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Category Archives: Government
Beirut was worse than Kabul, Why is this even a question?
The fall of Kabul in 2021 after 20 years of war, unleashed a torrent of commentary. A significant amount of which was intellectually dishonest rhetoric about whether the airport evacuation was a failure and whether it would have an adverse effect … Continue reading
Posted in Government, Uncategorized Tagged Afghanistan, Beirut, Lebanon, Marines' Barracks Bombing, United States Comments Off on Beirut was worse than Kabul, Why is this even a question?
How the documentary Hoaxed manipulated Black Lives Matter.
The film Hoaxed claims to be a documentary that tells the truth about the media and fake news. One part of the film looks at how the media covers racial violence. The directors and Mr Cernovich, though, want to look … Continue reading
Posted in education, Government, justice, public opinion Tagged Alt-Right, black lives matter, CernoMedia, hoaxed Comments Off on How the documentary Hoaxed manipulated Black Lives Matter.
Has Donald Trump’s Thabo Mbeki moment arrived?
Donald Trump comments about coronavirus have sowed doubt and confusion within the public. He has suggested that there are mild cases and that people could return to work in such a condition or recover from it without realising that they … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship Tagged coronavirus, covid-19, Trump 9 Comments
Did Sarah Sanders lie to the Special Counsel?
To serve Trump, Sarah Sanders lied repeatedly about James Comey having lost the confidence of the rank and file FBI. Despite her claim that it was a “slip of the tongue” utter in the “heat of the moment”, it was, … Continue reading
Posted in Government, justice, public sector, transparency Tagged Comey, Donald Trump, FBI, Mueller Report, Sarah Sanders Comments Off on Did Sarah Sanders lie to the Special Counsel?
Trump and Judgement at Nuremberg
The film Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) is a powerful historical courtroom drama based loosely on the trial of the Nazi Judges. The film focuses on Spencer Tracy as Judge Dan Haywood a rock-ribbed Republican who, while not the first choice … Continue reading
Posted in Government Tagged Decent Politics, Mueller Report, Nuremberg, Trials, Trump Comments Off on Trump and Judgement at Nuremberg
A legitimate president knows “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.”
Over the past year, we have been treated to, or rather forced to endure, the unsavoury aspects of a president’s personality. Over the past year, we have tweets and public statements that show us something that is usually hidden. We … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship Tagged Donald Trump, George W Bush, hypocrisy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Milo Yiannopoulos, persona, President of the United States, Robert Mercer (businessman) Comments Off on A legitimate president knows “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.”
Of course, the Queen wants Brexit.
If we read Aristotle, his effort to insist that the function of political science is to describe accurately the regime we are talking about or living in, it becomes clear that the most dangerous thing we can do sometimes is … Continue reading
Posted in Government, public opinion, statesmanship Tagged European Union, French Revolution, United Kingdom 1 Comment
Thoughts on Michael Anton and Leo Strauss’ Machiavelli
In a recent interview, Mr Anton said that he knew “Nick”, his short hand for Niccolo Machiavelli, for over 30 years. He qualified his support by saying he followed the Leo Strauss’ Machiavelli. For his interviewer, this made sense. Leo … Continue reading
Posted in good writing, Government, justice, philosophy, republicanism, statesmanship Tagged Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Fox News Channel, Leo Strauss, machiavelli, White House Comments Off on Thoughts on Michael Anton and Leo Strauss’ Machiavelli
Trump’s Syrian missile strike was a strategic blunder with Xi
Dedicated to the memory of Dean Rusk; a Southern gentleman, an American patriot, and a public servant who understood what is at stake with China. In statecraft, there are three types of blunders or sins. Two are punished and one … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Barack Obama, Chemical warfare, Donald Trump, Syria, Tomahawk (missile), Xi Jinping Comments Off on Trump’s Syrian missile strike was a strategic blunder with Xi
To salvage his presidency Trump must defeat himself to escape the wilderness of mirrors
Rick Wilson has written something that every member of the Trump White House, including Trump, needs to read. They need to read this if they want to salvage Trump’s presidency. Unlike Mr Wilson, I believe that the Trump presidency can … Continue reading
Posted in Government, philosophy, privacy, statesmanship Tagged Donald Trump, Fox News Channel, Rick Wilson, United States Department of State, White House Comments Off on To salvage his presidency Trump must defeat himself to escape the wilderness of mirrors