Moving Forward, Iran Outflanks the U.S. in Iraq and Beyond

Iran has successfully navigated the first phase of its resistance to U.S. sanctions pressure. The U.S. State Department has admitted it's goal of reducing Iran's oil exports to zero is not feasible. The goal now is a 25% drop to 800,000 barrel per day. And that is no joke. It's a big drop from where … Continue reading Moving Forward, Iran Outflanks the U.S. in Iraq and Beyond

Time Runs Out on U.S. Opposition to Nordstream 2

The Nordstream 2 pipeline represents the last stand of U.S. influence over the internal affairs of Europe. Once finished it will stand as a testament to the fundamental split between the European Union and the United States. Europe will see this as its first successful defense of its newly-declared independence. And the U.S. will have … Continue reading Time Runs Out on U.S. Opposition to Nordstream 2

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

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

Trump Betrays MAGA Over Venezuela

The U.S. backed a coup in Venezuela that has failed. And President Trump was the architect of it. This is a farce surrounding an intrigue contained within a tragedy. What has happened in Venezuela is tragic. Nicolas Maduro is a comical figure straight out of central casting for a South American leader of a junta. … Continue reading Trump Betrays MAGA Over Venezuela

Embarrassing Speeches: Signs of a Dying Empire

"What are you reading my lord?" -- Polonius"Words." -- Hamlet Something has changed in U.S. politics. And it may finally signal something changing for the better. Since the announcement (but no real follow through) to end our military involvement in Syria what passes for our statesmen -- John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Continue reading Embarrassing Speeches: Signs of a Dying Empire

Trump Walks Back Syria Pullout As Noose Tightens

If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it. He doesn't have a plan. He may fight them but it won't be … Continue reading Trump Walks Back Syria Pullout As Noose Tightens