the world, Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, makes me feel, unusually, that I am […]

July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Foreign Policy, Politics|0 Comments
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