Wednesday, August 15, 2018

John Brennan's clearance, Bernie's economic charlatan, Bolton meets Russians, Sangin and Afghanistan

Why Trump is wrong to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance. The former CIA director makes some silly comments, but the nation is served by his retained clearance.
Bernie Sanders, economic morality charlatan. The socialist Democrat loves righteous indignation but rational economic thought? Not so much.
John Bolton is the right person to be sent to meet Putin’s team in Geneva. The national security advisor is well-versed on Russian strategy and game playing.
Sangin: Don’t forget that the nation remains at war in Afghanistan. The recent loss of another serviceman in southern Afghanistan speaks to the story of Sangin.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

London attack, Apple values, Corbyn terror, Korea summit

Takeaways from today's terrorist attack in London. The British emergency service response was up to the challenge of a continuing terrorist threat.

Apple's human rights commitment runs thin. The Tech giant might be a great company, but it isn't the value-based puritan it claims.

Sorry, Jeremy Corbyn, Israel was right to kill the Black September terrorists. The British Labour Party leader has again evidenced his deep sympathy - and stupidity - in relation to Palestinian terrorism.

Now is the wrong time for a new South Korea-North Korea summit. President Trump should make clear to Seoul that he disagrees with the September meeting.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Trump leadership, Netanyahu vs. Corbyn, US and Romania, Antifa idiots

Trump misses the leadership mark in his Omarosa tweets. The president strongly implied that the first priority for his staff is that they be willing to stroke his ego.

Benjamin Netanyahu is right to nuke Jeremy Corbyn. The British labour leader deserves public confrontation for his views on Israel and Palestinian terrorism.

The US should pressure the Romanian government to crack down on corruption and offer opportunity to their citizens. The current situation is intolerable.

Antifa somehow manages to make neo-Nazis look comparatively better. What a sad group of people to gather in the nation's capital.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Communist theory isn't good, Bill de bumbler on Uber

Liz from Leeds and the economic, historical, and moral fallacy of communism. A caller into a British TV show just encapsulated the lies that underpin communist theory. Here, I debunk them.

Bill de Blasio's uber stupidity against Uber and Lyft. The New York City mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential aspirant just chose to raise prices on consumers and to lower service standards.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Saudis vs. Canada (it's MBS domestic politics), Paul Manafort's defense strategy, Twitter for free speech, Russia faces new sanctions

Here's the real reason Saudi Arabia is freaking out at Canada. It's about Saudi domestic politics far more than it is foreign policy.

Paul Manafort's defense team has a dual track strategy for acquittal. It's about degrading the credibility of Rick Gates and blurring the waters of financial crime legalese.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is right to push back against the social media ban on Alex Jones. Mr. Jones is a freakish oddball but free speech matters at the margin here.

Russia was asking for the new sanctions imposed on it in relation to the Skripal attack. They reflect Putin's culpability and deter chemical weapons proliferation.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Israeli assassinations, Ambassador Johnson, Boris burkas

How Israel's killing of a Syrian scientist fits perfectly with its strategic deterrence doctrine. It's all about cultivating particular fears and motivating more peaceful choices.

America's ambassador to London is doing an excellent job. I was wrong to criticize his appointment but happy to admit it!

The Boris Johnson burka scandal is not a scandal. The former U.K. foreign secretary deserves a little less sanctimony from humorless agitators.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Jean Luc Picard, Venezuela threats, Chicago violence, Rick Gates and Trump, MS-13 absurdity

5 reasons to welcome Jean Luc Picard's return to Star Trek screens. Sir Patrick Stewart is a very fine actor, but his famed character also exemplifies excellence.

Assessing Venezuela's threats to the U.S. and Colombia. While President Nicolas Maduro poses some danger, the real issue might be what Russia does next.

Chicago needs a crimefighting mayor. Rahm Emanuel has failed abysmally but fixing Chicago's violence requires more than more police officers.

Rick Gates reminded President Trump why he shouldn't tweet support for Paul Manafort. By doing otherwise, Trump hurts himself and the nation.

MS-13 leader complains about prison conditions: someone please find the world's smallest violin. The notion of MS-13 having a moral concern about prison treatment is utterly absurd.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Iran's $400 million problem, White House officials and Trump, Tom Steyer for 2020

Iran is trying to get around $400 million but the US and Germany are resisting. Here's what's going on and why it's good news.

For White House officials it's keep calm and ignore Trump. Those around the president don't take actions in conformity with his own.

Let's hope that Tom Steyer wins the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He would help conservatives unveil democratic socialism.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Russia vs Idlib (and Turkey, sort of), Trump should send this letter to Kim, Zimbabwe election crisis

How Russia intends to help Syria and Iran crush Idlib province without alienating Turkey. It's a difficult balancing act for Putin. But it will be a slaughter.

