Geopolitics: The Reason Why Your Tummy Hurts

I feel like every time I rejoin you all with one of these essays I have to go “boy, a lot of history sure happened in the last month” and this time it’s no exception. I’m going to spare you the line-item state of the world summary, however, and I’m gonna try and get straightContinue reading “Geopolitics: The Reason Why Your Tummy Hurts”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part III: The Navy

Thought I forgot about this series, didn’t you? Well, I didn’t forget about it. But in case you hadn’t noticed, global events over the past few months had distracted me some. While the war in Ukraine is by no means over and we should still pay close attention to it, I think I at leastContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part III: The Navy”

Ukraine and the Scary New World

So. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’re probably aware some events have transpired – and are still ongoing. But just for the sake of clarity, I’ll elaborate a bit on what I mean by that. On February 24th, 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in what appearsContinue reading “Ukraine and the Scary New World”

“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”

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?”