So what if there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government? Is that a crime, as everyone seems to assume? According to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, “collusion” between the Russian government and President Trump and/or his campaign is not a crime, unless the collusion involved the act of hacking itself. Pretty startling, right? And based on the public record as it now stands, there is no evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians involving the act of hacking. No aiding or abetting by the Trump campaign in the hack attacks. Without other evidence, there’s simply no crime here. Let’s look a little further at Professor Dershowitz’s analysis. Continue reading “Collusion Between Trump and the Russians? No Crime Unless It Involved Hacking”
Is Trump the fool? There really are only two possibilities regarding President Trump. Maybe he’s a liar and a criminal. Did he collude with the Russian government in the 2016 election? If he did, that could never be fully hidden, and crime after crime would inevitably ensue. The whole thing would inevitably blow up. Would that explain his possibly “asking” former FBI Director Comey to “just let Mike Flynn go?” Perhaps. Could that explain his subsequent firing of Comey because the FBI was relentlessly pursuing the collusion thesis? Or maybe the FBI was just getting too close to the hard proof of collusion (though we doubt Trump would know it)? Again, perhaps.
But we have an alternative theory. It’s a simple theory. Perhaps President Trump is just a fool. Not even a knave – it’s just Trump the fool. Continue reading “The Donald Trump Criminal Theory? Donald Trump the Fool”
We don’t know with certainty whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. And if that collusion existed, we don’t know whether President Trump was directly or indirectly involved. Perhaps at this point, only he knows (though we doubt it). But a special prosecutor is not needed yet. And Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, once again, places the interests of his political faction above those of the country. Continue reading “Special Prosecutor is Not Needed – Let the FBI Conduct the Investigation”
Nominate Judge Merrick Garland as the new FBI Director. This is the brilliant idea of Utah Senator Mike Lee. His suggestion, if implemented, would solve a multitude of President Trump’s problems. More importantly, it would provide the country with a full, independent and conclusive judgment regarding the entire “Russia” matter once and for all. It eliminates the silly comparisons to Watergate. And it diffuses any notion of a “constitutional crisis.” But is President Trump up to the challenge? Continue reading “Nominate Judge Merrick Garland as FBI Director – A Brilliant Political Move”
President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey has rightly led to questions about his motivations and judgment. We discuss that elsewhere. But President Obama’s failure to fire Director Comey is troubling, albeit for different reasons. Why didn’t President Obama fire Comey immediately after Comey’s initial conclusion of the Hillary investigation? Obama’s judgment was also poor. But we believe his primary motivation was something altogether different. It was just politics, pure and simple. And it’s yet another example of a President placing politics above the needs of the country. Continue reading “President Obama’s Failure to Fire FBI Director Comey – It Was All Politics”
The firing of FBI Director James Comey was long overdue. Comey deserved to be fired. But President Trump was wrong to do it now. Rants to the contrary notwithstanding, this is not the Saturday Night Massacre. Not by a long shot. But President Trump’s decision is yet the latest example of poor judgment – very poor judgment. Poor presidential judgment jeopardizes a President’s ability to effectively lead. The nation becomes weaker in the eyes of friends and foe alike. The subsequent need to show decisiveness and leadership grows, as is the risk of making follow-on poor judgments. This is the underlying risk of President Trump’s decision, and it cannot be understated. Continue reading “Comey Deserved to Be Fired, But Trump’s Judgment Was Terrible”
Michele Obama once said “when they go low we go high.” But not the Maryland Black Caucus (MBC). For them, “when they go low we get high [just kidding] – it is racism!” In a pathetic example of playing the race card, the Maryland Black Caucus screamed foul when there were no awards of Maryland’s 15 marijuana grower licenses to African-Americans. But it all falls on deaf ears in a Maryland legislature lambasted by the MBC with overtures of claimed corruption. And outward – and ill-founded – claims of racism. Continue reading “Deaf Ears to Maryland Black Caucus on Marijuana – And Rightly So”
So this is what happens when the United States enters into worthless agreements sponsored by a feckless American President. This is what occurs after that American President drew a line in the sand that his enemy chose to cross – with no consequence. We face this outcome when that American President desperately relies on the Russian Federation – yes, Russia – to bail him out. This is the lesson for our future leaders when a President of the United States, with forethought, chose to rely on the words of Vladimir Putin, of all people, to ensure that the monstrous regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would no longer chemically murder his fellow Syrians. An American President who foolishly grabbed the thin reed of a September, 2013 “Framework” agreement promising the removal and destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, all in the name of saving his own political face. Feckless American leadership.
