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Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein served as associate deputy attorney general and general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan. He is now a partner in the firm Fein & DelValle, PLLC. Mr. Fein is also the author of "American Empire Before the Fall and Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy." You can contact him at Brucefeinlaw.

Articles by Bruce Fein

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Wrong way democracy

America's foreign policy is earmarked by wrong-way runs in promoting democracy. Published October 19, 2014

A petition before the Federal Communications Commission says use of the word "Redskins" over the airwaves when reporting on the professional football team causes a harrowing array of harms. Earlier this year, three logos for the Washington Redskins were included in a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling stripping the team of its trademarks.

The 'Redskins' virus

Freedom of speech is needed to protect speech that may be hated. Published October 17, 2014

Illustration on income inequality by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FEIN: In praise of income inequality

Simple justice dictates that economic prosperity turn on individual skill, foresight, industry and risk-taking — traits which vary across the broad spectrum of the human species like a bell-shaped curve. Published October 16, 2014

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston/File)

Don't trust Wesley Clark, generals on foreign policy

Wesley K. Clark, a retired U.S. Army eneral and former NATO supreme allied commander, has sallied forth with wildly naive or misplaced views about the United States and China in his new book, "Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership." Published October 13, 2014

HBO's Bill Maher, center, talks with actor Ben Affleck, left, and Sam Harris, author of "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion", during "Real Time With Bill Maher," in Los Angeles, Oct. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/HBO) ** FILE**

Bill Maher's reactionary bigotry

Showman Bill Maher needs education in the obvious. The Islamic State's predominant victims are other Muslims, both Shiites and Sunnis. The Muslims are targeted precisely because they have little or nothing in common with the Islamic State. Published October 12, 2014

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, Bernat Armangue)

Nobel Peace Prize panel stumbles

Both winners are admirable. They deserve Nobel Good Samaritan awards. But nothing they have done has diminished war. Published October 11, 2014

President Dwight Eisenhower stands with Capt. John A. Maurer, skipper of the cruiser St. Paul, as the warship moves along the Southern tip of Formosa during trip from Manila. (AP Photo, file)

Squinting at Vietnam War

The Department of Defense's planned expurgated history of the Vietnam War to commemorate its 50th anniversary is like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark. Published October 10, 2014

President Jefferson in 1801 delivered his State of the Union message in writing, worried that a personal appearance before Congress would too closely resemble the British monarch's practice of addressing each new Parliament with a list of policy mandates. (AP Photo/FILE)

Downsizing the presidency

President Jefferson in 1801 delivered his State of the Union message in writing, worried that a personal appearance before Congress would too closely resemble the British monarch's practice of addressing each new Parliament with a list of policy mandates. Published October 8, 2014

Kate Burns, left, one of the plaintiffs who challenged Colorado's 2006 voter-approved gay marriage ban, responds to questions during a news conference in Denver as attorney Mari Newman looks on after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear appeals from several states seeking to ban same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Supreme Court chooses discretion over valor on same sex marriage

In Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Falstaff defends his cowardice by lecturing, "'The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life." Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court correctly followed Falstaff's instruction by avoiding a ruling on whether the Constitution recognizes a right to same sex marriage. Published October 6, 2014

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Associated Press) **FILE**

Henry Kissinger's imperialism

As Secretary of State and national security adviser, Henry Kissinger was a heartless and erring imperialist worthy of Rudyard Kipling's "White Man's Burden." Published October 5, 2014

Then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams elaborated on Washington's admonition against objectless, gratuitous wars in his July 4, 1821 Address to Congress. He explained: "[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice."

The United States Empire

If the United States is not an empire, the word has lost all meaning. Published October 4, 2014

President Bush speaks to Vice President Dick Cheney by phone aboard Air Force One after departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo)

Airbrushing Bush's Iraq War debacle

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his bumbling co-authors of the Iraqi War have been busy airbrushing the history of the conflict. They have been falsely chorusing to the mainstream media that the war was won by President George W. Bush, but lost by President Barack Obama. Published October 2, 2014

U.S. Ambassador  James Cunningham, seated, signs the documents of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) at the presidential palace as Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, first right, and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, second right, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 30. Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-awaited security pact on Tuesday that will allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

FEIN: Afghanistan's 'decent interval' before collapse

To expect a coalition government between Afghanistan's Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah to succeed is to believe that the Montagues and Capulets could have governed the Roman Empire as a duumvirate. Published September 30, 2014


Casey Stengel (right) won seven World Series titles as manager of the Yankees, but none with the Mets. Bruce Fein compares those losing seasons with the CIA: "The intelligence community's chronic blunders bring to mind Casey Stengel's exasperation with the New York Mets: 'Can't anybody here play this game?' "

FEIN: Intelligence community blunders

The intelligence community's chronic blunders bring to mind Casey Stengel's exasperation with the New York Mets: "Can't anybody here play this game?" Published September 29, 2014

President Nixon waves goodbye to staff members outside the White House after resigning on Aug. 9, 1974, following revelations of the Watergate and other scandals.

Conditioning Senate confirmation of AG Holder's successor

he U.S. Senate should condition confirmation of any nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder on express commitments under oath to investigate and prosecute through a special prosecutor the Obama administration's rampant lawlessness reminiscent of the Nixon administration and Watergate. Published September 28, 2014