Bombing Syria Now Will Save Lives Later

Thus begins the Great Hand-Wringing.  The United Kingdom's out; Congress is demanding the president explain himself; everyone wants to wait on the UN weapons inspectors before making a decision.  It's all quite understandable, considering, well, this.  But holding back won't save anyone.  Here's why. This is not Iraq in 2003, for God's sake Everyone likes … Continue reading Bombing Syria Now Will Save Lives Later

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It’s Time to Break Putin

There are plenty out there who are pissed about Vladimir Putin giving Edward Snowden asylum, but only a few who are noticing it as part of the wider pattern of Russia under Putin.  Since winning election in 2000, Putin's Russia has been slowly positioning itself back to an aggressive great power, ready to expand empire … Continue reading It’s Time to Break Putin

The Muslim Brotherhood chooses a fight it can’t win (Or, how to lose an urban war)

So begins the cycle of violence in Egypt.  The Muslim Brotherhood has thrown down and called for rebellion against the army; some will heed that call.  But Egypt is no Syria.  Should there be something like a civil war, it will be far faster and decisive in Egypt than Syria.  Here’s why. Egypt’s population density … Continue reading The Muslim Brotherhood chooses a fight it can’t win (Or, how to lose an urban war)

Dividing and Watching: America in the Middle East

The United States has one, rock solid worldwide goal: prevent anyone else from ever becoming another Soviet Union. The Soviets were goddamned dangerous.  Not only did they harbor designs for world conquest, but they had the nukes, tanks, and territory to back it up.  Not since the American Revolutionary War has anyone properly threatened the … Continue reading Dividing and Watching: America in the Middle East

Iran’s Strategic Imperatives (Or, How Iran Will Try To Avoid Being Gang-Raped By The International Community)

It's hot, then it's cold, it's yes, then it's no, it's in, then it's out, etc.  Did you know Katy Perry was describing Iran?  Well, she wasn't.  Nevertheless, Iran is a land of contrasts.  Let's hear it for opposites!  And because there's so much, this makes Iran more complicated. Iran's geography makes it a tough … Continue reading Iran’s Strategic Imperatives (Or, How Iran Will Try To Avoid Being Gang-Raped By The International Community)

So on it goes

And thus America goes into Syria. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/obama-approves-military-aid-syrian-rebels-article-1.1372540 It will be done as cheaply as possible; the last phase might involve a no fly zone. Make no mistake, however - America could give a shit about a democratic or free Syria.  That would be lovely, of course, because such a country would likely align with the … Continue reading So on it goes