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Trump Bungles Another National Security Issue

     President Trump had a private phone call with Turkish dictator Erdogan that for the second time (that we know) led directly to a dramatic change in our Syria policy.  Last time, Secretary Mattis resigned and Trump was forced to delay the change, but not now.  Trump charged in grossly ...

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This is about Trump’s Reelection, not Corruption

     The recent scandal in which President Trump was caught soliciting, in fact coercing, the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Biden has led to the House of Representatives beginning an impeachment inquiry that is likely to result in articles of impeachment against Trump.  It began with a courageous ...

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The Biggest National Security Threat is President Trump

     During the 2016 campaign, Candidate Donald Trump liked to talk tough.  He often criticized President Obama, specifically mentioning the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the “Red Line” in Syria, the Iran deal, etc.  There were some disappointing components of the Obama foreign policy; however, Obama campaigned on what ...

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Republicans – There is no Neutrality in 2020

     In 2016, Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton, winning the Presidency by 77,000 votes spread over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.  Both candidates had historically high unfavorable ratings.  Trump, then an infamous reality TV star and failed businessman was nevertheless a political neophyte.  Despite inappropriate speech and behavior during the ...

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The Mueller Report is in – It Made Things Harder…

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report is in and a redacted version isavailable to the public.  After readingthe report, I think it made things harder, specifically as far as what happensnext.  To some extent, I was hopeful, aswere most Americans, that the conclusion of the report would end this uglychapter in ...

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Coup, Consolidation or Incompetence – Trump’s April Shakeup

     Will April 8, 2019, be the day we look back on and say that was the beginning of the death of our democracy?  Sounds admittedly melodramatic and I strive to avoid speaking in such terms.  However, those who feared President Trump’s inexplicable affection and respect for authoritarian leaders around ...

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Mar-a-Lago – Trump Serves China a Pu-Pu Platter of Intelligence

     As previously discussed, there are significant ethics challenges surrounding President Trump’s use of his Mar-a-Lago estate while in office.  Related to this, but having far more serious repercussions, are the national security implications.  Fact – nations all spy.  Fact – our adversaries and enemies go to great lengths to ...

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2019 State of the Union – Disingenuous and Divided

     I have watched every State of the Union (SotU) for over 45 years.  Over the years, the speech has been widely anticipated as the roadmap of government for the next year.  Presidents provide their priorities, boast of inflated accomplishments, play to supporters watching on TV, and relish in planned ...

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The 2019 Annual Threat Assessment – Its Donald Trump

     On January 29, 2019, an impressive array of defense and intelligence experts provided the annual U.S. Threat Assessment to the Senate.  These career professionals were loyal Republicans appointed by President Trump.  Nevertheless, in what was an unfortunately rare case of integrity among the Trump cabinet, to a person they ...

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Trump Fails with Oval Office Wall Address

     Last night on “The Booth” we discussed the ongoing government shutdown and President Trump’s border wall demands.  Our discussion included predictions for his Oval Office address shortly following our show.  Unfortunately, we were right, and Trump utterly failed to make his case.  Historically and with little exception Presidents have ...

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