Korean chess

“It’s important to stand behind our South Korean allies. But if we pay heed to the lessons of history talking to North Korea will be fruitless[.]” – John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the United States The subject of “historic” talks between North and South Korea, supposedly brokered by the U.S, and triggered with the appointment of John Bolton, are dominating real news headlines. Based on the current geopolitical landscape, this development, which some conservative pundits claim has brought Trump into consideration for the Nobel peace prize, is actually nothing…

Prelude to war?

How did we get into this situation? Chinese and Russian troops are amassing on the North Korean border. The U.S. has three carrier groups steaming into the area between Japan, Korea, and China. The first time such a display of force has been amassed in that region since the Second World War. Russian bombers are testing our air defense systems over Alaska. The machinations of previous proxy wars have matured and the entire region is now a potential tinderbox.  Regime change is in the air, but at what cost? What…

There are 3 types of players in state politics

If you can understand what motivates another person, you can predict how they will behave, and that is very valuable intelligence to have. In over eight years of working with many legislators, boards, administrators, committees, lobbyists, and other players in Utah politics, I have built a paradigm of the basic types that I think covers all of the players. People can move between these roles, but people are usually just one at a given time. The Technocrat “…in the trough of human feces eternally are the flatterers…” –Dante’s Inferno This…