Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Stikes against Houthis?, Red Sea-China, Red Sea-security initiative

New force movements suggest U.S.-U.K. strikes against the Houthis in Yemen are increasingly likely. Both nations have deployed previously undisclosed military assets near to Yemen.

U.S. shouldn't protect Chinese shipping in the Red Sea. The Chinese are threatening freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and don't want to support the Red Sea initiative. Why should the U.S. then defend China-serving trade vessels?

Why few nations are actively supporting the maritime security initiative. Put simply, they want the U.S. to do the job for them.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Book review, USMC-Royal Marines

Review: River City One. A novel explores a veteran's struggle to find a place in civilian life.

Why it matters that a U.S. Marine just earned the Royal Marines beret. The USMC Captain also won the best student award and the Commando medal.

Friday, December 15, 2023

China kidnap threats, Hungary-Ukraine

U.S. and allies should warn China over Hong Kong kidnap threats. China is again threatening to kidnap activists living abroad.

Viktor Orban hurts America and helps Russia on Ukraine. The Hungarian prime minister is no American ally.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Philippines, Ukraine, TSA rules, China utilities targeting

Escalating against the Philippines, China attempts to exploit U.S. distraction. The Chinese are moving to isolate a Philippines garrison at the Second Thomas Shoal.

Why the U.S. shouldn't and won't abandon Ukraine. The cost-benefit analysis is clearly in favor of American support.

from Wednesday...

Purge the liquid and laptop ghosts of Ibrahim al-Asiri and Rashid Rauf. The two terrorists might be dead, but they haunt airline passengers from beyond the grave. It needn't be so.

Biden should assure China of excess utilities destruction in war. The Chinese are advancing their reconnaissance of key U.S. utility providers. The U.S. should state it will respond in kind to any such attack.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Friday, December 8, 2023

Prince Harry, Empower

Prince Harry shows he prefers the Second Amendment to the First Amendment. The British Royal is demanding a UK govt. security detail because he says he can't travel to the U.K. safely without it. That's because unlike in the U.S., private security in the U.K. cannot be armed.

Who cares if Empower is unregulated? Uber and Lyft did the same thing. The key is maximal service provision in the ride sharing industry.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Biden can move GOP on Ukraine, College debates on Israel-Hamas

3 things Biden could do to move Republicans on Ukraine aid: border security, brief on what the Russians actually do against the U.S., and push the European to pull their weight.

Colleges should be places of expansive political debate, not subjective censorship. The Israel-Hamas conflict should not be an excuse to censor speech that is highly controversial.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

US-Mexico border, Patrick McHenry

The U.S.-Mexico border is now of critical counter-terrorism concern. Iranian-aligned infiltration is growing amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

Republican Patrick McHenry puts China before U.S. military lives. The House Financial Services Chairman is attempting to prevent necessary new legislation on investments in China's tech sector.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Balticconnector, Hamas vs. Palestinians, China internal affairs

The Europeans fail China's pipeline attack test. Beijing appears to have been responsible for destroying a pipeline between Finland and Estonia. The EU reaction? Not much... 

Hamas is the ultimate enemy of the Palestinian people. By its ideological fanaticism and poor governance, Hamas makes Palestinian emancipation far harder to achieve.

China's infernal internal affairs hypocrisy. Beijing claims that it never interferes in internal affairs of others. Meta' recent announcement provides new evidence to the contrary.