We’ve ordered one fresh copy of “Profiles in Courage” for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. Her political analysis regarding the Gorsuch confirmation process is spot-on. She understands the larger war within which the Gorsuch nomination is a small (yes, small) battle. No doubt Senator McCaskill is capable of understanding and articulating the key principal from the Democrats’ perspective. But in the weakest tradition of partisanship, she sacrificed the major principles for the minor one. Senator McCaskill succumbs to partisanship.
She is a willing co-conspirator in the Democrats’ theft of the advise and consent responsibility from a long history of bipartisan respect. She, and most Senate Democrats, act as if political warfare is and should be the norm. We won’t review the history of Supreme Court nominations, other than to note that this is the first (and only) time in American history that a nominee is the victim of a solely partisan filibuster. Shame, shame, shame.
A stronger NATO is what we need. Especially the native Europeans, what with President Trump’s threats and innuendos suggesting reduced U.S. support. More tanks, bombers, fighters, armies – anything to push back against the hegemonic Putin. And more vital military installations – naval bases, landing strips, army stations. Yes, yes we must push back against Russian aggression. They annexed Crimea; they invaded the Ukraine and Georgia. My God, Montenegro must be next. Now’s the time to rally to their aid, before it’s too late. Plus, we’ll get their formidable military. This could be a real NATO coup.
Who’s to argue? Montenegro is certainly the most beautiful country in Europe. The glacier-formed Durmitor National Park is home to the spectacular Tara Canyon, the world’s second largest. The stunning Tara River runs through the canyon for over 30 miles.
Nothing rivals the spectacular Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic Sea. It runs 15 miles or so from the sea to the city of Kotor. Nestled on a cape separating the bay from the gulf of Risan lies the small town of Perast. Two stunning chapels rest on the two islets just past Perast.
And then there’s Montenegro’s full military complement. They’ve got almost 2,000 active duty military. But imagine if they had a draft! Sure, most of their stuff came from the old Serbia-Montenegro combo before Montenegro’s emancipation in 2006, but the stuff’s only ten years old or so.
What’s more, there’s that navy. Look, they’ve got 67 patrol boats. And the Bar Naval Base – my God, the Bar Naval Base! Sure, we’ve had the American navy. And the British and French navies. But just think what NATO’s naval complement will look like now. The heights that it can scale. No more worries for our friends on the Adriatic. The Russians will no longer be able to base their Italian night-time landing from their long-dreamed-for Montenegrin base. Lay that one to rest!
No wonder the Kremlin objects to Montenegro’s NATO inclusion. They should fear a stronger NATO. The West is so far-sighted. Deterrence is the goal, and a NATO with Montenegro is certainly stronger than one without. No way the Russians will dare further European incursions. Sure, an over-land Montenegrin attack would force them through the Ukraine, Romania and Serbia first. Who could blame them, with the prize that lurks. But not anymore!
At least not if the Montenegrins actually decide to join. Their government has pushed hard to join the club for seven years now. But their people are wise, and might not want to belong to any club that will accept them as a member. Polls show only 39% or so really want to join the club. Too much democracy might be a bad thing, so they’ll probably not be any Montenegro vote on this one. We need a stronger NATO.
So Russia beware! If President Trumpenstein approves, and the Spanish go along too, the full military might of 28 nations will be there to staunch your dream of a Montenegro coup. Viva la Montenegro!