Trump Folds on Nordstream 2 Because … Logic

Since its first announcement I have been convinced the Nordstream 2 pipeline would be built.  I have followed every twist of this story from my days writing for Newsmax. And the reason for my confidence can be summed up in one word.  Money. Nordstream 2 simply makes too much economic sense for any amount of … Continue reading Trump Folds on Nordstream 2 Because … Logic

Another Pre-Summit Dividend — No Sanctions on Nordstream 2

I hate to say "I told you so," but, "I told you so."  There will be no sanctions on the Nordstream 2 pipeline.  The reason is because sanctions won't stop the project at this point. Sputnik is reporting that the U.S. has told the German Economic Ministry there will be no sanctions on Russian pipeline projects. … Continue reading Another Pre-Summit Dividend — No Sanctions on Nordstream 2

Gold Goats n’ Guns Live – Nordstream 2 and Trump’s Losing Battle Against History

President Trump is trying to remake U.S. foreign policy such that he can bring the troops home and rule the world through continued financial dominance.  In an outstanding article at Strategic Culture Foundation, Alistair Crooke lays out the argument (see link below). Trump will not be successful because of Triffin's Paradox, among other things.  The … Continue reading Gold Goats n’ Guns Live – Nordstream 2 and Trump’s Losing Battle Against History

Interview: Fault Lines – Gazprom and the Hybrid War on Europe

I spent a few minutes chatting with Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) and Garland Nixon (@garlandnixon) on their radio show, Fault Lines on Sputnik Radio this morning. We went over the importance of Gazprom and its centrality to so many geopolitical hotspots around the world today.  Gazprom is a company with the highest political risk of any stock … Continue reading Interview: Fault Lines – Gazprom and the Hybrid War on Europe

Nordstream 2 Reveals the Extent of U.S. Weakness

The latest twist of the Nordstream 2 Saga is the U.S. is now threatening to sanction the European companies acting as Gazprom's financier's for the pipeline.  This threat has been there since President Trump signed sanctions bill spearheaded by a dying John McCain last summer. But, don't let appearances fool you.  Trump wasn't reluctant about … Continue reading Nordstream 2 Reveals the Extent of U.S. Weakness

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Hungary Under Attack, Brexit Betrayal is Here and Macron Wants to Lead the EU

While everyone has been focused on the machinations within the dysfunctional Trump White House, the real stories in the news are coming from Europe. The European Union is falling apart at the seams and yet the power brokers there continue to act as if they still have everything under control.  The push towards populism and … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Hungary Under Attack, Brexit Betrayal is Here and Macron Wants to Lead the EU

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live — Trump’s Defiance on Syria and North Korea Means the Deep State is Losing

With LIBOR rates blowing out above 2.3% and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May making a non-threat to ban Britons from buying Russian debt, the gloves have come off in the hybrid war on Russia to stop the Nordstream 2 pipeline. I explain that and how it relates to Trump's needing to reach an accord with … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live — Trump’s Defiance on Syria and North Korea Means the Deep State is Losing

Pipeline Wars: Realpolitik meets Geography

The headlines are ablaze this month with news from all over about new pipeline projects coming into Europe.  Never one to miss an opportunity to do the U.S. State Department’s bidding in how it presents pipeline politics, Oilprice.com published a howler of a piece about the Southern Gas Corridor. Titled, “Is This the World’s Most Critical … Continue reading Pipeline Wars: Realpolitik meets Geography