The Czar ponders what might be done with Egypt. In passing, he describes the Volgi as a foreign-policy cynic. One thinks of oneself as an empiricist more than a cynic, but perhaps the eye of the beholder governs. The short …Continue reading →
The Czar tends to be the optimist; he leaves cynicism for 孔夫子, the Œcumenical Volgi (The Notorious ŒV) as the latter is far more experienced in matters of Что делать. But what is to be done seems to be the …Continue reading →
Interesting polls lately; apparently both Democrats and Republicans alike want to replace every member of Congress. By overwhelming responses. Of course, none of that matters. Most Congressional approval ratings are pure fantasy because you only vote for your Senators and …Continue reading →
Have you read Governor Bobby Jindals kick-in-the-pants speech from Charlotte? Read the whole thing, especially if you want to have a really good day. In the speech, Gov. Jindal lists seven things that Republicans need to do to win elections. …Continue reading →
Strange as it may seem, the Czar is inclined to agree today with both Libertarians and Democrats alike, and confess something that many Republican conservatives probably also feel. We need, for as long as possible, to stay the hell out …Continue reading →
Part One of Seven Forget about who is to blame for the 2012 disaster. Before Republicans regroup to save the country, its time to get over ourselves and admit we got beat. Heres how we keep getting beat. Hint: yeah, …Continue reading →
A curious argument is starting to turn up in the wake of the Wisconsin shooting. Okay, some people are starting to acknowledge, there was no way to prevent a dirtbag like Wade Page from obtaining a firearm simply because there …Continue reading →
Well, we finally get to see what Kim Jong Ŭn (김정은) looks like. In more ways than one. This morning, some radio pundits were warning listeners that we have to wait and see what happens in North Korea; the order …Continue reading →
Well, you could hardly have missed our jeremiad earlier today, in which we attacked the do-nothing immorality of Penn State officials over the Jerry Sandusky obscenity. The Czar thinks as many people should go to prison over this as can …Continue reading →
Your Czarness: Judging by the recent posts, it seems as though you residents of the Castle have been much irritated by the Occupy Wall St. crowd and their kinfolk The 99 Percenters. Well, I think I may have hit upon …Continue reading →
This is a story that keeps getting worse the longer it goes. Hena Akhter, 14, lived in what is described as the rural community of Shariatpur, Bangladesh, a city of 42,200 people. She was the youngest daughter in her family, …Continue reading →
A Piedmont Airlines DHC-8 flew into restricted airspace Saturday afternoon, prompting a full evacuation of the Capitol! Aircon Red! was declared! Fighters were scrambled! Occupants had two minutes to respond! Consider the Czar surprised. First, he did not know Piedmont …Continue reading →
The Czar has not picked up on the subject of gays in the military, so we should probably say something about it. Here it is: there are gays in the military. They are already there. But what a weird thing …Continue reading →
Dr. J, in a letter your Volgi’s been remiss in posting, waxes a bit despondent about the looming threat of Obamacare. The bulk of his missive concerned the Slaughter Stratagem, ginned up by ’Puter’s neighbor, Weezy. Since that seems to …Continue reading →
…what stuns me about the commentary over the last couple of days is the perception that the regime has done something shocking with this election. The regime isn’t any different today than it was the day before the election, the …Continue reading →
Your Œcumenical Volgi runs hot and cold on Ralph Peters, who is often brilliant, and often seems a tad off his rocker. Here, however, he’s in fine form on Afghanistan. Your Volgi shares his skepticism that Afghanistan, never much of …Continue reading →
Great Congressional testimony here at the Standard‘s blog. Read it all. And hmm, he sounds a little like the Volgi… Confucius, Œc. Vol.Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu. gormogons.com
So goes the apothegm of Nikolai Gavrilovich Chernyshevski, the nineteenth-century intelligent who, among other things, wrote a novel whose title—Что делать? What Is to Be Done?—Lenin re-used (and which the Volgi uses as a trope hereabouts). Kolya Ch. meant that …Continue reading →
Interesting post by Max Boot. Liberating Burma from SLORC (or whatever they’re calling themselves this week) is a very worthy cause, but not one that will gain widespread support these days. That said, if Thailand, India, and Malaysia were on …Continue reading →
…here, here, and here, Peter Pham has a very good piece in the National Interest on what the U.S. should do in the post-Musharraf era.* Anyway, here’s the kernel for those of you too tired to click. First, America must …Continue reading →
Interesting points from Fred Kagan via John McCormack at the Weekly Standard. Sounds like a fairly clear victory for Russia at this point. Victor Davis Hanson on the West’s instinct to turn on itself first. A Cato Institute writer blaming …Continue reading →
Stuart Koehl takes a very Steynian look at Russia’s demographic death spiral and its consequences for its future as a power. Worth reading. Confucius, Œc. Vol.Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu. gormogons.com
If the Georgians want to fight, Stuart Koehl has some ideas on how we can help. He doesn’t mention it, but we should be preemptively providing this kind of military assistance to other democratic countries in Russia’s sights, particularly Ukraine. …Continue reading →
Charles Krauthammer has some excellent suggestions. And he grasps what this is all about: The real objective is the Finlandization of Georgia through the removal of President Mikheil Saakashvili and his replacement by a Russian puppet. If you don’t read …Continue reading →
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