Category Archives: Foreign

Bureaucratic Patriotism

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World leaders gathered in Paris over the weekend to commemorate Armistice Day. It occurred 100 years ago. French president Macron used the occasion to trash Trump’s idea of nationalism. He called it a “betrayal of patriotism.”

So President Trump went into a snit. He insisted his helicopter couldn’t fly in the rain and skipped a cemetery visit.

Earlier Macron and  Angela Merkel embraced patriotism for an E.U. army that would stand up to China and America.

So, classicist author Victor Davis Hanson offered a history lesson about French leaders and nationalism.

Oh, and a 101 year old French woman mistook Chancellor Merkel for the 60 something wife of the the 40 year old Macron.

Migrant Caravan

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CNN reports the migrant caravan could be weeks away.

Saudis Admit Khashoggi Murdered

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The Saudis now admit that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They claim he died in a fist fight.

But the Turks (no friends of press freedom either) say otherwise.

Mike Allen in Axios quotes a “Republican source” on “the reason President Trump is buying the Saudis’ story: “Constraining Iran is the priority and Saudi is a critical ally in that effort. That ‘trumps’ the horrible human rights violation.”

9/11 Book Seventeen Years Later

My how times change… Here are a few cartoons from my 9/11 book published in 2002. Click on any of the images to get a readable image in a new tab.
9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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9/11 book - Bok! The 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons - Chip Bok, University of Akron Press 2002

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Unindicted Co-Conspiritor Witch Hunt

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President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen ratted him out. He says Trump directed him to arrange hush money payments to a playboy model and a porn star. Trump then reimbursed him for the Stormy Daniels payment. Cohen claims that helped Trump’s 2016 election chances and therefore it was an illegal in-kind campaign contribution.

Witch Hunt

Democrats are wary of impeachment talk but Cohen’s lawyer (and Bill Clinton’s old impeachment defender)  Lanny Davis is howling “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But Bill Clinton’s former speech writer Mark Penn says there’s nothing illegal about it. Had Trump used campaign funds to pay hush money it would have been an illegal personal use of campaign funds. So using his own money can’t be considered a campaign contribution. And Professor Dershowitz says even if it is a campaign contribution there’s no limit to the amount Trump can contribute to his own campaign.

Trump tweets “witch hunt.” Stay tuned.