The magic of India, the world’s largest country and democracy, home of some of the world’s oldest languages

There are few places on Earth where you can arrive in the wrong city in the middle of the night and still find a nice hotel room and a hot meal in less than twenty minutes.  India is one of them and much, much more. After well over 20 hours of travel, I arrived in India… Continue reading The magic of India, the world’s largest country and democracy, home of some of the world’s oldest languages

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The essential paradox underlying Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy and lessons for the modern world

Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy was based on a fundamental contradiction.  He believed in right and wrong, but understood that in the real world might all too frequently makes right whatever we may wish.  The tension between the two during World War I and the potential outcomes that may arise serve as lessons for today. Teddy… Continue reading The essential paradox underlying Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy and lessons for the modern world

The government and the media want a license to lie with impunity

Classified documents reveal the reality of the war in Ukraine to be far different from how it’s described by the administration and the media.  New reporting suggests Ukrainian officials are stealing hundreds of millions of dollars and purchasing fuel from their enemy.  The government and the media ignore all this, however, and focus exclusively on… Continue reading The government and the media want a license to lie with impunity

Russia isn’t intimidated by either President Biden or the broader free world

Continually escalating encounters with the United States military while the war in Ukraine rages on is not the strategy of a country on the verge of accepting defeat, but even a cursory understanding of history should not make that surprising.  A successful foreign policy requires a recognition of reality sorely lacking on all sides of… Continue reading Russia isn’t intimidated by either President Biden or the broader free world

In Ukraine and elsewhere, our enemies perceive only failure and the lessons of Teddy Roosevelt’s big stick diplomacy

President Biden and the mainstream media can trumpet the supposed success of our intense diplomacy all they like, but Russia remains in Ukraine and has no plans to end the war anytime soon.  Teddy Roosevelt forged a different, far more successful path in his first showdown with a foreign power, preferring secret talks to public… Continue reading In Ukraine and elsewhere, our enemies perceive only failure and the lessons of Teddy Roosevelt’s big stick diplomacy

The New York Times promotes propaganda for the government and the Nord Stream pipeline explosions

Everyone has an interest in learning who is responsible for the audacious act of sabotage that destroyed the Nord Stream pipelines last year.  Veteran reporter Seymour Hersh accused the US government of orchestrating the attack in a thinly sourced, but finely detailed piece.  The media largely ignored his findings, until The New York Times jumped… Continue reading The New York Times promotes propaganda for the government and the Nord Stream pipeline explosions

Bursting Biden’s Balloon

The Great Balloon Panic of 2023 has mysteriously ended with no explanation for our actions, no details from the administration, and no curiosity from the media whatsoever about why the United States military might have fired a missile at a $12 amateur balloon. It’s been over a week since the US military shot down an… Continue reading Bursting Biden’s Balloon

Tanks and missiles and possibly planes, oh my!

President Biden approves the shipment of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine over the objections of his top military advisers and fighter jets are apparently back under consideration.  The media meanwhile has decided that there is no risk of Russian retaliation because these escalations do not meet the experts technical definition of war.  After all, who… Continue reading Tanks and missiles and possibly planes, oh my!

2023: A year of continued questions and some possible answers

The new year begins with the feeling that little was resolved last year.  The topics that dominated the conversation from political polarization to the war in Ukraine continue apace without resolution.  2023 should finally begin to provide some answers domestically, internationally, and politically. Future historians might look back on 2022 and identify it as a… Continue reading 2023: A year of continued questions and some possible answers

Truth, lies, and prisoner swaps

It’s possible to believe that bringing American WNBA star Brittney Griner home is a good thing, but exchanging her for the aptly named Merchant of Death was a bad deal and the administration completely botched the negotiations. The truth is that trading a hardened arms dealer known as “The Merchant of Death” and war criminal… Continue reading Truth, lies, and prisoner swaps