North Korea Talks Breakdown – Trump Keeps the Empire Happy

Given the trajectory of President Trump's foreign policy since last year there was little hope of significant movement at this year's summit with North Korea. Since that first, historic meeting last year in Singapore, Trump's foreign policy team has become the exact opposite of what that meeting symbolized. Belligerent, threatening, cocky, obnoxious and ignorant only … Continue reading North Korea Talks Breakdown – Trump Keeps the Empire Happy

Private Blog – Everything Ain’t Awesome

I have a new Market Report up for Patrons covering the latest Brexit news as well as my initial thoughts on what's going on between India and Pakistan in the context of the Trump/Kim summit and China trade talks. To subscribe to the Private Blog and its twice-weekly market reports simply head on over to … Continue reading Private Blog – Everything Ain’t Awesome

Trump Folds on Trade War With China

Over the weekend, fifteen minutes before U.S. equity futures markets opened, President Trump extended the trade talks between the U.S. and China. No one should be shocked by this.  Because China isn’t the main problem.  We are.  Why?  Keep reading. Trump has rapidly become the Appeaser-in-Chief. Everyone on the other side of the negotiating table … Continue reading Trump Folds on Trade War With China

Merkel Draws the Line Against Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned the corner on relations with the United States. Her speech at the Munich Security Conference should be considered Germany's divorce filing from the U.S.-led post-WWII institutional order. It's clear that to me now that Merkel's priorities for what is left of her term in office are as follows: Carve … Continue reading Merkel Draws the Line Against Trump

Interview: Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire

The other day was felt like the fulfillment of a life goal. Sitting down to talk politics, economics, and climate with the irreplaceable Ron Paul was beyond a thrill, it was an honor. It's been a long time coming. This blog and the content I produce is the culmination of a fifteen year journey towards … Continue reading Interview: Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire

The Ramp Up to War on Iran is Here

John Bolton never met a war he didn't like, except Vietnam. That would be the one he refused to fight in. Today he is calling up every marker he has to create the narrative for a legal justification for an attack on Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spilled the beans on just before … Continue reading The Ramp Up to War on Iran is Here

Warsaw and Munich: Whistling Past NATO’s Graveyard

If the Anti-Iran conference in Warsaw was the opening act, the annual Munich Security Conference was the main event. Both produced a lot of speeches, grandstanding and virtue-signaling, as well as a lot of shuffling of feet and looking at the ground. The message from the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia was clear, "We are … Continue reading Warsaw and Munich: Whistling Past NATO’s Graveyard

While Pompeo Pouts in Poland, Putin Pushes Peace in Syria

If there was ever a Valentine's Day which highlight the stark differences to diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia it is this one. In Warsaw, the U.S. cajoled some sixty countries, many of them Arab, to send representatives only to be scolded like schoolchildren by Vice President Mike Pence for undermining the drive for war … Continue reading While Pompeo Pouts in Poland, Putin Pushes Peace in Syria