Ideological Imperialism Is Leading to a Bad End

When it was learned in 2016 that Russia may have hacked the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and passed the fruits on to WikiLeaks to aid candidate Donald Trump, mighty was the outrage of the American establishment. If Russia’s security services filched those emails, and a troll farm in Saint Petersburg sent tweets … Continue reading “Ideological Imperialism Is Leading to a Bad End”

Coexistence or Cold War With China?

"The United States acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. The United States… does not challenge that position." Thus did President Nixon, in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972, accept China’s territorial claim to the island of Taiwan. … Continue reading “Coexistence or Cold War With China?”

Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, questions arise: Why would the Israelis kill him? And why would they do it now? The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, it is conceded, was a leader in Iran’s nuclear bomb program, but that program was disbanded … Continue reading “Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?”

Beijing Sends Biden a Warning

Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. "is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been … America First has made America alone." Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone some distance to do so in the congratulatory phone call … Continue reading “Beijing Sends Biden a Warning”

Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?

"The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border," Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned on Friday. He spelled out what he meant to commentator Larry O’Connor: "The Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north. … They absolutely need the United States to be their ally … Continue reading “Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?”

Putin’s Got His Problems, Too

Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered: The Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities, and the integrity of the election. According to a recent Gallup survey, Wallace’s topics tracked the public’s concerns – the top seven … Continue reading “Putin’s Got His Problems, Too”

Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

"There is no… sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests." So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest war. What makes this statement significant is that President Donald Trump has ordered a drawdown by mid-October … Continue reading “Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?”

Where Will All These War Games Lead?

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers. Both the Americans and Russians blame each other for failing to follow established rules of the road. Had an American been killed, we could have had a crisis on our hands. Query: With the ISIS caliphate … Continue reading “Where Will All These War Games Lead?”

Is America Up for a Naval War With China?

Is the U.S., preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression that medical crisis created, prepared for a collision with China over Beijing’s claims to the rocks, reefs and resources of the South China Sea? For that is what Mike Pompeo appeared to threaten this week. "The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South … Continue reading “Is America Up for a Naval War With China?”

What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?

When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back: "Could someone please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years. … and except at the beginning, we never really fought to win." Is that … Continue reading “What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?”