“An Orgy Of Public Preening”

From Gregory Djerejian, the last remaining realist in foreign policy circles:


In an orgy of public preening, the Iraq ‘Class of ’03’ flooded print and television media post Mosul’s capture by ISIS forces in Iraq last week. If one had hoped for the merest dose of humility given the calamitous missteps this hearty band […]

The Ukraine, Crimea, Russia Ad Nauseam

Stunning hackery and hypocrisy on Russia and the Ukraine extant in FP http://t.co/dPrlgOfxPq and Fresh Air: http://t.co/wKuWybEsRG Unreal.

— Sean Paul Kelley (@seanpaulkelley) April 9, 2014

I just don’t even know what to say or where to begin any more on this issue. It’s like an alternate universe any semblance of foreign policy prudence no […]

Population Wars

What country has a lower birthrate than London or Paris? Answer after the break.


Infantilizing Narrative

Passing along one tweet with one comment:

The narrative now becomes “is Obama tough enough” as opposed to substantive policy issues: http://t.co/IsUxK5ACIj Completely infantilized.

— Sean Paul Kelley (@seanpaulkelley) March 3, 2014

This is what your media does best: infantilize you.

My Foreign Policy Philosophy In 140 Or Less Characters

This about sums it up for me.

Liberals get upset when Bad Leaders do Bad Things. Realists get upset when liberals don’t anticipate this & do things that encourage it.

— Stephen Walt (@StephenWalt) March 3, 2014

‘Nuff said.

Blunder or Blunderbuss or Both?

Adomanis is a smart, shrewd analyst. His opinion is worth reading and considering. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but as Numerian noted in the comment section of one of our multiple Ukrainian threads, there are untold consequences for Russia’s actions. And in any war-like situation the enemy (meaning the Ukraine in this […]

Flyover Country

A no-fly zone is an act of war http://t.co/IvQHKWzLcA

— Patrick Lang (@pat_lang) February 21, 2014


Pretty soon we can add Syria to a long list of countries destroyed by the American inability to mind its own fucking business, especially when it has no vital national interests at stake. And yes, I am quite […]

Have the Saudis gone crazy?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s intense desire to deal a blow to Iran through the proxy war in Syria is so intense, it seems as though the Saudis have lost contact with reality.

Over the past few weeks, Saudi Arabia profoundly offended Russia’s president, announced its disapproval of United States foreign policy, and turned down […]

The Forward: Mainstream Jewish Organizations Will Not Oppose Hagel Nod

Apparently the contracted services of Lanny Davis and apocalyptic clownshoes agit-prop of Billy Kristol and co. are the tip of a spear with no shaft. As Nathan Guttman of the JD Forward reports, organized Jewish opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary evaporated following yesterday’s announcement:

Most Jewish groups have made […]

Hugh White: “When Major Powers Clash, The Small Issues Can Become The Sparks For Big Conflicts”

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White, author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power, talks Asian-Pacific geopolitics with Anatol Lieven:

Mittens Compounded Initial Benghazi Fail Because NEOCONS

WaPo on the internal response to Mittens’ hasty, ill-conceived late night Libya presser:

By sunrise the next day, it was clear to Romney that they had acted too quickly. The campaign learned that four Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Even to […]

The Banality of ‘Butbutbut LIBYA!1′

Greg Scoblete is rather underwhelmed by GOP attacks on Obama’s Libya record:

[W]hile Republicans have every right to seize on the administration’s dissembling, it’s very hard for me to find a foreign policy criticism here, outside of banal ones (i.e. that U.S. facilities overseas need better security and that public officials shouldn’t lie). Many Republicans […]