Wednesday, September 30, 2020

China's arrogance, Hezbollah's problems, Turkey's ambitions

 China’s extraordinary coronavirus arrogance. The regime in Beijing seems to think that only America is responsible.

Hezbollah encircles itself at home and abroad. Hassan Nasrallah’s organization faces a crisis of domestic legitimacy and foreign freedom of action.

How and why Turkey is fueling the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Erdogan sees an opportunity to advance his nationalist imperialism.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SVR theory

Russia invents CIA plot to kill Catholics and make Belarus turn on Lukashenko. It's a rather wild theory from the head of Putin's foreign intelligence service.

Monday, September 28, 2020

NATO Lukashenko, Hezbollah Lebanon

 NATO must warn Lukashenko against using his territory as a Russian launching base. The Russians could use Belarus to constrict the Baltics.

Hezbollah fuels Lebanon’s descent towards civil war. The Shia political-terrorist group is refusing to make concessions for reform.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

China Taiwan, Armenia Azerbaijan, Democrats ACB, China speech

China prepares to fly fighter jets over Taiwan. Beijing is increasingly aggravated and paranoid over U.S. efforts to support Taipei

What's going on with Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. Nationalist grievances are finding match with Turkish engagement.

Democrats unveil their three-prong plan to defeat Coney Barrett's confirmation. They want to spread concern about abortion and gay rights, and the risk Barrett might affirm a Trump electoral victory.

China's not so free speech. A top Beijing thinker claims that he sees an opportunity for expanded expression rights. But with a catch.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Concentration camps, Russia Navalny, Hamas Fatah

 China’s concentration camp lies again unmasked. The Communist Party has no regard for the truth or the interest of its own citizens.

Russia plays hardball on Alexey Navalny poisoning. Moscow believes that it holds the cards. It should be educated otherwise.

Hamas and Fatah strike a blow against Palestinian interests. The two parties are not helping anyone but themselves.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Saudi nukes, North Korea, Ford China

 Saudi Arabia lays the diplomatic ground for a nuclear weapons program. The king has outlined what is motivating the strategic shift: Iran.

North Korea’s nuclear fishing lesson. The decision by North Korean soldiers to execute and immolate a South Korean fisherman is indicative of why the regime cannot be trusted with nuclear-tipped ICBMs.

Ford and Tesla dance to Xi’s tune. The two American car manufacturers are putting profit before patriotism.

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


 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.