And Now, A Break To North Korea

Just when you thought it was safe to ignore the mad Stalinists of Asia...DUN DUN DUN!  Executions!  Purges!  Is North Korea dying?  (No it's not!)  Let's time travel to 1960 and pretend that the internal wranglings in Pyongyang could suck us into World War III! Of course, it's not all fun and games for those … Continue reading And Now, A Break To North Korea

5 Leaders Who Really Mattered

Human systems often are too large, and too complicated, for single leaders to have undue influence.  We often like to think that human history would have changed had we added a good leader here or shot up a bad leader there.  But killing Hitler would not have changed the security challenge faced by a rising … Continue reading 5 Leaders Who Really Mattered

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

How To Break A Superpower in Seven Easy Steps

My last post posited on how debt was not going to be the thing that took down the American superpower.  But it did get me thinking - what could?  History's seen several superpowers come and go, starting with the Roman Empire in the ancient days to, most recently, the Soviet Union. How do superpowers fall? … Continue reading How To Break A Superpower in Seven Easy Steps

5 Great Conspiracies Made Geopolitical

It's tons of fun to fall into alternative realities, as well as think you're smarter than everyone around you.  Hence the reason why conspiracy theory books sell quite well, and why, even when somebody can't properly calculate the strength loss caused by ignited jet fuel, they might still believe Mossad was behind 9/11. But I … Continue reading 5 Great Conspiracies Made Geopolitical

Even Bad Leaders Have a Tough Time Destroying Strong Nations

With the recent flurry over who's winning and who's losing in this whole Syrian disarmament thing, I found it a useful exercise to take a step back and focus on the bigger trends.  A lot of people are calling this a win for Putin and a loss for Obama, with some going so far as … Continue reading Even Bad Leaders Have a Tough Time Destroying Strong Nations

The Rogue State Depoliticized

(Preface: Did anybody, and I mean anybody, see this coming?  Right now, Syria's best left untouched.  Events are moving and I'm not in the room for any of the meetings.  Will Assad give up his chemical weapons and be allowed to conventionally slaughter the rest of his country?  Time is now going to have to tell. … Continue reading The Rogue State Depoliticized

A World Without America (Part I)

Let's play a thought experiment.  Thought experiments are a lot like playing with toys all by yourself, except you don't have any toys and by using the term "thought experiment" you can seem smarter than other people. You hear plenty of foreign folk pining for a world without American hard power (that is, our military … Continue reading A World Without America (Part I)

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