Next Stage of Pressure on Iran – Lower Oil Prices

President Trump is stepping up his attack on Iran.  He's now planning the long-game for maximum pressure.  The news that Trump quietly asked Saudi Arabia to ramp up output by 1 million barrels a day is the key. From the analysis at Oilprice.com: Saudi Arabia and some of its close Arab allies in the Gulf, … Continue reading Next Stage of Pressure on Iran – Lower Oil Prices

Saudi Arabia’s Needs Have Become Iran’s Problems

While Israel has been the barking dog pushing hostilities against Iran, it is the Saudis that are truly most threatened by Iran's return to the global economy.  They are as much, if not a bigger, agitator for tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal as Israel has been. A report earlier this week from the International … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Needs Have Become Iran’s Problems

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Israel Amps Up the Anti-Iran Rhetoric, Saudis Go Full Disinformation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just wasted 30 minutes telling the world what we already knew about Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon.  And that this justifies every action they and the U.S. takes in their quest to stop this from occurring. The narrative has been spun up today is that time has run out for … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Israel Amps Up the Anti-Iran Rhetoric, Saudis Go Full Disinformation

Is Putin Winning the War of Attrition with the U.S.?

The news that President Donald Trump offered to hold a meeting with his counterpart in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, has the political world in an uproar. Furiously keyboards are chattering away as laptop bombardiers are worried that perpetual war for perpetual empire will end if Trump and Putin see eye to eye on anything. From … Continue reading Is Putin Winning the War of Attrition with the U.S.?

Interview – Trump’s War Cabinet: War or Middle East Peace?

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?

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