Excerpt: The timing of the strikes could not have worked better. Floods of Syrian refugees in Europe, growing contradictions among anti-Assad groups, and the indecisiveness of Western powers have allowed Putin the upper hand. At the United Nations, the Russian president pointed out the gross miscalculations of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. Referring […]

U.S. Rules Out Cooperation With Russia as Moscow Launches First Naval Strikes on Syria American officials say Russia building up ground forces russia-announces-first- strikes-in-syria-from- warships-1444219973 Russia stepped up its attack on opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday with its first naval bombardment. Why is the U.S. denouncing this strategy? WSJ’s Jason Bellini […]

It’s Time for the United States to Start Worrying About a Saudi Collapse 10/07/will-the-united-states- help-if-saudi-arabia-starts- to-fall-apart/ BY JOHN HANNAH OCTOBER 7, 2015 – 3:29 PM   As if there weren’t already enough problems to worry about in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia might be headed for trouble. From plummeting oil prices to foreign-policy missteps to growing tensions with […]

Can Edward Snowden And The United States Cut A Deal?    “Edward Snowden Is Clearly An Anarchist And Traitor; Those Who Endorse Him Are Just As Dangerous,”  British Historian Max Hastings.      That’s the question and the title of an article in the October 7, 2015 Christian Science Monitor.  “In an interview with Britain’s BBC […]

Excerpt: Determining what the attack on Kunduz means for the rest of Afghanistan remains difficult due to one glaring omission from this equation: the posture, cohesion, and objectives of the Taliban. The recently confirmed death of Mullah Omar and increasing reports of the involvement of the Islamic State in Afghanistan raised some doubt that the […]

David Maxwell: Informal Institute For National Security Thinkers & Practitioners Georgetown University Dave Maxwell A decisive response at the time and place of the provocation is what is required.  But unfortunately he persists in the OPCON transfer myth which means the dissolution of the ROK/US Combined Forces Command.  It is too bad he did not take […]

Russian Gangs Trying To Sell Radioactive Material To ISIS Terrorists In Moldova Moldovan authorities have teamed up with the FBI in push to prevent nuclear material falling into the hands of extremists in the Middle East and Africa VIDEO HERE AT THE LINK By AP, video source Moldovan Police / APTN news/worldnews/europe/moldova/ 11916040/Criminal-gangs- attempting-to-sell-nuclear- material-to-Islamic-State.html 3:11AM […]

Excerpts: Despite that, it appears that the American intelligence community was slow off the mark in alerting policy makers to the emerging Sunni killing machine, ISIS. I chalked that up to a near laser-like focus on dealing with the terrorists we knew in Yemen and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  “We were concentrating so much on […]

Excerpts: His Moscow meeting outlined the deteriorating situation in Syria, where rebel advances toward the coast were posing a danger to the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect, where Russia maintains its only Mediterranean naval base in Tartous. “Soleimani put the map of Syria on the table. The Russians were very alarmed, and felt matters were […] Middle East October 6, 2015 Why Is Russia Using ‘Dumb Bombs’ In Syria? Russian planes bomb the old-fashioned way, letting the bombs just fall Experts: Kremlin doesn’t have vast supplies of precision-guided missiles Risk: An old-fashioned, unguided bomb drifts off course, lands in Turkey Two Russian SU-25 ground attack aircraft are shown taking […]