I’m out of town, so this is the best I can do. And since one post with Dunecat isn’t enough….



  • Dan Byman urges full US support for the rebels. 
  • Rob Farley discusses CJ Chivers analysis of the impact of rebel-deployed IEDs on the Syrian army.


  • A long essay by Greg Afinogenov on Putin’s Russia and current protests there. Afinogenov argues that Putinism isn’t so much authoritarian as “post-democratic” (via).  

American Grand Strategy:

  • Celeste Ward Gventer argues that maintaing America’s position depends on resisting the temptation to nation-build, i.e., avoiding imperial overextension. The piece is part of a week-long forum at the NIC’s Global Trends 2030 blog on American Decline. Which, as I’ve alluded to before, I would be more enthusiastic about recommending if the blog’s banner wasn’t headache-inducing. 



  • Phineas and Ferb does not, I submit, provide the Romney campaign’s preferred corporate association for Bain Capital.