Really Brief Thoughts: General H.R. McMaster

Today, 20 February 2017, President Trump nominated Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to fill General Michael Flynn's role as his National Security Advisor. I don't know much about General McMaster's current policies and how he stands on Iran and Russia and stuff, but I can say that McMaster is one of the most highly-respected field commanders…

Brief Thoughts: The Yemen Raid

Donald Trump is in the process of learning why every Commander-in-Chief before him has left the office of President with way more gray hair than normal. I think we should cut him some slack on this one. On 29 January, a daring Navy SEAL raid infiltrated a Yemeni village with the intent of capturing or…

Why “Take the Oil” Is a Terrible Idea

Early in his unfortunately-historic campaign for President, Donald Trump said that he would get rid of ISIS by bombing the bejesus out of their oil fields and getting American oil companies to set up shop and "take the oil."┬áSaid companies would then extract as much oil as possible and send it to the U.S., thus…

On Nuclear Warfare

There is a question that should both freak out and enrage any sensible American, at least when it comes to foreign policy: "Why can't we use nukes? Why do we keep them around if we don't use them?" When I think of a nice, easy, lighthearted topic that I can talk about, I go to…

Brief Thoughts On: The Travel Ban

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from visiting or immigrating to the United States of America. The full text of the order, which does not yet have an EO number assigned to it, can be seen here. Having been a proponent of executive orders for a long time,…