Monday, December 23, 2019


Iraq faces specter of new Christmas attacks by ISIS. The group is readying its bombing cells for a new offensive.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Al Qaeda Afghanistan, Lebanon, Asylum, 2020 Climate Debate, UFOs

Bernie Sanders is wrong about Afghanistan and Al Qaeda. The 2020 presidential hopeful doesn’t seem to understand why the war against Al Qaeda was necessary.

Trump administration sends the right message in Lebanon. Withholding aid until the new prime minister proves his worth is the right way to handle the political crisis.

Yes, criminal migrants should be denied asylum. If individuals have proven themselves more of a risk to US society than others, then we should support the others.

Democrats’ climate gift to Trump. Adopting extreme positions and openly saluting themselves for being willing to kill good jobs, Democrats help Trump.


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Moscow, Boris

New US Ambassador wants results in Moscow. John Sullivan is a realist but one who senses that progress may be possible on certain issues.

Boris Johnson’s new governing agenda: tougher prison sentences, more health care spending, and getting Brexit done. It’s not original, but it will probably be popular.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

South Korea, Venezuela, Russian spy ship

Protest South Korea’s defense freeloading by recalling the US Ambassador. It is wholly unacceptable for Seoul to deny the US a greater measure of burden sharing.

Trump administration should threaten to sanction Erik Prince over his Venezuela’s cavorting. There is no justifiable excuse for sanctions busting in support of Maduro.

What is Russia’s “unsafe” spy ship up to? The vessel is floating around off the coast and in proximity to a US nuclear submarine base.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

UFOs, Genocide

The real reasons the U.S. government is so secretive about UFOs. In short, they see a possible threat and they can’t do much about it.

Why the Armenian Genocide is so controversial in Washington. The historic injustice matches to contemporary political complexities.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lebanon, Georgia, Dubai

Why Lebanon remains paralyzed between protesters and politicians. There is no room for maneuver on either side.

The Trump administration should threaten sanctions over Georgia’s crackdown on freedom. The government is repressing the opposition without any cause.

Democrats offer gift to Chinese efforts to displace US-led international order. Blocking American participation at the 2020 Dubai World Expo is a very bad idea.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Labour, spying, novel

Labour’s great struggle: find a new leader and a winning platform. Thursday’s British election showed just how much of a challenge is facing the party.
Why and how a new UK-EU spy war is about to begin. Shaping the post-Brexit relationship is what’s motivating things
A Brexit tale from John Le Carre. The spymaster novelist delivers a new read full of espionage intrigue.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

NATO exercises, Iran Lebanon, Britain election

3 things the Europeans won’t bring to massive 2020 NATO exercises. It’s about the willingness to invest in capability and truly share burdens.

Shooting his mouth off about Lebanon, Iranian official shows the truth of Tehran’s policy. It’s not about supporting Lebanon, but using Lebanon to attack Israel.

What will the British election bring? A Boris Johnson majority that delivers Brexit, or a Jeremy Corbyn orchestrated Hung Parliament that delivers Soviet-style socialism.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Brexit economy, Senate audio, Saudi politics, USCMA reelection

On the eve of an election, Brexit hampers British economy. Investors lack confidence as to whether Brexit will happen, how it might happen, and when it might happen.

The Senate is not going to remove Trump without audio. The president’s impeachment rests in the prospect of incriminatory material, possibly in Russian hands.

For American interests in Saudi Arabia, a choice between restaurants and Jamal Khashoggi. The future stability of the desert kingdom, and of American counter-terrorism security are at stake here.

Via the USMCA, a new arrow in Trump’s reelection quiver. The trade agreement serves Trump’s reelection narrative.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Steele dossier, WaPo report, Horowitz report, Friday articles, Thursday articles

Horowitz report deconstructs Steele dossier. The former British intelligence officer’s notorious product is shown to be a mismatch of hearsay.

Decoding the Washington Post’s report on Afghanistan. There are some good lessons here, but not pointers for withdrawal.

Horowitz report: CIA regarded Steele dossier as “internet rumor.” Not the best endorsement from the nation’s premier human intelligence agency.

From Friday...

The beauty of the American names Noah, Elijah, and Muhammad. A country sustained by unified peoples and shared values.

Is Russia helping Jeremy Corbyn? It would make sense for them to do so.

From Thursday...

Why Joe Biden will probably benefit from his freakout. The former Vice President needed to show more energy on the campaign trail.

A Grand Armee versus Macron's grand reform. The stakes for France's future are significant.

Espionage and Europe: inside Huawei's campaign to litigate against US regulation. It's about setting the ground for future fights.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO, Assasssinations, Impeachment

Actually, the NATO summit was a success. Turkey backed down from a threat to obstruct alliance support to the Baltics and Poland.
Russia appears to have murdered someone in Berlin. Germany doesn’t seem to care very much. The government’s expulsion of two Russian diplomats is pathetic.
Meet Pamela Karlan, liberal law professor seeking cable news job. The witness at Wednesday’s Democratic impeachment hearings wasn’t very serious.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

America NATO, North Korea, Kamala Harris, Zimbabwe catastrophe

How America and Americans benefit from NATO. The alliance under-girds peace, prosperity, and democracy. At a good value.

There will be a North Korean nuclear crisis in January. Kim Jong Un just signaled another step towards new ICBM tests.

Why Kamala Harris failed. The Senator from California was way too inconsistent and really just not that impressive.

Zimbabwe heads towards humanitarian catastrophe. Targeted sanctions by the US, EU, and AU would help.

Monday, December 2, 2019

NATO discord, COP25 China, Counter Terrorism

Sensing NATO’s discord, Putin plays Macron off Trump. The Russian leader is using a favored issue to separate the world’s greatest multilateral alliance.

Why China gets a free pass at the COP25 summit. The key factor is European interest in Chinese trade outweighing European interest in effective carbon emissions reduction.

Last week’s attack aside, British counter-terrorism officials will breathe a sigh of relief. The U.K. security services had been expecting marauding firearms attacks.