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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 Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

After having finished Katy Tur’s “Unbelievable”, her memoir of covering Trump as a journalist from his candidacy announcement until election night, I’m left with a sense of having gained new insights and also of having my previous assertions confirmed. The modern mainstream media journalist/pundit class are one of the most narcissistic groups on planet Earth. The importance they bestow upon themselves is remarkable. If you ask them, they’re the guardians of order standing watch on the thin line against chaos…

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Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Critics of President Trump often point to his more “flamboyant” tweets as proof of his dangerousness on the world diplomatic stage. They decry the unfilled positions in the State Department and amongst America’s diplomatic corps. The tweets create instability and provoke conflict they allege. The bureaucratic vacuum left by unstaffed positions means that there isn’t a “clean-up crew” to suppress the damage from the deranged tweets they cry out in unison. Proper diplomacy is conducted with government officials using established…

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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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Putin’s Evil Master Plan

Putin’s Evil Master Plan

I’ve written about similar thoughts several times earlier, but the facts simply keep lining up, so I’ll have another go. I don’t think it is inconceivable that Putin and his intelligence agencies have a hand to play with the Russia conspiracy. Not in the sense that they colluded with the Trump campaign in order to undermine Hillary and help Trump across the finish line, but rather in order to undermine the United States. Proxy wars between great powers is not…

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The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

Although they have an important role in the separation of powers, US Federal Courts are increasingly abrogating their role in favor of a clear partisan power grab. While it would be a mistake to overreact, and try to curb their powers to check the legislative and executive branches, their role should face increased scrutiny and public pressure. We must remember that giving power or taking it away will affect your own side eventually, as Democrats learned under Bush and Republicans…

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