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Iconoclast writing on strategic futures, insurgency, foreign and defense policy. Realist/moderate. Big on character and integrity. Tweets my personal opinion.

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Joined Twitter 2/15/10


@NoahShachtman @seanlawson Presidents don't have to.even a faux populist to scratch out a win. That said, there is a need to address the dilemma of blue collar small… https://t.co/cuuZqwZzkABut given that the demographic they appealed to--white, blue collar, rural/small town--is a declining segment of th… https://t.co/jWTbAa9hOyI have said many times that I consider Trump a faux populist who plays on the cultural and racial fears of his blue… https://t.co/LArkEji8x5it seemed to be a third tier national issue. But then I came to understand that its importance to him and his base… https://t.co/NpOxeQXREMof racial motivations by focusing on immigration and hostility toward Muslims. This sugar coats fear of people with… https://t.co/f7X6EaXb3PThe third dimension is racial. There is no doubt that a good part of the anger directed at Obama was racially motiv… https://t.co/clI1N43fjgfellow plutocrats so he doesn't do it. But despite not being religion or a shooter, he can talk religion and guns e… https://t.co/X6mutyx9mtantagonize his fellow plutocrats like he would have to to address the economic dimension of change. For instance, i… https://t.co/rl3kb8YkctThe second dimension of change is cultural. It's actually very complex and broad based but is often distilled into… https://t.co/yw6OZ6PIqfBut deindustrialization or, more accurately, the diminishing need for industrial labor given automation, is irrever… https://t.co/VidSnRRtbiOne an industrial pipefitter, one a truck driver. Union membership allowed them to have pretty good lives, with hom… https://t.co/ocTPvjqXU8The economic reflects the deindustrialization of America, the decline of extractive industries and the decline of u… https://t.co/FhtjyZITbfallows those disadvantages to more easily coalesce into political movements. The change underway has three separat… https://t.co/U7D5fhTzQOMajor economic, demographic, cultural, or social change always advantages some groups and disadvantages others. It… https://t.co/tTp9f2p5SEI want to capture some thoughts rattling around my head on the phenomenon of blue collar rural/small town anger. As… https://t.co/APXPAYCzmk @RonaldJMoeller Trump’s cultists push the false and venal narrative that any opposition to him is unjustified "dera… https://t.co/aOv3eDXaHG @RonaldJMoeller I try to treat him fairly and push back on people who assume everything he does is venal, everythin… https://t.co/h8Zopo0Eip @RonaldJMoeller I said in 2016 that I could understand the anger of people being left behind (parts of my family ar… https://t.co/THodiS0zDJ @RonaldJMoeller But in my opinion he's scamming his blue collar, small town/rural base, saying things that mobilize… https://t.co/MChJFm8NWp @RonaldJMoeller Alas there are people who do assume anything the President does is venal but the "TDS" phrasing is… https://t.co/NvvFqJ6FKG @RonaldJMoeller Many businesses across the spectrum have integrated political principles, normally when it was good… https://t.co/Da8Wy13WKxThe Founding Fathers disagreed as do people today who value the Constitution over the cult. https://t.co/Bb1FxvXl2H @david_darmofal The incumbent grew up a few blocks from me but didn't go to the same high school -- he went to what… https://t.co/NXyUbIyJxB @JimMWeber https://t.co/AbXOZtGQUGdon't feel obligated to exhibit a pretense of balance, but are organized solely by loyalty to one man.This is, of course, part of a bigger phenomenon where previously depoliticized entities like government agencies an… https://t.co/jXRDdI8anncustomers who are not Trump loyalists. I know business owners always have expressed political feelings but it seems… https://t.co/9f2XOu0KWiI'm beginning to see a new and, I believe, very dangerous tendency in the American political landscape: businesses,… https://t.co/ceYknq6CG3 @EdwardHBOh Some people simply have a psychological predisposition for cultism.Juvenilism. America deserves better. https://t.co/ewyfNtlvos @NoahShachtman @seanlawson Yeah but the president can unclassify anything. It's still sleazy, but legal. @queenofthinair https://t.co/ljQg0Zilp9 @queenofthinair https://t.co/JlDz84S2uj @JimGoldgeier Just to be on the safe side, address your application letters to Georgewashington Town.
