Despite Trump, America is still going to rival Russia

Helsinki was, by virtually every American political measure, a disaster.  Only the Trump base - the very people he need not convince - were unaffected.  Their commitment to Trump is a fascinating phenomenon in and of itself, as is Trump's willingness to preach to this particular choir even at the expense of actual governance. But … Continue reading Despite Trump, America is still going to rival Russia

Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

From Reuters:  Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Moscow has been the scene of multiple protests throughout Russia's bitter winter.  This in and of itself is nothing new: … Continue reading Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

Reuters: Trump To Rely on Germany To Deal With Ukraine and Putin

From Reuters: President Donald Trump will ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her views on how the United States can help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week, senior Trump administration officials said on Friday. Putin wanted Trump in power; that much is clear, according to U.S. spies.  Is it because … Continue reading Reuters: Trump To Rely on Germany To Deal With Ukraine and Putin

The How-To Guide to Modern Propaganda: Or, How the Russians Get Kudos For Bombing Syria While the Americans Get Trashed

So many arguments across the Internet bicker over the same thing: everyone's sources are wrong.  To post an article from a UK source automatically makes it suspect of a pro-British bias; anything from the U.S. is Western propaganda; Saudi news agencies get their checks cut by the King, while al-Jazeera is beholden to the al-Thani … Continue reading The How-To Guide to Modern Propaganda: Or, How the Russians Get Kudos For Bombing Syria While the Americans Get Trashed

What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?

And more importantly, what does he want? It's important to remember how swears like that will net the sort of Google-searching folks I very much want here: the sort who want to understand, but who don't need the gross, and largely unimportant, blow by blows. In two years, Vladimir Putin has taken Russia to war in … Continue reading What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?

Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War

As we are wont to do these days, we cry out, "The Russians are coming!"  But their next move is not further into Eastern Europe, where too many eyes are trained and a slowly gathering NATO grande armee is being assembled. It is into another, older civil war that Russian power is now deployed: Syria. … Continue reading Russia’s Smart-Dumb Move Into Syria’s Civil War

Will Putin Invade Ukraine For Winter? (Or: Putin’s Weakened Hand Will Make Him More Dangerous)

(Shameless plug: Buy my new darkly comedic, satirical book on the world of suicide, the Ultimate Survivalist's Guide to Suicide!  It's been called "hauntingly hilarious" and "beyond thought provoking."  Review, share, and enjoy!) Rumors abound of a Russian winter offensive.  Russian equipment has been seen entering rebel-held Ukraine almost daily.  Russian T-72s sit outside Mariupol, … Continue reading Will Putin Invade Ukraine For Winter? (Or: Putin’s Weakened Hand Will Make Him More Dangerous)

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