Patrick Cockburn at Counterpunch explains why the British seem to get counterterrorism wrong. Long story short: Western adventures in the Middle East cause more terrorism than the internet does. Long story somewhat longer: folks actually about to commit terrorism can't seem to shut up about it, but the British government puts way too much effort into investigating and harassing foreigners obviously not about to commit terrorism. There may be no better writer about terrorism on Earth than Patrick Cockburn.
Speaking of warrantless wiretapping, our own NSA now says it's not going to tell us how many good Americans get swept up in their surveillance dragnet. Because it's too hard, of course -- which seems to be what all big talkers say when their mouths write checks their asses can't cash. Even Sen. Graham, no great fan of getting warrants before spying on people, suggests he might not reauthorize the NSA's spying authority because of this development, though I'm sure he'll back down. But if you get swamped in information about potential "terrorists," you make it that much harder to find real ones.
And now the New York Times wrings its hands over the growing "divide" in the Democratic party between the rank-and-file and the establishment, possibly "disrupt(ing) the party's path to a majority" in the 2018 midterms. Right -- just like the Tea Party's spirited inflexibility scuttled Republican attempts to retake the House in 2010. I kid, of course -- the "liberal" media only ever allows Republicans to make demands in America, while labeling the rest of us "extremists" if we want someone better than a center-right corporatist to represent us.
Billionaire hedge-fund manager takes to LinkedIn to criticize President Trump for choosing "conflict" over "harmony" and the good of the "part" over the "whole." I often hesitate to criticize folks for coming to the party late (you know, Parable of the Prodigal Son and all), but, frankly, what this guy's saying has been obvious to everyone who doesn't treat politics like a sporting event, and for a while now. Plus, he's a little New Age-y for my taste -- was there no other phrase to describe how Mr. Trump would stimulate the economy besides "ignite animal spirits"?
Finally, regarding the upcoming special election in Georgia's 6th U.S. House district, and Stuart Rothenberg calls the race "almost a must-win" for Democrats, because "it would have a significant impact on the political narrative of the summer and early fall" if they lost. Beware people who make a living "shaping the narrative" telling you that wins or losses will "shape the narrative." Also beware people who pretend that "narratives" shape elections, and democracy, more than people do. That New Age-y hedge fund manager already looks better.