The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking

There has been much controversy about Russian hacking of email accounts related to the recent election.   The source of hacking the emails from the Clinton campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) public was WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks head Julian Assange says that the information came from a disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporter and not from Russia and, while that may turn out to be the case, I think we can all agree that needs to be taken with the proverbial ‘grain of salt’. No matter how they got to WikiLeaks, US intelligence communities seem to be very confident that the original hacking originated in Russia. So what does that mean for us? Continue reading “The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking”

No More Complaining About WikiLeaks

Before the recent uproar about publishing embarrassing emails from the Clinton campaign during the election season, WikiLeaks gained notoriety for publishing classified government and military documents. Continue reading “No More Complaining About WikiLeaks”

Two Children Doing Foreign Policy?

Events of the last week should give American foreign policy watchers pause. As we wind down 2016 and the end of President Obama’s term, we would expect that short of some crisis there would be no major policy statements or new initiatives. And, similarly, we would expect that the incoming President would be quiet and deferential until he took office just after the turn of the New Year.

But both expectations have turned out to be wrong this year. Continue reading “Two Children Doing Foreign Policy?”

Regulations–Good or Bad?

There are hundreds of federal regulations that are implemented every year.  They run the gamut from regulations on food safety, environmental protection and drug safety to the more ridiculous.  So why do we hear so much about how government regulation hurts the economy?

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When Discrimination Is OK?

The President-elect has been selecting his cabinet nominees since his election in early November.   If we include the UN Ambassador and the head of the National Security Council, there are seventeen members in the President’s cabinet.  As is often the case for incoming Presidents, there have been a couple of unorthodox selections by the President-elect. Interestingly however, among the most controversial, among liberals at least, has been the fact that there are three former military generals nominated. President-elect Trump has chosen former career military officers to lead the National Security Council, and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Continue reading “When Discrimination Is OK?”

How did we not see this coming?

We all now have had to time to digest the presidential election results from last month.  Judging by the news, some of us still can’t get over it but at some point we are going to move on (assuming of course, we believe in democratic elections).

So what are we to think of the totally unexpected, and possibly unprecedented, results? Thinking Man has some reflections on the outcome, more on the politics of it all than the outcome itself. Continue reading “How did we not see this coming?”