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
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
I've been hard on President Trump recently. He's deserved it. But, his decision to announce without any prearranged warning a complete pullout of all U.S. forces in Syria is something I can unreservedly applaud. Whether he actually goes through with it or not is another story. But even just his tweaking the D.C. establishment on … Continue reading Trump Pulls Fast One Pulling Out of Syria
As I've been reporting all week we are rapidly approaching the inflection point in U.S. politics. Our Intelligence agencies are in the process of ripping off the mask revealing the ugly truth of who they are, what they stand for and who they, ultimately, work for. "The illusion of freedom will continue as long as … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – The Threat of Peace Has the Deep State in a War Mood
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
Now that we've had a few days to let the war-mongers and Democrats (or do I repeat myself) fulminate over the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un it's important to look at what actually happened and where we're going next. For a good analysis of what was actually accomplished, read this excellent post over … Continue reading The Unfreezing of Korea Begins
Fair Warning today's installment is NSFW as I'm in high dudgeon over the undo credit President Trump is receiving over peace breaking out on the Korean peninsula. This is an historic event that Americans really need to realize we are not the primary drivers of everything that happens in the world. The Koreans pushed for … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Korean Peace, Merkel’s Conundrum, Bond Market Insanity