LOL: Turkey’s Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Supporting the Islamic State

Turkey has just accused the United States of supporting terrorist groups in Syria. I explain how they are wrong and why I find this claim not only absurd and laughable, but also disgustingly hypocritical.

VLOG: The Iranian Role In Syria

My newest Video Blog addresses why Iran is involved in supporting the Assad Regime in the ongoing Syrian Civil War and how Iran stands to benefit from their support of Assad. We also touch on Russia’s involvement here as well. The drink tonight was an aged Yamakazi single malt Japanese whisky.

The Great Pipeline War: Syrian Settlement Forthcoming

Underlying the Syrian Civil War has been a competition to build a billion-dollar pipeline through Syria to Europe. Russia has ensured that the Iranian pipeline will win out, thereby harming U.S. interests and empowering Russia’s influence not only in Syria, but more importantly, in Europe, which is overwhelmingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs.

From “Eroding Stalemate” to the “Winnable War”: Progress In the Wars In Afghanistan & Iraq

The ongoing Mosul Offensive is proceeding well, but the Islamic State is not going anywhere for a while. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are fighting to retake the vital Helmand Province with renewed vigor, as the U.S. continues to drawdown. The fact that the Islamic State can easily find refuge in Syria and that the Taliban seem poised to retake operational control over Afghanistan means that the U.S. is on the losing side of an eroding stalemate in the Global War on Terror. This essay addresses these concerns and articulates a general way forward.

In Just One Week, America Has Demonstrated That It Lost the Mideast

The U.S. has struggled to restore the stability that to the Mideast that it lost after 9/11. In just the last week, the fact that America has forever lost the Mideast was made apparent to all. This article highlights the 3 developments that prove that and signals a way forward to a new strategic paradigm.

What Yuri Andropov Can Tell Us About Vladimir Putin’s Mindset

Many in the West have trouble understanding Vladimir Putin. Part of the problem is that Mr. Putin’s background is murky. Yet, I believe that if one wants to have a window into his worldview, one should look to former KGB head and Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov. Both Andropov and Putin are more similar than many realize and that should worry us.

Tactical Brilliance, Strategic Dissonance

America has become increasingly militarized at home and brilliant at tactical military victories abroad. However, it lacks strategic leadership and vision. This article argues that with the level of Strategic Dissonance we are currently experiencing, there is no wonder weapon available or in development today that will save America from its downward trajectory in foreign policy. What is needed is a revolution in strategic thought, not military affairs.

No, the Islamic State Is Not On the Run

In light of the most recent Islamic State terror attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I provide a critical assessment of the ongoing U.S. war efforts against the self-described Islamic State. To put it mildly: IT AIN’T PRETTY FOR US (but the next POTUS can fix it)!