Wednesday, September 23, 2020

China 2060, Prince Harry

 China’s 2060 carbon pledge is a public relations stunt. The truer reality of Xi Jinping’s energy program is best measured by his new coal plants.

Prince Harry’s rather silly endorsement of Joe Biden. The half-Royal doesn’t seem to realize that his endorsement is unlikely to help Biden.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Xi, UN, China

 Xi Jinping’s Tuesday lesson of clowns and lies. The Chinese leader offered democracy to the world in his UN speech, and 18 years for a clown insult at home.

Trump uses UN speech to slam China. The president seems focused on increasing pressure on Beijing before November’s elections.

Xi’s big brother speech. The Chinese leader pretends to be our friend.


Monday, September 21, 2020

Iran, Putin

 Why Iran is unlikely to retaliate over new US sanctions. The regime needs a means of action that maximizes the probability of uncontested confrontation.

How Vladimir Putin bought three successive British Prime Ministers. The financial data speaks to a story of influence purchasing.



Friday, September 18, 2020

China navy, Erdogan antics, Imperial geography

 Mark Esper’s misguided arrogance on China’s navy. The Defense Secretary should be less flippant about a capable enemy.

Why Turkey’s Erdogan might need confrontation with an aircraft carrier. The situation in the eastern Mediterranean is highly tense.

It’s China which is the imperialist. The geography proves it.



Thursday, September 17, 2020

Navalny hotel, Trump Iran

 How Navalny hotel find furthers the evidence against Putin. The discovery of a Novichok-tainted water bottle shows that the Russian state entered Navalny’s room.

No, Trump didn’t start a war with Iran. The president’s policy hasn’t been nearly as dangerous as some, or many, liberals liked to present.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

India

 China betrays India border commitment. The Chinese Communist Party is not terribly reliable when it comes to keeping word.



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Belarus, China

 Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus strongman, chooses to become Putin’s newest pet. Lukashenko has given up on any pretense beyond supplication to the Kremlin.

The European Union copies its old game and repeats appeasement of China. The nature of Brussels-Beijing diplomacy is rather pathetic.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Salafi-Jihadists vs. Violent White Supremacists, NATO Arctic, 9/11, Rule Britannia

 Salafi-Jihadists continue to pose the most serious terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland. Here’s why these individuals, not white supremacists, are the key concern.

Three NATO lessons in the Arctic. Britain, America, and Norway send a message to Vladimir Putin.

How 9/11 might have been much worse. If weapons of mass destruction had been smuggled into the nation.

In Britain, a Rule Britannia rebuke to political correctness. The BBC was forced to back down from its last night of the proms patriotism purge.




Thursday, September 10, 2020

Navalny intelligence, Taiwan calculus, Operation Barras, Brexit games

The Trump administration underplays intelligence on Alexey Navalny poisoning. The U.S. knows there is a very high likelihood that Navalny was Novichoked on Putin’s direct orders.

Support Taiwan, with eyes open. The U.S. must be aware of Chinese red lines and emotions as it forges Taipei’s better deterrence against invasion.

20 years ago, British special forces won a great victory in West Africa. Operation Barras saw the SAS rescue hostages and decimate a gang of killers.

Democrats are right to warn London on Brexit games with the EU. The British government must live up to its word and treaty commitments.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

China vs. India, Astute class Guam

 The rising risk of a conflict between China and India. The two nuclear powers are escalating their military activities along the line of control

The US should host a British Astute-class submarine at Guam. Such a deployment would be affordable for both nations, while serving deterrent and operational needs against China.



Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Nord Stream II, China letter, Czech pianos

Sink Nord Stream II over Navalny poisoning. The Russian dissident’s near death experience provides a new impetus for ending Putin’s energy blackmail platform.

Decoding China’s new letter to America. The opinion article by a Vice Foreign Minister evinces Beijing’s insecurity over current U.S. policy.

Why China is bullying the Czech Republic with a piano. Xi Jinping wants Prague to know that it will suffer unless it defers to Beijing’s agenda.



Friday, September 4, 2020

Kim's pick, Belleau Wood, China water

Does Kim Jong Un want Trump or Biden? The answer may come with what Kim decides to display on October 10th

What happened at the Battle of Belleau Wood. Here's a brief primer on the great feats done those June 1918 days.

How China is ruining the oceans and rivers. Beijing has little regard for the rights of others. Fish or farmers alike.



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Pack espionage, Delta medal

 Michael Pack can address Voice of America espionage concerns without firing dozens of journalists. The key to America's better interest rests in a focus on short term visa extensions and new security investigations.

A very Delta Force Medal of Honor. The upcoming recipient earned his medal for operations distinctly representative of Delta.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Navalny Novichok, Charlie Hebdo, China Nukes, Macron Lebanon

 Why it matters that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok class nerve agent. Only Putin controls that neurotoxin. The U.S. must respond.

Charlie Hebdo is right to republish Prophet Mohammed cartoons. The magazine is offering a memorial to its fallen. And a defense of freedom.

The Pentagon provides Joe Biden a nuclear wake up call. In its latest China military report, the Defense Department points out Beijing’s rising nuclear weapons capabilities.

Emmanuel Macron takes a worthy risk with Lebanon reform gambit. The French president recognizes the stakes are high.



