Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Havana Syndrome

CIA doubles down on see-no-Russian Havana Syndrome spin. Director Bill Burns put out an internal memo expressing his continued support for what appears to be flawed analysis.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Rhodes vs. Kushner, FISA 702

Jared Kushner's business dealings deserve scrutiny, but Ben Rhodes has no credibility to offer foreign policy critiques. Rhodes' Middle East record isn't  stellar.

from Thursday

Ghost stories, or why FISA 702 queries should remain warrantless. A warrant-only system for U.S. person queries might work with counterterrorism but would be a disaster with espionage cases.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Russia/Hunter Biden, China spies, Johnson-Cameron

Why Russia is attempting to tie Hunter Biden to the ISIS attack in Moscow. It represents a play by the Kremlin to undermine Biden and Ukraine in the 2024 U.S. election.

China complains that the U.S. is denying too many of its spies entry. Beijing pretends those being denied entry are innocent students. They are anything but that.

House Speaker Mike Johnson keeps ignoring top U.S. allies. The Speaker failed to meet with the British foreign secretary on Tuesday.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte's selection as next NATO Secretary General carries risks re: Donald Trump's prospective return to office. The Dutch prime minister has a very weak record on defense spending.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Biden's ceasefire call

Biden's highly damaging call for an immediate Gaza ceasefire. The president has fueled Hamas intransigence, weaken Israeli deterrence, and encourage Iranian aggression.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Israel aid strike

Israel's accidental attack on aid workers is a problem for Netanyahu's government. Facing rising international criticism of its military campaign, Israel needs to retain all the support it can get.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Havana Syndrome

New reporting shreds Intelligence Community assessment on Havana Syndrome. The Insider has provided forensic links between Russian GRU operatives and so-called Havana Syndrome incidents.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Poland vs. Spain

Poland rightly calls out NATO freeloading Spain. Madrid has systemically refused to take its NATO obligations or the alliance's defensive remit seriously.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

IC-DEI issues, Xi's "outstanding leadership"

The intelligence community can balance individual needs with DEI absurdity. Recent releases from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence point to deepening risks for intelligence tradecraft.

China claims U.S. executives salute Xi's "outstanding leadership" in Beijing. A delegation of American business leaders met with Xi on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Putin ISIS attack narrative, Hamas has initiative, Poland missile, Nuclear deterrence

Putin makes absurd claim that U.S. both warned of and facilitated ISIS attack. The Russian govt. narrative is pitch perfect KGB-style BS.

The U.S. has encouraged Hamas to avoid a hostage deal. By the UN abstention vote, the U.S. has given Hamas reason to believe time and the political winds are on its side.

Poland must expel the Russian ambassador. Andreev's failure to respect a diplomatic summons request shows Moscow's intolerable contempt for Warsaw.

Thank nuclear submariners, not 'nuclear disarmament consultants' for our avoidance of nuclear war. The key means of avoiding nuclear war is the effective deterrent of those who would otherwise consider starting it.