JP Sotille: Like a bristling political antenna, Trump picked up the growing unease in rural and suburban America and masterfully transmitted broad emotional, identity-based appeals rooted in the nation’s shifting demography.
JP Sotille: Although it’s easy to dismiss this long, strange electoral trip as a passing political malady rising from America’s fever swamps, there are plenty of good reasons to get into the tin foil millinery business.
JP Sotille: Democrats have become the party of bare-knuckled, full-throated American Exceptionalism. That transformation was announced with a vein-popping zeal by retired general and wannabe motivation screamer John Allen at the Democratic convention in the City of Brotherly Love.
JP Sottile: Despite the 2008 Wall Street crash and government promises of reform, the old back-scratching ways of special favors and influence are again in vogue – as if they were ever out of style.
JP Sotille: US officials never miss an opportunity to talk about “pivoting” its wildly-popular Global War on Terror to a new effort in Asia.
JP Sotille: That’s right, America. If you’re planning early for the upcoming holiday season, the travel bugs over at the Weekly Standard invite you to “…study with the boss in Jerusalem this winter at a weeklong seminar” appealingly titled “The Case for Nationalism.”
JP Sotille: Because terrorism is a tactic—not a political system or a regime—the shadowy, State Department-assisted Special Ops industry that fights them will, unlike the sullen enthusiasts of the Cold War, never be bereft of an enemy.
JP Sotille: The reality is that the Spook State now has a well-practiced mockingbird with access to millions of willing ears.
Employee Army: Will the Pentagon’s planned reduction of the Army to “pre-World War II levels” be met with post-Vietnam-like problems?
Boeing Gets Tax Refund: Boeing found ways to whittle down its effective tax rate so much that it became, in effect, a source of revenue.
God and Climate Change: The Holy Trinity of big oil, natural gas and “clean” coal grease the palms of political roundheels.
America and France Allied: Although Americans’ favorability toward France has finally recovered to the norm established throughout the 90s.
Al-Qaeda Menace: An ill-defined al-Qaeda is the crucial element sustaining the War On Terror.