The “new nukes” part of Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech was aimed at Europe

Not being a professional expert myself, I respectfully disagree with most of the expert community that says that Putin's announcement of new nuclear weapons (an underwater drone, a "nuclear-powered nuclear missile" and a hypersonic missile) is aimed primarily at Russia being taken seriously. https://twitter.com/meduza_en/status/969375084375937025 And I also disagree with the great Mark Galeotti, who says… Continue reading The “new nukes” part of Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech was aimed at Europe

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The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.                                   Archilochus, 700 B.C. I had a brainwave. I won't bury the lede: I have what I believe is an original theory of Trump and Russia in the… Continue reading The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory

I found my empathy for #Hillary

I find Hillary Clinton fascinating. I really do. I don't agree with most of her politics (both her public positions and her process for achieving goals), but I think she's incredibly interesting. I think she embodies a particular strain of American strivers, the ones who practice an aggressive form of in-the-box thinking: "so that's the game,… Continue reading I found my empathy for #Hillary

Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

On "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday, there was a remarkable exchange between Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton. PAULEY: Are you surprised, though, that many of your countrymen actually might share Donald Trump's admiration for Vladimir Putin? CLINTON: I'm surprised, and I'm deeply disappointed because what they're looking at is a white authoritarian leader who has murdered… Continue reading Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

Chelsea Clinton on her pony in Arkansas. From Hillary Clinton's Instagram. Maybe you saw the new excerpt from Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened where she "owns" Bernie Sanders with a joke she saw posted on Facebook about Bernie raising unrealistic hopes among the Democratic base. Hillary mentions incrementally more ambitious Sanders programs for infrastructure and… Continue reading Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

The death of consent

The New York Times Sunday edition came out with a remarkable editorial today. https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/876369897638551552 The remarkable part wasn't that they called upon President Trump to declare his agreement with the US intelligence community assessment on alleged (and it is, in actual fact, only alleged, albeit by very serious people who should be taken seriously) Russian… Continue reading The death of consent

Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument

Jim Comey, the Quintessential Expert With Poor Judgment Jim Comey is the perfect example of how an expert, particularly one who has extremely high regard for himself and his own expertise, can fall into a trap of mistaking one's own superior knowledge for good judgment. Comey is an expert on the law and on the… Continue reading Jim Comey and the Too Much Democracy Argument