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Short Premier on Israeli Calculations with Moscow via Syria

Putin continues to look the other way when the Israeli’s hit Iranian outposts just northeast of Golan.  Why? Because Israeli success in keeping Golan free from Iranian subversion makes Tehran dependent on Moscow.  Reports are confirmed that Putin gave assurances … Continue reading

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Re-writing the Iranian Deal?

The Iranian currency is falling, measuring close to Zimbabwe and Venezuela.  The exchange rate between the rial and the dollar stands at about 60,000 to 1.  No regime can stand that kind of domestic turmoil, in fact the mullah’s have … Continue reading

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India’s Soft Power Remains Diminished, But Beijing’s Appeal Remains Untested

The politics of the subcontinent are intractable.  That’s because most westerners shape their policy convictions from inside the ideological symmetries of the enlightenment whose apex is Westphalia.  Clearly, whoever continues to teach it this way hasn’t visited the subcontinent where … Continue reading

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Trump’s Assessment of Afghanistan: The Preview

Tonight the President will address the nation on our commitment to Afghanistan, by any reckoning I imagine that he will continue to posture U.S. forces in line with his national security adviser McMaster, who has advocated a mini-surge of U.S. … Continue reading

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Obama: Non-Performance Presidency, the Consequences

We should note that having a non-performing Presidency has consequences.  U.S. domestic policy isn’t where one looks to see its reverberations.   But those nations that have aligned with us whose internal political, social or geographic constitutions are unnaturally affiliated … Continue reading

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Between War & Peace: Statecraft & Political Correctness

The single most decisive long term impact of foreign policy is the winning of war and the management of peace.  Most historians completely ignore the course of events (both domestic and international) leading to a given war’s conclusion and the … Continue reading

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Neal Stephenson: Natural Law & The Consequences Of Modernity

Neal Stephenson wrote “In the Beginning Was the Command Line” in 1999.  Its best to view his writings as a mixture of James Michener, Huxley and H.G. Wells.  Although committed to the craft of science fiction, he is not unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Debased Currencies & The Origins Of War

The United States continues to lose its standard of living primarily by debasing its currency.  Excessive taxation, excessive fiscal spending in Congress coupled with the intrinsic dangers of fiat (paper) money divorced from any extrinsic standard (read gold) provide the … Continue reading

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Arnold Toynbee: Tribal, Communal, Ethnic Conflicts; Their Origin and Future Trajectory

Arnold Toynbee’s 12 volume study of the genesis, growth and breakdown of dozens of Civilizations is back in vogue with the demise of Marxism and the robust acclaim given to market based solutions in political economies across the world. He … Continue reading

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Clausewitz vs. Sun-Tzu: Money Is A Weapon!

With the arrival of decentralized (personal) electronic media, fiat (paper) money is losing its worth as a store of value.  Contemporary markets have recognized that our devalued currency is being replaced by value in commodities. The internet has introduced a … Continue reading

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