Category: international relations

She can’t be a traitor. She was never an American

Ilhan “Bro-Fo” Omar, the representative of Somalia, says it out loud. During a recent speech, of which clips are now going viral, Omar left nothing to the imagination. She proclaimed to the crowd that Somalis control the U.S. government and that it exists to “safeguard the interests of Somalia.” She also stated that she is …

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Henry Kissinger is dead

My entire life I’ve heard of Henry Kissinger, the USA’s most famous diplomat, yada yada umptifratz. Can someone older and wiser than myself point me to one of his successes? Something in his repertoire that warrants all the accolades he’s been given? ANYTHING that shows he’s actually done some good in this world? I’m not …

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Against The Odds

     I could have titled this one “Choosing Your Battles,” but the scope of the thing isn’t purely a matter of strategic or military considerations. It’s more about not being as stubborn as a mule while simultaneously being a horse’s ass…and before you ask, yes: I did search for equine metaphors and images before choosing …

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These Are The Fruits Of Dependency

     Becoming dependent on others for a necessity is always a risky course:      Switzerland is considering jailing anyone who heats their rooms above 19C for up to three years if the country is forced to ration gas due to the Ukraine war.      The country could also give fines to those who violate the …

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The Power Continuum

     As the status quo is quoing along steadily just now, I thought I might resurrect an earlier Fran and write about one of my earlier areas of inquiry: power as exercised in the anarchic world of the “international order.”      Commentators on geopolitics often refer to the distinctions between “hard” and “soft” power. Mostly, …

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