Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The Suleimani assassination would have made sense had there been reliable intelligence that it would set off a destabilizing power struggle within the Iranian government; but reliable intelligence, in either sense of the word, is not characteristic of the Tr*mp Administration. The action's chief impact has been to put a damper on resistance to Iranian influence in Iraq. While many attribute the killing to Our President's shoot-from-the-crotch strategic incompetence, one still wonders: How does it benefit Putin?
Back in the 90s, liberals were broadly accused of practicing situation ethics: choosing to violate basic moral codes for the sake of some "greater good." Currently, that philosophy's main adherents are conservative Christians, most of whom were outraged when Mark Galli's editorial in Christianity Today identified Tr*mp as "a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused."
Given the 99.9% conviction rate in Japanese courts, nobody can be surprised that somebody with the wealth and influence of Carlos Ghosn would find a way to jump bail. Was Ghosn under-reporting his income, as charged? Probably: it's what the super-rich do. Does that explain why he was indicted? Highly unlikely.
Clearly, the drop in contributions to the Warren campaign was a direct outcome of her waffling on "Medicare for All": the left wing of the Democratic Party is in no mood for compromise. Granted, some sort of compromise will be required to get any such program through Congress, but facing up to reality is never a winning strategy in electoral politics.