Embarrassing Speeches: Signs of a Dying Empire

"What are you reading my lord?" -- Polonius"Words." -- Hamlet Something has changed in U.S. politics. And it may finally signal something changing for the better. Since the announcement (but no real follow through) to end our military involvement in Syria what passes for our statesmen -- John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Continue reading Embarrassing Speeches: Signs of a Dying Empire

U.S.’s Defeat in Syria is a Crisis of Empire

The U.S. lost in Syria. Donald Trump finally had the courage to admit that to the world when he ordered the pull out of all U.S. troops there. Syria was to be the sparkling jewel in the Empire of Chaos' Crown. A masterstroke of realpolitik which would advance every major U.S., Israeli and Saudi objective … Continue reading U.S.’s Defeat in Syria is a Crisis of Empire

Trump Pulls Fast One Pulling Out of 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

Is the Gaza Ceasefire the End for Netanyahu?

"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?

More Peace Dividends as Merkel and Macron Join Syria Summit in Sochi

Over the summer Russian President Vladimir Putin went on a charm tour across Europe.  In a whirlwind weekend he danced and dined his way through two important meetings, first at the Austrian Foreign Minister's wedding and then a garden party summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. I wasn't the only one to note the importance … Continue reading More Peace Dividends as Merkel and Macron Join Syria Summit in Sochi

Decoding Putin’s Response to Attack in Syria

The fog of war and geopolitics makes initial responses to the attack on Russian and Syrian forces recently difficult to assess. Russian President Vladimir Putin's response seemed timid and was at odds with statements from his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and more recent statements from Russia's Foreign Ministry. Putin backed off on explicitly blaming Israel … Continue reading Decoding Putin’s Response to Attack in Syria

The Fate of Syria Lies in Trump’s Hands

  Everything is pointing to a real confrontation between the U.S. and Russia over the retaking of Idlib in Syria.  And when everything is pointing one direction, I always like to look at the other way to see what might really be going on. My latest article at Strategic Culture Foundation lays out the argument … Continue reading The Fate of Syria Lies in Trump’s Hands

Grand Bargain Update: As Stakes Rise in Syria So Does the Fake News

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