Tag Archives: diplomacy

Now this is how you interview a member of the most corrupt administration in U.S. history

Back in December of 2016, I attended a panel at the University of Michigan called Covering Trump: The Presidency and The Press in Turbulent Times. In retrospect, the conversation between the journalists on the panel that evening, who represented news entities like the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, was quaint. […]

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Soleimani was assassinated one week ago today and we still haven’t been shown evidence of the imminent threat

A week ago today, the U.S. military, at the direction of President Donald Trump, assassinated Iranian General Qassim Soleimani. The Trump administration told us at the time that this was absolutely necessary, as they had evidence of an “imminent attack” against U.S. forces… one which could only be stopped by eliminating the powerful Iranian leader. […]

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There was never a plan for navigating the aftermath of Soleimani’s killing

As it’s been reported that, several days before the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Donald Trump had told members of his Mar-a-Lago golf club that his administration would soon be delivering a “big” response to the Iranian regime, we can assume that the administration had time to plan not just the killing itself, but […]

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The enduring beauty of the deep state… Marie Yovanovitch provides the best counterpoint to Trumpism to date

I had the good fortune to be on vacation this past Friday, so I was able to watch quite a bit of Marie Yovanovitch’s courageous testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in real-time. While there’s a great deal that I could say about the shameful behavior of Republicans on the committee and the response to […]

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Well, it’s no longer “hearsay”

This past Wednesday, as you may recall, William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told members of the House Intelligence Committee that his aide, later to be identified as David Holmes, had overheard a cellphone conversation between Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and President Donald Trump on July 26, during […]

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