Monday, September 20, 2021

Putin's energy war

Enabled by Biden, Putin declares energy war on Europe. The Russian leader is playing the U.S. and European Union for fools.



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Vietnam submarines, Google4Putin, Manny Pacquiao

Why the U.S. should buy France's submarines for Vietnam. It would offer Macron new U.S. commitment, test his rhetoric, and support efforts to constrain Chinese imperialism.

From Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, with love. The Apple and Google CEOs deserve Caviar credit for enabling Putin's oppressive election victory.

Manny Pacquiao challenges Rodridgo Duterte. The former boxing champion offers a tougher stance against China.



Friday, September 17, 2021

Shortfin Barracudas, Apple KGB

French submarines would have been valuable in the South China Sea. The waters around China's coast are deep and the Shortfin Barracuda class would have been very quiet.

Apple and Google join Putin's KGB. The tech giants have agreed to suspend Navalny's "smart voting" app.



Thursday, September 16, 2021

AUKUS, Australia threat

5 takeaways from the AUKUS deal. What does it mean for the region, and the world? And why is France unhappy?

U.S. should warn China: any attack on Australia will result in a U.S. attack on China. Beijing must not be allowed to alter the escalation dynamic in the South China Sea.



Monday, September 13, 2021

Xi museum robber, Stanford China

Why Big Brother Xi robbed a museum. The Chinese Communist leader isn't happy with Hong Kong's independent spirit.

Stanford academics underplay China espionage concerns. They've written a letter demanding that the Justice Department stop aggressively searching for spies.



Thursday, September 9, 2021

ZAPAD

 As ZAPAD gets underway, America once again leads NATO's way. The U.S. military retains an inordinate share of NATO's capability and willingness to deploy.



Wednesday, September 8, 2021

China threat, Bagram China

China threatens to send warship inside U.S. territorial waters. Yang Jiechi's mouthpiece is trying to draw a comparison with U.S. activity in the South China Sea. It's a false comparison.

3 ways China might benefit from a base at Bagram. Prestige and capability enhancement stand out. There are risks, however.



Friday, September 3, 2021

Russia Ukraine

Russia hints at escalation against Ukraine. Biden should pay close attention to the rhetoric coming out of Moscow.



Thursday, September 2, 2021

China climate change, Britain embassy guards, England wins

U.S. can catch 22 China between its European seduction strategy and hot air on climate change. China says that cooperation is impossible without U.S. concessions. Fine, let Beijing tell that to the Europeans.

Britain's pathetic excuse for abandoning its embassy guards. The buses didn't turn up. Which is, apparently, excuse enough.

England score two wins. One against Hungary, one against Hungarian racists.



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Putin philosophy, China choices

At a school meeting, Putin educates us on his philosophy. The Russian president spoke to his interest in a greater Russia that is separate and distinct from the West.

Communist China confronts its greatest threat: Chinese free choice. Beijing is clamping down on Chinese who make consumer choices outside of regime preferences.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Biden's speech, Israel Iran

Would the unready Joe Biden please stand up? The president insisted that he was "ready" for the Afghanistan debacle that has just ensued. Really?

What's Israel's plan B for Iran? The new Israeli government wants to earn Biden's deeper cooperation on covert action potentials.



Monday, August 30, 2021

Marines at the gate, McKenzie's political statement, China maritime rules

China will remember the Marines at the gate. They held the line in face of the enemy, and showed true courage in carrying out their duty. They set a standard that other Marines will adopt in the years to come.

General McKenzie morphs into a Biden administration politician. The CENTCOM commander went way beyond his military brief on Monday.

The U.S. should require its civilian vessels to ignore China's new maritime regulation. Beijing has no lawful excuse with which to demand vessels provide information in return for transit rights.



Friday, August 27, 2021

General officer crisis, Over the horizon hogwash, ISIS attack and Biden options, Taliban-ISIS

Afghanistan debacle fuels general officer crisis. The field grade officers are very frustrated with leadership double standards.

