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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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

The nation-state (and why it wants to kill)

So let’s go over precisely what a nation-state is.  It’s gotta be hyphenated for a reason.  The first word, nation, means a common cultural group – the nation of France loves wine, cheese, and hates the nation of England but not enough to go to war over it. When building a nation-state, the first thing … Continue reading The nation-state (and why it wants to kill)