Why America Finds It Impossible To Abandon, Or To Win, In Afghanistan

The pundits were not kind to Trump's "new" strategy. "Trump risks the worst of both worlds: leaving the US and its allies neither up nor down, without a clearly defined mission, and stuck in the middle of a worsening conflict," wrote The Guardian. "Yet another US president continues, at the cost of tens of thousands of … Continue reading Why America Finds It Impossible To Abandon, Or To Win, In Afghanistan

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Bowe Bergdahl and the Geopolitics of Ending a War

I'm in Washington D.C. this week, and good God will they not shut up about him.  Treason! cry the hardcore conservatives.  Hypocrites! cry their enemies.  All in all, it's very annoying.  But beyond the headlines of dummy-wandering-off-base-and-getting-captured-for-five-years-and-does-that-make-him-a-bad-person lies the real tale of the U.S. trying to pull as much it can from the unsolvable war … Continue reading Bowe Bergdahl and the Geopolitics of Ending a War

Hamad Karzai Apparently Wants To Get Shot In A Public Square

After thirteen long years, the Afghan War - or at least America's part in it - seems to be coming to a close.  Whatever forces are left will not be in it to change Afghanistan from one of the world's most undeveloped nations to a shining beacon of democracy and liberty.  It's been a hard … Continue reading Hamad Karzai Apparently Wants To Get Shot In A Public Square

Saddle Up – It’s Only Going to Get Worse in World Politics

Dominating American headlines is the government shutdown and the looming default.  The American public is not pleased; yet strong forces keep this otherwise pointless fight going.  Much of it concerns attitudes towards leadership, government, and the power of the state, and is well reflected in the predictions of generational theory.  Other parts, however, are about … Continue reading Saddle Up – It’s Only Going to Get Worse in World Politics

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)

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)