Biden's 'over the horizon' mirage. It will be very difficult to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.

From Thursday

ISIS attack leaves Biden with 4 bad options. The president has given himself a lack of time and flexibility.

Biden must hold the Taliban responsible if they enabled the ISIS attack at Kabul airport. Closing a blind eye to the attackers is tantamount to enabling the attackers.



Wednesday, August 25, 2021

China, Jimmy Carter, Biden's betrayal, Taliban's reward

How China is taking advantage of the situation in Afghanistan. Beijing is using the chaos to present America as weak and unreliable.

Jimmy Carter looks heroic compared to Biden's Afghanistan policy. Carter authorized a high risk rescue operation in defense of U.S. values and interests. Biden is allowing the Taliban to set his policy.

On Tuesday...

Biden's betrayal: the president has failed in his duty to the American people by failing to extend the Afghanistan withdrawal timeline. The Taliban have won another victory.

The Taliban reward Biden's appeasement with escalation. The group are now obstructing arrivals at Kabul airport.



Monday, August 23, 2021

British Army

British Army finds renewed purpose in Afghanistan. The evacuation efforts of the SAS, 16 Air Assault Brigade, and others have been impressive. It's a much needed boost.



Friday, August 20, 2021

Politics in Kabul, Putin Gazprom games, Kabul perimeter operations

82nd airborne CO to 22 SAS site commander: stop rescuing people, you're making us look bad. Tensions are boiling over at Kabul airport.

Putin plays Biden with gas price hike in Europe. Gazprom is laughing. So is the Kremlin.

U.S. military operations beyond the Kabul airport wire would pose significant risks. The idea of mass convoys is not practical in terms of security.



Thursday, August 19, 2021

Biden-Taliban, British parliament

President Biden must offer the Taliban a choice: open the access routes to Kabul airport, or face a persistent U.S. military presence at the airport. Biden must not abandon Americans/allies.

British parliament rages against Biden. The sense of the House of Commons is that Biden has dishonored his nation and its credibility.



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Biden leadership, Taliban

U.S. allies deeply concerned by Biden's detachment. The president appears to exist in an echo chamber occupied only by himself.

3 things to know about the Taliban. Its ideology, alliances, and attitudes towards America.



Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Al Qaeda, Kabul airport

Why America will struggle to confront al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Taliban has ideological rationale to enable the group. Al Qaeda has learned from its prior experiences. And presence matters.

Kabul airport or otherwise, all roads now run through the Taliban. The new government will decide what the Biden administration can and cannot do.



Monday, August 16, 2021

Biden speech, China Afghanistan

The buck stops nowhere here. President Biden's speech was angry and lacking of any sense of responsibility or introspection.

China is capitalizing on Afghanistan debacle. Beijing senses an opportunity to fray America's credibility with its allies.



Friday, August 13, 2021

Biden's credibility, China Taiwan

 Biden's credibility is being annihilated alongside Afghanistan. The president has shown he is unwilling to adapt to shifting circumstances, even where they pose profound threat to U.S. interests.

China threatens fighter jet action over Taiwan attendance at democracy summit. Beijing issues a red line over Biden's December conference.



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Mexico cartel, Biden Navalny

Mexican journalist caught between fanatical cartel and weak president. The state of affairs south of the U.S. border is less than ideal.

Will Biden respond to Putin's latest attack on Navalny? Russia has levelled new charges against Navalny. The intent is to keep him imprisoned in perpetuity



Afghanistan, Lithunia v China, Taliban interests, Russia in Syria

On Afghanistan, Biden is detached from reality. The president doesn't appear to realize his policy is a total disaster.

Lithuania should call a NATO meeting over China's threat. Beijing must learn that alliances have the resolve and capability to deter its bullying and aggression.

Dear Joe, the Taliban don't want your respect. The Taliban aren't looking for invites to polite diplomatic company.

Biden must heed Russia's latest threat to U.S. forces in Syria. Putin is still determined to see the U.S. pushed out of eastern Syria.



