Daily Archive: January 14, 2019

The Syrian End Game Is Becoming Clearer, And It’ll Probably Be Decentralization

Trump’s National Security Advisor is visiting the GCC+ (the Gulf Monarchies plus their Jordanian and Egyptian allies), Israel, and Turkey in an effort to explain to them the grand strategy that the President has in mind by withdrawing American forces from Syria. There are plenty of moving pieces and the situation remains fluid, but it’s still possible to ascertain an...

A Bang or a Whimper: If Trump Is Overthrown What Comes Next?

It’s a new year and the American cold civil war has shifted to its next phase with the Petrograd Soviet (formerly the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens), a/k/a Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat-controlled House of Representatives ensconced at one end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Pelosi leads the revolutionary “second pivot” and rival center of authority to the embattled Provisional Government headed by President Donald Trump, headquartered 16 blocks to the...

Orlov: Placing the USA on a Collapse Continuum

The West is rotting!Yes, maybe, but what a nice smell… Old Soviet joke The word ‘catastrophe‘ has several meanings, but in its original meaning in Greek the word means a “sudden downturn” (in Greekkatastrophē ‘overturning, sudden turn,’ from kata- ‘down’ + strophē ‘turning’). As for the word “superpower” it also has several possible definitions, but my preferred one is this...

Trump’s Diplomatic Downgrade of the EU Is Seen as Another Snub… What Else Do Vassals Expect?

European Union officials are up in arms over the Trump administration’s demotion of its US ambassador. The downgrade is viewed as yet another slight from a president who has contempt for supranational bodies like the EU. But, strictly speaking, in terms of diplomatic protocol, the Trump administration is correct. The conventional position of ambassador is a representative envoy between two...