Life After NATO

For all intents and purposes, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – the foundation for American security for the past seven decades – ceased existing on May 25, 2017. While attending a highly anticipated (some might say dreaded) meeting with N...

The Left Leaves

A terror attack in the United Kingdom May 23 killed at least 22, and injured dozens more. As the attack targeted a youth pop concert, a high proportion of the deaths were among children and teenagers. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May immedia...

France Dodges a Bullet…By Catching a Bullet

The results are in: Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen of the National Front by 66% to 34%, making him the youngest president in French history. Many were worried about the implications of a Le Pen presidency as the right-wing, pseudo-racist, ant...

Trump’s Early Days (Part X)

Part X: Trump Finally Plays a Card The past week saw the rhetoric of President Trump’s campaign messages meet the reality of the office he now holds. Stepping back a little further, April has been a very revealing month — if not somewhat cruel to...

Trump’s Early Days (Part IX)

Part IX: The First International Challenge It’s already been a big week for Trump. He just got his first pair of foreign policy crises. First, the one that he picked. Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive tomorrow at Mar-a-Lago for direct talks ...

Trump’s Early Days (Part VIII)

Part VIII: Keystone and the Method to Trump’s Madness President Donald Trump formally signed off on the Keystone XL pipeline on March 24. While there will undoubtedly be ongoing legal and environmental wrangling (that’s just the nature of...

Trump’s Early Days (Part VII)

Part VII: Ms. Merkel Goes to Washington Here it comes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump tomorrow (March 15). These are the leaders of the two branches of the free world, and how they get along (or don’t...

Eyes on an Obscure Russian Minority

In The Accidental Superpower I noted that while the Chechens will always be a thorn in Russia’s side, that a different Muslim ethnic group — the Tatars — are the ever-present dagger to Russia’s heart. Unlike the Chechens who a...

Trump’s Early Days (Part VI)

The Donald has been president for a few weeks now. Here’s what I’ve got, broken into bits as I’m able to piece things together. I apologize if this is somewhat stream of consciousness but as we all know, prognosticating about the ne...

Shale Gets Ready to Run

A data dump by the International Energy Agency this weekend indicates that OPEC is enjoying its best compliance showing at least since the 1970s, if not ever. Over 90% of pledged oil production reductions have already materialized, with a few countri...