Author: Alex Christy

Trump is Wrong About NATO

With the Republican convention in the rear view window, Republicans have now devoted their energy to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  The Republican National Convention in Cleveland focused, in part, on the foreign policy resume of Hillary Clinton and the legacy Barack Obama will leave behind on the world stage. For years we have relentlessly criticized what has been come to be known as the Obama/Clinton foreign policy.  The withdrawal from Iraq, the war in Libya, Benghazi, the Russian reset, and other foreign policy misadventures have come to define Obama and Clinton’s foreign...

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Coup Attempt in Turkey and the Fallout

The world is still try to digest what exactly happened last week in Turkey and what the possible ramifications are, both in and outside of Turkey. Tayyip Erdogan is the power hungry, despotic–terrorist sympathizing-Islamist President of Turkey.  It was in this light that a faction of the Turkish military orchestrated a coup in an attempt to overthrow him.  The actions of the coup plotters included imposing curfews in Ankara and detonating a bomb at the Parliament building.  The coup would ultimately fail.  An F-16 shot down a commandeered helicopter and the coup plotters ultimately abandoned their failed attempt to overthrow Erdogan....

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Pokémon Go: The Good and the Bad

Unless you have been under a rock you are aware of the new craze sweeping the nation: the augmented reality based app, Pokemon Go. I did not play Pokemon in my younger years and have no intention to start now.  I have no clue what it means to “catch a Pokémon” or to “train Pokémon” or whatever else you do to a Pokémon.  All I know is that the entire country seems to be crisscrossing every street, avenue and alley to find whatever it is you find and do in the game. But even though I know essentially nothing about how the...

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Politically Homeless

In a New York Times op-ed, Ross Douthat suggest that it’s possible that political arguments may look quite different in the near future. “[P]erhaps we should speak no more of left and right, liberals and conservatives. From now on the great political battles will be fought between nationalists and internationalists, nativists and globalists.”  He explains how elites from New York to Washington and London to Brussels cannot see that to the average person they look “like something familiar from eras past: A powerful caste’s self-serving explanation for why it alone deserves to rule the world.” If the days of liberals...

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The (Dis)United Kingdom?

What Quebecers really want is an independent Quebec within a strong and united Canada — that’s the joke, anyway.  It appears that Scots are having the same problem.  After Brexit, many Scots want an independent Scotland with a strong and united Europe. While many conservatives (including yours truly) commended the Brits for voting to leave the European Union, it would be prudent to hold off playing “Rule Britannia” for the immediate future, as the Union appears to be in trouble again. The Treaty of Union, which was agreed upon in 1707, and survived a 55-45 referendum in 2014, has re-entered discussion.  Polls in Scotland show 59% of Scots favor independence from London in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. While Britain as a whole voted leave the EU, Scots voted 62-38 to remain in the EU.  Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that a second referendum is likely, and that circumstances are now vastly different then they were in 2014. An independent Scotland has real consequences for not only the United Kingdom.  The biggest unknown would be the future of the Trident program.  The UK currently operates four Vanguard-class submarines which carry the country’s nuclear deterrent.  The Vanguard submarines are based at HM Naval Base Clyde on the western coast of Scotland.  An independent Scotland could leave the UK’s nuclear deterrent without a home; Scottish independence advocates have said that an independent Scotland would be nuclear free...

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