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
Because there's so much to cover tonight, you're getting two updates. This one covers everything but the Greater Middle East, the other covers nothing but the Greater Middle East. Enjoy...? COMING SOON TO A SECURITY THEATER NEAR YOU Effective as of yesterday, people trying to fly into the US from airports in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, … Continue reading Conflict update: March 20-21 2017
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
If it's seemed like things have been a little sparse around here this week, it's because, at the cost of a little sleep and a lot of sanity, I've been heavily covering the Trump transition for LobeLog. I haven't been posting links to those stories here because I wanted to wait until I had … Continue reading All the news that’s fit to make you sick
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
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
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?