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
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." H. L. Mencken The resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the terms of the ceasefire with Palestinians in Gaza has thrown Israeli politics into real turmoil. Depending on whose analysis of this situation you … Continue reading Is the Gaza Ceasefire the End for Netanyahu?
The hardest part of this job is the predictability of it. Syria's 'civil war' is nearly over. As forces gather to begin ridding Idlib province of Al-Qaeda and other 'rebel' factions, the posturing and rhetoric become more overblown. Israel and the U.S. need to make a show of force here to prove to the world … Continue reading Grand Bargain Update: As Stakes Rise in Syria So Does the Fake News
All of the little announcements coming from around the world, especially from Syria, leads me to the overwhelming conclusion that President Trump has finally won some major battles within his White House to begin reshaping U.S. foreign policy. This will take on even greater significance over the next ten days as the NATO Summit and … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Trump and Putin Building the Grand Bargain in the Middle East?
If you've followed my work for the past year you know that my default position has been there is a potential Grand Bargain for Peace in the Middle East. From the moment President Trump first berated the Arabs in Riyidh last year on his first foreign trip for supporting terrorism, I've felt that the final outcome … Continue reading Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf
It's important for bullies to always win. Because once their weakness is exposed they can no longer be bullies. Empires don't start out as bullies. They start out as the reaction to the last Empire which became a bully after embracing hubris over humility. Empires have to resort to bullying near the end because they … Continue reading Of Carrots, Sticks and How the Empire Fails
I sat down with Joanne Leon of the Around the Empire Podcast earlier in the week and we had a great talk about what is happening within the White House and how to interpret current events in places like North Korea and Syria. The main topic of discussion was how the changes in Trump's cabinet … Continue reading Interview – Trump’s War Cabinet: War or Middle East Peace?
https://youtu.be/UuZ465UyKVI My Tuesday Night Gig With Halsey English. Mostly SFW, I'm making an effort to clean up muh language. Also of note: A lengthy discussion about Angela Merkel's future Putin and Assad's meeting about Syria's future What this means for Hillary Clinton's future And how this all ties into Bitcoin's unfolding bull market