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US in Iraq and Russia in Ukraine Are Different Because…

Americans have spent much of 2014 in outrage at the way that Russian military forces have interfered in Ukraine’s civil war.

Now, Americans have sent their own military to Iraq to interfere in Iraq’s civil war.

What’s the difference?

Peter Baker in the New York Times writes, “If Mr. Putin ultimately decides to send [...]

A Downed Jetliner, A World War?

I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”

Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the [...]

U.S. Congress Not Really Bothered By Ukraine Crisis

In the Ukraine, pro-Russian fighters have taken over a Ukranian naval base on the Crimean peninsula. Russian soldiers have entered the peninsula, as the Russian government formally claimed the territory as its own.

In the United States, members of the U.S. Congress have given angry speeches in the past about Russia’s intentions to take the [...]

What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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Tracking The Leshy

The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. [...]

The Internet Now Officially Sucks

Irregular Times has been online during three different decades now. We saw the Internet begin as a nerdy curiosity, and then emerge into an awesome tool that empowered its users. Those days are over. [...]

Dozen Democrats Join House GOP To Demolish Nuclear Nonproliferation

The issue isn’t what’s happening in Syria at the moment. It isn’t cutting spending. The issue is nuclear weapons. Too many members of Congress favor the expansion of America’s nuclear weapons, and don’t care to even try to control the spread of nuclear weapons out of Russia. [...]

Does Antagonizing Others Keep You Safe?

The Soviets became weaker, and weaker, because they accepted Reagan’s idea, and presumed that the United States would attack unless the Soviet Union appeared to be strong. Saddam Hussein made the same mistake, creating a show of dangerous military power in the thought that such a display would protect him from attack. [...]

Social Security Trouble Solved With More Peaceful Budget

If the United States were to reduce its military spending to 20 percent of its current level, the result would be 568.8 billion dollars in savings every year. That would be more than enough to make up for gaps in the projected budget of Social Security for as far as anyone could project, and to keep Medicare and Medicaid financially solid far into the future as well. [...]

North Korea And Iran Agree On Nuclear Weapons!

If we here in the USA are freaking out about the idea of North Korea or Iran having just a handful of nuclear weapons, then we cannot reasonably expect the world to be impressed with an agreement to reduce our nuclear arsenal to 1,500, plus a whole lot of spares in the atomic closet. [...]

Big Oil Won't Even Talk About Whales

Why on earth should we allow expanded offshore drilling along the coasts of the United States by companies that won’t even consider participating in efforts to protect the areas from which they extract their profits? [...]