Turks Down Russian Fighter over Syrian Border -- The event against which everyone cautioned has happened. A Russian fighter apparently violated Turkish airspace while in pursuit of those in Syria who wish to overthrow Moscow's ally, Bashir al Assad. Russian claims that its pilots were over Syria, while the Turkish government argues that the plane was hit in Turkish airspace. In either case, this is a failure of communication and coordination that should have and could have been avoided. [25 November]
Trump "Misremembers" New Jersey Muslims Cheering September 11 Murders -- Donald Trump is revealing himself to be one of the nastiest presidential candidates since George Wallace ran in 1968. Like Mr. Wallace, Mr. Trump is running on a platform of hatred and fear, and their common appeal is to the less-educated white voter who fears displacement as the world moves on. Mr. Trump's latest untruth is that he saw with his own eyes thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. It never happened, and Mr. Trump is either misremembering or is lying. [23 November]
Trumps Anti-Muslim, Red Bating Chatter Borders on Fascism -- Donald Trump is a shameless sideshow barker pretending to be a political candidate. That is a toxic mix because he has decided to stoke American xenophobia to garner votes. Not only does he want to build a wall along America's southern border to keep out brown people who speak Spanish, but now he also wants to crackdown on American citizens who are followers of Islam. His ideas, if his words can be described with such a noble term, border of fascism, proving him to be unworthy of serving as local dogcatcher let alone President of the United States. [19 November]
Jindal Drops out of White House Race -- Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal withdrew from the presidential campaign yesterday. He is the third Republican to pull out, following Texan Rick Perry and Wisconsin's Scott Walker. "This is not my time. I've come to the realization that this is not my time," he told Fox News. He is right, and his withdrawal at this stage, before he gets severely embarrassed, leaves him a political future brighter than most of those against whom he had been running. Bobby Jindal isn't done yet. [18 November]
25 US Governors Ban Syrian Refugees, Except They Can't -- A great many stupid things have been said in the wake of the ISIS murders in Paris last week. Perhaps, the grandest idiocy of them all was the announcement by at least 25 governors of various US states that they would ban refugees from Syria from their jurisdictions. This is stupid on a number of levels. The refugees are actually running from the killers, for example. However, what makes this weapons-grade stupid is the fact that no governor of any US state has the power to ban anyone, and they all know it. [17 November]
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