Conflict update: February 23 2017

LIKE NO OTHER I think somebody needs to brief Dumbo again: “I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power. “It would be wonderful, a dream… Continue reading Conflict update: February 23 2017

Philippine President Dexter

Here’s a fun story. Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is a bit of a controversial character. One particular reason why he’s controversial is because he has this little policy about drug users, which is that he feels it’s OK for people to just kill them, whatever, no big deal. Last week, Duterte said something… Continue reading Philippine President Dexter

We are so screwed

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on September 11, 2001: CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks.… Continue reading We are so screwed

Meet General Ripper, our next National Security Advisor

The role of National Security Advisor is a funny one, insofar as it has no constitutionally-defined duties so it can be, more or less, whatever a particular president wants it to be. Sometimes the National Security Advisor can be more bureaucratic, helping a president centralize national security policy with the National Security Committee in the… Continue reading Meet General Ripper, our next National Security Advisor

You broke it, you own it

I’m still processing what happened last night and I think I’ll be processing it for a few days, so if blogging isn’t what it normally is please bear with me. I know it’s bad form to wield your child in political discussions, and I totally understand why, but I am genuinely worried about her growing… Continue reading You broke it, you own it

The craziest thing you’ll read, well, maybe ever

Apologies for the late content; it’s been a busy day culminating in a vet visit for our dog–she needed to get pre-op blood work done before she gets…fixed (don’t tell her). In lieu of anything new and exciting from me, I’m going to steer you to what is honestly one of the nuttiest stories I’ve… Continue reading The craziest thing you’ll read, well, maybe ever

Talk about neo-Ottomanism

I guess Tayyip Erdoğan was feeling especially salty today: Hopes of defusing the escalating crisis between Turkey and Iraq ahead of a critical battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) were all but shattered after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to “know his place.” “Iraq had certain requests… Continue reading Talk about neo-Ottomanism