Monday, October 22, 2018

Bolsonaro Haddad, INF treaty, Saudi response

Why Jair Bolsonaro would be better for Brazil than Fernando Haddad. A dive into the two candidates records and stances proves the conservative’s case.
Why withdrawing from the INF treaty won’t increase Russia’s threat. Putin is not an idiot, nor is he rich. He is tempered by strategic opportunity and cost.
Severely punishing Saudi Arabia means punishing Mohammed bin Salman. Although that doesn't necessarily mean that we should punish Saudi Arabia severely.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Russian attack, EU problems, Facebook media

The Russian midterm election attack is Putin’s responsibility. Ignore the cutout factor, it speaks only to standing Russian intelligence strategy.
As the EU enters its winter of discontent, it lacks a son of York. In other words, the EU’s rising tide of problems have no obvious solutions.
Facebook’s new media chief is a risky bet. But Nick Clegg might just pay off. Here’s why the new appointment matters and what strategy it suggests Facebook aims to employ.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Khashoggi's importance? Mossad lessons, Arab honor, Bolton Kelly

Sorry, but Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t matter that much. US interests, the nature of the Saudi regime, and Middle Eastern politics explain why.
What the Israeli Mossad and the Jordanian GID would teach Saudi intelligence officers. Namely, to be more calculating, cautious, and a little bit more moral.
Mike Pompeo embraces Sunni-Arab honor to pressure the Saudis to come clean about Khashoggi. The secretary of state has upped the ante for Riyadh.
Why you should welcome John Bolton’s showdown with John Kelly. The two top White House officials are helping maximize the chance of the best US policy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Israel-Palestinians, Trump Ukraine, Treasury Basij, Bombing shabaab

In Gaza and Jerusalem domestic political interests are pushing for a new Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu is a moderating voice against the impulses.
There’s no question that Trump is tough on Russia in Ukraine. US actions speak to a greater Trump concern for Ukraine than that of his predecessor.
The treasury department is right to focus in on Iran’s Basij militia. The street mob group is a key instrument of the hardliner regime’s power.
Be glad the US keeps bombing al-Shabaab. The Somalia-based terrorist group poses a serious regional threat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Amazon Google, Uighur excuses, Honduras aid, Italy EU

In Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, a tale of one patriot and one pathetic poodle. Bezos supports America, Pichai likes Xi.
The sick excuse a top Chinese official gave for the Uighur concentration camps. The communist government thinks imprisoning one million innocents is a moral act.
Pulling aid to Honduras would fuel not fight illegal-immigration. The reality of migration and of US AID programs suggests that Trump think twice about his threat.
Why Italy is confident it will win the EU fiscal showdown. The populist government knows that the EU is desperate to avoid another Brexit.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The McLaughlin Group

Saudi rogues, energy exports, Brexit May, Russian orthodox

Saudi Arabia’s claim that rogue agents killed Jamal Khashoggi is a joke. The evidence speaks to an orchestrated and deliberate operation. Here are three reasons why.
The U.S. should open military ports to energy export companies. There are joined national security and economic rationales for doing so.
On Brexit, Theresa May enters her darkest hour. The Prime Minister faces a skeptical parliament and a seemingly implacable European Union.
The Russian Orthodox church shows its preference for politics over faith. By splitting from the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Vladimir Putin again unleashes his imperialist agenda.

From Friday: MBS fury, Andrew Brunson, John James, EU arrogance

Why Mohammed bin Salman doesn't care about the world's fury. He is focused on domestic consolidation of power and presumes he can retain the U.S. alliance

Why Turkey released Pastor Andrew Brunson. The Turkish government has decided that it cannot afford to keep isolating America

In Michigan, John James rises against Debbie Stabenow. The Republican candidate has a compelling message and narrative

The arrogance behind the European Union (E.U.) integrationists. They believe doing more of what got them into trouble in the first place

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Assassination tactics, Orthodox Ukraine, EU protectionism, Chinese spies

Jamal Khashoggi, Dawn Sturgess, and why the Saudis and Russians quite manifestly screwed up their assassination attempts.
Winning theological separation from the Russian Orthodox Church, Ukraine wins religious freedom and Vladimir Putin’s ire.
If the EU taxes US tech companies, the US should retaliate. The EU must not see American success stories as a piggy bank for protectionism.
Don’t bet on the newly captured Chinese spy spending that long in prison. The US is likely to release him in exchange for other prisoners held by China.