The Slippage Continues – India Resists Trump On Everything

With the U.S.'s attempt at regime change in Venezuela going nowhere fast it's becoming increasingly obvious that major vassals allies aren't scared of the consequences of defying us. India, in particular, has been quite clear in its opposition to Trump's edicts on who they can and cannot trade with. And with Prime Minister Narendra Modi … Continue reading The Slippage Continues – India Resists Trump On Everything

North Korea Talks Breakdown – Trump Keeps the Empire Happy

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

The Ramp Up to War on Iran is Here

John Bolton never met a war he didn't like, except Vietnam. That would be the one he refused to fight in. Today he is calling up every marker he has to create the narrative for a legal justification for an attack on Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spilled the beans on just before … Continue reading The Ramp Up to War on Iran is Here

While Pompeo Pouts in Poland, Putin Pushes Peace in Syria

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

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

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