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Surviving Cyberia

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Russia’s cyber-attacks on the United States, have not been limited to interfering with the 2016 elections. Nor did Russian spying, stealing information and spreading disinformation begun in 2013 when several of them conspired to interfere with and undermine the 2016 elections results. The Russians have been at it since the... ...

Facing China’s Economic Warfare

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The Trump administration is facing an increasing level of Chinese economic malfeasance.  China’s actions have long-term negative consequences to the United States economy and national security.  Indeed, China’s mercantilist approach holds grave consequences for the entire global economic and trade systems. All analysts agree that many countries engage in unfair trading practices. ... ...

Untangling U.S. Foreign policy

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Left: President Trump receiving a briefing on the Syria military strike from the National Security team via secure video teleconference on April 06, 2017 at the Mar a Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Source: Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, on Twitter on April 07, 2017. –  American geopoliticians... ...

Any Secrets Left to Steal?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Left: Credit: CNN, October 9, 2015  – Everyone is shocked, shocked by WikiLeaks’ latest exposé that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been exploiting software vulnerabilities in our digital and electronic devices. All those “shocked” should have known better by now.  After the publications of files stolen by former National Security Agency’s contractor, Edward Snowden, on U.S. military capabilities, operations,... ...

Trump’s Misperception on Russia and China*

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

President Donald Trump has started doing what he said he’d do, but he dangerously misreads US strategic interests. Donald Trump’s first week in office has been a distinctly mixed bag. The chaos and confusion of the transition period have been carried over to the inception of the administration.  Some decisions... ...

The Dragon’s Breath*

Monday, December 12th, 2016

With the disastrous foreign and defense policies followed by the last two administrations Washington, power vacuums have emerged throughout the world, and as we all know, nature (and politics) abhors a vacuum. Europe can no longer even be considered a significant player in the global geopolitical context. Which leaves only... ...

The U.S. Needs To Protect Taiwan

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

China has been pushing back after President-elect Trump’s policy -shattering phone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, demanding that the Taiwanese President not be allowed to transit the United States through New York on her way to a Latin American tour.  The Chinese worry there may be a face to face... ...

The U.S. Economic Power

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Depending on how one crunches the numbers, China’s economy has either already surpassed, in size, that of the United States, or will do so in a within a couple of years.  According to data from the World Bank, it is the former, China’s nominal GDP was $19.3 trillion in 2015,... ...

The Stealthy Gallium War*

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

War is going on over special integrated circuits based on a material called Gallium Nitride. Winning this war will effect not only the United States national security, but also its ability to protect key global partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Unfortunately the battle for Gallium Gallium Nitride is very complicated,... ...

Mr. Kerry in Wonderland

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

There is an old disputed argument that extensive air travel causes physical injury and distorts cognitive thinking. [Stewardesses did remark that during the changeover in the mid-20th century from internal combustion and jet-prop engines interrupted their menstrual cycle.] Secretary of State John Kerry, like his predecessor Sec. Hillary Clinton, is... ...

Is War Imminent?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Americans will be surprised, once again, when a global war starts. Surprises are not new to Americans: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German takeover of small countries starting WWII, the Korean War, and even WWI.  The warning signs of the next “surprise” global war that is likely to... ...

Countering Chinese Expansion Through Mass Enlightenment*

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

 Left: A sailor of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Liaoning. (REUTERS/XINHUA) From Newport to New Delhi, a tremendous effort is currently underway to document and analyze China’s pursuit of maritime power. Led by experts in think tanks and academia, this enterprise has produced a rich body of... ...

The U.S. and China’s Asian Infrastructure Development Bank

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Using economics as a tool of foreign policy to sanction or to provide aid to control another country’s behavior is nothing new. Take the Chinese, for example; the Chinese Communist Government, long an opponent of international agreements that it did not initiate, announced in 2014 its intention to establish an... ...

U.S. Nuclear Deterrent to North Korea

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Can the United States provide sufficient help to offset the growing North Korean and Chinese threat to the independence and security of South Korea and Japan? It can. It should put Pershing missiles in both countries. How should the U.S. respond to North Korea?  Thus far the U.S. response has... ...

