Archive for May, 2017


The Forward »

Why Israel Should Embrace This ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ — Not Jail Him

May 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

President Trump’s recent trip to Israel did not matter. He wants to broker the “ultimate deal” — Israeli-Palestinian peace — and thinks the Saudis, who share Israel’s fear of Iran, can help. But the Saudis can’t make Palestinians endorse their own subjugation. Peace requires freedom for the millions currently living… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

What Trump Reveals by Calling Terrorists ‘Losers’

May 24, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump has coined a term to describe terrorists like those who murdered 22 people on Monday in Manchester: “Losers.” White House officials claim he came up with it on his own.

The Atlantic »

Trump Turns Politically Correct in Saudi Arabia

May 21, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump appears to have envisioned his speech on Sunday in Riyadh as an answer to Barack Obama’s 2009 address in Cairo. And reading the two side by side is illuminating. The speeches differ in many ways, but none more striking than this: Trump’s speech was far more politically correct.

The Atlantic »

Say It Ain’t So Joe!

May 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Many progressives will abhor the following statement, but so be it: There’s a lot I admire about former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman. And it’s precisely because of that admiration that I dearly hope he doesn’t accept the poisoned chalice that Donald Trump is reportedly considering offering him: Director of the… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Congressional Republicans Are Quietly Shifting on Trump

May 17, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the last 24 hours, journalists have hunted down Republican members of Congress in search of quotes that include words like “Watergate,” “impeachment,” and “obstruction of justice?” And they’ve elicited a few.

The Atlantic »

American Institutions Strike Back

May 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The bad news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. The good news is that Donald Trump is the most incompetent president in modern American history. He was too incompetent to understand his own health care bill, or accurately describe the direction in which… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Braggart in Chief

May 15, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why did Donald Trump last week reveal highly classified, potentially life-endangering, intelligence to Russia’s foreign minister? Because he wanted to impress him. “In his conversations with the Russian officials,” reports Reuters, “Trump appeared to be boasting about his knowledge of the looming threats, telling them he was briefed on ‘great… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

L’Etat, C’est Trump

May 12, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Thank you, Kellyanne Conway. On Thursday on Fox News, the President’s most polished defender told America the truth about why Donald Trump fired James Comey: Trump “expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration.” And he sees… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Enough With the Charges of Democratic Hypocrisy

May 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Everything I’m about to write is obvious. But contesting things formerly considered obvious is part of what Donald Trump and his supporters do. It’s how they undermine pre-existing liberal democratic norms. So here goes. When Trump (in three separate tweets), Fox News and National Review call Democrats hypocrites for condemning… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

How the Firing of the FBI Director Tests Conservatives

May 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination close to a year ago, conservative responses to him have fallen into three broad categories: pro-Trump, anti-Trump and anti-anti-Trump. The firing of James Comey is no exception.