Category US

I was wrong about Trump

Once I had great – inflated – hopes for Trump. I was disappointed by Obama’s reluctance to actively resist the Kremlin’s aggression. Obama’s 2014 sanctions, I thought, were inadequate, even counterproductive. It would have been natural for Trump – it…

Judge Barrett’s eloquence

Dr. Bedřich Welfer is an episodic but memorable character in Jaroslav Hašek’s great novel, The Good Soldier Švejk. Welfer’s uncle left him a generous allowance in his will, enabling the lucky nephew to remain a student of medicine for as…

DJT & QAnon: a QTie

BTW, why QAnon and not, say, XAnon? Because it looks mysterious enough – and cute enough – even when mirrored or reversed? Nona Q, Susie Q‘s lost sibling – or grandma. Karen Bennhold reports from Berlin for The New York…

Always do you homework

An American (apparently) freelance writer writes of his experience working for what turned out a Russian operation posing as a “progressive global news outlet.” PeaceData, seemingly a leftwing news outlet, offered me a column. I should have known it was…

“Boiled cabbage and old rag mats”

Orwell’s 1984 begins comically: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. “Oh the horror of the continental (Papist) 24-hour clock! Anything but that!” sneered John Dolan. Good enough, but there’s also the obvious…

Oil and algae in California

From time to time, Google Photos sends out “Rediscover This Day” messages, showing users their pictures from the same day a year or years earlier. When you’re grounded and the coronavirus outlook is uncertain, these reminders can be disconcerting: “Will…

Trump’s weakest spot

After the US Supreme Court had ruled on two cases concerning president Trump’s tax returns, Elaine Komarck of Brookings wrote: This week’s Supreme Court decisions on Donald Trump’s finances and tax returns will allow us to finally answer the question…

Is QAnon exportable?

What did QAnon say when Ghislaine Maxwell got arrested? “It has happened,” followed by multiple explanation marks and later a series of photographs showing Maxwell, Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, President Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and others in various combinations.…

Owned – or not yet proven?

As I used to say on this blog, most early stories of Trump’s connections to the Kremlin seemed to have no legs to stand on. Almost always they came from unscrupulous journalists, biased academic or self-serving politicians. In the summer…

Wrestling with pigs, again

Tom O’Connor in Newsweek (registration/subscription may be required): U.S. and Russia Battle on Twitter Over China’s Role in Nuclear Weapons Deal. Twitter battles leave no casualties besides wasted time, mental health, and all things deeper than one’s skin. Let’s see…

Why not try this at home?

AP reported this yesterday: Did teens, TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music troll the president of the United States? For more than a week before Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in three months on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma,…