As NATO Summit Approaches: Will Biden Keep US Nuclear Weapons in Turkey?

A piece was published in Turkey’s Hürriyet on May 5 by its editor-in-chief Sedat Ergin analyzing the prospects of the Biden administration removing American nuclear bombs from Turkey. It has been estimated that the Pentagon maintains 50 B61 tactical nuclear weapons at the Incirlik Air Base in the country among an estimated 350 of those … Continue reading “As NATO Summit Approaches: Will Biden Keep US Nuclear Weapons in Turkey?”

Central Asia: Another Turkish Proxy War in the Offing?

Recent clashes between civilians, border guards and troops of Central Asian nations Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan over a long-standing water dispute have resulted in the deaths of over 30 people, the wounding of 150 and the displacement of more than 10,000. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are members of the Russian-led Collective Treaty Security Organization (CSTO), which did … Continue reading “Central Asia: Another Turkish Proxy War in the Offing?”

Ukraine, US, and Russia: Red Lines and Red Lines

Words can describe actions, they can indicate future actions or they can just be words. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba recently responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion to his Ukrainian opposite number, Volodymyr Zelensky, that he talk directly with the leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic with words that … Continue reading “Ukraine, US, and Russia: Red Lines and Red Lines”

US Central Command Downgrades Former War on Terrorism To Confront China, Russia, and Iran

For twenty years U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has waged the bulk of military operations under the rubric of what Washington formerly named the War on Terror or Global War on Terrorism, including wars in and strikes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen. The US and its NATO allies have also based and transited combat … Continue reading “US Central Command Downgrades Former War on Terrorism To Confront China, Russia, and Iran”

Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again

America began a new week with Secretary of State Antony Blinken appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. One might forgive a traveler from another land or time forming the impression that almost all U.S. television news, cable and network alike, consisted of different channels of Voice of the White House. (Or the … Continue reading “Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again”

NATO Appoints Turkey To Lead Drive Into the Middle East and Asia

On the first of the year the North Atlantic Treaty Organization transferred command of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to Turkey. On March 30 NATO turned over its current mission in Afghanistan to Turkish Brigadier General Selçuk Yurtsizoglu. In a phone conversation on April 1 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and … Continue reading “NATO Appoints Turkey To Lead Drive Into the Middle East and Asia”

Upcoming NATO Summit and the Great Game for the Asia-Pacific

An article appeared on the website of the Atlantic Council on March 26 entitled Opportunity knocks for NATO and its partners in the Asia-Pacific, which elaborates plans for continuing and qualitatively upgrading the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s steady but largely unnoticed penetration of that region through military partnerships, port visits and exercises with NATO naval … Continue reading “Upcoming NATO Summit and the Great Game for the Asia-Pacific”

Norfolk: Thirty-Nation Global Nuclear Alliance To Wage War Against ‘Cognitive, Virtual and Physical Effects’

Norfolk: Thirty-nation global nuclear alliance to wage war against “cognitive, virtual and physical effects” “Diplomacy is only for minor states.” George Meredith, The Adventures of Harry Richmond. This is apropos a recent feature on the website of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (forming the less-than-imaginative acronym ACT), which was established in 2003 as a NATO command … Continue reading “Norfolk: Thirty-Nation Global Nuclear Alliance To Wage War Against ‘Cognitive, Virtual and Physical Effects’”

NATO Headquarters: Blinken Announces Last Global Crusade

In 1096 Pope Urban sanctioned, and sanctified, the First Crusade with the words Deo vult: God wills it. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s address at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on March 24, entitled Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances, is a landmark, a watershed articulation of the most far-ranging and perhaps the final … Continue reading “NATO Headquarters: Blinken Announces Last Global Crusade”

US Strategic Bombers Engage in Arctic, Baltic, Atlantic Exercises

Yesterday U.S. B-2 Spirit bombers concluded their role in what US European Command calls an historic Bomber Task Force deployment to Europe amid unprecedented and daily mounting tensions with the US’s fellow nuclear superpower Russia. The current iteration of the Bomber Task Force mission combined the B-2 deployment with one of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers. … Continue reading “US Strategic Bombers Engage in Arctic, Baltic, Atlantic Exercises”