Monday, August 9, 2021

China missiles

China's stealth-saturation missile strategy. Beijing is determined to protect its ballistic missiles from U.S. interference, and skim hypersonic vehicles through U.S. defense systems.



Friday, August 6, 2021

Russia Crimea, Hezbollah resistance

Why Russia is sending naval aviators to Crimea. Putin wants some new leverage.

Hezbollah finds some resistance. The Lebanese group took a wrong turn and ended up running into some rather unhappy Druze citizens.



Thursday, August 5, 2021

Mexico lawsuit, Hong Kong visas, China entrepreneurs, Germany navy, Britain failure

The Mexican government should sue itself before U.S. gun manufacturers. It is far more responsible for Mexico's drug cartel chaos.

Biden's Hong Kong deportation waiver doesn't go far enough. The White House should thread its visa action into a broader exposure of Chinese misconduct

China has a big entrepreneur problem. The Communist Party doesn't seem to realize that gulags and capitalism aren't natural allies.

From Wednesday

Germany's pathetic China dock diplomacy. Berlin begs Beijing to let its frigate dock in Shanghai. The message is clear: we aren't willing to upset you.

From Tuesday

Britain kowtows to China in the South China Sea. America's nominally closest ally fails to stand up when and where it counts.



Monday, August 2, 2021

Raisi drones

As Ebrahim Raisi enters office, Biden appeases Iranian drone attacks. Tehran appears to believe that Biden's weak response to these attacks is evidence for his malleable negotiating position on nuclear issues.



Friday, July 30, 2021

Putin's people

 How Putin's cronies hide conceal reality via English courts. Britain tolerates Russian aggression via Putin's proxies. And it rewards unjust litigation against public awareness.



Thursday, July 29, 2021

Recent articles

From Thursday

From the Taliban with love. The Taliban and China find they have more in common than one might think.

From Wednesday

Brett McGurk earns allied anger over Iraq-Syria withdrawals. The White House coordinator has a reputation for political maneuvering

Decoding China's new list of demands to the U.S. Beijing wants to be given just about everything in return for very little!



Friday, July 23, 2021

Britain China

 The special relationship's great 12-mile test in the South China Sea. Much depends on whether Britain deploys a warship within 12 miles of one of China's artificially claimed islands.



Thursday, July 22, 2021

Nord Stream II, John Culver

From Wednesday

What a top intelligence analyst thinks you should know about China. John Culver is the former head analyst of the intelligence community's China effort.

Biden channels the Hindenburg with Nord Stream II deal. The German Chancellor has got a great deal from Biden without having to give up very much. Vladimir will be pleased.



Monday, July 19, 2021

China cyberattack x2, Syria China

Biden refutes U.S. intelligence agencies on Hafinum hacking. The group does operate under Chinese state control.

China's latest cyberattack illuminates its priorities. Beijing is, among other things, focused on undercutting U.S. technology leads in the underwater domain. It also wants to scoop up information that would be useful to recruit spies.

China and Syria find kinship in genocide. The two regimes were praising each other this weekend. It shouldn't surprise anyone.



Friday, July 16, 2021

Stigma UFO

Why does stigma still soar with UFOs? The truth is, at least in answer to this specific stigma question, out there.



Russian "leak," BLM Cuba, Merkel in DC, Putin essay on Ukraine

From Thursday

Be wary of the Russian intelligence "leak." The supposed minutes from a January 2016 Russian national security meeting may well not be what they purport to be.

Black Lives Matter betrays its supposed values in Cuba. The activist group seems to be rather ignorant on the facts and realities of Cuba's dystopia

Johns Hopkins University honors a fictional version of Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor is not the hero for liberal order that some pretend her to be

From Wednesday

Decoding Putin's threat to Ukraine. The Russian leader pens an essay rich in historical mythos and expansive Russian nationalism.



