Why Putin's Pipeline Is Welcome in Germany

Why Putin’s Pipeline Is Welcome in Germany

What is behind American opposition to Russian natural gas going to Germany, and from there to NATO Europe? During a joint interview with Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian secretary-general of NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, fresh from his bout with the Chinese in Anchorage, took on Angela Merkel and the …

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Do We Not Have Enough Enemies?

Do We Not Have Enough Enemies?

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister issued this threat… “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powdered smell in our land that if it wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a …

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Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?

Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?

The leverage we have are the sanctions Trump imposed. If Biden lifts those in return for Iran returning to the terms of the 2015 deal, he surrenders all of his leverage for a new deal covering Tehran’s missile development and aid to Shia militias in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. …

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Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

So, again, why would Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu authorize Mossad to send an assassination team to Iran to kill the nuclear scientist? And why now? If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, questions arise: Why would the …

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What Trump Will Leave in Biden's Inbox

What Trump Will Leave in Biden’s Inbox

Then, there are the human rights backsliders that are U.S. partners and allies — Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. How does Biden deal with the party’s progressives who demand he sanction such partner-nations — without risking the loss of these countries’ cooperation on our policy agenda? Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim …

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Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

Is Peace at Hand in the Middle East?

Recognition of Israel by the UAE and Bahrain will, it is predicted, be followed by recognition of Israel by Oman and other Gulf states, perhaps even Saudi Arabia. But the idea that peace is at hand appears to be, as Mark Twain said of reports of his death, premature. Having …

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Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Potential collisions between the U.S., Russia or China are not even back-burner issues this election year. Meanwhile, we are consumed by the coronavirus, the crashed economy, racial divisions and riots that have ripped apart cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Kenosha since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. In …

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Is America Up for a Naval War with China?

Is America Up for a Naval War with China?

Does anyone in Washington think the Chinese are going to give up their claims to the entire South China Sea or retreat from reasserting those claims because the U.S. now rejects them? Is the U.S., preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression that medical crisis created, prepared for a collision …

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