Monday, November 18, 2019

West Bank, Hong Kong, Iran protests, Georgia's Putin, Pompeo Iran

Actually, the US shift on the West Bank isn’t that big a deal. The fundamental understanding of negotiated land swaps remains explicit US policy.
Why Beijing will bring slaughter to Hong Kong. Xi cannot afford to allow anarchy to be the perceived reality of the party’s rule.
Iran’s new protest and fuel hike crisis is only the spark which lit the populist gasoline. The reality of Iran is one in which the people are sick and tired of endemic government cronyism.
Meet Bidzina Ivanishvili, Putin wannabe in Georgia. The billionaire is ruining Georgia’s democracy by trying to steal the citizens rights.
The good and the bad in Pompeo’s new Iran statement. The Secretary of State is right to push for new sanctions on Fordow, but wrong to demand an end to Iranian terrorism as the price tag for a new nuclear deal.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Hawley China

Josh Hawley nails it on China military threat. I don’t share his views on technology regulation, but the Senator gets it dead right on Xi’s military imperialism.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Putin impeachment, Seoul defense, Stefanik partisanship, India military

Trump’s impeachment may rest in the hands of Vladimir Putin. The issue is that a lot of U.S. officials have been using some very bad cell phone habits in an area very predisposed to Russian eavesdropping.
Yes, South Korea should contribute more to U.S. Military costs. Seoul has a large economy and a material interest in retaining America’s military presence.
Elise Stefanik shows how to be a partisan but also ask apt questions. Yes, partisanship isn’t idea. But this is the best to look for from partisans.
U.S. and India train for joint amphibious assault. They say it’s about humanitarian training, but the devil is in the details.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

MH-17, Midway

The new link between the downing of MH-17 and Vladimir Putin. Investigators unveil cell phone intercepts between rebel leaders and a top Putin official.
Go see Midway this weekend. The World War Two movie is a great one.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

John Ratcliffe, Jeremy Corbyn, Bill Taylor

John Ratcliffe’s disingenuous defense of Trump via Zelensky’s words. The Ukrainian president had no choice but to defend Trump. It’s really that simple.
Jeremy Corbyn doubles down on his policy of comforting terrorists rather than killing them. The Labour Party leader is upset with Delta Force for not capturing al-Baghdadi.
Bill Taylor’s testimony was problematic for Trump but undercut by Barack Obama’s Ukraine record. This is a complex issue that people do not fully understand.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Senate impeachment, Israel attacks, Trump Erdogan

A secret Senate impeachment vote would be outrageous. The people deserve clarity as to where their elected officials stand.

Why Israel bombed a Palestinian terrorist, and what will happen next. Expect a short term exchange of fire followed by a return to relative peace.

A game plan for Trump's meeting with Erdogan on Wednesday. Here's what Trump should bring up, and in what order.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Russia murder, Hong Kong, Brexit Party

Did Russia kill the White Helmets founder, James de Mesurier? If he was murdered, the motive, means, and method all point towards Moscow.
What’s behind the escalation in Hong Kong? The Chinese authorities are gunning down the protesters and promising more to come.
Nigel Farage gives Boris Johnson a big Brexit gift. The decision will help the Conservatives build towards a majority in the upcoming December 12th election.

Friday, November 8, 2019

VIndman testimony, Pompeo Berlin, Putin oil, Bill Gates, Georgian government

Why Vindman’s testimony is undeserving of conservative scorn. The Army officer spoke clearly about why he reported President Trump’s Ukraine phone call as concerning.
Mike Pompeo echoes Reagan at the Berlin wall. The Secretary of State offered a much needed and eloquent rebuttal of China and Russia.
Oh look, Putin’s propagandists are upset over Trump’s Syrian oil plan. They want that oil for the Kremlin. Don’t let them have it.
Bill Gates’ criticism of Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax might be a problem for the 2020 hopeful. Gates has unique matching of character insulation and intellectual credibility.
Georgia’s government is indeed weak on Russia. Writing in defense of its policies, the government neglects to mention certain key facts.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Macron interview, Nuclear threats, Don junior, Labour stupidity

Emmanuel Macron’s ridiculous Economist interview. The French president showed an abundance of hypocrisy and self-delusion.
In Iran and North Korea, rising nuclear threats to the world. President Trump must urgently energize his diplomacy. The alternative is increasingly problematic.
Donald Trump Jnr. embarrasses himself on Gold Star families. Appearing on The View, Don Jnr. suggested Trump must counter-punch against American heroes.
Britain’s Labour Party has a truly disastrous day. Three separate parliamentary candidates running for election did three seperate and very stupid things.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Macron China, Iraq Military, Secret Service

Bowing to Beijing, France’s Macron betrays the liberal international order. The French president has also warmed up to Putin. Not exactly liberal internationalist!
Is Iraq’s military moving to protect its people from Iran? There are some hopeful signs in  a Wednesday announcement to ban live ammunition from protest forces.
How the Secret Service might have protected a US politician against a Hong Kong style knife attack. It’s about the agency’s particular attention to detail.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mexico cartels, Boris Russia, Iraq protests, Will Hurd

