The Supreme Court: The 18-and-2 Plan

I can understand both sides of the American political divide at the moment. Liberals are outraged at the idea that their long-desired court majority was “stolen” from them, first by their inability to flip Scalia’s seat from a conservative to a liberal, and now by the prospect that a “swing” vote in Anthony Kennedy will be replaced by an ostensibly reliable conservative voice in Brett Kavanaugh. Conservatives, on the other hand, are understandably elated at expanding their majority, but would feel no differently than liberals if the tables were turned: just as angry.

The Supreme Court has turned into a never-ending political dogfight, one we battle every Presidential election, every midterm election, and when an actual vacancy opens up, all the long knives come out.

Doesn’t that tell you something? Continue reading

Yemen: The Syria No One Is Watching

A wedding hall destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s capital Sana’a July 12, 2015. A Saudi-led coalition continued bombing the capital on Sunday in violation of a temporary humanitarian truce. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

While the world continues to fret, shake its collective head and point fingers at each other over the civil war in Syria, the conflict has only deepened over the last six years.

But frankly, at least the world is watching Syria. Situated in the southern Arabian Peninsula, with nearly three times the land area of Syria and twice its population, Yemen faces the triumvirate crisis of war, famine and disease that threatens to turn it a failed state on the scale of Syria – or worse. Yet no one is watching Yemen.

Why? Continue reading

Trump and Syria: Seven Questions

Warning! This post contains discussions of politics, foreign policy, and international relations. It has zero photos or mentions of cute babies. Bail out now!

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Shayrat Air Force Base in Syria, marking the first military action taken directly by the United States against Syrian forces in the course of the six-year long civil war. Trump alleges that Shayrat AFB was the origin for the chemical weapons attack that killed 72 people in Khan Shaykhun, a rebel-held town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

I have many questions. Continue reading