France Is Helping Iraq to Kill French Citizens
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that France has been passing intel to the Iraqi armed forces to help the Iraqis to target French citizens fighting on behalf of Islamic State. The stated purpose of this French policy is to prevent those same French citizens from returning to their... Read more
Donald Trump Is Building an Alliance of Oil States
That Donald Trump is a grand disruptor when it comes to international affairs is now a commonplace observation in the establishment media. By snubbing NATO and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, we’ve been told, Trump is dismantling the liberal world order created by Franklin D. Roosevelt at the... Read more
How America Can Stamp Out Political Violence
In the early hours of June 14, 2017, James T. Hodgkinson fired on Republican lawmakers playing baseball in a Virginia park. Hodgkinson died in custody and though he wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), he fortunately failed to kill anyone. In the hours after the... Read more
It’s Time to Strengthen Foreign-Lobbying Law
Foreign influence on U.S. policy has been in the media spotlight a lot recently, from concerns that foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation improperly influenced Hillary Clinton’s decision-making as Secretary of State, to allegations that Pres. Donald Trump’s former national security adviser failed to register as a foreign lobbyist.... Read more
Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” No kidding. “Tragic” doesn’t even begin to describe the horrors that would flow from such a conflict. The Korean peninsula, all 85,270 square miles of it, is about the size... Read more
Saudi Arabia Duped American Veterans Into Lobbying Congress
Because of weak enforcement of foreign lobbying laws, in 2016 and 2017 U.S. military veterans lobbied on behalf of Saudi Arabia — without knowing they were doing so. Their multi-million-dollar lobbying effort included 22 different firms. This according to Project on Government Oversight investigator Lydia Dennett, working in conjunction... Read more
A U.S. Military Contractor Allegedly Laundered Money From Iran
The chairman of a key U.S. military contractor in the Middle East was recently charged with multiple felonies in a major fraud, money laundering and public corruption scheme. According to court papers in Kuwait, where the charges were filed, misappropriated investor money so far totals more than $160 million,... Read more
James Comey’s Testimony Cements It—Trump Is a Walking Disaster
There’s a popular meme among U.S. Pres. Donald Trump’s online followers that depicts him as a man playing 4-D chess against opponents who barely understand 2-D checkers. According to the meme, Trump is a brilliant political tactician playing a game his opponents can never hope to understand. If only... Read more
How the Pentagon’s Wasteful Budget Hurts the Military
The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The... Read more
The United States Is Making the Soviet Union’s Mistakes
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social... Read more
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