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Inherent Resolve: Evaluating the First 60 days of the Trump Administration

While campaigning for election last year, candidate Trump derided then President Obama’s strategy in the war against the Islamic State. Calling it misguided and weak, Mr. Trump claimed that he knew more than the officers involved in conducting the operations of Inherent Resolve and that he had a plan to utterly destroy ISIS within 30 […]

The Bomb

The Bomb The European Union in 2017 has the appearance of a sickly old man with so many ailments that it is hard to know whether he’ll be carried off by pneumonia, blood poisoning or stroke. The continent lurches from crisis to crisis while Brussels struggles to find policy responses that go beyond “kick the […]

The New Face of Europe

Paris continues to be rocked by protests and urban violence directed at French police and allegations that they are deliberately targeting minority groups and poor neighborhoods. Most protests have been peaceful, but there have also been violent incidents with hooded and masked provocateurs burning cars – now a French tradition – and hurling paving stones […]

Resistance is NOT Futile: The Story of Thrasybulus

Many of my friends remain despondent over the election of Donald Trump and the ugly transformation of our country that he is leading. Some are becoming resigned – some have always been resigned – and unwilling to resist. “What’s the point” they argue, “protests accomplish nothing.” Resistance is futile: every autocracy throughout history has wanted […]

Catalonia-Spain Endgame Scenarios: 2017

Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader.  In 2014, I charted five potential paths for the Catalan independence movement. I mapped the most likely progression for each […]

Why I Hate Freedom

Conservatives love freedom; liberals and progressives hate it. My entire adult life has been filled with this refrain, a secular litany as unquestionable for true believers as the religious one. It is repeated 100 times per day on the organs of conservative propaganda, like Fox News and Breitbart. It is immune to all evidence to […]

VAT Until We’re Debt Free

President Trump has made some bold and interesting campaign pronouncements regarding the economy: major tax cuts, slashing regulatory burden, a giant infrastructure program. At the same time, he promised increases in military spending and an end to sequester. He has been short of details on how he intends to reconcile large increases in spending, large […]

Five Dangerous Indicators to Look for in the Trump Administration

The whirlwind of events preceding and subsequent to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left the political establishment and most of the public agape in disbelief. During the past 10 days it seemed impossible to go to sleep without missing a new critical event that broke with […]

Trump Kills the Trans-Pacific Pact and Why That is a Good Thing

One of the first Executive Orders signed by President Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Better known as simply “TPP” this mega-trade deal was a signature effort by President Obama to craft a free trade area around the Pacific that would exclude China, allow America and her partners to “set the […]

Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

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