Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iran, Huawei, Lobbying, Netanyahu, Military, Saudis, NSA

 Ignore Javad Zarif’s comments about all out war - he is just trying to agitate for Iran’s interests
Huawei’s hilariously bad new phones. The phones lack the means of being smart.
Former Congressman John Sweeney sells his soul to Putin. There is no morality in working for a Russian bank that serves the Kremlin’s corruption.
Outmaneuvering Netanyahu, Benny Gantz heads towards the premiership. The Israeli prime minister has a problem.

Time for a private sector shakeup of top military ranks. The military needs new initiative and dynamic thinking.
If the Saudis aren’t going to respond, the least bad option is US sanctions.
Robert O’Brien looks like a safe bet for national security adviser. He has the chops to that effect.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

GM UAW, India trump, Warren endorsement

General Motors should tell UAW to take a hike. The union is asking for way too much, and offering way too little.

Modi, Trump, and a rally to make foreign policy great again. It’s good news that Trump will attend Modi’s summit in Houston.

Elizabeth Warren wins another endorsement and gifts Trump another attack line. The president is increasingly able to present Warren as a far-left candidate.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Iran vs Saudi Arabia x 3, Snowden Russia

4 reasons Iran attacked Saudi Arabia. This is a test of MBS and US resolve as much as anything else.

How we know Iran attacked Saudi Arabia. The evidence released is compelling.

The US should support a Saudi military response to Iran’s attack. MBS must show that he can deter Iranian aggression.

Edward Snowden discovers his self-made purgatory. The NSA leaker is upset that he’s living in Russia, not France. Too bad.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Macron pensions, Midway history, Joe Biden

Emmanuel Macron must not buckle on pension reform. The French president has a responsibility to uphold his nation’s fiscal sanity. If he can.

Midway: a history movie about glory. 
The critical components of a great movie appear present here.

What Joe Biden needs to do next time. The former Vice President needs to embrace three new tactics in the next Democratic presidential primary debate.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Beto MAEA, Soviet Sanders, Warren Afghanistan

Beto O’Rourke makes America evil again. The Democratic presidential aspirant takes a turn to the dark side.

Soviet Sanders. Bernie takes a turn towards Soviet medicine. The socialist candidate doesn’t seem to get reality.

Elizabeth Warren lies about Afghanistan. We may or may not need to be there, but there is no question about the service of Afghan interests.

Israeli spying, Putin Navalny, McCabe prosecution

Mike Pompeo should summon the Israeli ambassador over espionage. The Israelis cross the line by planting physical collectors outside the White House.

Why Putin is escalating against Alexey Navalny. The Russian leader is concerned about the activist’s reach and courage.

Andrew McCabe made himself vulnerable to prosecution. He gave a credible basis for A) an investigation B) for evidence pursuant to prosecution.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Russia CIA, John Bolton, Jack Keane, Rouhani Trump

Why Russia is a top CIA hard target. It’s about access and counter-intelligence.

John Bolton’s firing won’t close up Trump’s foreign policy holes.

Trump should ask Jack Keane to be his NSA. Not Douglas Macgregor.

Mike Pompeo strongly hints at Trump meeting with Iran’s Rouhani later this month. It’s what Pompeo said and why it matters that he said it.

Monday, September 9, 2019

CT cooperation, OANN MSNBC

Ambassador-designate pushes Russian counter-terrorism cooperation. John Sullivan met with Russian counterparts in Vienna on Monday.

OANN’s lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow is doomed. The facts and the law stand in MSNBC’s favor.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mark Esper, Boris Brexit, Angela Merkel

Mark Esper should serve as an example to Mike Pompeo. He is willing to tell the truth about Huawei to all parties. Pompeo is not.

Boris Johnson needs Trump to pressure the European Union. Absent that, Johnson’s government is likely to fall.

Angela Merkel shows rare leadership in China. Speaking out against Beijing’s treatment of Hongkongers, Merkel infuriates Xi.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hong Kong, Kremlin Kamala

This weekend is a critical moment for Hong Kong’s future. The ingredients for violence and an ensuing Chinese military intervention are clear.

Kremlin Kamala? Kamala Harris and other Democrats are pursuing policies firmly in the favor of Vladimir Putin.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Iran tanker, ISIS bombings, UK election?

The U.S. is acting like a headless chicken when it comes to the Iranian oil tanker. Where is the clarity of purpose and action?

Don’t be shocked ISIS is using cows as suicide bombers. The group’s ideology is fixed on the flexible use of murderous means.

The high stakes and complex probabilities of a UK general election. This is what we’re likely to see.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Rodrigo Duterte, Red Dead, UFO, Boris Johnson

Trump must put Rodrigo Duterte on notice. The problem for America is that Duterte wants American cake and to sell our order to China.

Red Dead Online's summer update is coming next week
Here's what we can expect from the game.

Tom DeLonge is failing to convince the public on the real issue of UFOs. The issue is that he says too many out-there things.

Boris Johnson's Brexit plans hit a big roadblock. The vote on Wednesday will be crucial.

Friday, August 30, 2019

RUSSIANS Georgia, US Afghanistan, Syria Idlib, Iran satellite

What are the Russians up to in South Ossetia? I
s it a looming incursion or an effort to intimidate the Georgians?

The US must put its security interests first in Afghanistan withdrawal decisions. To do otherwise is to risk great danger.

Wake up to Syria and Russia’s massacre in Idlib
The civilian casualties are highly significant.

Be glad Iran’s satellite launch failed. The Iranians are not interested in satellites.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jim Mattis, Colombia FARC, Google China

What Jeffrey Goldberg gets wrong about Jim Mattis. He doesn’t recognize that Mattis cares about the long term over the short term partisan fires.

The US must help Colombia break FARC again. If the terrorists want to die for a disgusting cause, let’s speed them on their way.

Trump rightly forces Google to break away from China. The technology firm should be more patriotic.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Esper China, North Korea, Boris Johnson

For Mark Esper it’s China, China, China. The defense secretary has a robust focus on one nation.

Why North Korea’s new ballistic missile submarine is not a game changer. It is going to be loud, limited, and vulnerable.

Boris Johnson’s great Brexit gamble. The prime minister sees Parliament as an obstacle to effecting Brexit. So he’s sending them home.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Navy China, Rouhani Trump, RAF Arrows

Outgoing Navy chief explains how the US is challenging Chinese imperialism. It’s about robust, relentless forward presence.

Rouhani’s ridiculous rejection of Trump’s overture. What on Earth does Rouhani think he can do to reduce the economic crisis on his regime.

The British - air force display team - are coming! They intend to wow Americans with their acrobatic skills. But more than that is at stake here.