Americas Donald Trump update, May 16-17 2017

I'm going to be completely honest, and I don't think I'm the only one feeling this way, but I am constantly in a state of moderate confusion lately. Donald Trump's ability to pile one ridiculous fuckup on top of another has exceeded my ability to keep track of them all. Right now, as far as … Continue reading Americas Donald Trump update, May 16-17 2017

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Barack Obama and American foreign policy

As President Obama heads off to, well, whatever it is he plans on doing, everybody and their NatSec Granny has been doing foreign policy retrospectives of his administration. Some of them have been mostly positive, others largely negative, and that's just among the analysts who are generally straight shooters rather than rabid partisans whose assessments … Continue reading Barack Obama and American foreign policy

Meet General Ripper, our next National Security Advisor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KvgtEnABY 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 … Continue reading Meet General Ripper, our next National Security Advisor

Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

After Michèle Flournoy and Sen. Jack Reed both said "thanks, but no thanks" to the chance to become Barack Obama's fourth defense secretary, the last top candidate standing was Dr. Ashton Carter, who previously served as Obama's (2011-2013) Deputy Secretary of Defense and (2009-2011) Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and before that was … Continue reading Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

What am I missing?

Shouldn't there be an "and" or a "but" here somewhere? The Obama administration moved forcefully Thursday to distance itself from Bush administration policies, telling a United Nations panel that the ban on torture enshrined in a 1984 treaty that the U.S. signed applies worldwide and covers all people and places, including detention facilities abroad. “The … Continue reading What am I missing?