Does Putin Back Hillary?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Democrat standard-bearer Hillary Clinton in happier times. [Credit: thepoliticalcarnival.net]

Perhaps because I’m in Italy, I’ve not been infected by the contagion that has spread more rapidly than the Zika virus: the febrile notion that Russian president Vladimir Putin is subverting our electoral process in an effort to elect Donald J. Trump as president.

Never has such conspiratorial speculation mutated so quickly into received wisdom. Continue reading

Trump and Friends

Donald Trump's recent foreign policy speech reflects our love/hate relationship with our allies. Credit: businessinsider.com

Donald Trump’s recent foreign policy speech reflects our love/hate relationship with our allies. Credit: businessinsider.com

“Who the f*** does he think he is?Who’s the f***ing superpower here?”  — President Bill Clinton after meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu in 1996

Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive standard-bearer, shares former President Clinton’s frustration with America’s allies.  And like Clinton, President Obama and others who have occupied the Oval Office, Trump isn’t sure what to do about it. Continue reading