Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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.[1] For his interviewer, this made sense. Leo … Continue reading

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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

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Five Presidents: A picture tells a story

                  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) In the photographs (the one above and the one below) the various presidents provide signals of their status. Although no analysis is definitive since the context and … Continue reading

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Trump is only a symptom; he is not the problem.

We are outraged at Donald Trump’s private remarks. He spoke of his attempt to seduce a married woman. In his crude language, he said he tried to fornicate with her or at least make clear his intention to do so … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s imperial origins: a response to Eliot Cohen

Donald Trump is causing a stir. His success has unleashed the expected counter attack from the political establishment. In many ways he represents the final logic of the political establishment where its political immoderation is masked as effectiveness, fairness, and … Continue reading

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Neither Apple nor Mr Graham are Spartans, a response to Mr Graham

On 22 February, Robert Graham posted on his blog in response to a Tweet by Professor Orin Kerr. If you were a crime victim and key evidence was on suspect’s phone, would you want govt to search phone w/ warrant? … Continue reading

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My response to the NSA public consultation

  Background note: In response to the Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, a review group was created on August 12, 2013. President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Their mission … Continue reading

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Why we need governments in cyberspace: a response to the Strongest Tribe article

In the article, you set out a serious of arguments, implicit and explicit, about the need, or lack thereof, for governments in cyberspace.  In particular, you argue that the United States is the strongest tribe. There are some concerns with … Continue reading

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Obama, Reagan, and Huey Long: What has really changed in American Politics?

In his vote-harvesting season, it is important to reflect on the American political past to understand what has changed and what needs to be changed.  What connects these three men does not seem as obvious at first.  Reagan and Obama … Continue reading

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