Make the Other Guy Die For His Country

“A balance of power paradigm that pits one group of foreign states mostly serving American interests against another, is the best way. Enough of over-committing U.S. forces to the field of battle at the outset of any potential conflict. Play all sides until the best deal can be reached.

The United States isn’t opposed to fighting. The country has been engaged in warfare of some kind for 222 out of its 239-year existence (that’s roughly 93 percent of American history). It’s not about being afraid to fight. The issue is when to fight and how (also, why, particularly in the case of the Middle East). 

American policymakers cannot formulate a cogent answer to those questions. At least, not until the wonderfully disruptive Age of Trump.”

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Stop Listening to Foreign Policy Experts

“It’s not surprising that the neoconservatives who pushed us into the most self-destructive war in recent history (and also spearheaded the neoliberal economic policies that led us into the Great Recession of 2008), then got rich and famous off books detailing the “coming collapse of the United States” because of the failed wars and economic policies they had spent the previous two decades advocating for!”

Saving South Sudan: Taking a Pre-Failed State Toward Successful Statehood

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It was created after having fought a brutal war against Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government of Sudan. President George W. Bush, more than any foreign leader, is the man most responsible for midwifing the birth of South Sudan. Now, South Sudan has become consumed by tribal civil war and is what many experts refer to as the world’s “first Pre-Failed State.” This article advocates for the cantonization of South Sudan to save the 3 year-old country.

Deter & Reassure: America’s Best Defense Strategy

For the entirety of the Obama Administration, the United States has engaged in a foreign policy oriented around cooperating with its adversaries and accommodating them, in order to bring about an international order to that eschews the pitfalls of the 19th century concert of powers or 20th century balance-of-power schemes. President Obama’s foreign policy has yielded terrible results. This essay argues for increased defense spending and enhanced military capabilities, in order to deter American foes and reassure American friends.