Mexico’s president Lopez-Obrador must confront the cartels or see the US do it for him. Hugs not bullets is a failure now marked by innocent American blood.
Why Boris Johnson doesn’t want to release the Russian influence report. It will underline Putin’s money-access in the Conservative Party.
How can the US support Iraqi protesters? By doing and saying little. The nationalist flavor of this movement must remain insulated against Iranian lies.
Kevin McCarthy must keep Will Hurd on the House Intelligence Committee. Hurd is a former CIA officer and an inquisitor who values patriotism over partisanship.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Western imperialism, Hilton politics, Johnson conservatism

What western imperialism, Ilhan Omar? The Congresswoman does not seem to understand geopolitics very well.
Why Steve Hilton transformed from liberal British conservative to ardent Trumper. It’s about chasing the revolution of political style.
Boris Johnson needs to remember he’s a conservative. The prime minister seems to have forgotten small government idealism.

and.. a guest piece at The Independent
In Washington, the establishment is all in for Boris Johnson. Brexit aside, Jeremy Corbyn is seen as a risk too far.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ukraine policy, Iran idiocy, China strategy

Trump’s Ukraine call betrays his Ukraine policy. The president had a great record on Ukraine until that phone call.
Iran overplays its hand in Iraq, again. The Iranians think they can dictate Iraqi politics to Iraqis. But Muqtada might have a surprise or two for them.
China’s ludicrous new Hong Kong strategy. It will reinforce the protests it aims to end.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spain Venezuela, Vindman hypocrites, Visit Georgia

Yes, sanction Spain over Venezuela. The Spanish government continues to support Nicolas Maduro’s child-killing regime.
Criticizing Republicans over Vindman, Democrats are masters of hypocrisy. The Democratic record in betraying CIA officers is a stain they can't ignore.
Trump should visit Georgia - the other Georgia. The small nation is pro-American and needs American support.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trade deal, Airbnb wars, Brexit election

The Chilean summit is cancelled, but we're still going to get a near-term trade deal between the U.S. and China. The key is that both Trump and Xi need a deal for their own reasons.

First Uber, now Airbnb. How the left is trying to kill of the gig economy with half-truths and open deception.

Brexit and the election. What will each possible outcome mean for the future of Brexit?


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

British election, Lebanon's lesson, Navy secretary

Americans should pay close heed to Britain's election on December 12th. It will be the most important in many years. If, that is, you care about the special relationship.

Lebanese and Iraqi protesters are proving the great lie of Khomeinism. They are rejecting a corrupt governance model that is built on brutality.

Trump must fire Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. He has manifestly proven he is incapable of leading this most important institution.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Mocking Baghdadi, Eastern Syria, FFF, ISIS Revenge, AND other stories from last week

The strategic utility of mocking Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIS ideology rests on the principle of ordained courage. Baghdadi’s dog-enabled demise doesn’t serve that narrative.
America must decide whether eastern Syrian oil is used by our enemies for evil or our friends for peace. It’s really up to us to pick winners and losers.
Salute the finishers, but remember the finders and fixers. Others must work hard to ensure that counter-terrorism teams are victorious.
ISIS revenge attacks are likely. The terrorist group will want to show continuing energy in the aftermath of Baghdadi’s blowup.

From last Friday/Thursday

What would a Peronist Argentina mean for the Falkland Islands? Likely, more rhetoric and harassment of U.K. interests.

Trump should throw out the first pitch, armor and all.
The president has a role to fulfill.

Lori Lightfoot's Chicago is a warning alarm against Democratic governance. The mayor is making the easiest and most dangerous choices.

Why France is holding out against a Brexit extension. France wants the Brexit issue resolved rather than reverberating.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Trump Syria, SCIF Studpitiy, WeWork Idiocy

Trump's Syria speech was a pageant of absurdities. The president presented reality as it most certainly is not.

Why it's stupid to bring cell phones into a SCIF. The Republican caucus on Capitol Hill needs to attend some remedial security briefings

Why on Earth is Soft Bank investing more money in WeWork? The work space firm does not seem to offer a good business rationale for its own existence.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Putin Syria, Boris Brexit, Military Border, Alzheimers Drugs

Vladimir Putin manipulates Erodgan, plays the Kurds, and weakens America. The Russian leader’s new ceasefire deal is a gem.
Boris Johnson throws Brexit back into the EU’s court. Winning one battle in parliament but losing another, Johnson escalates with his opponents.
Yes, the US Military can fire on threatening vehicles. Arguments to the contrary are delusional and at odds with the established situation.
There’s a new Alzhemeirs wonder drug, but hold your excitement. Don’t make America subsidize the world to access it.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Prince Harry. Brexit, Gabbard Russia, Lebanon protests

Prince Harry needs to get a grip or else abdicate. The British royal is trying to have his cake and eat it.
Britain needs an election to resolve its Brexit blockage. There is no obvious way to find a route out of the Brexit mess.
Top Democrats are hypocritical on Tulsi Gabbard and Russia. The congresswoman might support policies in Putin’s favor, but many other Democrats do the same.
Lebanon reverberates under protest earthquake. Those taking to the streets are furious about corruption and mismanagement.