Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Trump vs. IC

Trump's deluded endorsement of Putin over the U.S. intelligence community. The former president is lost in a narcissistic mind maze.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Masih Alinejad

Iranian government contracted Russian mob to kill Masih Alinejad. Those indictment included a captain within the ranks of a powerful Russian mafia clan.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

100 tanks for Ukraine, Zircon threats

100 tanks will go a long way for Ukraine, figuratively and literally. Ukraine's possession of Western thanks will afford it a new range of offensive possibilities.

Assessing Russia's Zircon missile threat in the Mediterranean. Russian media is suggesting that a new frigate might launch hypersonic missiles against Ukraine.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Ukraine anti-corruption, Turkey-Hungary and NATO

Ukraine anti-corruption push: positive, but won't have lasting effect unless mid-ranking officials also targeted. Ukraine's increased struggle against corruption is new but long overdue.

Turkey and Hungary should be suspended from NATO. Their current leaders have proven themselves misaligned with the alliance's fundamental interests.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Russia conspiracy games, Biden's free pass

Inventing a different lie, Russia just showed Ukraine why not to lie. The SVR Director is using Ukraine's denials over a November missile accident to fuel a conspiracy over arms at nuclear facilities.

Germany aside, why is Biden getting a pass for failing to send tanks to Ukraine? The media is fixated on Berlin without considering Biden's role in this mess.

Friday, January 20, 2023

F-15EX v F-35, Macron defense boosts

China's threat requires more F-15EXs and fewer F-35s. The weapons payload, combat range and lifetime costs all point to the F-15 variant's favor.

France defense spending set for big boosts following Macron pledge. The French president finally seems ready to put his money where his mouth is.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

DC seems to want more crime

Latest guest piece for the Wall Street Journal: DC seems to want more crime. The city council has passed a truly ludicrous crime law. Congress should step in to stop them.

Ukraine tanks, China Ardern

Failing to provide tanks to Ukraine, Biden administration offers deceptive excuse. The issue is not that of Ukrainian force compatibility or mission needs, but rather fear of Russia.

China rightly laments Jacinda Ardern's resignation. The New Zealand Prime Minister has been a stalwart partner for Beijing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Orban/China + Russia

Viktor Orban's Hungary stands with China and Russia, not the U.S. On policy actions of key long-term consequence, the U.S. loses out with Orban.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Wilmington visits

No visitor records for Biden's Wilmington home? That strains credulity. The Secret Service PIX system should have a record for at least 60 days of visits.

Friday, January 13, 2023

Soledar, Defense Industry

Forget Soledar, Russia cannot sustain the offensive initiative. Russian forces will not be able to advance deep inside Ukrainian territory. They lack the equipment, command structure and logistics to do so.

'Where's the other four?' Or why we need a defense industry revolution. A Navy admiral rightly complains about failed delivery on the part of contractors.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

UK and Japan agreement

The UK and Japan just boosted deterrence of China. The reciprocal access agreement reached in London on Wednesday will allow for the rapid deployment of UK forces to Japan or Okinawa. Something that might be valuable come war with China over Taiwan.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Biden classified docs, Benefit to Trump

Why the Trump-Biden classified documents aren't apples and oranges. There are differences in the two cases, but the fundamental similarity is the unauthorized retention of highly classified materials.

Biden's priceless political and legal gift to Trump. The president has given the former president a possible get out of jail free card with his mishandling of classified materials.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Dmitry Medvedev the hawk

Why did Russia's Dmitry Medvedev become an ultra-hawk? The answer is probably twofold. First, moderation doesn't play well in the Kremlin these days. Second, Medvedev is working under Patrushev.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Russia ceasefire games

Russia's ceasefire stunt deserves Ukraine's disregard. Vladimir Putin is playing for his own interests rather than the ideal of a peaceful Orthodox Christmas celebration.

China piracy

Treat China's fishing fleets for the pirates they are. They are destroying wildlife stocks, lives and the principles of international maritime law. They require forceful riposte.