Why Israel Is Too Hot To Talk About (Or, Why Internet Discussions About It Descend Rapidly Into Idiocy)

Nations don't have friends, they have interests.  Thanks De Gaulle!  Such an idea underpins much in foreign relations.  Nobody out there is friends with your country, much as you might think they are.  And yet, quite stubbornly, the U.S.-Israeli relationship continues to be categorized not as a strategic one but one based on fraternal bonds … Continue reading Why Israel Is Too Hot To Talk About (Or, Why Internet Discussions About It Descend Rapidly Into Idiocy)

Bashar the Butcher is Winning (Because killing people is what he does well)

Ever since late May, when Hezbollah entered Syria's civil war, the rebellion has faltered. This is the Empire Strikes Back portion of the war. All hope seems lost; serious questions arise about the rebels' unity; will the evil government crush the heroic rebellion once and for all? All nonsense aside, people are really dying - … Continue reading Bashar the Butcher is Winning (Because killing people is what he does well)

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