Category: World Politics

Red Line Recedes In Rear View Mirror

As I noted at the time, Donald Trump’s Obama-esque “red line” on North Korea has painted the U.S. into an absurd strategic corner. By carelessly threatening fire and fury if North Korea should so much as “utter a threat” against America and her allies — which he simultaneously acknowledged they have been doing for years — Trump set himself up...

John Bolton’s WWIII Dreaming

I’ve written recently about how far past its expiry date John Bolton’s warmongering crusader shtick is smelling these days. Well, apparently intending to squeeze every last drop of attention from the Trump administration’s flirtations with Bush era militarism, Bolton is continuing his siege of Fox News, first expressing disappointment that Trump’s Afghanistan speech wasn’t tough enough — on China —...

The Problem With “Red Lines”

The problem with the so-called “red lines” that U.S. presidents like to draw is that if you draw your line across an imaginary space, then real world actions can never actually cross it. This quickly teaches your adversaries that as long as they continue to act in the real world, rather than in your imaginary one, they are safe. Donald...

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan, China Smiles

North Korea has fired a missile directly over Japan’s second largest island, Hokkaido. Conducting a weapons test not only in an enemy nation’s airspace, but directly above that nation’s populated land, is a brazen and indisputable act of hostility, and effectively invalidates any hypothetical questions over “who started it,” should Japan choose to respond to this aggression severely. In a...

How Kim Jong-un Was Conditioned for His Current Boldness

Is Kim Jong-un’s level of rhetoric indicative of madness or a death wish? Though it is impossible to know the mind of such a protected figure, I would argue that his behavior is merely the reasonable result of lessons he has learned from past responses to his and his father’s aggression, which makes the current situation far more complicated than...

Tired of John Bolton Yet?

Yes. John Bolton, like a lot of his neoconservative allies, is a very smart and well-spoken man who never met a war he didn’t like — unless someone was asking him to fight it. So naturally he is on Fox News these days drooling with excitement over the possibility of a preemptive strike on North Korea. .@AmbJohnBolton: Every American citizen,...

The Reason Presidential Character Matters

During the Republican primaries, many people objected to my repeated proofs of Donald Trump’s extreme deficiencies in intelligence, competence, decency, or political principles by saying, “But that’s exactly what America needs now: someone who will just storm in and blow things up, letting the chips fall where they may.” A simple two-word reply to those apologists: North Korea. The Trump...

Real Thug Trumps TV Tough Guy

So yesterday a wily former KGB agent got over two hours to have a crack at a simpleton who knows the nation’s most prized state secrets. What could go wrong? So begins a valuable article by Patterico at RedState assessing how badly Donald Trump got used by Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the G20. Citing the analysis of Stephen Hayes, the author emphasizes...

Patriots Against the Gender Thought Police

On June 17th, I wrote about the passage of Bill C-16 through Canada’s Senate, legislation that literally makes a hate crime of merely objecting to the progressive vanguard on “gender identity” and “gender expression.” A law that in theory makes a thought criminal of anyone who disputes a new-fangled moral or scientific premise is inherently tyrannical. A patriot, contrary to the progressive dilution of the...

Canada Criminalizes Non-Progressive Thought

Do you think imposing so-called transgenderism on children as a sexual norm might be harmful to their moral development? Do you question the legitimacy of using made-up, so-called gender-neutral pronouns as replacements for the standard English words “he” and “she”? If you answered yes, or even maybe, to either of those questions, then, as of today, you are in violation...