Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Putin/Trump Summit Should be About Syria

Building on yesterday's blog I covered a number of the reasons why I feel when President Trump and Russian President sit down to talk they should focus their attention on solving the ever-complicating problem in Syria, Over the weekend I wrote up my initial thoughts on this for an article published this morning by Strategic … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Putin/Trump Summit Should be About Syria

Rosneft End-Runs U.S. Kurdish Policy in Iraq

In what can only be seen as smart geopolitics, Russian state oil giant Rosneft just paid the recently vanquished Iraqi Kurds $1.3 billion for E&P (Exploration and Production) rights in their region. Remember that both Syrian and Iraqi Kurds enjoy nearly complete autonomy to govern themselves within those countries. Baghdad isn't happy, but this is … Continue reading Rosneft End-Runs U.S. Kurdish Policy in Iraq

Turkey vs. the Kurds – The New Syrian Proxy War

The more I read the headlines the more I hope our nukes are no longer at Incerlik air base in Turkey.  U.S. policy in Syria has morphed into this zombie strategy of advancing the “Assad Must Go” no matter what. No matter how many times the pro-Assad coalition shoots our goals in the head, the … Continue reading Turkey vs. the Kurds – The New Syrian Proxy War

We’re All al-Qaeda Now Thanks to Trump’s Syria Policy

There is no longer any excuse for U.S. policy in Syria.  No longer can we simply blame the Obama administration for creating ISIS, which it did.  No more can we be outraged at Obama for using ISIS and al-Qaeda as our proxies for overthrowing the Assad government in Syria. The war in Syria should be … Continue reading We’re All al-Qaeda Now Thanks to Trump’s Syria Policy

U.S. Goes for Broke in Syria with Attack on Russian Air Base

The U.S. foreign policy establishment will not go gently into that good night in Syria. For weeks I’ve been keeping only half an eye on the situation there waiting for confirmation of U.S. intentions now that the bulk of the country has been returned to government control. And with the attack on the Khmeimim air … Continue reading U.S. Goes for Broke in Syria with Attack on Russian Air Base