Thursday, October 17, 2019

Cease fire, Mark Milley, UN credibility, London rebels

Syria cease-fire: Trump orders Kurds to surrender. The cease fire is not an art of the deal, it is a submission to Erdogan’s ambitions.
Trump, Pelosi, and General Mark Milley’s anguish. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has good reason to lament the nation’s political leadership.
The United Nations hammers another nail in its credibility coffin. Electing Venezuela to the human rights council is truly astonishing.
Londoners rebel against Extinction Rebellion idiots. The battle of Canning Town is a battle in the finest traditions of Agincourt.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Kim's mountain, PKK ISIS, The Report

Kim Jong Un’s white horse offers a dark omen for missile moratorium. The North Korean leader is signalling a major announcement beckons.
No, President Trump, the PKK is not worse than ISIS. They differ in ideology, intent, and tactics.
Amazon Prime’s The Report is a disaster show. It’s a fake news history of the CIA, designed to give you the wrong impression of public servants.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Warren medicare, twitter Harris, Buttigieg America

Elizabeth Warren was ambushed and embarrassed on medicare-for-all. She simply didn’t withstand the barrage of criticism from her Democratic primary opponents.
Why on Earth does Kamala Harris think her ban-Trump-from-Twitter agenda is serious? It is unbecoming of a serious candidate for the American presidency.
Pete Buttigieg mastered the foreign policy debate. He spoke eloquently and with knowledge about America’s role in the world.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Middle East

Trump self-destructs his Middle East policy. Thanks to the president’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, the three pillars of his regional strategy have been smashed.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Trump hypocrisy, Lexus Vovan, Rand Paul

Trump’s absurd hypocrisy towards Saudi Arabia and the Kurds. Why on Earth is Trump saying he opposes Middle Eastern entanglement with our Kurdish allies, but supports new entanglement with the Saudis?

Personal insight on Lexus and Vovan, the Russian intelligence agents who pranked Lindsey Graham. They are not comedians.

Rand the ridiculous. Rand Paul’s claims of foreign policy realism are paper thin.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

ISIS beatles, Florida prisons, Georgetown protesters

Put the ISIS beheader beatles on trial in the US. They deserve to face justice commensurate with their crimes.

Florida’s prison system is a broken crisis zone. It requires major action from the Governor and state legislatures. Here are the problems and some solutions.

Georgetown University needs to decide whether it is a university or a hostage. The two cannot coexist in equilibrium. Time for the university to suspend student protesters.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Turkey attacks, Russia disinformation, UN Cash

Turkey attacks: Civilians will die, allies will fall, and Trump will reap the ISIS whirlwind. This is a terrible decision on President Trump’s part.

Exploring Russia’s western-focus propaganda campaign. The Russians don’t simply rely on RT and Sputnik to get their disinformation messages across.

The United Nations has a cash flow crisis. Good. The U.S. should refuse to provide new funds absent significant UN reform.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Senate report, Daryl Morey, Brexit border, Joe Tsai

The big problem with the Senate’s hacking report. Ultimately, it offers nothing on that which would do most to stop future attacks on our elections.

China helpfully makes Daryl Morey’s point for him. The NBA might be bowing to Beijing, but Beijing doesn’t want to play into the NBA’s defenses.

Why an Irish hard border risks Northern Irish peace. It’s about the symbolism of a physical border at a time of political discord.

Question: why is Joe Tsai regurgitating Chinese propaganda? The owner of the Brooklyn Nets seems to buy into Beijing’s BS on Hong Kong

Monday, October 7, 2019

Special Report

Trump Syria, Turkey threats, NBA China, Turkey Kurds, Britain Pompeo, North Korea

Foolish beyond belief, Trump betrays America’s ally in Syria. The withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria is a terrible decision.

Trump has blown his red lines, why would Turkey believe his economic threat? The president lacks credibility in foreign policy.

The NBA, Top Gun, and the subjugation of American culture. The problem here is that too many American executives will sell America’s soul for Xi’s cash.

Inside the US, Turkey, Kurdish triangle. There are various enmities at play here.

Obstructing an investigation, Mike Pompeo dishonors Britain. The Secretary of State should waive immunity for a suspect accused of running down a biker.

Trump is appeasing North Korea. He needs to get a grip on Kim’s pressure campaign.

Friday, October 4, 2019

China battle, Hong Kong, Iran conflict, Ukraine visit

Eyeing China, the Navy rightly practices battle. The Navy showed off a mixture of old and new weapons in a recent exercise off Guam.

Ironically, Trump’s silence might help Hong Kongers. It’s a question of understanding what buttons to push - and not push - with Xi.

Striking Iran isn’t preferable but wouldn’t spark a world war. The US would dominate Iran up the escalatory curve.

3 reasons why Ukraine’s president was desperate for a White House visit. It’s really all about Russia and Trump’s personality.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Iraq protests, Hong Kong, Hunter China

Iran, mismanagement, and bureaucratic failure: why Iraqis are furious. The protests are motivated by political dysfunction.

China’s move to ban masks in Hong Kong will fail. The Communists do not seem to realize they are emboldening their opponents.

Hunter Biden’s China trip is a problem for Joe Biden. Why was the Vice President’s son meeting with business partners and joining diplomatic events?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Iran escalation, North Korea, Pelosi absurdity, Brexit chaos

Inside Iran’s escalating threat to America. The hardliners have new reasons to test American resolve in defense of its citizens.

Trump must warn North Korea over its escalation. The latest North Korean missile test is designed to match brinkmanship to Kim Jong Un’s latest diplomatic outreach.

Nancy Pelosi’s absurd claim: impeach Trump and work with Trump. The Speaker doesn’t seem to realize the partisan impossibilities of her approach.

Boris Johnson throws an Irish Hail Mary. The PM is running out of time and options.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Mao, Kremlin

70 years later, proof Mao’s Communist dream endures. The Chinese nation continues to be defined by power that flows from guns.

How a Kremlin facilitator in London weaves a path of enrichment and pro-Putin 
advocacy. Nicholas Cobb has a good deal going.