Friday, July 19, 2019

Iran tankers, Srebrenica massacre

Iran seizes two British tankers and makes a big mistake. The Iranians have only invited increased pressure

Had they been there, US forces might have prevented the Srebrenica massacre. It's about military culture and capability.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Drone downing, Trump chants, Imran Khan, Philippines

The US shoots down a drone and Trump draws a red line. The Iranians were testing American resolve in defense of life.

"Send her back!" chanters should be sent back to school. It's basic constitutional tradition stuff.

Forget Imran Khan's posturing, the US must keep the heat on Pakistan. The Pakistani government won't sacrifice anything serious if the US doesn't force it.

The US should stand with the Philippines but demand more from Duterte. The president is a guy who likes to play China off the alliance.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

EU defense, Manchester brother, North Korea, RDR 2

Weak on defense, the new EU executive officers are perfect for their organization. They have records of undercutting NATO and endangering continental security.

Takeaways from Britain's capture of Manchester concert bomber. This shows ISIS network development.

North Korea threatens ballistic escalation. Pyongyang needs sanctions relief but won't budge on concessions.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is broken by cheating in its online mode. Players are breaking the rules without any remedial action.

And... GUN RUSH TEAMS mode

Individual gamer tags I have identified as cheaters include:


Oh, and also avoid the exceptionally well-named "SUPERCHEAT."

Related to my Washington Examiner piece (GUN RUSH mode)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Area 51, Jay Inslee, S-400

Storming Area 51 won't work but studying UFOs is a real concern. Let science lead the way.

Jay Inslee becomes a joke candidate with promise of Secretary of State Megan Rapinoe. She's a great soccer player but evidences no qualities that would be necessary as America's diplomatic chief.

Trump's Turkey S-400 delusion. 
The president doesn't realize this isn't about a damn business deal.

Monday, July 15, 2019

UK Ambassador, Suffren SSN, India technology

Ousted UK ambassador leaked US intelligence. Sources tell me that the leaks were serious and sustaining.

France's Suffren nuclear attack submarine will support NATO security. The new submarine is well predisposed to fighting the good fight.

For our future, more Indian immigrants please. We need skilled technology workers.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Type 45, Suleiman

Britain is expecting to fight in the Persian Gulf: HMS Duncan's deployment proves as much

15 years later, remember Lt. Col. Suleiman. The Iraqi officer served his people and humanity.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nazi-ICE, France tech, Diplomatic quandries

The 3 idiocies of Joy Behar's ICE-Nazi comparison. The differences occur in intent, tactics, and outcome.

The US is right to warn France of coming tariffs over its technology tax. The tax is distinctly protectionist.

and... a guest piece at The Independent on the challenges faced by diplomatic delegations in Washington during the era of Trump.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Persian Gulf, Brexit prorogation, Labour antisemitism, Bolton Venezuela

Why it's clever to protect the Persian Gulf with a multinational task force. The key is to match military power to an allied message of deterrence.

It would be wrong to prorogue parliament over Brexit. There are three reasons why.

BBC has damning report on antisemitism handling in Labour Party. It shows Jeremy Corbyn doesn't seem to take the issue that seriously!

John Bolton uses Twitter to try and flip the Venezuelan defense minister. 
Last time it didn't work.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

China Taiwan, AOC Nazism, Jeremy Hunt

China just threatened the US over Taiwan. The Chinese are not happy about weapons sold to obstruct advance force landings.

AOC's chief of staff worships Nazism and Imperial Japan via Mr. Chandar Bose. The Indian revolutionary is no saint.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was half right in criticisms of Trump. But there is no question that Darroch will have to go.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Ambassador, Iran

Why the UK will withdraw its ambassador to Washington. Darroch did nothing wrong, but the necessity of the special relationship will be prioritized.

Iran proves that the Iran nuclear agreement is a joke
They broke it with two acts in two days.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Nuclear posture, India imports

A new U.S. defense posture in face of Russian nuclear strategy must rely on offensive doctrine. The Russians cannot be given a chance to believe in low-yield battlefield nuclear operations.

India makes it easier for U.S. defense exporters to sell goods on its soil. This is good news for the strategic partnership.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Special Report

Tanks and Jets, Number 16.33, North Korea, Canada China

The July 4th party and an irony of tanks and jets. What's the difference between a fighter jet and a tank?

Why the number 16.33 is crucial to avoiding conflict with Iran. It's about the enrichment level.

America will win even if Trump's North Korea diplomacy fails. The world will have greater support for what comes next.

Trump is failing Canada on China. The president must stand up for our ally with Beijing's leadership.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Russian submarine, EU Iran, Kamala's aggression

Why all submariners will mourn the dead Russians. The camaraderie, at least in spirit, of submariners is special and understandable.

The European Union's appeasement delusion with Iran. The Iranians are not going to play to Macron's music.

