Monthly Archive: April 2017

North Korea and the Problem of Twitter Foreign Policy

North Korea has tested another ballistic missile, once again failing (but undoubtedly learning from the failure). In response, Donald Trump, the Global Crusader of Convenience, has mounted his trusty steed — well, mouse — and tweeted out another of his toothless sound bites, continuing his one-man mission to prove that while the pen may be mightier than the sword, any butter...

Last Man Standing Sits Down

It’s official: there is no one left in the United States federal government with an ounce of integrity. No minority faction prepared to stand on principle, come what may. No “happy few” who can claim, without reeking of hypocrisy, any allegiance to the Constitution above career and party. The House Freedom Caucus now supports the path to socialized medicine. Okay, that may be slightly hyperbolic,...

April Showers

A lull in the artifice of political action, as we wait for Donald Trump to find a campaign pledge he hasn’t reversed yet, so he can promptly set about reversing it. A respite from the feverish emptiness of anxious rhetoric, as it has been more than twenty-four hours since North Korea promised (again) to reduce the United States to ashes. Yet another...

The snow was general

Tuesday morning, I gave my final pre-midterm lecture in my Twentieth Century English Fiction class, completing Joyce’s Dubliners with an analysis of the final pages of “The Dead.” Joyce’s perspective is ultimately deeply flawed in my view, but there’s no denying that the man knew how to finish a story. I may have been a little more animated during this lecture, given my penchant for going out with a...

What is Trump’s Endgame in Korea?

(The following article originally appeared at American Thinker.) As I live and work in the Republic of Korea, I naturally have a certain immediate interest in the latest Trump vs. Kim saber-rattling — as in, “Am I on the brink of being hustled to an airport with a one-way ticket out of Dodge?” On the other hand, in a land permanently...

Happy Easter From Limbo

It may seem strange for a denizen of Limbo to be wishing everyone a Happy Easter. But who better than one denied a full bask in happiness to appreciate the desire for that state in others? It is perhaps precisely we Limbo-dwellers who best understand what Easter means to those who have made it through, or are destined to do...

Trump’s Big Promises

While I sit here in the potential crossfire of a brewing U.S.-North Korea confrontation, my good friend Steve McCann offers me the following pleasant distraction from all worries. As the US Navy steams by your house, something for a moment of levity.  Trump campaign promises broken or rhetoric now meaningless: 1. We are not going after Hillary. 2 Mexico isn’t paying...

U.S. Navy Popping By My House

According to a U.S. Navy source speaking anonymously due to being unauthorized to talk about it — doesn’t that fill you with confidence, military officers skulking around “informing” for the media like rogue bureaucrats? — there is an American strike force moving toward the Korean peninsula, as a warning to Kim Jong-Un. This is a brilliant bit of anonymous sourcing, as it...

Alt-Right Liars Duped By Their Own Fraud

In an remarkable spectacle of group meltdown, the duplicitous dimwits who willingly participated in the greatest fraud in U.S. presidential history are now acting as if they’re the ones who have been duped. Yes, that’s right: in the wake of Donald Trump’s air assault on Syria, the Trump pom-pom girls, the beta males kissing his ring, and the kook fringe conspiracy crowd...

Is Trump Going Neo-Con Now?

Throughout Donald Trump’s scene-stealing star turn through the Republican primaries, his fans showed a remarkable ability to filter out the fifty percent of everything he or his surrogates said that did not comport with the “Make American Great Again” populist nationalism that they happened to like. In fact, it was this self-censoring talent, developed to pitch-perfect levels, that led some...