Pegasus is not simply a phone hacking technology; it is a weapon, one that elicits fear and threatens the lives and livelihoods of anyone whose mobile devices have been infected with it. According to NSO, its Pegasus spyware is named after the mythical winged horse, but NSO calls it a “Trojan horse,” and brags that it can fly anywhere and access anyone’s private information.
Whether Iran attains enhanced nuclear capability or not, the Islamic Republic already has a prominent and growing role in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. And it is in Lebanon that a variety of troubling regional fault lines now intersect just as the fractured Lebanese political system is on the brink of total collapse.
The attrition of the United States’ global hegemony is well underway, and with numerous and serious challenges at home—not least of which is a deeply divided populace roiling with White supremacist ideologies and domestic terrorists in the midst of a brutal pandemic—Biden cannot afford to take his eye off the domestic policy front, even as he and his administration struggle to cobble together a coherent foreign policy agenda.
The true audience for this trial is not the 100 Senators confined to their chamber, but rather, the nation as a whole—we, the people—who are collectively consuming news in an old-fashioned, long-form, no-spin format without commercial interruption.
The fact that AIPAC and its supporters were not able to muzzle or destroy Rep. Omar might be a good harbinger for progressives’ success in 2020. The White House will be the Democrats’ to lose if the old guard in the party refuses to make space for politicians like Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib.