Tuesday September 30, 2014
March 12th, 2014
To hear some American hawks talk about President Obama's reaction to the Russian move into Crimea, you'd think he's grabbed Neville Chamberlain's umbrella of appeasement and rushed off to Munich.
But Obama's response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's power move in Crimea can hardly be compared to the British prime minister's fateful surrender to Adolf Hitler's blatant theft of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in 1938.
It didn't take very long for the smiling sports fan cheering in the Olympic stands to revert to his true nature. I'm referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB leader whose idea of diplomacy is sending in the troops.
The Olympics ended, and the war began. It resembles nothing so much as the old Russia: might over right, threats over diplomacy. Ronald Reagan used to call it "the evil empire." Has it changed?
The two cousins who run the private equity giant KKR took home an astounding total of $327 million in 2013, new regulatory filings reveal.
Much of this lush windfall came via “carried interest,” Wall Street-speak for the cut that private equity kingpins take on the profits they make for their investors.
Ted Nugent, the old rocker from the Seventies, is now just plain old. And off his rocker.
A political novelty act for the far right and a front man for the National Rifle Association, Nugent regularly spews venomous, vulgar, race-laced, abusive hate speech about liberals, Democrats, gun laws, and creeping communism.
Do you remember Cory Remsburg? He’s the Army Ranger who received a standing ovation from Congress during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address a few weeks ago.
Applause is nice, especially from such influential people. It sure beats those cuts the Pentagon wants to make to veteran benefits.
Shrewd reporting about the Ukraine crisis comes from The Onion, which declared that American reaction is evenly divided - between the "wholly indifferent" and the "grossly misinformed."
In the latter category, it seems, belong the chest-thumpers who blame the Crimea catastrophe on President Barack Obama.
On the road to Sevastopol, Russian flags and a Russian Orthodox cross adorn a checkpoint manned by Crimea's pro-Russian civilian defense force. A banner announces: "Where We Are, There Is Russia."
Certain political cliches cry out to join the list of the biggest lies in the world. Today's candidate: Partisan politics stops at the water's edge.
The sentiment was first voiced by Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a Michigan Republican who became chair of the Foreign Relations Committee in 1947. Vandenberg was for real, providing enthusiastic support for President Harry Truman's Cold War policies.
A lot of people keep waiting for the Democratic Party to jump into the deep end. Pew Research Center pollster Andrew Kohut produced the latest installment in this vein with a Washington Post essay, "Are the Democrats Getting Too Liberal?"
I get it. Republicans have gone mad, so by some assumed but never fully articulated law of physics, Democrats must be primed to let their freak flag fly, too. Newtonian politics.
I'm not ashamed to admit it: I love politics. I've been at it for decades. It's important. It's fun. I've made a good living out of it, as campaign manager, candidate and commentator. But there are times when partisan politics has no place. And this is one of them.