Why Kamala Harris' strategy would make the U.S. military proud. It involves a focus on aggressively seizing the initiative.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Trump strategy, Antifa attackers, American greatness

Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, and Trump's friendship strategy. The president should be more cautious in his affectionate approach towards Xi.

Antifa attackers should be wary of the federal law they may have breached in relation to Andy Ngo. The truth of their attack may be measured in long prison sentences.

Keep saying America is great. It is. The NYTimes video to the opposite is delusional.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Meeting Putin, Jacksonville LGBT, Bernie's Doctors, Maduro Guaido

Theresa May shows how to meet with Vladimir Putin. Trump's affectionate camaraderie with Putin was silly.

Jacksonville library was wrong to cancel the LGBT event. The right of free expression should have been afforded to protesters and attendees alike

Bernie Sanders says you can visit whichever doctor you want under his plan. That's absurd. The basic conundrum of supply and demand remains.

Nicolas Maduro has Juan Guaido in his sights. The opposition leader faces new threat.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Javad Zarif, Mueller tedium

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is full of misconceptions about Trump. Zarif's tweet on Thursday was idiotic.

Woe tedium, the Mueller report artistic readers. There are few things as ridiculous as a play on Mueller's words.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Democratic debate

Warren won the debate. Trump should be happy.

Democrats run off the cliff on immigration. 
They made president trump look moderate.

UK military, Iran attack, RDR2

Parliament tells its next prime minister to increase defense spending. That's good news for Britain and America. Here's why.

Trump can launch a limited attack on Iran without Congressional authorization. The president has wide latitude as commander-in-chief

What we might find in Red Dead Redemption 2's Mexico - hopefully some monsters and tequila.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

La Guardia, MS-13

La Guardia has broken out into anarchy. The ride sharing pen system is dysfunctional and ride sharing firms are ignoring it anyway.

An MS-13 arrest reminds us to judge cops fairly. Video camera evidence is telling.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Iran's new test, Federal reserve, Istanbul, Refugees, and from Friday

Trump imposes new sanctions, but he must prepare for Iran's next test. The Iranians have added reason to test American resolve.

Trump should shut up about the Federal Reserve. It's in his own interest to do so.

Losing Istanbul, again, Erdogan suffers a Titanic blow to his political identity. This is a big moment.

On international refugee day, Russia shows why there are so many refugees.

and some from Friday

Two differences between Trump's Iran retreat and Obama's red line debacle. The issue is credibility.

Blocking Saudi arms sales, the Senate shows its delusion. The action won't help U.S. interests.

In Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt two different visions for a conservative British future. The candidates offer diverging plans.

A good guy with a machete. A lad.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

McKenzie Iraq, Iran Drone, Angela Rye

No, Julia Ioffe, Gen. McKenzie doesn't war with Iran in retaliation for Iranian IEDs in Iraq. The history of McKenzie's prior service in Iraq suggests why Ioffe is wrong.

Forget the drone, focus on contesting Iranian threats to transit and maintaining sanctions pressureThe U.S. has the right approach, we shouldn't be distracted by Iran's desperate acts.

Angela Rye mixes up history and replicates Nazi propaganda tactics
The result is not good.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Secret Service 2020, MH17 hunting, Heathrow expansion, Don Lemon, Fox Business, and articles from yesterday

Why the Secret Service face a challenging 2020 campaign. It's scale and emotion.

The US, Australia, and the Netherlands should act to catch the MH17 suspects

Britain's post-Brexit salvation: Heathrow's expansion and more airline passenger traffic.

Why does Don Lemon fear Trump's rhetorical assaults on freedom more than he fears AOC, Sanders, and Harris policies? It doesn't make much sense.

Appearance on Fox Business discussing the economy and Trump's immigration policy.

and articles from yesterday that I forgot to link to...

Why to expect a China trade deal by Labor Day. Both nations have a vested interest in reaching a deal sooner rather than later.

New acting defense secretary Mark Esper is bad news for China. It's all about long range precision fires.

Trump gives Putin a weaponized rebuke on Ukraine. The Russian leader has just met $250 million in new US arms equipment to Ukraine.

Rory Stewart's Conservative leadership momentum. The outsider is impressive.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Iran, Kyle Kashuv, Mohamed Morsi, Uber-Lyft

Why Iran is enriching uranium past 3.67 percent and what it means for the world. Iran's increasingly hardline policy will not earn the dividends it seeks.

The case of Kyle Kashuv illustrates Harvard's intellectual rot. 

History won't be kind to Mohamed Morsi. He was silly in his efforts to totally usurp Egyptian political society.

Uber and Lyft's air conditioning problem. The ride sharing firms are getting too hot.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Iran action, Chinese Borgs, Boris capitalism

Ali Vaez is wrong to blame Trump for Iran's malevolence. It is silly to ignore the history and character of Iranian aggression.

In Chinese propaganda on Hong Kong, echoes of the Borg Collective. The similarity between Xi's propaganda and Star Trek lore is striking.

