Go back to 2015. In the politically placid Obama years, the trends seemed logical, forwarding-looking, and strategic. America was pivoting to Asia, for China's rise was clearly a much greater threat to U.S. power than whatever might happen in the Middle East. It was signing a nuclear deal with Iran, for to have balance in … Continue reading American identity is key to understanding U.S. geopolitics
(This post originally appeared at American Politics Made Super) The Many Scenarios of a Republican Civil War In August 2016, I was penning an article titled “The Coming Republican Civil War.” The premise was simple: after a self-inflicted Trumpian defeat in November, the party of Lincoln would tear itself asunder assigning blame and shedding factions. But Hillary … Continue reading The Many Scenarios of an (American) Republican Civil War
(Originally published in July 2013, this piece still feels relevant today as people debate whether the world would be better off, especially given President Trump, absent the United States. It has been edited to reflect the more formal style the site has taken the past couple of years and includes both parts. Enjoy!) Let’s … Continue reading The World Without America
It's become the phrase of the week: the Deep State, a cabal of anti-Trump ideologues seeking a coup against a democratically-elected president hiding within the warrens of the CIA, State Department, and any other agency that can be labeled as "shadowy." The reputed "Deep State" is the boogeyman of the Trumpistas frustrated that their president is … Continue reading America Has No Deep State, And Egypt Helps Prove It
The faded signs of "Hope and Change" still linger in the attics and closets of millions of Americans. I still have my old campaign t-shirt; I worked the phone bank in 2008 in Arizona, where ubiquitous caller ID screens let people decide if they were going to thank me or shout at me before they even … Continue reading The B+ Presidency of Barack Obama
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Both Qatar and Russia hoped to use the World Cup to build their up their soft power and shortcut development. But the international system headed by the United States was never going to make that easy.
World War III is still remote, but that doesn't mean Putin won't skirt with it in the Baltic Republics.