The Monday Morning Teaser

Never a dull moment. I had thought the turn of the New Year would provide a good opportunity to reset the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, which I’ve been trying not to obsess over. (Whoever the Democrats nominate, I will vote for him or her against Trump, whom I regard as a threat to the survival of American democracy. I also expect that a Democratic administration, whoever heads it, will run into the limits of Congress. So, unlike many of this blog’s commenters, I don’t expect life under a Biden administration to be all that different from life under a Sanders administration or an any-other-Democrat administration. But any of them would be a huge relief after Trump.)

Or maybe there’d be new developments in the impeachment story, which I’ve also been trying (less successfully) to avoid obsessing over. (And new revelations have added a few bricks to the case against Trump.)

But no. Suddenly the prospect of war with Iran is front and center, and it’s hard to think about anything else. The story tends to fragment; as soon as you pick up one piece, you realize there’s another piece you need to consider: What’s going on between the US and Iran? Or between the US and Iraq? Or the administration and Congress? Or the administration and the law? Or within the administration itself? Maybe we should be worrying about what Iranian cultural sites might be on Trump’s list of 52 targets, or maybe we should question whether such a list even exists anywhere but in Trump’s imagination. Maybe the life-and-death reality of the situation is just a sideshow, and the real motive is to boost Trump’s 2020 campaign. Or not.

Anyway, this week’s featured post “Is it War Yet?” (which should be out soon) will try to sort all that out, to the extent that such a project is possible given the overall confusion and possible dishonesty.

The weekly summary will say a little about the state of the 2020 presidential race and impeachment, as well as the Australian wildfires and a few other things, before closing with the cutest mixed drink I’ve seen in a long time. That should be out before noon.

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  • Bill  On January 6, 2020 at 9:07 am

    …”overall confusion and possible dishonesty”? …….Sadly, it’s overall confusion and probable dishonesty. It’s hard not to be skeptical these days.

  • Creigh Gordon  On January 6, 2020 at 11:09 am

    “A Democratic administration…would run into the limits of Congress”.

    Which makes the bully pulpit more important

  • JP  On January 6, 2020 at 11:27 am

    “I don’t expect life under a Biden administration to be all that different from life under a Sanders administration or an any-other-Democrat administration.”

    In terms of legislation passed, I agree, but I expect Warren would try to staff her administration and make executive appointments very differently than Biden, which could be consequential.

  • ccyager  On January 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    My first thought when I heard about the air strike last week that killed the Iranian general was “what a ‘Wag the Dog’ moment! He’s trying to deflect attention away from impeachment!” I don’t think the air strike was well thought through, as usual, because 45 is not one to think things through. I suspect the consequences will play out in ways neither 45 or anyone in his administration thought of, if they took the time to think at all.

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