Boris Johnson is right to make capitalism the forefront of his campaign messaging. You've got to push back against socialist narratives.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gulf of Oman, ISIS, Houthi missile, US-Russia relations, Replacing Sanders

Gulf of Oman tankers incident: why Iran is to blame and what Iran is thinking.

How to show love for Pulse nightclub victims: by recognizing the moral necessity of killing ISIS.

Iran's hand lurks close in Houthi cruise missile attack on Saudi airport. The evidence is compelling.

Vladimir Putin only has himself to blame for poor Russia-US relations. Here's a list of reasons why.

Four very different replacements for Sarah Huckabee Sanders: the White House press secretary position is one open to variable approaches.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Craig Allen, Mike Mulvaney, Donald Trump

The terrible delusion of US-China business chief Craig Allen. The Chinese are not our friends.

Mike Mulvaney guzzles the deficit kool-aid. The White House chief of staff is being deceptive on the deficit.

F-35 over Washington: a useful message to American foes and friends alike. President Trump's showmanship has strategic utility.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

After May, George Galloway, Biden China

Rating the 10 Conservative MPs vying to replace Theresa May. Here's my take on the best bet to be next prime minister.

George Galloway reminds us he is an antisemitic prostitute for Putin. The former parliamentarian is a disgrace.

Joe Biden's shift on China is welcome but must be matched by more than words. Biden cannot replicate his former's boss's policy.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Ivan Golunov, American fascism, Hong Kong, USS Chancellorsville, Lesbian attack, D-Day

Ivan Golunov and the anatomy of Russian corruption. The journalist's arrest reflects the deep rot of corruption in Russian politics.

Fascism, and why Hillary Clinton needs to read more history. The former Secretary of State is silly to warn of encroaching fascism in America.

China, Hong Kong, and America's better international order. The truth of American leadership is measured by the costs of China's policy.

And... at 4m16s mark my appearance on Fox News Special Report from last Friday.

Oh, and three articles from Friday which I didn't post:

The USS Chancellorsville incident, or how Putin is sucking up to Xi. The alliance of Putin to Xi's belt road is quite striking.

Why the attack on a Lesbian couple in Britain is a big deal. The importance of London's tourist trade is such that the Police had to investigate aggressively.

Vox is wrong, Trump was the right person to deliver the D-Day address. The president is not wrong to complain about European security spending.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Putin DDay, modern DDay, Taiwan arms, Parkland officer, WW2 history, Trump UK

How Vladimir Putin uses D-Day to his own advantage. The Russian leader uses tropes of history and ideological impulses among his population to further his own interests.

Would Americans support a modern D-Day. If we had to fight the Chinese or Russians over beachheads, what would Americans say?

Let China complain, the U.S. should approve a new arms sale to Taiwan. The Chinese only have themselves to blame for new American support to their enemy.

The Parkland school police officer is a scapegoat. Why didn't his leadership take steps to put someone suitable on the watch?

Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman needs to learn some more WW2 history. The Soviet war machine was not as instrumental to victory as she pretends.

Trump's U.K. trip will earn him slightly improved poll ratings in Britain. The president did a good job in staying classy with the royal family.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

D-Day killing, YouTube Nazis, FT China, Sanders economics, DARPA website, Trump protesters

D-Day and the morality of bloody killing. The operation to liberate Europe required a moral dispatch of many Germans.

YouTube is wrong to remove Nazis and demonetize Steven Crowder. There is value in allowing maximal speech on its platform.

The Financial Times mindlessly endorses Xi's propaganda. On what planet can it be said that America and not China is responsible for this showdown?

Walmart, and the Bernie Sanders school of Chernobyl economics. Sanders is a moron on economics.

Why does DARPA put so much online? The DoD should re-read operational security.

Here's how we know many anti-Trump protesters are actually anti-American. The flags on display prove the reality.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Star Trek, UK visit, Secret Service

Why Star Trek needs a new Worf show. The Klingon character is made for 2019.

Trump is winning in the U.K., so far. The president has observed diplomatic protocols.

Why the Secret Service Hawkeye team is unlikely to be in the UK. The counter-assault team is normally replaced on U.K. operations by British special forces.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Kim Yong Cool, Harvard Angela Merkel, Disruption Trump visit, Democrat tax plans

Kim Yong Chol's demotion would be very good news for America. If the hardliner-in-chief adviser has been sent to a gulag, that's a ray of hope for U.S. diplomacy.

Harvard entertains the delusion of Angela Merkel's liberal world order. The Chancellor's words are of shallow meaning.

Democrats want to tax the wealthy but not in blue states. It's a tale of two hypocrisies.

Expect low-level disorder during Trump's state visit to Britain. The protective environment will be impressive, but the protests will be significant.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Everest, Chernobyl, HOI4

Everest the mountain of heroes is becoming the monument of fools

HBO's Chernobyl offers five lessons. From statecraft, to the Cold War, to history

Hearts of Iron IV is broken by its new naval system