Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

March 15th, 2023 - 5:11 pm § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Republicans, Russia, Schools & Colleges

Foreign policy …

… is the most important task a president does. It’s literally about war and peace. But this poses a conundrum, because presidential campaigns are waged and won or lost on domestic issues; politics is very much a “what will you do for me” affair. (The softer and more polite wa[...]

March 5th, 2023 - 5:51 pm § in America, Biden, China, Democrats, Donald Trump, Economics, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Hypocrisy, News Media, Politics, Republicans, Russia

Fact-checking Trump’s CPAC lies

Journalist, pesky creatures they are, like to fact-check political speeches. CNN says Trump delivered a “doozy” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 4, 2023 (see story here). By now, his M.O. is familiar: Portray America as a post-a[...]

February 28th, 2023 - 10:37 pm § in Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Saudi Arabia

The $2 billion bribe

Saudi Arabia can afford it.¬†After all, it’s an investment. The Washington Post reported, “The day after leaving the White House, Kushner created a company that he transformed months later into a private equity firm with $2 billion from a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Saudi Crown Prin[...]

February 26th, 2023 - 5:03 am § in Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Republicans, Russia

Is Nikki Haley a serious presidential candidate?

Nikki Haley wants to be president for no better reason than she wants to be president. That’s more or less the media narrative, which has focused on her struggles to differentiate herself from other aspirants (see story here), beyond being a Republican who isn’t Trump (although she certa[...]

February 24th, 2023 - 8:54 pm § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

Will China down a U.S. “spy plane” over its “sovereign territory”?

Earlier this month the U.S. shot down a Chinese spy balloon after it crossed all of North America, lingering over military sites. It came down in U.S. territorial waters inside the 12-mile limit. On the other side of the world, the U.S. routinely conducts military flights over the South China Sea. S[...]

February 14th, 2023 - 1:26 am § in America, Foreign Affairs, Russia

It sucks to be a Russian soldier

“Advance at any cost.” Those are the marching orders being given to Russian soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine; and by some accounts, the cost is very high. Ukraine claims it’s killing over a thousand Russians a day. While that can’t be verified, outside expert observers sa[...]

February 3rd, 2023 - 3:14 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

Pros and cons of spy balloons

Pros: They’re cheap They’re maneuverable They’re hard to detect by radar They can loiter over a surveillance target They don’t have predictable flight paths like satellites It can intercept short-range radio transmissions and cellphones Cons: They’re more obtrusive (and[...]

February 1st, 2023 - 2:28 am § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

Book review: “To Rule the Waves”

If you read only one book on global politics and strategy this year, make it this one. The author, Bruce D. Jones (bio here), has an academic background and has worked for the U.N., World Bank, and is currently at the Brookings Institution. He’s been a fellow at Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and [...]

January 12th, 2023 - 6:14 pm § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Republicans

Be careful who you trust with the nuclear codes

Part of America’s freedom is that we can elect our leaders. That has downsides, although so far not enough to replace democracy with some other system. One of the bigger downsides is that you might get a leader like Trump. America’s voters should think hard before they do that again. Tha[...]

October 25th, 2022 - 5:25 pm § in Biden, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Republicans, Russia

Progressives stumble on Ukraine

The House progressive caucus, led by Rep. Primala Jayapal (D-WA), released a well-meaning but awkward letter urging Biden to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine war on Monday, October 24, 2022. Within 24 hours, they retracted and disavowed it (see story here). As described by The Hill here, [...]