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
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
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
Just because he's dead doesn't mean John McCain is done killing people he hated. Since McCain was a hate-filled troll whose life was spent dodging responsibility for his actions it follows that he worked to his dying breath to cover up his crimes and the crimes of his compatriots. And the conflict in Ukraine is … Continue reading McCain’s Legacy in Ukraine – More Weapons, More Death
In real estate everything comes down to location, location and location. In geopolitics, everything comes down to leverage, leverage, and more leverage. The U.S. has financial leverage over much of the world through the use of economic sanctions. And with each passing day the evil of The Magnitsky Act and its progeny shows itself upon … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live — Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions
The Turkish Lira crisis is fundamentally different than the Russian Ruble crisis of 2014/15. This one has contagion risk. Back then no one was worried about the fall of the ruble having spillover effect. If Sberbank failed, it wouldn't jump to Europe. Then again, there was little worry about that since the Russians had more … Continue reading Lira Collapse To Jump the Mediterranean
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
The short answer for me about the Iran Nuclear Deal is that I don't have an opinion on it as being either good or bad. It's why I spoke so little about it. To me the whole thing seemed like a big show between two sides not willing to give up anything of value to … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live – Trump Ditches JCPOA, What’s Next?