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”

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”

F-35: The Flying Money Furnace

The past two weeks have been an interesting one if you’re either a military aviation enthusiast or an advocate for not spending Olympic swimming pools worth of liquified money on imperialist military adventures – or in my case: both. And it all revolves around one particular weapons system that has deservedly been a lightning rodContinue reading “F-35: The Flying Money Furnace”

Savage’s First Annual “Top 4 Nat Sec Things I’d Burn to the Ground if I Could”

I meant to do this piece to start off the new year, before certain events distracted me – and a lot of the country and the world, apparently. But the year is still only one month old, so I think we can comfortably call it pretty new. And as is customary in a new year,Continue reading “Savage’s First Annual “Top 4 Nat Sec Things I’d Burn to the Ground if I Could””