Will Putin Invade Ukraine For Winter? (Or: Putin’s Weakened Hand Will Make Him More Dangerous)

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The United Arab Emirates Goes To War (And for the rulers, all bets are off)

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An Atypical Plug (Or: Buy My Book!)

Normally we don't break character too much here, but it's important to plug oneself every there and again. I attempted suicide when I was 17. It was a bad idea.  A few years later, I got the same dumb notion into my head, but rather than having a repeat of history, I started writing this … Continue reading An Atypical Plug (Or: Buy My Book!)

Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)

"Conditions are perfect," muse Flight of the Concords just before they begin business time.  Obama's recent letter to the Supreme Ayatollah of Iran was not quite about to call things "perfect," but if Iran came across the United States swimming in a pool that up until now was too cold for Iran's delicate skin, the U.S. … Continue reading Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)

Israel and America Are Breaking Up (And For Once, Obama Is Ahead of the Curve)

It can be hard to see the difference between the relationships formed by leaders and the geopolitical relationships of states. Leaders can be friends; they can trust one another, they can hate one another, they can kiss one another.  That's because two leaders sitting in a room can function just like two dudes sitting in … Continue reading Israel and America Are Breaking Up (And For Once, Obama Is Ahead of the Curve)