Friday, January 24, 2020

Schiff Ukraine, Venezuela Cuba, Doomsday dummies, Australian sacrifice

Sorry, Adam Schiff, history shows you’re no John McCain on Ukraine. The California Congressman has a rather interesting view of his own history on Ukraine.
Counter Venezuela’s effort to consolidate Cuba. The two authoritarian regimes are working together to ensure Venezuelans keep suffering
Doomsday clock becomes a total joke. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists show a radioactive degree of geopolitical ignorance.
American sacrifice in Australia testifies to a special alliance. The loss of three American firefighters is a tragedy, but one in a noble cause.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Netanyahu Holocaust, Macron Jerusalem, Qatar, Iran, Davos

Benjamin Netanyahu: How the Holocaust shapes Israeli security strategy. The Prime Minister offers a stark warning to Iran and the world.
Emmanuel Macron’s silly freakout in Jerusalem. The French president should show more respect to his security detail.
As the 2022 World Cup approaches, Qatar's war on human rights rumbles on. The regime has no regard for the treatment of its residents

Ignore the call from Iran to assassinate President Trump. The regime is not going to pursue such a self-destructive course of action.

No, Greta Thunberg is not as important as Donald Trump. Contrasting them is silly.

Monday, January 20, 2020

China problems, Trump unemployment, Assad economy, Venezuela policy

China suffers five small defeats in January. Xi Jinping’s leadership is losing support abroad, access to espionage, and people at home.
Yes, Trump deserves credit for African American unemployment rates. The president’s policies have improved things even amid reduced economic slack.
Time to bury Bashar Assad’s economy. The Syrian currency is plummeting in value. The U.S. should make it decline even further.
Trump administration moves to fix faltering Venezuela policy. Via Trump and Pompeo, the U.S. is moving to increase pressure on Maduro.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Hezbollah Israel, John Roberts, Peace Corps, Impeachment partisanship

Hezbollah will contemplate escalation against Israel as Lebanon protests grow. The political party/terrorist group needs a distraction of some kind.

John Roberts will thrive at impeachment trial. The Chief Justice has a keen sense of his place and that of the court in history.

U.S. rightly ends peace corps mission in China. It makes no sense for the U.S. government to provide taxpayer funds and citizen services to our adversary.

Impeachment battle lines harden on Sunday news shows. The week's main event will be a surefire partisan festival.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iran nuclear threat, Anne Frank and Typhus, Russian slaughter, Diplomatic Security

Iran inches closer to Israel’s red line. The Iranian president says that his nation has increased its uranium enrichment.

Why not to mistake Anne Frank’s murderers. The young lady was not killed by Typhus rats, but rather by Nazis.

Why Russia is slaughtering Syrian civilians, again. The battle for Idlib province is one that matches Putin’s domination of Erdogan to his desire to stabilize Assad.

The U.S. should not provide a protection detail for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. That is, unless the British government agrees to cover the costs. The Diplomatic Security Service will otherwise incur a $10 million plus annual bill.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Democrats on corruption, Democrats as CinC, Iran Europe, Navy UFO, Putin reforms, Trump and Lincoln

Democrats hate corruption, unless it’s government corruption. The 2020 Democratic debate on Tuesday showed a good deal of serious hypocrisy on this issue.

2020 Democrats show they’re not ready to lead as commander-in-chief. Whatever you think of Trump, the foreign policy answers offered on Tuesday were very weak.

Iran tries to woo Europeans by threatening to kill them. The Iranian government wants the EU to get back on board with the depleted nuclear deal.

What’s in that top secret Navy UFO briefing? We can make some educated guesses. Nuclear stuff, for one.

How Vladimir Putin just consolidated his czardom. He's playing the long game.

It’s really simple: Washington and Lincoln were better presidents than Trump. The historic comparisons are not very complicated.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Iran deal, Russia Burisma, Protest support

Why did the European Union just admit the Iran deal is basically dead? For two reasons related to Iranian behavior and financial reality.

Why Russia would hack Burisma. The Ukranian energy company’s emails might offer Russia material with which to incriminate Joe Biden and undermine the 2020 elections.

How the Trump administration is secretly supporting Iranian protesters. It’s a series of programs to escape Iranian government censors and post videos online.

Monday, January 13, 2020

China trade deal, Iran protester plight

China trade deal is a win for Trump, but… the next phase poses new risks.

Iran protests will fail to change the regime. The challenge facing protesters is the regime’s monopoly of force.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Iran, Protection

Iran's lies over the downing of Ukraine's airliner say it all about the nature of that regime. Namely, that is made up of pathological liars.

Stop whining about the costs of protecting Trump's children. This isn't an issue of profligacy, but a concern of national security.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iran powers, Huawei PR

Democrat Iran resolution won’t tie Trump’s hands. The Constitution makes clear that the president has the flexible ability to defend the nation against imminent threats.

Inside Huawei’s secret war to win the world. The Chinese Communist Party is employing a careful PR campaign to win new support around the world.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Iran retaliation, Corbyn Soleimani, Trump Sanders

Why Iran's retaliation is good news for America. Iran didn't kill or main anyone, used weapons that will attract international ire, and acted in a way that will fuel anti-Iranian populism in Iraq.

Of course Jeremy Corbyn supports Qassem Soleimani. He used to work for Iran! Corbyn 101.

Why Donald Trump almost certainly would beat Bernie Sanders. The Senator from Vermont is just too left wing and too mathematically incontinent.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Karbala

How Qassem Soleimani invited his own demise. A 2007 Iranian orchestrated attack on US forces in Karbala, Iraq, explains things.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Cultural sites, Ricky Gervais, Trump Iraq, Iran nuclear, Europe Iran

Trump shouldn’t, can’t, and won’t bomb Iranian cultural sites. The question here is whether the military would follow the orders. They wouldn’t.
Hollywood proved Ricky Gervais’ point. The comedian made a joke and a number of celebrities jumped straight for the bait.
Trump needs a new messaging strategy for Iraq. The U.S. interest is centered in maintaining strong relations and influence with Baghdad. Not petulance.
With a small step and a big one, Iran escalates against America. Sunday’s rocket attack on the US Embassy is less serious than Iran’s nuclear announcement.
The European Union remains delusional on the Iran nuclear deal. More conciliation is not going to get the Iranians back to the table.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Soleimani stuff-

How will Iran respond to Qassem Soleimani’s killing? The regime has various options, but each carries timely complications.
3 of the silliest tweets opposing Qassem Soleimani’s killing. He wasn’t a good guy, Samantha Power lacks credibility, and the UN has too many idiots.
Why Trump didn’t need Congressional approval to kill Qassem Soleimani. The  commander-in-chief has clear authority to address timely and serious threats to national security.
Meet Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the terrorist killed with Qassem Soleimani. The Iranian-Iraqi militia leader was a loyal servant to Tehran.
Why does anyone listen to Ben Rhodes on foreign policy? President Obama’s foreign policy guru has a record of failure and delusion on most international issues
What Qassem Soleimani’s killing means. The consequences for Iran, America, and the Middle East are significant.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Iran vs Iraq, North Korea

Iran faces hard choices against America in Iraq. It’s not just about the risk of US retaliation, but the threat of Iraqi reprisals against Iran.

What now for US policy towards North Korea?
Measured escalation should be the course of action.