Is the F-35 Good for Israel?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Like it or not, the increasingly aggressive Iranian posture toward Israel suggests that sooner or later their conflict will develop into a ground and air war. Actions by Iran and its surrogates in the area of the Golan Heights already caused some Israeli land and retaliatory air moves, and more... ...

U.S. Blocked New Subs for Taiwan

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

The Obama administration has reversed decisions made by previous administration –Republican and Democrat regarding Taiwan.  The United States government has told the Taiwanese it will not help them acquire new submarines or new submarine technology with which they could build their own.  Instead, the Administration has offered to help Taiwan... ...

The Coming Clash with China*

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the fall of 2011 used the buzz word “pivot” three times to announce a major shift in the Obama foreign policy, putting a major emphasis on South and East Asia. But the reality – as detailed in a report from the Center for Strategic... ...

Nuclear Weapons and Japan – Was Trump Right?*

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Left: A screen at the General Satellite Control and Command Center shows the moment North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket is launched in Pyongyang, North Korea, Dec. 12, 2012, despite international warnings. Thought the test failed, it was a clear sign of the country’s nuclear ambitions. CREDIT: KCNA/AP  Presidential candidate Donald Trump riled the... ...

Needed: U.S. Cyber Defense Policy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Two years have passed since the Obama administration was tasked by Congress to develop cyber countermeasure policies. But in response to Sen. Joe McCain (R-AZ) question “Is it correct that these are policy-decision that have not been made?”  U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael S. Rogers responded: “The way I... ...

Washington’s China Problem*

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The U.S.’ confrontation with an increasingly powerful and incipiently aggressive China is getting much more complicated. There is no question of its high priority among the U.S.’ foreign policy issues. But with a lame duck Obama Administration which has pursued a policy of retreat from involvement in crises areas as... ...

Obama and Israel: The Final Year*

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

President Barack Obama will vacate the White House on January 20, 2017, but he is unlikely to do so in the traditional manner. In their eighth and final year of service, American presidents generally behave like “lame ducks.” They don’t initiate new policies or programs, particularly those that might stir... ...

China Against The Wall!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Left: Deutsche Bank’s estimate of China’s 2016 economic growth –  There is a hoary [if you pardon the pun] tradition among the mainline media to always give the Chinese Communists the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. It goes back to the World War II days in the Nationalist refugee... ...

The U.S. Cyber Vulnerability Goes On

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Is there anyone in the United States whose personal information has not been stolen, yet? Hard to tell. The government agencies seem slow in detecting such breaches, slower in reporting about them, and very slow in resolving problems arising from such thefts.  Take today’s Internal Revenue Service’s  announcement of the latest breach.... ...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Tehran, January 23, 2016 –  After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi... ...

Increasing Militarization of the Middle East *

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Definition of Middle Eastern countries: Central Intelligence Agency Recent developments in the Middle East show a disturbing trend to add to all the other disturbing trends that have emerged in the region since the “Arab Spring” began in 2011. Both regional and international actors have begun to take advantage of... ...

Better Cooperation Needed With Taiwan*

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Left: President-Elect Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and her team holding their first press conference. I have just returned from Taiwan where I served as an International Election Observer.  The result of the election was a historic victory for the opposition which has won the Presidency of the country and, for the... ...

Wrong man, Wrong Job*

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Pres. Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and that he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi is a permanent campaign – even when it is for more limited objectives than the highest office... ...

Dancing with Tyrants*

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. The communist leadership of China; President Putin of Russia; Turkey’s Erdogan, King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Should Israel deal with such regimes? They are all wholesale violators of civil and human rights. They persecute, jail and often execute political opponents and... ...

What Should Israel Worry About?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency recently stated that the intelligence community in the U.S. has a perfect record of identifying future threats: “We have never been right”. The one thing we know nothing about is the future. Nevertheless we have no choice but to try to peer... ...

Obama is No Reagan*

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to insult when Carter equated the Obama policies with those of Pres. Ronald Reagan. How quickly it is... ...

