Columnists

  • The real deep state

    For this writer, the ongoing impeachment inquiry in Congress has generated two principal observations. First, it is a fact that as president, Donald Trump has committed multiple crimes that warrant impeachment and removal from office. They include the use of the presidency (and taxpayer dollars) to further his own personal political and financial interests, witness

  • Cyberwar

    National defense strategy has traditionally focused on the role of military forces (air, land and sea) supplemented by intelligence operations (espionage and covert disruptions of an adversary’s economy and government). With the launch of Russia’s Sputnik in 1957 a new arena opened up — space. Intercontinental ballistic missiles and surveillance satellites became integral to American

  • Time for the running of the bills in Augusta

    The second regular session of the 129th Legislature is taking shape, even though it doesn’t start until the new year. It is the “short” session, the second year of the biennium, and per the Maine Constitution is limited to considering legislation “limited to budgetary matters,” bills submitted by the Governor’s office, bills reported out of

  • The Islamic State decapitated

    President Trump announced on Sunday that a daring U.S. commando raid in Syria resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State and the world’s most wanted terrorist. The longer-term implications of this event will become clear over time, but there is much we already know. (1) Baghdadi was the architect

  • Mills shines on the international stage

    Mills for president! Our Governor has been making a splash on the international scene, giving a much more favorable impression of Maine than some other politicians we could mention. First it was the United Nations, where she addressed the UN General Assembly at a Climate Action Summit; then it was meeting with the prime minister

  • Betrayal

    The minimum requirements for an effective foreign policy can be summed up in two points: (1) it must be guided by and serve the national interest and (2) it must be informed, i.e. based on knowledge and expertise. Grounding in the national interest should be almost second nature for any policymaker. As for knowledge, the