Walter Russell Mead reads the geopolitical tea leaves. Plus: Joe Nocera on Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial and Eli Lake on the legacy of Frantz Fanon.
Wait. I thought Trump was definitely, most assuredly 💯 going to get into a world war. I mean that’s what every major media outlet, Paul Krugman phony wannabe told me repeatedly for 4 years.
The really sad part about reality hitting liberals in the face is... WE all suffer along the way.
“The coming Ukraine-Israel spending fight: A fight on Capitol Hill over military spending for Israel and Ukraine has been brewing for weeks.”
I still cannot get over the extreme stupidity of connecting these two conflicts and messaging to Putin that he’s up against The Jews.
Only people who went to Harvard and then moved on to the State Department could come up with something this irresponsible and psychotic.
In the past 48 hours alone:
-Houthi fighters fired at Israel from Yemen.
-TRUMP DREW ON THE HURRICANE MAP WITH A SHARPIE!!
-An Israeli air strike hit Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, killing a senior Hamas commander as well as Palestinian civilians.
-FBI Director Christopher A. Wray warned senators that the Israel-Hamas war has increased the chances of a terrorist attack against Americans in the United States to “a whole other level.”
-TRUMP’S RHETORIC WAS INFLAMMATORY!!
-Israel vanished overnight from maps on the Chinese search engine Baidu.
-Egyptian prime minister Mostafa Madbouly said Egypt was “prepared to sacrifice millions of lives
-TRUMP TWEETED MEANLY!!
Reading this has made me ponder the issue of Colonization. Colonization was bad for sure and inflicted pain and suffering on others. Not questioning that. Although, I can tell you, it's been quite a long time since the US colonized anyone. Yet we are still blamed for history.
However, I think we have a new form of colonization that no one wants to discuss or admit too. That is the shear out of control illegal immigration across the globe from Europe to our shores. This colonization is the same as the earlier form of colonization. People coming in and demanding changes to suit their values and life styles from those already living there. Illegals demand free living and special privileges that the locals must pay for and change their lives to accommodate the illegals.
So in essence, colonization still exists, it's now called illegal immigration!
During the BLM riots Starbucks was encouraging baristas to have a conversation with customers about race. Today I’m going to attempt to chat with the barista about decolonization. I await enlightenment .
Babylon Bee editor woke up this morning and said, "Damn, the WaPo stole my story"
I guess I get that many of you don’t have the same skin in the game, but the US should absolutely support Israel and be on the right side of history. I’m sure no one’s forgotten, there was a barbaric genocide less than a month ago. Israel is in the untenable position of trying to address this with the world watching and judging and Hamas being masters of public relations, with their human shields and all. Israel is asking for just what it needs for this mission, and the situation is dire. Also, Blinken should not be asking Israel to use restraint, as he would never ask another country to do in similar circumstances. Plus, we have former American President Obama to blame in large part, since his love affair with Iran, and subsequent policy, had much to do with this happening.
I would request that every hyphenated-American carrying on about "colonization" please hand their house keys to the nearest Native American and commit seppuku or shut up about it right now. The hypocrisy is over the top. Can guarantee that if the Natives went "native" and took out Martha's Vineyard, there would be a completely different leftist narrative.
"Mitch McConnell prefers a package that handles Ukraine, Israel, border security, and Taiwan all in one."
Of course he does. Because borrowing money and giving it away is just way too much fun to worry about specifics.
"Egypt was 'prepared to sacrifice millions of lives to ensure that no one encroaches upon our territory' dismissing requests for the settlement of Palestinian refugees in Egypt."
I thought border enforcement was oppressive and racist. Liberals get really mad when we try to enforce our borders, when Hungary and Poland enforce theirs, when the UK does. But they don't say anything when China or Japan or Mexico or Egypt enforce their borders. It must be another one of those "white privilege" things. That's why I can't understand it -- I'm white.
J.D. Vance, over the weekend, talked about how we need to start making priorities. The government deficit is growing in exceptional revenue times for the economy. Taxes can't keep up. The media and Democrats, and Senate Republicans like to think of everything as a silo. It's urgent so we must spend on it. But there is not only a finite amount of money, and the government has to start making priorities. To do this, the path laid out by Speaker Johnson will be interesting to see how it plays out. Since Most of our "growth" was driven by deficit spending, this economic expansion will go as far as the spending will last. And with our enemies flooding the zone with conflict and working to create an alternative currency, we better start getting serious people into office who can think and communicate. as the next four years are going to be full of challenges. Sadly, neither Trump nor Biden will measure to the moment. One last point: when will the media speak about SBF and using his fake money to fund Democrats? I must have missed that.
If we had settled the Ukraine conflict (instead of pouring gas on it) a year or more ago we would have one less “iron in the fire”. We should be a force for peace and stability, not war and carnage.
I emphatically reject the teaching of hated and violence towards Jews.. However, progressive liberal Jews have never spoken out as Women studies have preached hatred towards men, Black studies towards whites and Queer studies against hetero-normative people. I hope they & others will speak out now. The time has come to reform these academic snake pits of hated by holding back financial gifts. They are poisoning our children's minds. We must stop it now!
There's never been a better time to lean into isolationist policies than right right now. Unfortunately we have a f*cking retard and a posse of criminals running the country as we speak.
As a Democrat who has been left homeless, who is now definitely in the center but probably leaning increasingly right, I am left yet again with an appreciation, despite the messenger, of the message of the Trump administration because what those guys did was pretty incredible in hindsight.”
BW had written the following - including this in discussion would have added a great more clarity Is it just too painful? The same happened awhile ago in an interview w Ayaan Hursi Ali.
“So much of the work that happened in that [Trump] administration turns out to have been right. And that’s what is so frustrating for me. The work on the border wall? We didn’t like the messenger, so we killed the message. Turned out it was right. Issuing long-term debt to refinance when rates were at zero? We didn’t like the messenger, so we killed the message. A structural peace in the Middle East? We didn’t like the messenger, so we killed the message.”
“When are we gonna stop shooting ourselves in the foot? And when are we going to actually see and take the time to look past who is saying things and actually listen to them word for word?”
Was there some ground rule NO MENTION OF WHAT TRUMP GOT RIGHT? This TDS obfuscates what was glaringly correct direction re border, JCPOA, UNWRA, Taylor Force Act, taking out Suleimani, Iranian sanctions which Biden lifted now Iran awash in BILLIONS.
"The professor, who teaches migration studies..." ...such studies would involve birds, right? Oh wait...