Trump’s Nuclear Deal Decision Showcases His Cultural Presidency

Why, you might ask? When there seems so little to gain, when allies are angry, when sanctions are surely not to be as strong as they were in the prelude to the Iran nuclear deal, would Trump do such a thing? The arguments against pulling from the deal were legion, and quite frankly convincing.  Allies … Continue reading Trump’s Nuclear Deal Decision Showcases His Cultural Presidency

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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

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

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

Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

(Note: This article has been edited for clarity) NATO is "obsolete."  The European Union will, and perhaps should, lose more members. Such are the words of the president-elect of the United States, and they are unequivocally terrible. When Trump slams NATO, he is quietly whispering to deadened nightmares Europe thought it had laid to rest. … Continue reading Donald Trump’s No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Stupid Comments on NATO and the EU

The Russo-Trump Alliance

The Russian hacking scandal of the Democratic National Party continues;  accusations that incoming President-elect Donald Trump is a Russian stooge are as steady as the drumbeat of yesteryear's cries that Obama was not really a citizen.  The evidence behind the attack is still thin.  Yet it is also irrelevant because it seems the incoming administration has … Continue reading The Russo-Trump Alliance

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