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)

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Iran’s Coming In From the Cold (And won’t be as scary as many think)

The United Nations this weekend asked Iran to have a seat.  Holy suicide bombing scrotums!  This cannot be allowed!  The usual suspects raised a protest. The times they are a-changin' From 1945-79, Iran was the linchpin of America's Anti-Soviet strategy.  The Iranian Revolution was a disaster from America's standpoint (and also the standpoint of anyone … Continue reading Iran’s Coming In From the Cold (And won’t be as scary as many think)

2013 in Review (Or, A Cliche but Highly Traditional Way to Ring in A New Year)

I'll be off on holiday for the next few weeks, so there'll be no updates until January 6, 2014.  So why not end this year with a review of that which happened, that which didn't happen, and that which might come next, in a final geopolitical round-up of the year. It was shit to be … Continue reading 2013 in Review (Or, A Cliche but Highly Traditional Way to Ring in A New Year)

Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

I've let my contempt for Saudi Arabia's current governing system be known - several times.  This is because it's a personality-centric system driven by personalities that most of you wouldn't want to invite to dinner.  In such systems, psychology matters when understanding certain events.  Let's take a walk through, shall we, and understand Saudi state … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)

Iran’s Deal One Step Closer to Total American Domination (And Incidentally, One Step Closer to Peace)

First, a review. America wants a Middle East divided into a stable balance of power guaranteed by the United States  This is the working formula for Europe that ended European anarchy.  Remember that from the unification of Germany in 1871 to the end of World War II, Europe was endemically at war or near enough to … Continue reading Iran’s Deal One Step Closer to Total American Domination (And Incidentally, One Step Closer to Peace)

Geopolitical Round-up (November 22)

So let's take a quick run-around the world and see what's what in the news these days, looking how power relationships are changing as we move into the mid-point of the decade. The Middle East The Iranian nuclear negotiations go on; Saudi Arabia and Israel are not happy.  America is trying to find a way … Continue reading Geopolitical Round-up (November 22)

Saudi Arabia’s Panic Is Geopolitically Sound

If you've lived in the Persian Gulf for a while, seeing one of its countries throw a shit-fit on an international stage won't surprise you all that much.  You get used to that kind of ridiculous chaos; you see one dumb, doomed project connected to a badly-planned roundabout removal scheme merging into a seemingly nonsensical … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Panic Is Geopolitically Sound

How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

It’s closing time.  The bar’s about to shut up and you’ve got to get out.  But there’s that one guy, sitting over there in the corner, who’s been alone the entire night.  You can already tell he’s super drunk.  When they ask him to leave, he tells them to shove it up their asses.  A … Continue reading How To Make Your Nation Go Nuts

The Geopolitical Game of the Persian Gulf (Or, how all the king’s men are increasingly screwed)

Iran's back in the news - deal or no deal, they ask?  Much of it hinges on internal factors nobody knows except the Iranian government's higher ups.  You can flip a coin and be just as likely to be right, so we won't bother. Across the Gulf, the shiekhs and kings (and one sultan) watch … Continue reading The Geopolitical Game of the Persian Gulf (Or, how all the king’s men are increasingly screwed)

Syria Is Not Important Enough To Start World War III

Good Lord.  In a way, I'm shocked that I even have to say this, but I'm seeing plenty of evidence some people are thinking the world's about to end. Yes, the Internet is full of terrible ideas, alternative realities, and conspiracy theories, but this one seems to be pretty popular every time I type in … Continue reading Syria Is Not Important Enough To Start World War III