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”

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””

In Search of “The Good War”

War is bad. That should be a pretty non-controversial statement (depending on who you are, that is), I’d like to think. However, if you’ve stuck around this long in reading through my various ramblings, you should know by  now that I believe war is a constant factor that isn’t going away, and something a leftistContinue reading “In Search of “The Good War””

War: The Chronic Condition

If you don’t want to read this whole essay: tl;dr war isn’t going anywhere. I feel like I’ve already said this ad nauseum in the first few essays I’ve posted here – and rest assured, it is not going to be the last time I say it. But after thinking about both of those points,Continue reading “War: The Chronic Condition”

“Don’t Start None, Won’t Be None”

“Some people seem confused by my posts recently. Just because I’m anti war does not mean I’m a pacifist.” That is what Joe Kassabian – author of both fiction and non-fiction and the host of “Lions Led by Donkeys”, one of my favorite podcasts and a gateway that led me to leftism – tweeted outContinue reading ““Don’t Start None, Won’t Be None””

The Obligatory Election Essay

This is probably going to be shorter than most of the pieces I plan to write for here. I wasn’t actually going to have this be my second essay for the site. I hadn’t actually written anything for the 2020 election. I think that was partially because I had no idea how it was goingContinue reading “The Obligatory Election Essay”

Setting the Stage

The last few years have seen a remarkable surge in the popularity of leftist political thought in the United States – though it is clear that leftist ideas still have a very long road to travel before reaching full, mainstream acceptance. I’ve recently seen myself take my own personal journey of “coming out of theContinue reading “Setting the Stage”