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

So Much For Yet Another Russian Reset

From Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week, criticizing the legislation as having "clearly unconstitutional" elements. Ever since the United States entered the stage as a world power, it's brushed up against Russia.  From the 1918-20 international intervention that halfheartedly … Continue reading So Much For Yet Another Russian Reset

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

The Russian Denial Strategy In Ukraine (Or: The “If I Can’t Have It, No One Will” Of Geopolitics)

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)

What In The Hell Is Russia Doing? (Or, Mr. Putin Would Like a USSR, Please)

Okay, so they're not 100% back to their "Let's take over the world and put a statue of Lenin on the moon" ways.  But Russia is acting quite the bad boy recently; backing Bashar Assad in his murderous civil war, giving covering fire to Iran's nuclear program, and now, seemingly grabbing up the Crimea and … Continue reading What In The Hell Is Russia Doing? (Or, Mr. Putin Would Like a USSR, Please)

The Battle over Ukraine

Riots! Fires! Threats of higher import and custom duties!  Oh my! Ukraine's not been this interesting since the last time the media noticed that it's Ukraine, not the Ukraine.  Russia is mightily pissed, and would like everyone to just rejoin the Soviet Union already because that wasn't such a bad thing.  Meanwhile, the often-slagged bureaucrats of … Continue reading The Battle over Ukraine

What We Think We’ve Learned From Syria

It's been over a week.  That's the appropriate time to draw lessons, right?  Alright, let's make a quick run down of the situation. Without warning, Putin offered something approaching a good idea He did this to save Assad from an impending military strike (which despite Congressional resistance would probably have happened even without approval) and … Continue reading What We Think We’ve Learned From Syria