Armstrong Williams from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:15:11 -0800 Armstrong Williams from Creators Syndicate 8bbf7d80fa48a371a23d6d44604f5d76 Megxit, Trump and the Generational Divide for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Far too much ink has been spilled in describing the parallels between a resurgent British nationalism &#8212; a la Brexit &#8212; and the social currents underlying President Donald Trump's MAGA movement. Both have been described as the culmination of a backlash against forces of globalization that created a glamorous, globetrotting elite on one hand and, on the other, a wasteland of economic decline and deprivation in both nations' heartlands.</p> <p>The savior, as prescribed under both the Brexit and MAGA theories, is to throw off the chains of globalization and go it alone. Hence, Britain chose, quite unequivocally, to repudiate the European Union, and America under Trump has boldly thrown out its role as global arbiter and instead asserted an "America First" agenda.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> ffdd57aa68c826b24f71828ce389401e Hatred Slashes the Bonds of Brotherhood for 01/10/2020 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Another news cycle brings with it the news of yet another anti-Semitic attack targeting America's Jewish community, as well as a fresh attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Texas.</p> <p>The scourge of bigoted hatred is not just alive and well; it is actually enjoying an uptick in this country. We need to be asking some very tough questions about the causes of this hatred. At the same time, it will be curious to see whether or not those who play a role in fomenting this terrible atmosphere of intolerance are willing to step forward and condemn it.</p> <p>Just to put the horror of this latest anti-Semitic outrage into the proper context, the facts of the attack warrant repeating &#8212; not out of a desire to be dramatic or hyperbolic but to illustrate how sick an individual must be to carry out such bloodthirsty and callous savagery.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> aeef982d07b8266193e2814f8e60cfde In the Soleimani Assassination, Trump Threads the Needle Between Boldness and Rashness for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Much of the domestic and international critique of President Donald Trump's unusual and unilateral decision to assassinate top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani centers around two issues. Firstly, was doing so part of a broader strategic aim? And secondly, will the consequences of this action backfire in terms of hampering American interests in the region? The answers to both questions remain murky, but some evidence is emerging.</p> <p>The president himself has indicated that Soleimani's assassination was retaliation for an Iraqi militia attack that culminated with the killing of a U.S. contractor. Subsequently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphatically states that Soleimani was planning additional "imminent" attacks on U.S. interests in the region. But this is nothing new. Soleimani and the Iranian Quds Force he led have long been chief adversaries in the region. In fact, former Iraq War commander Gen. David Petraeus confirmed as much in an interview on International Public Radio last Friday, when he admitted, "(Soleimani) was our most significant Iranian adversary during my four years in Iraq, (and) certainly when I was the Central Command commander, and very much so when I was the director of the CIA. He is unquestionably the most significant and important &#8212; or was the most significant and important &#8212; Iranian figure in the region."</p> <p>The decision to assassinate a major Iranian military general &#8212; as opposed to a nonstate terrorist leader &#8212; should involve not only strategic military considerations but also complex political and diplomatic dynamics. The fact of the matter is that Iran is one of the strongest and most stable nations in a region that has largely fallen into statelessness, as the ongoing carnage in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Libya and Syria confirm. Along with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran is one of the few state actors capable of exerting influence in the region. While Iran has long been a U.S. adversary dating back to the days of the Shah, America has at times relied upon Iran as a partner for peace in the region and even entered into a multilateral nuclear arms control treaty with Iran and the European Union under President Barack Obama. Therefore, the president's actions in bluntly assassinating a major component of Iran's government and military &#8212; especially in the absence of a clearly articulated strategy &#8212; takes on very grave implications. This is not some ragtag terrorist we are talking about. This is state-on-state war.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 1880a8b879bc4525f997141715b04df7 Killing Ourselves With Hate for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The recent shooting inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey is the latest example that we Americans are literally killing ourselves with hatred for our neighbors.</p> <p>It is just the latest in an ever-lengthening litany of putrid examples showing the terrible consequences of hating the "other" rather than loving in our hearts all of those created in God's image. The facts surrounding the murder of innocents just across the river from New York City illustrate how pervasive this problem is today.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> 94fb6819de90ac98b66ba82ef6560f52 America's Real 'Freedom Dividend': Hard Work and Pro-Business Policies for 12/26/2019