Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues and state and local politics. Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

Latest from Jay Bookman

Opinion: ‘Ask, and you shall receive’
 Note the date of the video below: July 27, 2016, in the heart of the presidential campaign. It’s important, and we’ll come back to it in a moment. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OsvWg2FBnts?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"...

Posted: 5 days ago

Note the date of the video below: July 27, 2016, in the heart of the presidential campaign. It’s important, and we’ll come back to it in a moment. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OsvWg2FBnts?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"...
Opinion: No good time to go ...

Posted: 5 days ago

If I could schedule these things for a slow news time, well, then I’d never be able to schedule these things. I’ll be gone on vacation for the next two weeks, and for much of that time will be wilderness camping and not be reachable. If something big breaks while I still have access, I’ll pop in. In the meantime ... ...
Opinion: The truth is not in him

Posted: 5 days ago

After his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump held a rally in Minnesota in which he reveled in his alleged success. Among other things, he told the crowd, “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back.” The date was June 20, and what Trump told America...
Opinion: The truth is not in him
 Upon returning from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Minnesota in which he reveled in his alleged success. Among other things, he told the crowd, “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back.” The date was June...

Posted: 6 days ago

Upon returning from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Minnesota in which he reveled in his alleged success. Among other things, he told the crowd, “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains, in fact today already 200 have been sent back.” The date was June...
Opinion: Anything for you, Vlad ....
 Let’s set aside the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Vladimir Putin tried to aid the election of Donald Trump. Just wipe it from your minds. For the sake of discussion, let’s also set aside the decades of business ties between Trump and Russian oligarchs. Ignore the Trump campaign’s repeated,...

Posted: 7 days ago

Let’s set aside the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Vladimir Putin tried to aid the election of Donald Trump. Just wipe it from your minds. For the sake of discussion, let’s also set aside the decades of business ties between Trump and Russian oligarchs. Ignore the Trump campaign’s repeated,...
Opinion: Roe v. Wade is on the line
 Well, they’re lying to somebody. For more than a generation, Republican politicians have told anti-abortion groups that their highest priority was to create a Supreme Court majority that would overturn Roe v. Wade. That was their promise; that was their goal. That was the holy cause toward which many conservative Republicans worked...

Posted: 8 days ago

Well, they’re lying to somebody. For more than a generation, Republican politicians have told anti-abortion groups that their highest priority was to create a Supreme Court majority that would overturn Roe v. Wade. That was their promise; that was their goal. That was the holy cause toward which many conservative Republicans worked...
Opinion: Cagle explains our goober-natorial primary

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia’s 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary might better be described as goober-natorial. With its absence of policy discussion and cartoonish ads, it has been an embarrassment to the state, to the Georgia Republican Party and to those participating in it. Then again, I’m just a liberal columnist for those lying Atlanta newspapers...
Opinion: The GOP’s goober-natorial runoff
 Georgia’s 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary might better be described as goober-natorial. With its absence of policy discussion and cartoonish ads, it has been an embarrassment to the state, to the Georgia Republican Party and to those participating in it. I would guess that it has also given pause to corporations and business leaders...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia’s 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary might better be described as goober-natorial. With its absence of policy discussion and cartoonish ads, it has been an embarrassment to the state, to the Georgia Republican Party and to those participating in it. I would guess that it has also given pause to corporations and business leaders...
Opinion: Here’s to romantic failure

Posted: 12 days ago

England prides itself as the original home for football, the game that we in America call soccer because, well, the word “football” was already taken. But since winning the World Cup in 1966 and collecting the iconic Jules Rimet trophy, England’s performance in major tournaments has been one disappointment after another...
Opinion: “ ... with malice toward some”
 With unemployment at 4 percent, the U.S. military is having a hard time meeting its recruitment goals. Even after raising signing bonuses and reducing standards, the U.S. Army was forced to announce in April that it was  lowering its 2018 goal from 80,000 to 76,000 recruitments. In making that announcement, Army Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged...

Posted: 12 days ago

With unemployment at 4 percent, the U.S. military is having a hard time meeting its recruitment goals. Even after raising signing bonuses and reducing standards, the U.S. Army was forced to announce in April that it was lowering its 2018 goal from 80,000 to 76,000 recruitments. In making that announcement, Army Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged...
Opinion: We have no strategy on trade

Posted: 12 days ago

Donald Trump is right about this much: China’s approach to free trade is unfair to the point of being predatory, especially on issues such as intellectual property and its refusal to let foreign companies compete fairly in the Chinese market. That said, however, Trump has so thoroughly botched efforts to address those and other issues...