Generational Theory Expressed In American Power (Or, How Baby Boomers Are Running The Country)

This website is relatively popular, as geopolitical websites go.  But I've certainly noticed that websites with more comments, more debate, and greater popularity often express strong anti-institutional bias; that is, they're on about how the government or corporations or whatever are utter shit and then tinge that with whatever political views they have.  People jump … Continue reading Generational Theory Expressed In American Power (Or, How Baby Boomers Are Running The Country)

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5 Great Conspiracies Made Geopolitical

It's tons of fun to fall into alternative realities, as well as think you're smarter than everyone around you.  Hence the reason why conspiracy theory books sell quite well, and why, even when somebody can't properly calculate the strength loss caused by ignited jet fuel, they might still believe Mossad was behind 9/11. But I … Continue reading 5 Great Conspiracies Made Geopolitical

Tribalism and the State (Spoiler: The State Always Wins)

During my years out in the desert town of Al Ain in the UAE, I came up against a number of students who were, to say the least, proudly ignorant.  It was fucking annoying as all hell to work with them.  Being thick was a badge of honor for some of them, and learning about … Continue reading Tribalism and the State (Spoiler: The State Always Wins)

What We Think We’ve Learned From Syria

It's been over a week.  That's the appropriate time to draw lessons, right?  Alright, let's make a quick run down of the situation. Without warning, Putin offered something approaching a good idea He did this to save Assad from an impending military strike (which despite Congressional resistance would probably have happened even without approval) and … Continue reading What We Think We’ve Learned From Syria

Even Bad Leaders Have a Tough Time Destroying Strong Nations

With the recent flurry over who's winning and who's losing in this whole Syrian disarmament thing, I found it a useful exercise to take a step back and focus on the bigger trends.  A lot of people are calling this a win for Putin and a loss for Obama, with some going so far as … Continue reading Even Bad Leaders Have a Tough Time Destroying Strong Nations

The Rogue State Depoliticized

(Preface: Did anybody, and I mean anybody, see this coming?  Right now, Syria's best left untouched.  Events are moving and I'm not in the room for any of the meetings.  Will Assad give up his chemical weapons and be allowed to conventionally slaughter the rest of his country?  Time is now going to have to tell. … Continue reading The Rogue State Depoliticized

Syria Is Not Important Enough To Start World War III

Good Lord.  In a way, I'm shocked that I even have to say this, but I'm seeing plenty of evidence some people are thinking the world's about to end. Yes, the Internet is full of terrible ideas, alternative realities, and conspiracy theories, but this one seems to be pretty popular every time I type in … Continue reading Syria Is Not Important Enough To Start World War III

Even a Small Attack in Syria Could Tip The Scales (Because Small Guys Get Knocked Over Easier)

It is, in many ways, elementary.  Bigger is better, stronger, and more able to survive punishment.  The smaller something becomes, the more fragile it is.  A lot of fretting is going into the long-term effects of an air assault on Syria.  Most of it centers on how Americans feel about themselves following eight long years … Continue reading Even a Small Attack in Syria Could Tip The Scales (Because Small Guys Get Knocked Over Easier)

The Imperial Presidency Takes a Step Back (Or, why America’s finally rolling back to life before 9/11)

President Obama has done the unthinkable - he's asked Congress for permission.  Never mind that he didn't much bother for Libya, or continues to not much bother for the extensive drone war in Yemen, or will he much bother any other time should America's interests be threatened by some kind of hair-trigger, do-or-die crisis.  This … Continue reading The Imperial Presidency Takes a Step Back (Or, why America’s finally rolling back to life before 9/11)