Deena Stryker

Americans Salute Bush Forty-One

BF564522The father of former president George Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, lived to the ripe old age of ninety-four, and is eulogized as an (untypical) gentleman, a beloved father and grandfather and a sterling patriot, who was a pilot in World War II and headed the CIA before…

An Agatha Christie Republic

1070323098A phenomenon that is proving fatal to the American Republic harks back to the ubiquitous presence of ‘soap operas’ — long, drawn-out sob stories that first appeared on radio in the 1930’s, and now, on television, tend to be detective stories. As the world rushes toward both nuclear and climate Armageddon…

America’s Backyard is Now Part of the Multi-P...

ddewAs the caravan of Central Americans seeking a decent life recently approached the US-Mexican border’s main crossing points, President Trump sent troops with orders to shoot trespassers. When the caravan headed to other parts of the border, women and children were met with tear-gas…

America’s Leadership and Authoritariani...

1024485742The uber-liberal Brookings Institute has just put forward a series of rationals for US world leadership which, in all logic, would force it to review its condemnation of domestic authoritarianism. Brookings claims that: The world needs a leader to undergird its security and its economic…

Trump Wanting His European Cake

TRAA57453222Nothing more ironically illustrates the end of the ‘American Century’ than the abject failure of the American President to fully participate in the ceremonies marking the hundredth anniversary of what is still recognized as the most deadly war the world has ever seen. President Trump flew…

The Trump-Macron Debate

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Unlike with other allies, periodically, the US relationship with France sours. Even people only half-interested in international affairs are aware of that. What is disturbing this time is that two parts of that relationship are in trouble: the nuts and bolts of defense, and fundamental geo-political concepts. When French…

 

Free and Fair Elections: The Model

223dEvery time there is a major election in the US, pundits reference the ‘Florida Recount’ that handed the presidency to George Bush instead of Al Gore in the year 2000, clearing the way for a US assault on the Middle East following the attack by Al Queda on September 11, 2001. The tedious…

Trump on the March

TRUS4534533Ever since news began to leak that Vladimir Putin had allegedly helped Donald Trump become president of the United States, the media has accused him of kowtowing to ‘authoritarians’, painting this more as a regrettable character trait than as a threat to America’s ‘democracy’. Suddenly, Trump has been able to emulate those he admires. What is worse is that he…

Europe Trying to Wing It

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Although relatively small in size, ‘Europe’ or, as I prefer to call it, the Eurasian Peninsula, which has throughout history been a fractious place, is threatened with implosion by several major problems that it appears incapable of handling. First is the near-impossibility of hearing each other’s financial woes when East and West…

Trump’s Curious Problem with the Media

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One of the strangest things about the Trump Presidency is that he excoriates the media for mocking him, claiming that the press is ‘the enemy of the people’, while for progressives, the press is still not going its job by failing to call out the slide toward fascism. The fact that ‘the left’ broadly speaking is still seen as the devil incarnate…

The Democrats’ Problem with Power Boomerangs

SMTR7452312Barely a week after Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder called for Democrats to get tough, both were the targets of pipe bombs, together with several other Democratic political figures, the day after President Trump goaded his followers to go after ‘the left-wing mob’, using the term by which Republicans have long referred…

The Democratic Party’s Problem with Power

5b3e6b1ddda4c810688b45f3With the approval of a conservative, anti-feminist judge to the Supreme Court, the divide between Democrats and Republicans widened, as it does periodically. But this time around, it goes far toward explaining why socialism has never been able to gain a foothold in the United States, notwithstanding that the Democratic party has more members than the Republican Party and wear…


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