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The Wars of Ralph Peters

The Wars of Ralph Peters

  • September 06, 2017
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Slowly, but inexorably, the world is drifting towards the prospect of an all-out war between the United States and North Korea.  At the very least such a conflict is likely to result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, most of them Koreans.  It also raises the very real possibility of the first nuclear exchange in history.

Primary responsibility for this terrifying prospect lies with the North Korean regime and the Trump administration.

A tyrannical despot with no other cards to play with except nuclear ones has attempted to wrest diplomatic and economic concessions...

The Madness of King Donald

The Madness of King Donald

  • July 31, 2017
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Even by the wild standards of what may well be the most deranged individual ever to inhabit the White House, Donald Trump has had a remarkable week.   In the space of five working days he has:

publicly humiliated the admittedly creepy attorney general he himself appointed suggested that immigrants are criminals who cut up the bodies of...
Civilization and its Malcontents

Civilization and its Malcontents

  • July 12, 2017
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In the conservative-far right lexicon, few words have the same emotive power as ‘civilization’ – a term that usually equates with ‘Western civilization’ or simply ‘the West.’ It’s one of those words that automatically gives depth and gravitas to the hollowest and tinniest of human mouthpieces.

Use it enough and you instantly begin to sound a...

Mar-a-Lago Goes to Warsaw

  • July 07, 2017
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It’s easy to mock Donald Trump, because almost everything he says and does is worthy of nothing but mockery.  But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean you ought to stop doing it.   Yesterday Trump attempted to re-cast himself as a 21st century incarnation of Ronald Reagan,  in a paranoid and utterly...

Bombs and Chocolate

  • April 15, 2017
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For liberals who saw  last week’s missile strikes in Syria as a belated but welcome act of humanitarianism, Donald Trump was always going to be an awkward president to share the moral high ground with.   One minute he might be talking about beautiful babies and the children of God, but then he gives interviews...

Trump Goes Robocop

  • April 10, 2017
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There’s a certain kind of liberal/left commentator that – to paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now –  just loves the sight of missiles in the morning.  For some they smell like humanitarianism.  For others they smell like meaningful action.  Or ‘doing something’.  Mostly they have the allure of American power...

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