Iranian Protests – Target of Opportunity or Necessity?

From the moment reports of protests in Iran surfaced I was skeptical of the narrative. It only makes sense to be. So many things are coming together in the first half of 2018 that the timing of these protests warrants scrutiny. The earliest reports were of legitimate and peaceful protests of changes in law creating … Continue reading Iranian Protests – Target of Opportunity or Necessity?

Being Thankful : Empire-Ending Headlines

It’s been quite a week geopolitically.  From Angela Merkel admitting she can’t form a coalitionand calling for new elections to Syrian peace talks opening up in Astana.  From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the Syrian oil fields east of the Euphrates River there is a hint of fresh air in U.S. foreign policy emanating from … Continue reading Being Thankful : Empire-Ending Headlines

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire … Continue reading Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East

Halsey Live – The Saudis, The Israelis, The Democrats, Oh MY!

https://youtu.be/7Hm4tFsPrSY Halsey and I go at it for an hour mostly free from invective (yes, there is the occasional naughty word spoken by yours truly... I know,SHOCKING!)  discussing a whole host of topics: Catalonia and how the EU is owned by Soros Saudi desperation and the long-term plan for stabilizing the Middle East Trump's successes … Continue reading Halsey Live – The Saudis, The Israelis, The Democrats, Oh MY!

War on Lebanon or Saudi Oil Price Pump?

It seems every day brings us closer to world war.  The turmoil in Saudi Arabia is now morphing into outward aggression towards Lebanon and Iran. The Arab League is meeting to discuss Iran.  The Saudis are putting their air force on alert.  The propaganda war is in full-swing.  And Israel is increasing its bellicosity against … Continue reading War on Lebanon or Saudi Oil Price Pump?

The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

In 1989 Francis Fukayama declared that we had reached “The End of History.”  Democracy as a form of government would, in fact, be the end of the evolution of human interaction.  The West had triumphed and that the rest was ‘just a chase scene,’ to borrow a phrase from Neal Stephenson’s brilliant dystopian novel “Snow … Continue reading The End of “The End of History” – U.S. Mid-East Policy’s Fork in the Road

Saudi Arabia’s Coup is the Geopolitical Feather in Trump and Putin’s Cap

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reign in Saudi Arabia has begun.  What started as a proverbial ‘Night of the Long Knives’ has become more like a week.  And it will likely stretch on far longer than that. His moves have been about much more than just consolidating the power handed to him by his Father … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Coup is the Geopolitical Feather in Trump and Putin’s Cap

Saudi Purge: Desperation, Salvation or Both?

The dramatic events of the past two days in Saudi Arabia imply a whole new era in geopolitics.  The problem is trying to figure out what that new era will look like. From the moment oil prices began falling in July of 2014, I knew something like this was possible. Currency, Currency, Currency The Saudi … Continue reading Saudi Purge: Desperation, Salvation or Both?