It’s All Coming Together, Don’t You See?

Some classic Andrew Sullivan on Dick Cheney:

it is beginning to dawn on him that he is in very serious trouble – legally, politically, historically. As the full details of his obsession with the torture program emerge, and as the gruesome nature of the actual torture becomes clearer, he knows he will go down in history as a war criminal, defined for all time as the man who took America and the West to the dark side with no easy way back. He’s trying to prevent that with the usual bluff and bravado. But even Bush isn’t buying all of it any longer.

So now Sullivan has Bush colluding with him in his Cheney paranoia? This may be my favorite development in the psychedelic saga of the Beagle Blogger. You know, maybe John McCain secretly shares Andrew’s suspicions about Trig Palin. Sure, that’s it. He was trying to let Andrew know through the funny faces he made in the last debate. And, come to think of it, isn’t it obvious that Gen. Petraeus now agrees with Sullivan that the Iraq War was all about Israel? And can it be denied that Martin Peretz now sees that the Israel Lobby was behind Chas Freemans’s withdrawal? And . . .

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It’s All Coming Together, Don’t You See?

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It Was Trump’s Fault

Tweeting his way into obscurity.

Exactly two years ago yesterday, I published a blog post on this site called Trump: The Case for Despairing—About America. I wrote: “The issue with Trump is that his approach can only be called ‘the politics of unseriousness.’ He engages with no issue, merely offers a hostile and pithy soundbite bromide about it. He yammers. He describes how wonderful things will be when he acts against something or other without explaining how he will act, what he will do, or how it will work.”

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There’s No ‘Moving on’ from Health Care

A bell that can't be un-rung.

Let me get this straight. Last night, Republicans in the Senate were virtually paralyzed with the fear that the bill on which they were voting “aye” might actually become law. They were so terrified, in fact, that some key senators would only vote for the measure with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s assurances that his chamber would never pass “skinny repeal” outright. Only by the slimmest of margins did the bill that no one wanted to see become law fail when Senator John McCain surprisingly voted “no.” And now everyone is mad at McCain for killing a bill that they all hated anyway.

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We Need to Talk About Genetic Engineering

Sleepwalking toward a revolution.

The most important news of the week was buried underneath an avalanche of dispatches involving palace intrigue in the White House and the Republican Party’s effort to deconstruct the Affordable Care Act. A team of scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University had, according to the MIT Technology Review, used a relatively new gene-editing technique to alter the DNA of a single-cell human embryo.

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A Man With a Plan?

Podcast: Is it a purge or a plan? Or both!

On the second of this week’s podcasts, I get into it with Noah Rothman on whether the president’s behavior toward his attorney general and the new White House communications director’s conduct toward the White House chief of staff constitute a “plan” of action or whether we are just living through nihilistic chaos. Where does Abe Greenwald come out? You’ll have to give a listen.

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Playing Transgender Politics

Posturing, not policy.

On Wednesday morning, at 8:55 a.m., President Trump tweeted: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…” Many in the Pentagon wondered if he was announcing military action against North Korea, which, according to new intelligence estimates, is set to field a nuclear-tipped ICBM as early as next year. Not until nine minutes later was the suspense lifted with another presidential tweet: “…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

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