Category foreign policy

CIA Director: The North Koreans Would Love To See Kim Jong Un Go

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  With all do respect to the Director we do need to be careful of mirror imagining or assessing things from what we believe is the logical view point […]

China’s Strategy In Asia Is Simple: Kick America Out

Excerpts:   Six Concerns Complicating Accommodation   Behavior: China is a republic but not a democracy, and its government’s behavior toward its own citizens and toward foreigners and neighboring states, including Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, reminds Americans that bilateral relations cannot yet be normal and cooperation cannot yet be close.   Collision: The […]

What The Demise Of The CIA’s Anti-Assad Program Means

What The Demise Of The CIA’s Anti-Assad Program Means By David Ignatius, www.washingtonpost.com View Original July 20th, 2017 Members of the Syrian Democratic ForcesPhoto by: SDF What did the CIA’s covert assistance program for Syrian rebels accomplish? Bizarrely, the biggest consequence may be that it helped trigger the Russian military intervention in 2015 that rescued President Bashar […]

The Privatization Of Security Is Coming. The U.S. Must Start Preparing For It

Excerpt: With a long tradition of citizen soldiers, the United States has normally been skeptical of mercenaries. But the idea of outsourcing security operations has cropped up in the past. In the early 1990s, Rod Paschall, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former Delta Force commander, argued that the United States should hire former special […]

CIA Dir. Hints U.S. Is Looking Into Fostering Regime Change In North Korea

The CIA Director Just Dropped Some Heavy Hints That The U.S. Is Looking Into Regime Change In North Korea By Alex Lockie, www.businessinsider.com View Original July 21st, 2017 Pompeo talks tough on North Korea. Joe Raedle/Getty Images CIA Director Mike Pompeo dropped heavy hints at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday that the US was looking into regime […]

Was North Korea’s July 4th Surprise A Mobile Launched ICBM

Was North Korea’s July 4th Surprise A Mobile Launched ICBM By Ralph Savelsberg, breakingdefense.com View Original July 21st, 2017 Did North Korean really launch an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on the Fourth of July, as many in the US government and the North Koreans say? A pair of missile defense experts examine the facts and draw their […]

Cadres Skip Kim Il Sung Memorial Events, Evade Punishment

As David Maxwell notes: ‘This bears watching.’ Cadres Skip Kim Il Sung Memorial Events, Evade Punishment www.dailynk.com View Original July 18th, 2017 Unification Media Group: Annual memorial services were recently held in North Korea to mark the 23rd anniversary of leader Kim Il Sung’s death. Each year, the authorities instruct the country’s state corporations and […]

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort To Oust His Rival

Perhaps he is a fan of Machiavelli.  RCP, www.fortunascorner.com   https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-nayef-mohammed-bin-salman.html?referer=http://drudgereport.com/ Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who replaced Mohammed bin Nayef as the next in line to be king. SAUDI PRESS AGENCY, VIA EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY By BEN HUBBARD, MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT July 18, 2017 AMMAN, […]

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]

Withdrawing From Overseas Bases: Why A Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  A very long read though it is worth the time of those who think about these issues.   Although I am a die hard supporter of forward basing this paper makes […]