Friday, December 13, 2019

Labour, spying, novel

Labour’s great struggle: find a new leader and a winning platform. Thursday’s British election showed just how much of a challenge is facing the party.
Why and how a new UK-EU spy war is about to begin. Shaping the post-Brexit relationship is what’s motivating things
A Brexit tale from John Le Carre. The spymaster novelist delivers a new read full of espionage intrigue.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

NATO exercises, Iran Lebanon, Britain election

3 things the Europeans won’t bring to massive 2020 NATO exercises. It’s about the willingness to invest in capability and truly share burdens.

Shooting his mouth off about Lebanon, Iranian official shows the truth of Tehran’s policy. It’s not about supporting Lebanon, but using Lebanon to attack Israel.

What will the British election bring? A Boris Johnson majority that delivers Brexit, or a Jeremy Corbyn orchestrated Hung Parliament that delivers Soviet-style socialism.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Brexit economy, Senate audio, Saudi politics, USCMA reelection

On the eve of an election, Brexit hampers British economy. Investors lack confidence as to whether Brexit will happen, how it might happen, and when it might happen.

The Senate is not going to remove Trump without audio. The president’s impeachment rests in the prospect of incriminatory material, possibly in Russian hands.

For American interests in Saudi Arabia, a choice between restaurants and Jamal Khashoggi. The future stability of the desert kingdom, and of American counter-terrorism security are at stake here.

Via the USMCA, a new arrow in Trump’s reelection quiver. The trade agreement serves Trump’s reelection narrative.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Steele dossier, WaPo report, Horowitz report, Friday articles, Thursday articles

Horowitz report deconstructs Steele dossier. The former British intelligence officer’s notorious product is shown to be a mismatch of hearsay.

Decoding the Washington Post’s report on Afghanistan. There are some good lessons here, but not pointers for withdrawal.

Horowitz report: CIA regarded Steele dossier as “internet rumor.” Not the best endorsement from the nation’s premier human intelligence agency.

From Friday...

The beauty of the American names Noah, Elijah, and Muhammad. A country sustained by unified peoples and shared values.

Is Russia helping Jeremy Corbyn? It would make sense for them to do so.

From Thursday...

Why Joe Biden will probably benefit from his freakout. The former Vice President needed to show more energy on the campaign trail.

A Grand Armee versus Macron's grand reform. The stakes for France's future are significant.

Espionage and Europe: inside Huawei's campaign to litigate against US regulation. It's about setting the ground for future fights.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO, Assasssinations, Impeachment

Actually, the NATO summit was a success. Turkey backed down from a threat to obstruct alliance support to the Baltics and Poland.
Russia appears to have murdered someone in Berlin. Germany doesn’t seem to care very much. The government’s expulsion of two Russian diplomats is pathetic.
Meet Pamela Karlan, liberal law professor seeking cable news job. The witness at Wednesday’s Democratic impeachment hearings wasn’t very serious.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

America NATO, North Korea, Kamala Harris, Zimbabwe catastrophe

How America and Americans benefit from NATO. The alliance under-girds peace, prosperity, and democracy. At a good value.

There will be a North Korean nuclear crisis in January. Kim Jong Un just signaled another step towards new ICBM tests.

Why Kamala Harris failed. The Senator from California was way too inconsistent and really just not that impressive.

Zimbabwe heads towards humanitarian catastrophe. Targeted sanctions by the US, EU, and AU would help.

Monday, December 2, 2019

NATO discord, COP25 China, Counter Terrorism

Sensing NATO’s discord, Putin plays Macron off Trump. The Russian leader is using a favored issue to separate the world’s greatest multilateral alliance.

Why China gets a free pass at the COP25 summit. The key factor is European interest in Chinese trade outweighing European interest in effective carbon emissions reduction.

Last week’s attack aside, British counter-terrorism officials will breathe a sigh of relief. The U.K. security services had been expecting marauding firearms attacks.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Corybn interview, Xi climate, DC UFO

Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous BBC interview: he detonated his leadership credibility. The Labour Party leader isn’t looking too good as the election approaches.

Xi Jinping continues to play the world for a fool on carbon emissions. He lies that China is leading on the issue, and environmental groups believe him.

Birds, balloons, or a UFO: what violated Washington DC airspace on Tuesday? There are reasons to believe it was something out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Putin, AQ, OBE

Vladimir Putin endorses the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates 2020 energy policies. Both Putin and Democrats support a ban on fracking.

Al Qaeda’s threat is alive. The group has suffered losses but is regrouping.

British Muslim woman deserves OBE for her courage against an antisemite. The incident occurred last week on London’s metro system.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Trump Georgia, Hong Kong, Xi IP, Hong Kong, CNO Navy

Trump must help Georgians confront their government’s betrayal. Protests now rippling across Tbilisi are indicative of a broader government rot.

Hong Kong’s very personal rebuke to Xi Jinping. The Chinese leader doesn’t have much to be happy about in the aftermath of the city’s local elections.

and from Friday

Xi's mad intellectual property philosophy. The Chinese leader seems to think it's up to America to make it, and China to take it.

Why Hong Kong protesters don't give in. To accept Beijing's terms of surrender would be to give up on any future prospect of freedom.

The CNO should resign if Trump follows through and allows Chief Gallagher to avoid a review board. Important principles of command are at stake here.