David Rothkoff, host of my favorite podcast, Deep State Radio, but in real life an accomplished professor of international relations, coined the phrase recently, we are “Present at the Destruction”. This comment was a riff after the 1969 Dean Acheson’s book about his years at the State Department was published, detailing the prewar and post … More Present at the Destruction
I lead a lot of men and women in a desperate battle. I did not ask for the post, it is just the way it is in times of what appears to be civil war; talents emerge that otherwise would have never been known. We set our defense as many hastily collected elements of like … More At the Twilight’s Last Gleaming
Please excuse us in the USA. We have gone a little bit arrogant this last election season and the fallout appears to have damaged our relationship. I am dreadfully embarrassed. I am here, cowboy hat in hand, to apologize. I am sorry our President has insulted your Prime Minister, and repudiated agreements he had just … More A Love Note to My Canadian Cousins
Don’t we want a warm feeling of respect to come over us when we refer to “The President”? A feeling of trust in his ability to do better than the common man? A sense he really does care about us ordinary people and we are in his thoughts in the midnight hour? We expect character … More Upon the President
Mr. Trump could learn a few things from his predecessor, Richard Nixon. This weekend the New York Times is reporting on President Trump’s financial disclosure made Friday. The report shows holdings with foreign countries and what appears to this lawyer to be a conflict of interest at best and a foreign emolument at worst. Wading … More Richard M. Nixon on Financial Transparency of Public Servants
Four months into POTUS #45 I have decided to assemble all the words that keep coming back to me from what I have heard in the media and set them to music. It takes only about two and half minutes due to the limited lexicon. In the end I begin thinking we are living in … More Four Months of Trump
802 years ago in a field at Runnymede, near London, England, King John was forced by his barons to place his seal on the first document ever known to curb executive power, Magna Carta, or Great Charter. Given recent events in the country birthed from England but with a more developed governing document, the United … More Magna Carta and the Rule of Law, Part 1
Well it has been quite a week here in the United States, which is quickly becoming more like the fictional Land of Oz. President Trump has taken the head off the agency investigating his campaign, declaring no one gets into to see the Wizard, no way no how! And who can forget the speed at … More Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!
Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. George Santayana -1905 This famous statement could be attributed to my guest, lawyer and author James D. Shipman in 2017. Bitter Rain is the title of Jim’s fourth historical novel and the second in a row concerning the Second World War. As we learn … More The James D. Shipman Interview
Here is what President Reagan said at the Brandenburg Gate thirty years ago this June about the Berlin wall: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down … More Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall!