Sunday, October 21, 2018

The McLaughlin Group

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Russia vs. US in Syria, Pompeo vs. SK, Eric Holder, John James, DHS Menendez, Chinese computers

Russia is moving forces towards the U.S. military in Syria. The Russian government likely has two objectives in play here.
Mike Pompeo is right to rebuke South Korea on its appeasement of the North Korean military. The secretary of state must stand up for American security.
Eric Holder has immolated his integrity at the altar of liberal fanaticism. The former attorney general is playing for an unpleasant crowd in order to boost his chances of securing the Democratic presidential nomination.
John James tweets a masterpiece of American exceptionalism! The Republican senate candidate illustrates what’s best about America.
DHS should release the documents pertaining to Senator Bob Menendez and the delayed arrest of an illegal-immigrant sex offender.

Stop buying computer equipment from China. The risk of malware being introduced into proprietary U.S. information systems is now too high.

Fox News

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rand Paul/Saudi Arabia, Nikki Haley replacement, Haley's five best moments

Rand Paul’s un-realism on Saudi Arabia. Calling for a ban on U.S. arms exports to Riyadh, the Senator from Kentucky endorses liberal-idealism.
Trump should nominate one of these three officials to replace Nikki Haley. They each have the experience, temperament, and knowledge to get the job done.
Nikki Haley’s 5 best moments. Here are some times that the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. delivered hammer blows in New York City.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Churchill WW2, Boston University, Jamal Khashoggi, Steyer's mirror

Winston Churchill, and how America won freedom from the Nazis. The utility of the western-allies victory was freedom, not Soviet totalitarianism.
A Boston University history professor offers a fictional account of Brazilian politics. Students considerate of reality should look elsewhere for their education.
Mike Pompeo should go to Riyadh and find out what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi dissident may have been killed by Mohammed bin Salman.
Tom Steyer: the man without a mirror. The billionaire liberal activist rendered himself his worst lament on Monday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Putin sanctions, British aquaman

Britain is not trying to alter Putin's behavior with its global counter-GRU campaign. Simply to try and maintain international support for sanctions.

Meet the British aquaman on a mission to serve American wounded warriors. His is a story of courage and entrepreneurial dynamism.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Iraqi PM, France vs. Iran, Chinese agitation, ICJ vs. US, Theresa May

The new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate is the ultimate compromise. The choice of the Sadrist and Ameri blocs, Adil Abdul-Mahdi deserves cautious U.S. support.
Why and how France is firing warning shots at Iran. France recognizes Iran terrorist attack plotting and wants to deter any incidents on its soil.
Why a Chinese journalist freaked out at a British Conservative conference. The journalist was almost certainly acting under Beijing’s orders to harass U.K. officials.
The International Court of Justice just proved Trump's sovereignty argument. Issuing an unwarranted order against the U.S., the court proved its own ignominy.
Theresa May unveils her plan to crush Jeremy Corbyn. The British Prime Minister is focusing on domestic moderation and foreign policy reliability.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

China escalation, Iran carriers, NATO missiles, Corbyn terror

How to confront China’s escalation in the South China Sea. The Decatur incident on Sunday must spark the U.S. into two responsive actions.
The US no longer needs an aircraft carrier off Iran’s coast. The F-35B variant aircraft explains why alternatives are now available.
NATO shouldn’t attack Russia’s intermediate range ballistic missiles, simply outmatch them. The key here is to utilize the same playbook that worked in the 1980s.
Top Jeremy Corbyn supporter: Britain’s problem is that it never had a communist terror. The Corbyn movement's fanaticism finds its latest unveiling.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Trump-China, Iran threat, USMCA trade, Germany terrorism

Trump is right to foster friction with China. The nature of China’s challenge to the U.S.-led international order is such that it demands aggressive American pushback.
Iran’s missile attack on ISIS is intended as a message to the US and Saudi Arabia. Tehran deliberately used ballistic missiles with a range to strike U.S. assets.
The USMCA is a win for free trade and the economy. The president deserves credit for negotiating an agreement that will serve American and continental interests.
Germany is caught between a weak Chancellor and two extremist hard places. Far-right terrorists and Islamic-terrorist groups pose a growing challenge.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Italy budget, anti-Americanism, Lindsey Graham, Ryder Cup

Italy charts a course for fiscal oblivion. The Italian government’s new budget is a very dangerous joke.
The great lie of the European far-left: American patriotism is pernicious nationalism. The reality of why the far-left hates America is America itself.

Lindsey Graham just took the first step towards a 2024 Republican presidential run. The Senator has the potential of unifying the disparate wings of the GOP.
Trump should go to the Ryder Cup in Paris, France. The president has good sporting and diplomatic reason to attend the biennial golf tournament.

Kavanaugh testimony, US tech, Netanyahu Iran, Venezuela invasion, Mark Judge

Brett Kavanaugh must not allow his anger to define him. The Supreme Court justice has every right to be defiant, but he must remember he is a federal judge first and foremost.
The US should stop tech giants from playing nice with China. The US should establish export licensing conditions to prevent US intellectual property from being used to serve authoritarians.
Why Benjamin Netanyahu just busted Iran’s atomic deception. The Israeli Prime Minister wants to strengthen Trump’s crackdown and illuminate the cracks in the 2015 nuclear deal.
It would be a mistake to use US military force against Venezuela. The conditions to justify such action are not currently present.
Hearing Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, Republican Senators should pressure Mark Judge to give his version of history. Judge is the third person related to the Ford-Kavanaugh situation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

EU Iran, Ben Rhodes, Labour Brexit, Germany Poland

 The European Union plan to evade U.S. sanctions won’t work. The special vehicle mechanism is a magnet for U.S. sanctions enforcement.
Ben Rhodes still doesn’t realize that command leadership isn’t about being popular. The Obama official fails to recognize how his strategy was so disastrous.
The Labour Party passes a resolution and strengthens Theresa May’s electoral hand. Its call for a second referendum will bring Brexit voters into the Conservatives.
To Germany and Poland, Trump offers two different messages at the United Nations. The president called out Germany’s submission to Russian energy extortion.