May 5, 2016
With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party's nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the "braggadocious" real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is trying to keep that from happening. "You know what, I think something different and something new is probably good for our party," he said Wednesday in an interview with CNN. But other Republicans have vowed never to support Trump, who outlasted 16 other competitors for the nomination.
May 2, 2016 |
My grandmother would have had a Yiddish word for Donald Trump's "major" foreign-policy speech last week: meshugaas . That refers to something so senseless or crazy it's almost incomprehensible. Indeed, the Trump talk was so incoherent, so full of contradictions, that, in normal times, it would have been quickly relegated to the realm of late-night comics. But these aren't normal times. As Trump moves within grasp of the GOP nomination, the dangers of Trumpism are no laughing matter.
April 2, 2016
Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee's principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable dishonesty. Hillary Clinton's supposedly supreme presidential qualification is not her public prominence, which is derivative from her marriage, or her unremarkable tenure in a similarly derivative Senate seat. Rather, her supposed credential is her foreign policy mastery.
January 16, 2016
What boxer Sonny Liston's manager said of him (Sonny had his good points, the trouble was his bad points) is true of Marco Rubio. His strengths include intelligence, articulateness, and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of 2013, sugar, Libya, and S-590. Together these reveal a recurring penchant for ill-considered undertakings. Rubio's retreat, under withering political heat, from the immigration bill was undignified but not reprehensible.
September 30, 2015 |
* FRONTLINE: MY BROTHER'S BOMBER. 10 tonight, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, WHYY12. KEN DORNSTEIN'S story reads like a feature film. A man who's spent his career behind the scenes of a TV news magazine decides to leave behind his wife and two young children and sneak into Libya, a country in turmoil, in search of the people who might be responsible for the murder of his older brother, and 269 others, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. Starting tonight,...
January 27, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Their homecoming has been long awaited. Every time the remains of Navy Master Commandant Richard Somers and the crew of the USS Intrepid get the attention of leaders in Washington, world events intervene. More than 200 years ago, the seamen sailed their explosives-laden vessel into Libya's Tripoli harbor to strike a blow against a pirate fleet and died when the ship blew up. They were the first identified Americans killed in combat to be buried abroad, and their return was strongly sought by the Somers family - to no avail.
January 26, 2015 |
This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah - whose successor is also old and ill - adds to the turmoil in the region.
November 27, 2014
ISSUE | FERGUSON, MO. Battling, losing The grand jury reviewed the facts in Ferguson and did not find evidence to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Now we see the truly predictable response of the community in Ferguson. With violence, looting, and disrespect for all, they devalue their legitimate grievances. |Marc J. Horman, M.D., Doylestown, email@example.com Credible, unheard It would appear that the people of Ferguson and their outside agitator guests heard not a word of prosecutor Robert McCulloch's detailed, cogent explanation of the decision by the grand jury, which included three black members.
May 7, 2014
War on words As a Rutgers undergraduate in 1965, I was personally outraged when history professor and avowed Marxist Eugene Genovese said, "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory in Vietnam. I welcome it. " However, I was even more outraged when Wayne Dumont, the Republican candidate for governor, called for Genovese's ouster. His attempt to muzzle free speech mobilized opposition to Dumont at Rutgers and caused me to cast my first vote ever for Democrat Richard Hughes.
February 11, 2014 |
Last week, half-a-world away, Irvin Richter, 69, was visiting clients in United Arab Emirates, Oman and South Africa, trying to nail down deals worth tens of millions of dollars to his construction consulting company, Hill International Inc., in Marlton. The potential for reward is huge. So is the potential for risk. Ask Richter, Hill's chairman and chief executive, about trying to collect on a mostly unpaid $60 million bill from Libya. "They've since paid us a couple of million and we expect to be paid more soon," he said.