The human cost of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban is the most important thing. In the short-term the safety of civilians, with particular focus on woman and girls, ought to be a priority.

In the medium term, securing visas for those in danger and those who supported the US and allied effort is important.

In the longer-term? It’s unpleasant to speculate, I don’t believe what the Taliban are saying about respecting human rights. Some suggest “pictures of sex-slave women and beheaded men” are weeks, if not days, away.

But politics does not take time off, and the president’s…


This is a rapidly moving situation and the exact consequences are unknown, but what is clear, is that, thanks to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have been able to re-capture large sections of the country it previously ruled, taking nine provincial capitals in just six days, facing little, if any resistance. The medium-to-long-term consequences of this decision are also unknown, but it is not pleasant to speculate. Some suggest “pictures of sex-slave women and beheaded men” are weeks, if not days, away.

Questions over the US presence in the country were being raised even before the…


When Mitch McConnell — the self proclaimed Grim Reaper — claims the era of bipartisanship is dead, other Republican members of Congress are clamouring for air time. But in a party built on hypocrisy and projection, the bar is constantly being raised. The only way to get seen and heard is to become more and more outrageous.

A few weeks ago — before the ICO banned podium protests during the Olympic Games — the field athlete, Gwen Berry, turned her back on the national anthem during her Olympic Trial which was the perfect opportunity to cue dreary faux patriotic outrage…


I have a poor track record with predictions, but something I am quite confident of is that between now and February 2024 (the date of the Iowa Caucus), the internet will be awash with speculation about whether Donald Trump will run again. For brevity, I’m not adding to this discourse. I’m simply following Michael Wolff’s lead and assuming he is.

In both 2016 and 2020, the margin of victory via the electoral college was much tighter than the popular vote implied. In 2024, the margin of error for Democrats will be so incredibly small and the consequences of getting it…


On the Lion’s tour, every minute is important. Whether it’s during training, a team meeting, or a non-Test game, every single player wants to put themselves into contention for a Test jersey in a few weeks’ time.

Gatland has said every squad member will get the chance to start a non-Test game in the coming weeks, so I don’t put too much weight into the recently selected XV for this weekend’s game against the Emirates Lions. Nonetheless, here are the five players who I will be looking at especially closely.

  1. Jamie George

A year in the second tier of English…


There is a scene in Family Guy’s fifth season where Lois Griffin is running for Mayor. She simple says “9/11 was bad” and it sends the crowd wild. She almost can’t believe how easy it is. This is, of course, a a parody for comedic purposes, because these days, Republican politicians can believe how easy it is.

Although this doesn’t appear in the clip, I can easily imagine a more cerebral, professorial type Democratic opponent launching into a wonky lecture about the destabilising effect the subsequent shift in US foreign policy had on the Middle East. …


Democratic politicians, left-leaning commentators, and their most politically engaged voters know that the Right’s equivalent don’t actually mean what they say. They understand that for people like Tucker Carlson to get the attention they get, they need to feed the venomous algorithm that rewards fear, irrespective of whether they believe the comments themselves. The Left’s big mistake is assuming that the rest of their voters see through this act, too.

Republicans, right-leaning commentators, and their most politically engaged voters, on the other hand, do not make that assumption. They assume instead that everyone takes everything seriously, they view it objectively…


According to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the US is the “indispensable nation”. The benign equilibrium after the Cold War would, however, be interrupted by major escalations in inter and intra-state violence, stateless individual acts of terrorism, trends in global markets against manufacturing, China’s evolving attitude towards its world order, and, perhaps most crucially, the decreasing willingness and capacity from the US to play a role.

Nonetheless, the US still possesses an unrivalled military and large economy; it maintains alliances — although not unquestionably; it sets agenda, and attempts to promote universal values of free markets, human rights, and…


Nearly two years ago, I wrote about how ridiculous the Democrats looked on the primary debate stage. At the time, there must have been nearly twenty candidates still in the race. It became a running jokes on Dem-supporting media that no one could name them all, even after they’d spent three hours watching them on T.V. the night before.

I wrote:

“Having several candidates of the same party kicking lumps out of each other, airing the party’s dirty laundry on national TV just months before a general election — what could be better? …


The blinding power of winning creates a paradox whereby it is the ultimate goal, while also contributing to future defeats. Winning can become blinding when it is assumed there are no lessons to learn from the loser. If the loser knew what they were doing, they’d have won. Right?

Most high performing people understand this isn’t true and freely cite their failures are being more formative than their successes. As part of a Nike campaign, Michael Jordan famously claimed he’s missed 9000 shots in his career, Muhammad Ali used to be robbed as a child so he learnt to fight…

George Evans-Jones

Writing mostly on US politics from across the pond. Occasionally detour into sports/sport performance, and UK politics/culture.

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