Sunday, October 28, 2018

The McLaughlin Group

Friday, October 26, 2018

Spy university, Andrew Gillum, Wacko Sayoc, Florida conspiracies, Catching Sayoc

Why China just put a spy in charge of its best university. It’s the latest effort by Xi to control and corrall the people of his country - and of other nations.
Andrew Gillum’s terrible, contradictory tax plan. The aspirant for the Florida governor’s mansion wants to ruin the structure that helps his state succeed.
Twitter reveals Cesar Sayoc to be a very angry and sick man. The suspected mail bomber’s social media posts are extremely odd.
Florida is the natural home of conspiracy theories. It’s in the sunshine state’s DNA as much as alligators are in its swamps.
Catching the mail bomber, US federal law enforcement shows its best side. The key to how Cesar Sayoc was caught so quickly is unique scaled-skilled capabilities.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Trident Juncture, Trump espionage, Hezbollah reality, Uighur terror

NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise is all about the SLOCs. In other words, about preventing a Russian force from securing a stronghold in Europe beyond US reinforcement.
Two problems with the New York Times story on Trump’s phone calls and foreign spies. The reality of targeting presidential phones is a little more complicated.
Don’t try to embarrass someone about their knowledge of the Lebanese Hezbollah if you yourself know nothing about it. That’s what a reporter did on Wednesday.
Trump should turn up the heat on China in relation to its treatment of the Uighurs. The latest story of Beijing’s totalitarianism deserves a security council session.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kennan China, CNN bomber, John Bolton, Socialist taxes

George Kennan’s long telegram offers America a guide on how to counter China. The fundamentals of Soviet ambition and Chinese aspiration are the same.
Why the CNN-Obama-Clinton bomber is likely to be caught quickly. The methods employed, and the failure of any device to detonate are highly valuable to investigators.
In Moscow John Bolton shows how to deal with Russian aggression. The national security adviser was resolute and polite.
A socialist wonders why the citizens of New York are flocking to Florida. The nature of taxation systems is the critical component here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Erdogan Khashoggi, Haspel Turkey, British left

How President Erdogan is using Jamal Khashoggi’s murder to his own advantage. The Turkish leader senses an Ottoman imperial opportunity.
Why Trump sent CIA Director Gina Haspel to Turkey. The CIA director has the experience and professional skill to get answers.
A British center-leftist just warned why Jeremy Corbyn’s socialism is so dangerous. The threat rests with state control and insane economics.

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.

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.