Trump, The American Caligula, Is A Gigantic Waste Of Time For The United States

One ruler had a penchant for gilded palaces, poorly-executed jokes, financial irresponsibility, and nepotism. The other was a Roman emperor who thought about making his horse a consul. Is Jared Kushner the American equivalent of a horse-consul? Perhaps it’s Sean Spicer? Kellyanne Conway and Betsy DeVos both feel right as well. This comparison isn’t just … Continue reading Trump, The American Caligula, Is A Gigantic Waste Of Time For The United States

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Germany Pushes Back on Trump

From Reuters: German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense. "There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target … Continue reading Germany Pushes Back on Trump

America Has No Deep State, And Egypt Helps Prove It

It's become the phrase of the week: the Deep State, a cabal of anti-Trump ideologues seeking a coup against a democratically-elected president hiding within the warrens of the CIA, State Department, and any other agency that can be labeled as "shadowy."  The reputed "Deep State" is the boogeyman of the Trumpistas frustrated that their president is … Continue reading America Has No Deep State, And Egypt Helps Prove It

The Middle East in the Age of Trump

  (A billion apologies for the delay!  I'm upstate New York and being near a computer has been a bit difficult.  Also, there's also an issue uploading images, so this update will go without until I can fix that when I return to Brooklyn!) We should of course discount rumors that Trump will be deposed … Continue reading The Middle East in the Age of Trump

The Geopolitics of President-elect Donald J. Trump

What, exactly, does President-elect Donald J. Trump believe?  From 1987 until 1999 he was  a Republican; that year, he changed to the nearly defunct Reform Party, an obscure New York City legacy party.  He then became a Democrat from 2001 until 2008, when he switched back to the Republicans again. Meanwhile, simply in the past … Continue reading The Geopolitics of President-elect Donald J. Trump

What the fuck just happened in America?

The blog originally began with a simple vision: complicated foreign policy analysis stuffed with swears to soften the otherwise indigestible material.  As the years have worn on, I've largely dropped that approach. But I feel we deserve the old way today. So let's start to dig through the rubble and figure out what the fuck … Continue reading What the fuck just happened in America?

The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

I have argued in the past that the damage Donald Trump could do is limited: balanced by a vast and enduring American state, every U.S. president, regardless of the strength of their support or the breadth of their mandate, invariably finds their political capital spent.  A could-be President Trump would be no different, and a … Continue reading The Geopolitical Argument Against Donald Trump

If Trump Wins

  Donald Trump is closing in on the American presidency. The man who has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border (and force the Mexican government to pay for it), to somehow or another destroy the Islamic State with one fell swoop, to push Putin back where he belongs, and to rectify the … Continue reading If Trump Wins