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@realDonaldTrump How long did it take you to read it before you arrived at these conclusions? @CurtMills @DamonLinker https://t.co/9HcCUypo4C @PeterLucier @DoyleKHodges That's my go-to move.I think he should have a ship named after him just for being a warrior named "Doris." https://t.co/AQua68Wpga @notabattlechick @Strategy_Bridge @DivergentOption @WarOnTheRocks @War_Room_Eds I'm in.Hey @Strategy_Bridge @DivergentOption @WarOnTheRocks special issue? https://t.co/GQ9RNHhW9d @MiaMBloom @monaeltahawy The arc of history is long but bends toward justice. @AmitavAcharya Overachiever. @HerbCarmen Perhaps under this administration senseless babbling will be recognized as a handicap as well. @Eric_M_Murphy a bad cigar is like a woman but a gland is a gland --ee cummings @PeterLucier We should debate whether we want to cling to the 18th century distinction between commissioned gentlem… https://t.co/8siKvdB8rL @robertcaruso @JasonFritz1 With grinch cluster. @JasonFritz1 I've nominated myself for a War on Christmas campaign ribbon.At least the President hasn't worn a tan suit or asked for dijon mustard for a hamburger. https://t.co/hWYwqsyNsV @lldzne And a fascination with the weird and bizarre. They no longer have wolfboy and the two headed calf at my local fair. @lldzne And I try to keep my finger on the zeitgeist (mostly because it makes me giggle to type that.) @lldzne Probably true. I've known Mr. Steele for decades so things occasionally pop up.This is, umm, entertaining. https://t.co/ff0zv6OeqJI'm counting down the seconds until one of my military buddies tells these guys what "decimate" actually means. https://t.co/QOkqdHUmaP @shifrinson The application fee was $65 at a time when I was making $4K a year. @shifrinson I'm still peeved at UVA for saying they couldn't process my application because they only received 2 of… https://t.co/dPn8xfok3q @ajitmaan3 I was surprised to learn while at African game parks that grazing animals know when lions are on the hun… https://t.co/dgCdtrSa1w @david_darmofal Hey--that's my old district! @lldzne I don't think Tannehill can take over a game. On the running game I think the Chiefs will be OK if they pre… https://t.co/phnQ1d1q3CWhat are the chances this story is taped to the wall in the Chiefs locker room? https://t.co/2ldM7H3OIR @prchovanec A clip of him saying that might end up in campaign ads.I'm certainly not defending Rosenstein but there is no expectation of privacy when you use government IT. @DamonLinker I got the same and had the same reaction. @JeffreyGoldberg As a graduate of JHU whose kid was waitlisted but not admitted, I applaud this. @Hadtwohurt Growing up in Myrtle Beach I knew a guy who surf fished for sharks (since it was prohibited on piers) a… https://t.co/07OHuNol63 @lee_grubbs @smallwars I agree with Lee.Hard to imagine President calling our nations military leadership “dopes and babies,” but multiple confirmations.… https://t.co/dro6j16g8F
Retweeted by Steve Metz @EvelynNFarkas I wouldn't make that analogy since communism altered reality to reflect an ideology rather than the… https://t.co/2PjCpti5d1 @BlackKeynDagger @Strategy_Bridge No dramatically new ideas (other than his analysis of Trump) but as always, gorge… https://t.co/fi7FW2urPf @PDWilliamsGWU Perhaps Marmite is hallucinogenic.Understand how the U.S. exit from the nuclear deal has impacted Iran and the regime's foreign policy calculations.… https://t.co/vUFdXHQ0GJ
Retweeted by Steve Metz @Strategy_Bridge https://t.co/xrAk2KoegU @realDonaldTrump @RudyAtallah A majority of Americans support common sense gun laws rather than NRA extremism.Regime change without an effective stabilization plan in place. Iran would be this X1000. https://t.co/3oPBZA3xt1I suspect the phrase "Today isn't about me--it's about you" has never passed his lips. https://t.co/dS7S6pxgKP via @usatoday @AkiPeritz @SpyTalker COA 3Sean Duffy is ethical slime. America's greatest need is to once again value character and morality. https://t.co/TV0OzZhIHlWhy don’t we ask under oath Guiliani, Mulvaney, Pompeo, Bolton to confirm or deny what Parnas said. Easy day ! https://t.co/lSGSf0zYSm
Retweeted by Steve MetzAt least on an away team.And let me offer a recommendation for Space Command guys--never wear the red shirt.I'll admit I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure there are no forests in space. https://t.co/I6T94dylFLI'm installing an orange filter on my computer. https://t.co/y04NtBCEFrBut he doesn't take his salary. (Only a tax write off for donating it). https://t.co/XbZW5HtYVN @DenisonBe I voted for him twice and Casey the third time. I like Casey. @MK_Milligan The little ones in the plastic container. They're South Africa peppadews. I use them a lot in salads.And, to clarify, that was in two separate elections.The two votes I cast for @RickSantorum remain the greatest regrets of my experience as a citizen. https://t.co/qrIdSyIolwI don't question their motives--I think they're perfectly obvious. https://t.co/QJ5LgBsGZQ @CIAspygirl Word on the street is that he's more of a mahjong kind of guy. @MK_Milligan I'm addicted to those South African peppadews. I'm looking into rehab. @KrisjandR @misscherryjones Miruvor @KrisjandR I'm still proud that I taught my daughter math by winning the tooth fairy money back at blackjack.Reposado only, please.I've discovered that tequila and jelly beans makes an excellent post workout recovery. @KrisjandR Sell it to them as a character building experience.As is the United States of America. https://t.co/4pdNe3Bd0N @KrisjandR You can still crawl can't you? @SeanDunn10 @josephcollins77 Did he buy?If Trump were to drop dead this evening, who do we think would be the first Republican, or Fox News pundit (I find… https://t.co/RYg5kMDLVD
Retweeted by Steve Metz @TyrellMayfield @ToriLeeThomas @AF_Academy @ddayoverlordweb @usairforce @Team_Tinker But it makes perfect sense. Af… https://t.co/TsdNSUqbFB
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