Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Top Gun review

Review: Top Gun Maverick. The movie is a successful follow on to the 1986 original. Though not without a few missing parts.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Biden's Taiwan statement poses complex challenges, Review: Ariel Phenomenon

Biden's Taiwan statement increases pressure on China and the U.S. military. The president pledged to defend Taiwan. But that's an increasingly complicated pledge to make.

Review: Ariel Phenomenon. A new documentary considers a 1994 incident in which more than 60 school children claimed to witness a UFO in their Zimbabwe school yard.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

UFO Congress, Putin vs. West

UFOs go to Congress. 5 questions which need answering.

In Victory Day speech, Putin seeks Russian unity for long term struggle against the West. The Russian leader appeared to suggest a sustained downturn in relations with the West.

Friday, May 6, 2022

NATO Ukraine, Russian generals

What NATO has learned from the war in Ukraine. The alliance is likely to adapt its tactics and strategy for contesting a prospective Russian invasion.

The U.S. shouldn't pretend it isn't helping Ukraine to kill Russian generals. It clearly is doing so. And is right to do so.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Javelins and China, Kim's message

Forget the Javelin shortages, the Pentagon and defense contractors aren't ready for China. The military procurement process remains a disaster in many cases.

Kim Jong Un fires an ICBM reminder into Biden's inbox. North Korea wants to remind the White House that it deserves attention and, it hopes, concessions.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Russia's nuclear rhetoric

Russia's nuclear rhetoric has a reality problem. The Russian federation would not be able to survive a nuclear war with the West. The West, however, likely would survive.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

UK-US support for Ukraine, CCP tries to buy Forbes

In UK and US military support for Ukraine, a divergent tolerance for risk. Britain wants to maximize Russia's battlefield losses and is supporting Ukraine with weapons to that effect. The U.S. is taking a more cautious approach.

The Chinese Communist Party tries to gobble up Forbes media. Beijing has its eye on a prize of Western media credibility.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Putin vs. CIA, Russia explosions

Putin threatens CIA over seemingly Kremlin-imagined assassination plot. The Russian government accuses Ukraine and the CIA of plotting to assassinate a top Russian propagandist.

Russia explosions point to Ukraine's embrace of the British special forces' way of war. The Ukrainians are hitting Russia inside its own territory.

Friday, April 22, 2022

French election

Why I hope Emmanuel Macron beats Marine Le Pen on Sunday. Neither candidate is great but Macron would be far better for French - and U.S./global - interests.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern reminds us why New Zealand should be suspended from Five Eyes. Wellington's relationship with Beijing is incompatible with Wellington's continued access to high grade US intelligence.