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Russia vs. NATO Air, Khamenei vs. Jews/Kushner/the world, Kenosha vs. Secret Service

 Russia embarrasses NATO and the U.S. Air Force. Two Russian naval air force operations last Friday showed NATO that its air defenses are not up to task.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reminds everyone that he is an antisemitic despot. The Iranian leader is very upset with Jared Kushner

Kenosha visit is all about politics for Trump and the protesters. And all about stress for the Secret Service. The dynamics at play in Wisconsin are both complex and variable.



Monday, August 31, 2020

Election interference, Russia in Syria, China vs. Czechs

 Russian election interference targets city chaos. The exigent Russian interest rests in maximizing social divisions.

Americans in Syria will die if Trump doesn’t warn off Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader is escalating his confrontation strategy.

 

Why China is furious with the Czech Republic. Beijing believes that a visit to Taiwan from the Czech parliamentary speaker is a portent of things to come.




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Nukes, Navalny

On nuclear weapons, Vladimir Putin will prefer Joe Biden to Donald Trump. The Democratic Party nominee opposes reforms to strengthen America's deterrent posture.

Trump must raise Alexey Navalny poisoning with Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader does not respect deference


Friday, August 21, 2020

Navalny conspiracy, Iraq meeting, Biden Saudis

 Russia tries to cover up Navalny poisoning. The response by the FSB and the doctors at the Omosk hospital indicates a conspiracy.

Trump’s successful meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The new leader is a nationalist rather than an Iranian puppet.

 

Joe Biden must address Saudi nuclear proliferation. The prospective president cannot claim that returning to the Iran deal is a simple and secure choice.


 


Biden foreign policy

 Five national security issues Joe Biden didn't adequately address. The would-be president needs to deliver more clarity on issues of exigent national concern.


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Alexey Navalny, VoA, Iran missiles

 Why the Navalny poisoning reeks of Vladimir Putin. The Russian human rights activist was struck down by a serious illness on Thursday.

Michael Pack plays to China, Iran, and Russia with Voice of America firings. The Trump administration official should reconsider his stance.

 

Iran says new ‘Qassem Soleimani’ missile can reach Israel. The announcement underlines Iran’s continuing interest in nuclear weapons.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Nord Stream spies, Lukashenko Russia, China traitor

Norway disrupts Nord Stream II Russia spy meet. The arrest of an energy worker indicates Russia’s interest in seeing the pipeline completed.

Alexander Lukashenko asks Russia to assist him. The Belarusian leader wants to ensure that the popular protests do not unseat him.

China attacks "traitor" Cai Xia. The dissident professor has done nothing wrong.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Hezbollah tribunal, Putin Belarus, Egypt Turkey

Lebanese Hezbollah gets absurd acquittal in special tribunal case. The evidence against the group is significant, but the court is apparently blind.
The U.S. should threaten sanctions if Putin sends forces into Belarus. The Russian leader will hesitate before facing further economic penalties.
Will Egypt and Turkey go to war? The two nations are escalating against each other in Libya and the Mediterranean Sea.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Russia's hand in Syria firefight, Iran arms embargo

Russian games: what happened with the U.S.-Syria firefight on Monday. Putin is using Syrian regime forces to try to force the U.S. out of Syria.

In Iran, Europe makes a dangerous gamble on Biden. There’s much folly in the European+British decision to abstain on the Iran arms embargo vote.

Friday, August 14, 2020

A bloody and atomic victory, Britain on China, FBI Lebanon, RDR Online

75 years ago today, a bloody and atomic victory. The decision to bomb Nagasaki wasn’t just necessary, it wasn’t enough. History indicates why.

Britain wakes up to ‘hostile state’ China. The British government and parliament are finally getting real about Beijing.

How the FBI will help the Lebanese people. The bureau will bring professionalism and access to information to an investigation in much need of both.

Is Rockstar Games waging a cyber war on Red Dead Online? It certainly appears that something very odd is going on.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

UAE-Israel, France vs. Turkey

In UAE diplomatic deal, Benjamin Netanyahu prioritizes foreign policy over domestic politics. Netanyahu will aggravate the Israeli right. But he has good reasons for his action.
Deterring Turkey war on Greece, France plays ‘bad cop’ to Germany’s ‘good cop.’ Macron is showing Erdogan that his bullying will meet limitation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

B-2 China, Belarus

U.S. sends a B-2 Bomber message to China. The deployment to Diego Garcia reflects an effort to undermine China’s confidence in its air defense strongholds.

The US and EU should reintroduce sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko. Stealing the Belarusian election, the president-dictator demands rebuke.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kamala Harris and Biden foreign policy

Kamala Harris pick gives Biden foreign policy flexibility. The Senator from California is not a major foreign policy voice in the Democratic Party.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Belarus crackdown, Jimmy Lai, Greece vs. Turkey, Michel Aoun

Belarus crackdown meets Trump administration’s deafening silence. The U.S. should not be an idle witness to Lukashenko’s grievous theft of an election.

Jimmy Lai detention proves China’s two systems lie. Beijing finds independent thought to be an intolerable offense.

Greece deploys navy against Turkish incursion. Erdogan is trying to steal Greek waters for himself.

Meet Michel Aoun, Hezbollah’s puppet president in Lebanon. The geriatric president is highly unlikely to pursue necessary reforms.