What’s Going On in Ukraine? (Again): An Explainer

Anyone else having a case of déjà vu? In the early fall of 2021, reports emerged of a buildup of Russian military forces along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine – who have locked in a low-level conflict since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 after a popular revolution overthrew its pro-Russian government. Now, onceContinue reading “What’s Going On in Ukraine? (Again): An Explainer”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part II: The Army

Prepare yourselves, people. I’m about to get very nerdily self-indulgent. That’s because this is the second entry in my “What Should it Look Like?” series where I, a self-professed democratic socialist defense analyst, put my mind to pondering how the U.S. military should look under a more just and equitable system (and also maybe toContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part II: The Army”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part I: The Big Picture

Everyone has their weird little hyper fixations or odd things that are soothing or enjoyable to think about but that make other people arch and eyebrow. For me, a big one of those is thinking about military structures and organization. That’s been the case for me thinking about things both in real life in regardContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part I: The Big Picture”

The Issue of “Negative American Exceptionalism”

I like to think I’ve been pretty consistent in drilling down my core beliefs in these essays since I started posting them almost a year ago. One of those central points I return to often is that war – while terrible – is sometimes unavoidable or even necessary. While I think I’ve had some modestContinue reading “The Issue of “Negative American Exceptionalism””

It Didn’t Have to Be Like This

So. Let’s talk about Afghanistan. It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since Kabul fell to the Taliban, bringing down with it what was left of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Like with so many other things from the past couple years, it simultaneously feels like that event occurred only yesterday and also yearsContinue reading “It Didn’t Have to Be Like This”

Three Conflicts to Keep an Eye On

You don’t have to look far today to see either an ongoing violent conflict with significant impact, or a tense situation that could very quickly turn into such a conflict. War continues to rage in Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan (though at the rate the Taliban is advancing at the writing of this piece, itContinue reading “Three Conflicts to Keep an Eye On”

Some Musings on Avoiding Empire

When I first started writing these essays, the earliest topics that I covered – and the ones that I keep returning to consistently throughout the overall thread of my work – is that a.) war isn’t going anywhere, and b.) it’s something that we need to understand and be prepared for on the left, evenContinue reading “Some Musings on Avoiding Empire”

This isn’t War.

Well. It’s time to talk about Gaza. I want to emphasize before I get deeper into this, that I am not a Middle East expert, nor am I an expert on Israel and Palestine. I know just enough about all these things to be dangerous, but my knowledge is a mile wide and an inchContinue reading “This isn’t War.”

Counterinsurgency: The Impossible War?

The time has finally come, apparently. After almost twenty years of  turning many purported corners towards victory, the United States and its allies have decided to withdraw their combined military forces from Afghanistan. President Joe Biden announced this move on April 14th, 2021, with the intent of completing the withdrawal by September 11th, 2021 (aContinue reading “Counterinsurgency: The Impossible War?”

What’s Going On in Ukraine?: An Explainer

So, this is another one of those essays I didn’t originally plan on writing for the month. But then the darndest thing happened about a week ago: Russia got back on its bullshit. Now everyone is wondering if the war in Eastern Ukraine is going to reignite or potentially escalate even further than the heightsContinue reading “What’s Going On in Ukraine?: An Explainer”