A world without America

” You’ve been given a great gift, George. A chance to see what the world would be like without you.” So said George Bailey’s guardian angel, Clarence, in the 1946 classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Bailey, contemplating suicide, wishes he’d . . . Continue reading →

Tom discusses the Ukraine “deal” on Al Jazeera

I’ve talked several times during this crisis with John Siegenthaler at Al Jazeera America. Last night we talked about the “deal” (or whatever it is) reached in Geneva yesterday. The one the Russian separatists are already violating. Yes, I know I’m not . . . Continue reading →

The Axis of Crazy

After the Cold War, America was supposed to enjoy a long stretch of peace and quiet, in which the remaining superpower and its North Atlantic allies would administer a liberal order of global cooperation and trade. That was never a realistic idea. . . . Continue reading →

Will nuclear reductions return? Start with Europe

Now that the grueling business of the election is over, let’s leave aside the intractable mess of politics and the imminent Hellenization of the U.S. economy, and turn to the more optimistic issue of thermonuclear destruction. I kid, I kid. But compared . . . Continue reading →