Does The Executive Branch Suffer From a Learning Disability?

It must. For try as I might, I cannot come up with another explanation for this: U.S. to unveil large aid package to win the hearts of Pakistanis Saeed Shah. McClatchey’s News. 18 July 2010. The U.S. will announce Monday hundreds of millions of dollars worth of civilian aid projects for Pakistan, American officials said, […]

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Our Esteemed Ally, the Executioner of Sorcerers.

Human Rights Watch sent this gem to my inbox today: Saudi Arabia: Witchcraft and Sorcery Cases on the Rise.Human Rights Watch. 25 November 2009. (Kuwait City) – The cassation court in Mecca should overturn the death sentence imposed on Ali Sabat by a lower court in Medina on November 9 for practicing witchcraft, Human Rights […]

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Notes From All Over 9/10/2009

TOP BILLING: Beijing’s Secret Succession Battle Willy Lam. Wall Street Journal. 24 September 2009. The Hakka People, China’s Leadership Caste “Curzon” ComingAnarchy.com 3 October 2009. Few people possess as much power as the ruling elites of the Chinese Communist Party. For American statesmen and diplomats, few topics have as much importance as the internal divisions […]

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Video of the Day 1/10/2009 — Obama’s War

OBAMA’s WARMartin Smith. Frontline. 1 October 2009. This video was first brought to my attention by a post over at War News Updates. The editor of that site linked favorably to the summary of the video over at Danger Room, where Noah Shactman states, “It’s best televised look I’ve seen yet at how these marines […]

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The Missile Shield – Why We Planned It, Why We Scrapped It, and Why It Matters

The security blogosphere is buzzing with talk of the Obama administration’s decision to scrap planned missile defense architecture in Eastern Europe. The majority of commentators have been content to play the role of cheerleader, offering no substantial analysis of the reasoning behind this decision or the diplomatic consequences of its implementation. As I read the […]

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Meet Our New Ambassadors (and Foreign Policy Priorities)

I apologize to my readers for the recent dearth in posts. My schedule has now cleared up, and over the next few days I shall post a few of the things that have been sitting inside my blogspot workspace for the last while. The appointment of American ambassadors are tricky things. In many ways, the […]

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The Future East Asian Security (i.e. The Future of U.S.-Japanese Relations)

For the last 600 years the history of world has been defined by the Atlantic. On these waves sailed the explorer’s caravel, the conquistador’s galleon, the slaver’s schooner, and the trade-man’s gunboat. The winds of the Atlantic have carried the blood of revolutionaries, the cries of pilgrims, and the powder of world wars. It was […]

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