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Strategic Nuclear Decision Making In The Age of Trump

Strategic Nuclear Decision Making In The Age of Trump

Nuclear weapons have been in the news recently. First of all, some Democrats want to curb President Trump’s ability to unilaterally use nuclear weapons without external input (either from Congress or some military officials I presume). Another news story involves a US general having stated in public that he would disobey an illegal order from Trump. That in and of itself isn’t news, soldiers are obligated to disregard illegal orders already. That being said, saying it out loud in public…

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The Failed Showcasing of Liberal Democracy

The Failed Showcasing of Liberal Democracy

What a study in contrasts Trump’s Asia trip is providing the world. I thought a bit about how especially China views the United States from the outside. What set this line of though in motion was the totally out of place question to Trump during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about gun control. Here we had Trump on stage with another world leader talking about the tense North Korea nuclear standoff, bilateral trade and relations…

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Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Scavenging through YouTube for clips of Trump on his Asia-tour it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump is using “niceness” as a weapon. If I remember correctly it was Scott Adams on one of his Periscope streams that talked about how Trump wants to make it preferable to be his friends. His Twitter “attacks” can certainly be seen as a part of a pattern of behavior lending credibility to this theory. He pounces on media and political critics and lavished…

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Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

It becomes increasingly clear that people in the political sphere are talking around each other rather than to each other. Ever since the 2016 US presidential election season (and perhaps even before then) people fail to understand their opponent’s points of view. The other side is just plain dumb and misinformed. They can’t be rehabilitated, they’re a lost cause. As a Trump supporter in social democratic Norway, this is very clear to me. Skimming through national newspapers, both the journalists…

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Counterproductive Lessons on Maintaining Political Power

Counterproductive Lessons on Maintaining Political Power

Isn’t it interesting that the very same people calling for despots to step down from political office are through their actions showing the very same people why they absolutely cannot do so? Political leaders, organisational heads, talking heads in the media and so on all went together as a unified chorus. Saddam should give up, Gaddafi should step down, North Korea should end their nuclear ambitions, Al-Assad must resign. Sadly, for any of these actors to follow the preceding advice…

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Incentivizing Despots to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Incentivizing Despots to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

The thought of rogue regimes having access to weapons of mass destruction should trouble every thinking person. It goes without saying that despots with little to lose or with questionable sanity shouldn’t be able to threaten the free world. It is therefore regrettable that the Western world is currently incentivizing such regimes to pursue such weapons and the means to deliver them offensively. Whoever first acquires a new weapons technology sets a precedent for its use or disuse through action….

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Is it moral to save boat refugees?

Is it moral to save boat refugees?

Yesterday I saw an article about a ship in the Mediterranean Ocean that picked up 500 refugees from a boat.  Western nations have increasingly picked up refugees from dilapidated boats and other watercrafts since 2015. We obviously don’t want them to drown, do we? Obviously, this is the ethical approach to the situation. The refugees after being saved move on to the European mainland and move on to their destination country. The problem with this approach is that it encourages…

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