The B+ Presidency of Barack Obama

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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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)

Israel and America Are Breaking Up (And For Once, Obama Is Ahead of the Curve)

It can be hard to see the difference between the relationships formed by leaders and the geopolitical relationships of states. Leaders can be friends; they can trust one another, they can hate one another, they can kiss one another.  That's because two leaders sitting in a room can function just like two dudes sitting in … Continue reading Israel and America Are Breaking Up (And For Once, Obama Is Ahead of the Curve)

Putin Should Scare The Hell Out Of Just About Everyone

In April, Russia invaded Crimea.  Behind a smokescreen of propaganda, Putin made it out like he was liberating Crimea's Russians from a proto-fascist regime in Kiev that was bent on butchering its opponents in the aftermath of its most recent revolution.  Western powers struggled to figure out a response; most of them hoped beyond hope … Continue reading Putin Should Scare The Hell Out Of Just About Everyone

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

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

Dividing and Watching: America in the Middle East

The United States has one, rock solid worldwide goal: prevent anyone else from ever becoming another Soviet Union. The Soviets were goddamned dangerous.  Not only did they harbor designs for world conquest, but they had the nukes, tanks, and territory to back it up.  Not since the American Revolutionary War has anyone properly threatened the … Continue reading Dividing and Watching: America in the Middle East

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