We ignore uncomfortable truths. The melding of the horrors of slavery and civil rights era lynchings with the killing of George Floyd, all wrapped in the Theory of Everything of systemic racism, flirts with incitement to violence. It won’t fix anything but falling MSM circulation rates, but that’s sort of the point.

Charles Blow in the NYT writes there is a direct line from disobedient slaves whipped in the 17th century to blacks lynched in the 20th to George Floyd in 2021, cranked on Fentanyl, dying in restraint after trying to pass a phony $20 bill. …


If only we’d been able to see sooner the disease wasn’t the hoax, the response was.

How do we even know now? Pigs are flying everywhere. After fanning COVID panic for a year, Democratic newsletter Salon admits it was all for partisan purposes: “Americans have been sucked into an all-or-nothing approach, with your choice of all or nothing depending largely on your partisan identity.”

Salon continues “Trump’s rejection of sensible precautions caused many of his political opponents to run hard in the opposite direction, embracing the lockdowns as if they were a point of personal virtue and inherent good, instead of a temporary and deeply unpleasant measure necessary to contain the virus. Worse, liberals were so…


Following yet another significant mass shooting (Atlanta, not Boulder or any others this week) we turn to the most important question: how it can be politicized?

That means reflexively declaring the murders in Georgia a hate crime against Asians, triggered within a mentally ill white man by remarks Trump made a year ago labeling COVID the “Wuhan Flu.” The women killed, with a mix of Korean and Chinese names, some of whom may have been American citizens, simply were first turned into generic “Asians” and then ubiquitous victim-props of, well, Trump, white supremacy, maybe all Fox viewers.

Of the eight…


New data shows the U.S. State Department was a more diverse workplace in 1986 than it is today. Despite recruiting a more diverse pool of diplomats over three decades, the Department has failed to promote them, and ultimately to retain them. Why?

The Politico article with this new data does a comprehensive job of describing how the agency that represents America does not look like America. The article, however, does a mediocre job of explaining the reasons behind the failure, and how they contribute to larger problems and group-think diplomatic failures.

State does indeed have a diversity problem. The problem…


The Texas governor announced residents will no longer be required to wear masks. Some 15 other states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee — also do not have mask orders in place.

Criticism of Texas (there are not enough votes in the other states to warrant much criticism) was swift. Joe Biden called the unmasking “Neanderthal thinking.” Photogenic loser Beto O’Rourke said the unmandate is a “death warrant killing the people of Texas.”

We’ve seen this all before. About a year ago when Florida reopened its…


We know what keeps America safe at night — rough men on walls stand ready to visit violence on those who would do us harm, duh. But what about Canada? Or say, Cambodia or Bolivia? How do they stay safe?

This is by way of trying to figure out why Joe Biden bombed Syria and derailed the resumption of the Iran nuclear accord, and why he has called off, delayed, or stalled further withdrawals from the places along the bloody trail of the old Global War of Terror. Canada (along with Cambodia, Bolivia and most others) never sent any of…


Joe Biden and the Democrats got themselves elected. When do they plan to start governing?

Everyone was supposed to calm down once Uncle Joe took office. Good old Joe. CNN got it, running an article about how Joe plays Mario Kart with the grandkids, has a nice non-dumpster wood fire in the Oval Office, and goes to bed early. Politico ran a hard-biting piece on how “the first couple’s romantic gestures aren’t just genuine — they’re restorative.” A lot of familiar people are in the cabinet and mid-level positions. It’s 2016 again. Safe, happy 2016. …


As the new administration drags itself through the failed muck of Obama political cosplay-replay, one leftover bit of foreign policy deserves a second chance: the Iran Nuclear Accords. Steps toward peace were a good idea in 2015 and an even better idea in 2021.

The United States and Iran (again) have an opportunity to end decades of hostility. The Nuclear Accord, however imperfect, would bind the two nations along with a NATO and others to years of engagement and leave open the door to fuller relationships. As Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote, the accord “is not a ceiling, but…


That Super Bowl commercial could have been so much worse.

“This is Bruce ‘Born to Run’ Springsteen, and when I’m driving down Thunder Road in my Pink Cadillac listening to some Radio Nowhere looking for a Red Headed Woman, I know these aren’t my Glory Days any more. So it ain’t no sin to be glad for Cialis. Come on up for The Rising!”

Or imagine Springsteen promoting a reverse mortgage, or some prescription drug with an X and Z in its name, ending with Bruce saying “Check with your doctor, and tell ’em the Boss sent ya.”

I can…


You can only make up your own definition of “incitement” in the movies and at presidential impeachment trials. Otherwise the actual law is going to have to do.

The picture is becoming clearer now: 1/6 will be sold to frightened Americans as a new 9/11, the prime mover for a whole new range of “crimes.” …

Peter Van Buren

Author of Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and WE MEANT WELL: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts + Minds of the Iraqi People

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