Don’t flag with the flag!*

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

After much too much time elapsed the Obama Administration acceded to U.S. Navy urgings to challenge Beijing’s capacity to block of one of the world’s most important naval arteries. Beijing has chosen vague 1947 maps of the South China Sea in an attempt to extend its territorial waters to reefs... ...

Taiwan’s Democracy Needs U.S. Arms*

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

“Taiwan is part of China is a sacred mission for all the sons and daughters of China” – Yu Zhengsheng, fourth-ranked leader of the Communist Party of China, Oct. 23, 2015. If there was any doubt that Taiwan is the first democratic state in the long history of the Chinese,... ...

Weekly Review, October 5-9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian Violence – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The White House latest condemnation of the escalating violence in Jerusalem is akin to that issued by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Both are talking from both sides of the mouth. Last month Abbas encouraged the Palestinians to go the... ...

Russia’s Return to the Middle East*

Monday, October 5th, 2015

A Russian army pilot poses at a cockpit of SU-25M jet fighter at Hmeimim airbase in Syria on Oct 3 2015. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP) Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion signing huge aircraft sales to Iran, making weapons supply contracts with Egypt and particularly, injecting... ...

Weekly Review, September 21-25, 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The U.S. Moral Decline – Rachel Ehrenfeld – What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about the election of Saudi Arabia’s Geneva ambassador Faisal Trad, as Chair of the United Nation Human Rights Council’s monitoring panel? She would wonder how…continue… A Tale of Two Viennas – Norman A. Bailey – The great powers of... ...

A Tale of Two Viennas*

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Left: The EU’s Federica Mogherini (L), Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov (R) in Vienna after the deal was signed. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger) VIENNA 1815:  The great powers of Europe; Russia, Prussia, Great Britain and Austria, meet in Vienna with the representative of a France defeated, disarmed and occupied by foreign... ...

Xi’s Bluffing Hand*

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Next week’s state visit of China’s No. 1 Xi Jinping looks to be all pomp and circumstance. There is little expectation that the long list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in any substantive way. And, in fact, the international Greek chorus which sings a baleful... ...

Weekly Review, September 7-11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel – Norman A. Bailey – There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political and economic refugees threatening to engulf Europe is... ...

Democrats Who Are Willing to Trust Iran

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “there will be no deal” if the sanctions are not lifted. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) “If somebody tells you he wants to cut your throat, the last thing you do is buy him a knife” – Senator Lindsey Graham Unable to... ...

Obama’s Threats Unlikely To Stop Cyber Attacks

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Left: US President Barack Obama is expected to take a firm line on the issue of hacking during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. Photo: AP Talk about imposing sanctions on Chinese and Russian individuals and a company benefiting from their government’s looting of American trade, military and personnel secrets, is cheap, but futile.... ...

ISIS’ Chemical Weapons

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It is surprising that the Islamic State’s use of chemical warfare has taken this long. On August 11, ISIS shelled the northern Syrian town of Marea, with Mustard gas mortars. The specific effects of this deadly gas were almost immediately evident. Moreover, Mustard gas can be easily detected. There are... ...

Weekly Review, August 17-22, 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Left: IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, left, and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akhbar Salehi sign a confidential ‘roadmap’ document in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA) Obama’s Reckless Iran Agreement Exposed – Rachel Ehrenfeld – One wonders how much longer President Obama and his minions can claim... ...

Weekly Review, August 10-15, 2015

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Advancement of Global Jihad – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – The weekly report on Global Jihad details and analyses, ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliated terror groups during between August 6-12, 2015. In Derna, Libya, “ISIS operatives are trying to regain control of the city... ...

Cybersecurity’s “New Normal”

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Left: For the past five years, Chinese cyber spies have been reading the private emails of an undisclosed but presumably large number of top Obama administration officials. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not alone ignoring the security of her cyber correspondence and government secrets, using “personal communications hardware and... ...

China’s Shaky Economy*

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

A Chinese broker covers his eyes at a brokerage house, Aug. 3, 2015. Credit: BBC The Shanghai stock market is dipping again. {Four] weeks ago, it fell by nearly a third in total value wiping out some $3 trillion. The cavalry arrived with Communist Party leaders throwing everything they had... ...

