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
2014 was the worst. And here it is in review.
(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)
There was some positive feedback last July when I wrote about a World Without America. The underpinning idea of the series was simple: a world with many equal powers is way more dangerous than one with just one superpower. Having a world cop isn't as bad as the alternative. Now, a bit over a year … Continue reading Obama Has Given Everyone A Glimpse of A World Without America
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
Why justice will be hard to come by for the victims of Malaysia Flight 17.
What do you when some bro is way bigger than you, stronger than you, has more friends than you, and wants to start telling you what to do? You could fight, but you'd lose. You could run, except you still have to go to school everyday and your mom and dad just won't listen. Or … Continue reading The Russian Denial Strategy In Ukraine (Or: The “If I Can’t Have It, No One Will” Of Geopolitics)
Here now is a classic moment of why I started this website. Americans, apparently, have stereotypically fuzzy knowledge of where Ukraine is. If they can't even figure out where the fuck the place is, how can they decide if it's worth starting World War III over? (Interestingly, the more ignorant, the more likely to support … Continue reading Attention Americans! Yes, you should know where Ukraine is (and that’s just the beginning of where you should be informing your opinion)
If you've done your job right as a world leader, someone has, at one point, compared you to Hitler. The comparison is super lazy; mostly, opposition groups mean to slander somebody by saying they are the Most Evil Ever, and since nearly all of us agree Hitler was bad throwing his moustache on a photo … Continue reading The Advantages and Limits of Seeing Putin As Hitler
(Refer to my previous article about the long term geopolitical history of Ukraine first in case you're new). In the past week, Ukraine's government has gone nuts on its protest movement that just won't take a hint. The resulting bloodshed is pretty ugly and hardly the image people had of Ukraine, which prior to this … Continue reading Ukraine’s Burning Because A House Is Divided