President Trump should send this letter to Kim Jong Un. Doing so would allow the president to identify and politely lay out his expectations.

Zimbabwe's election crisis requires international attention. In the post-Mugabe climate, the need for international mediation and leveraging is significant.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

North Korea re-entry vehicles, South Africa's economic delusion, Jeremy Corbyn and Jews, Triumphant political stupidity

Why North Korea likes liquid-fuel ICBMs and why Trump should care more about its re-entry vehicles. The North Korean nuclear strike research and development program is continuing at pace.

South Africa's sad and mad war on economic logic. President Ramaphosa could have unleashed opportunity. Instead, he embraces Mugabe-style lunacy.

Jeremy Corbyn's seemingly relentless affection for antisemitism continues to cause problems for the Labour Party leader. It says much about the British far-left.

Triumph of the morons: Tuesday was a sad day in American political discourse. From the left and the right, individuals endorsed idiotic attitudes.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Midterms hacking, Syria talks, John Kelly, Bannon Britain

Whoever targeted the Midterm elections with cyber-hacking should be sanctioned significantly. The threat to U.S. deterrent posture is now very real.

The latest Syria talks are a total waste of time. They reflect Russia's desire to see Bashar Assad coronated and a U.S. withdrawal form Syria effected.

It's good news that Chief of Staff John Kelly will stay on at the White House. Kelly is a patriot of intellect who can guide Trump successfully.

Brits trying to ban Steve Bannon are proving Bannon right. The anti-establishment firebrand deserves the right to spread his message without fear of censorship.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Trump-Iran meeting, Mike Pompeo on Indo-Pacific economic strategy, Russia's institutional brutality, Spain taxis

Trump is right to offer to meet President Hassan Rouhani of Iran without preconditions. To do so would be to exploit divisions in the Iranian regime and offer prospect of diplomatic progress.

Mike Pompeo articulates a U.S. economic strategy for the Indo-Pacific. Countering Chinese influence is the key thread.

Why Russia won't confront its institutional brutality. The Russian state is built on brutal structures of violence and the Russian people accept it as such.

Spain must not back down to the taxi unions who want to see Uber destroyed. This showdown is a struggle between opportunity and stagnation.

Friday, July 27, 2018

ISIS Beatles, BRICS BS

Trump needs to stop playing around with the ISIS beatles. The need here is simple: ensure the ISIS fanatics are transported to US custody in short order.

The BRICS aren't going to reshape international order in their favor. Why? Because they are corrupt, inefficient, and disunited.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Special Report

Qassem Soleimani, Imran Khan, Trump Turkey

Iran just threatened the U.S. in very specific terms. The messenger deserves attention and immediate push back. Qassem Soleimani is not playing around.

What Imran Khan's election victory means for the U.S. Likely relative stability in relations due to the influence of Saudi Arabia, and the Pakistani Army.

Trump is right to push back against Turkey. President Erdogan's latest antics are truly idiotic, and his economy is vulnerable to targeted pressure.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Joy Behar socialism, Trump-Putin part deux, Qatar jets

Joy Behar is wrong about socialism and Meghan McCain is right. The issue is that socialism has not worked and does not work in Scandinavia.

The Trump-Putin follow up summit will illuminate Trump's stance on Russia. By moving that summit until after the new year, Trump will know about new Russian aggression - which is coming - and will have to decide about how to go forwards.

The very political reason that Qatar is buying fighter jets from Britain, France, and the U.S. Hint: It's not about military capability.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Russia vs. Scandinavia, The Final Year, Bannon-Kassam EU, McGlockton shooting Florida

Russia's biggest worry may now be Scandinavian alignment with NATO. The northern states are upsetting the Kremlin. Here's how and why.

5 things "The Final Year" teaches us about the Obama administration's statecraft. Primarily, that they didn't really understand statecraft nor did they read sufficient Clausewitizian texts.

Stop freaking out about the Bannon-Kassam EU group. The two figures are undercutting E.U. group think, but the E.U. has a chance to respond constructively

The McGlockton shooting is a tragedy but not one that reflects systemic racism. Another gas station incident proves as much.

Monday, July 23, 2018

US-Iran tensions, Putin tactics-strategy, Israel rescue operation

A storm is brewing between the US and Iran. The leaders of each nation are moving further apart and the possibilities for diplomatic compromise ever more distant.

How Vladimir Putin works and how to stop him: an interview with Molly McKew on the tactics and strategies Putin employs to achieve his objectives.

Israel just saved 422 Muslims from Syria. Bashar Assad and his allies are very upset.