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.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Army UFO, Brexit, Syria Iraq, Gabbard asset

U.S. Army signs contract to study UFO material and make better weapons. Seriously, it’s a strange but exciting time to be alive!
Britain’s huge Brexit Saturday. Boris Johnson faces a last ditch vote to get Brexit enacted.
A tale of two failures: Obama’s Iraq arrogance, Trump’s Syria ignorance. Please don’t confuse the two.
Tulsi Gabbard isn’t a Russian asset. She’s a Congresswoman whose views align with Russian strategic interests. The difference is important.

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.