Monday, July 12, 2021

Lebanon, Cuba, Iraq

Hezbollah and allies drive Lebanon towards state collapse. Lebanon has run out of money and thus the means to pay for critical necessities. The political obstacle looms largest.

Biden's belated Cuba condemnation. The protest movement receives a strong, if delayed, message from the president.

from last week...

Iran emboldened in Iraq as Biden turns a blind eye to escalating attacks on U.S. forces. The IRGC clearly feels it has the wind at its back.



Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Semiconductor

 Why is the U.K. selling its largest semiconductor chip plant to China? The government's decision to authorize the sale is concerning.



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Putin threatens Ukraine, China-Russia partnership?

Putin hints at new escalation in Ukraine. The Russian leader warned of a critical threat to his interests being posed by foreign military personnel on Ukrainian soil.

from Tuesday...

China and Russia's exaggerated partnership. These nations do not share as much in common as they would have us believe.



Friday, June 25, 2021

UFO report

Decoding the U.S. government's UFO report. In an otherwise serious and sober document, one striking absence appears.



Thursday, June 24, 2021

China human rights

 China goes through the looking glass with new human rights white paper. At nearly 16,300 words long, it is rather bloated. It is also divorced from reality.

From Wednesday

Britain shows Biden how to deal with Russian aggression. The deployment of HMS Defender within 12 miles of Russian-occupied Crimea sends a clear signal to Putin



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Apple Daily, Armin Laschet

China extinguishes a light of freedom. The forced closure of Hong Kong based Apple Daily is a moral travesty. One that speaks volumes about the nature of the Chinese regime.

Germany's Armin Laschet is ready to be China's puppet. The prospective Chancellor will continue in Angela Merkel's appeasement policy footsteps.




Monday, June 21, 2021

Hypersonics, UFO, Biden

Hypersonics, aircraft carriers, and why you shouldn't be distracted by the Navy's cool explosion video. The challenge posed by new Chinese and Russian weapons is significant and growing.

from last week

Ex-government UFO investigations chief: extraterrestrial hypothesis being considered. Lue Elizondo spoke to me about the state of play.

Bidden wobbles before Putin summit. The president has been far easier on Putin than he presents.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Atlantic Charter

What Biden and Johnson really want from the new Atlantic Charter. It's about China and the European Union



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

G7 submarine?

Russia may be operating an attack submarine off the G7 summit. U.S., British, and French anti-submarine aircraft and ships are operating unusual search patterns in the area.



Monday, June 7, 2021

Russia

Three reasons why Biden must hold a post-summit press conference with Putin. U.S. credibility and values demand that action. As does Trump's debacle of a press conference in 2018.



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Naftali Bennett

What would Naftali Bennet's premiership mean for Israel's relationship with the U.S. and Iran? Here's a primer on what we might be able to expect.



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Syria

President Biden gives Putin another gift with waiver revocation in Syria. The Delta Crescent oil project serves U.S. security interests and the humanitarian interests of our allies



Friday, May 28, 2021

CIA book, China Fort Detrick

Review: Clarity in Crisis. Marc Polymeropoulos offers nine principles of leadership learned from his time at the CIA.

Why China just regurgitated its absurd Fort Detrick conspiracy theory. Beijing does not want continuing attention to what may or may not have happened at its laboratory.



Monday, May 24, 2021

Belarus

 The west should sanction Belarus and force Russia to fill the gap. Moscow is already heavily subsidizing Minsk. Targeted sanctions action would bear economic-political effect.



Thursday, May 20, 2021

Corporate hypocrisy, Putin's laughter

Corporations flaunt their values at home, but close a blind eye to China's repression abroad. Just consider the record of website value statements versus deafening silence on China.

White House doubles down on giving Putin a free pass over Colonial Pipeline hack. The Russians must be laughing. Again, again, and again.



Wednesday, May 19, 2021

UFOs, Podcast

How will the U.S. intelligence community's UFO report deal with the true unknowns? The June report should include four factors.

Microwaves and bounties. I joined Michael Weiss' intelligence podcast to discuss some recent articles