How Vietnam Went From American Foe to American Friend

It's easy to hold grudges; it envelopes one in a sense of superiority, a feeling of wronged righteousness, that allows irrational behavior to feel very, very good.  When someone hurts you, it can be wonderful to lord that over them forever. Few wars in American history involve as many hurt feelings as the Vietnam War. … Continue reading How Vietnam Went From American Foe to American Friend

The Dynasty Has Gotten Too Fat: Or, Kim Jong Un’s Gout Is Both Predictable and Potentially Disastrous

One should never take something complicated - like a nation-state of 24.9 million - and reduce its fate to a single personality.  Caesar may be fat, incestuous, and even downright evil, but that does not mean the Empire will fall (and there are plenty of cases where bad leaders still led good states). That being … Continue reading The Dynasty Has Gotten Too Fat: Or, Kim Jong Un’s Gout Is Both Predictable and Potentially Disastrous

What’s an ideal state? Well, New Zealand has some answers

On my visit here to New Zealand, it's been pretty clear this is a lovely place. Forget the mountains, snow, and scenery, which many terribly run states have (such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia). Rather, it's how easy it is to manage this state. If you die and come back as a Leader, choose a … Continue reading What’s an ideal state? Well, New Zealand has some answers

A Sum-Up Of Why China, Japan, And The U.S. Are All At One Another In The Pacific

The Pacific is a lot more interesting than it's been in years, thanks to a great game of ship-building, missile-deploying, and defense-procuring all around the Pacific Rim.  More than Europe, the Pacific is in the middle of a geopolitical struggle for security, prosperity, and dominance between three traditional nation-states.  Everybody wants to be happy, but … Continue reading A Sum-Up Of Why China, Japan, And The U.S. Are All At One Another In The Pacific