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.