saber rattling

Bluster and saber-rattling: effective tools of foreign policy?

Mark Moyar wrote a fascinating editorial in The New York Times the other day. In “The World Fears Trump’s America. That’s a Good Thing,” Moyar argues that Trump’s bluster and saber-rattling are effective instruments of foreign policy. I use the descriptor “fascinating” because the article represents a sea change in conservative thinking: the right-wing adopting…

“Fallout” [the game] and fallout [the nuclear reality]

“If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would have torn up my formula in 1905.” –Albert Einstein. Next month, “Fallout 4,” a highly-anticipated video game releases. Dealing with various Americans a couple centuries after nuclear war, the Fallout series is known for its strong writing, dark humor, and bleak outlook. “War never changes,” Ron…

National Review compares Bernie Sanders to Nazis: Offensive and inaccurate

Commentators cannot seem to leave the memory of Nazi Germany alone. Nazi comparisons became especially heinous after the 2008 presidential election, when haters compared President Barack Obama to Hitler. After all, the narrative ran, both were “collectivist,” “charismatic” leaders who preyed on people’s fears to bring about impossible utopia. Climate change skeptic William Happer even…

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