Trump Administration May Suffer from Incompleteness, Inexperience -- The Trump administration begins today, and it will hit the ground doing the opposite of running. The transition has not gone badly so much as it has not really happened. Mr. Trump has some 4,000 political appointments to make (a ridiculous number to be sure), and 690 of them are significant enough to require Senate confirmation. He has nominated just 30. Meanwhile, he has fired all the ambassadors and many top level officials effective as soon as he takes office, including the man responsible for his inauguration ceremony's security. The people whom he has nominated are, often, sorely lacking in experience. The nation will be run by empty desks and rank amateurs for several months. [20 January]
History Will Judge Obama's Foreign Efforts Mostly Successful -- The eight years during which Barack Obama was president were truly difficult both at home and abroad. Yesterday, this journal assessed his domestic legacy, which has largely been successful. Today, it turns to foreign affairs where the president's track record is beset by critics who largely don't understand the paradigm shift in global affairs that occurred shortly before his presidency. As a result, his accomplishments and failures are judged more harshly today than they will be in days to come. [19 January]
Obama's Domestic Successes Improved America -- Barack Obama becomes a private citizen in about 50 hours, and it is more than timely to assess his eight years as President of the United States. His domestic agenda was ambitious without being a fantasy, and by and large, he succeeded at what he put his hand to. His domestic policies and their implementations were imperfect to be sure, but the results have made America a better country for most of its citizens. As Vice President Biden described the Affordable Care Act, these were big f*cking deals. [18 January]
PM May Says Hard Brexit Ahead -- Prime Minister Teresa May told the House of Commons just what Brexit means to the government and what objectives it will pursue in its negotiations with the European Union. She has opted for a hard Brexit, where most of the ties are to be renegotiated, and in the absence of agreement, they are probably to be severed. She went so far as to say, "no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain." One expects this to be a costly decision for all involved. Disaster is not too tough a word. [17 January]
Legitimate or Not, Trump Needs to be Stopped -- Congressman and National Civil Rights Icon John Lewis (D-SC) sparked a media dust-up when he told NBC's Chuck Todd, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected and they have destroyed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton." Donald Trump, who must always have the last word, responded by tweeting "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to..... mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!" The proper view, however, is not whether Mr. Trump's election was legitimate, but rather what can be done to ensure he is ineffective? [16 December]
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