Weekly Review, July 20-24, 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Left: The supreme leader (centre) told supporters that US policies in the Middle East are diametrically opposed to Iran’s policies, credit: BBC Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran; By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy – Andrew... ...

Iran: The Closer You Look, The Worse It Gets*

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Left: Khamenei – the deal was only about nuclear issues, Iran “won’t let foreigners interfere with our affairs.” (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) –  Close examination of the nuclear agreement with Iran reveals just how much it will damage the West and boost the ayatollahs… Here are other implications of... ...

Weekly Review, July 12-17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Alfred Nobel Must Be Spinning in His Grave – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The 2009 stillborn Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, has violated all three of Alfred Nobel’s stipulations for the award. Instead of working for the “abolition or reduction of standing armies,” Obama has done his... ...

Timing is Everything*

Monday, July 13th, 2015

If you think that computer intrusions are the main thing we need to worry about when it comes to cybersecurity, think again. There’s growing concern about the implications of our increasingly wireless world and how readily it can be disrupted. When it comes to our reliance on the electromagnetic spectrum... ...

Maybe a longer spoon, Mr. Obama*

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong during a meeting in Washington, July 7, 2015 (AFP) The proponents of trade wherever, whenever, whoever tell us that Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was taken aback at the reception he received... ...

The China Policy Dilemma*

Monday, July 6th, 2015

There is universal agreement that China is increasingly the U.S.’ No. 1 policy concern. But perhaps never in the history of modern Sinology has there been such difference of opinion about what is happening in China and what – if anything – the U.S. should and could do about it.... ...

Counterterror Pretense with Undesirable Consequences

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Divorced from reality, the Obama administration insists “nobody can claim justifiably that the United States hasn’t had success against terrorist networks.” State Department spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby announced in a press briefing on July 1, 2015.  He went on to boast about the progress against these networks and their ability to maneuver,... ...

Obama Is Not Nixon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Left: President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers at the Great Wall of China. Credit: History.com Photo Galleries President Obama’s decisions regarding the Middle East since the spring of 2011 have resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, the displacement of millions, and chaos... ...

Militarization of China

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

As the Chinese and the Americans sit down for the seventh of their annual two-day meeting [June 22-24], set up in 2009 to maintain bilateral cooperation despite growing differences, a major transformation of the Chinese regime is a new and worrying factor. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary... ...

Weekly Review, June 8-13, 2015

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

It’s Getting Late in the Cyber War – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Promises to increase the United States cyber defenses are nothing new, though lately they are made more frequently. On June 9, 2015, just one day after President Obama vowed to “aggressively bolster” our cyber defenses, the U.S. Army official website was hacked... ...

It’s Getting Late in the Cyber War

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Promises to increase the United States cyber defenses are nothing new, though lately they are made more frequently. On June 9, 2015, just one day after President Obama vowed to “aggressively bolster” our cyber defenses, the U.S. Army official website was hacked and defaced, apparently by a hacktivist group, supporting Bashar Assad, the “Syrian Electronic... ...

Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Pic Credit: Saul Loeb, the Atlantic — Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American... ...

Another UN Step to Legitimize Jihadist Hamas

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Left: Ismail Haniya, head of the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, speaks at the seventh annual conference, held in Milan in 2009 (PRC annual Palestinian conference in Europe website). The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) advocates the ideology and political agenda of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and beyond. As if the... ...

Weekly Review, May 18-23, 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Left: iSIS destroying historical sites in Iraq, AP  —  ISIS: Why Does Obama Sit on His Hands? – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Is President Obama kept on the dark by his intelligence briefers about ISIS’s rapid advance in Iraq and Syria? Why does he think there is time to now begin... ...

CyberSecurity Promises. Again.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Right: Hackers who claim to be affiliated with the Islamic State group released a video threatening “electronic war” on the United States and Europe, Monday, May 11, 2015. Youtube —   Concluding the Camp David Gulf Cooperation summit, President Obama promised to help secure the Gulf States from cyber attacks by... ...

A Navigation and Timing Primer: Concepts and Misconceptions

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

This paper attempts to establish a common base of terms and concepts related to navigation. It is intended to set the definitions and principles which will enable rational discussions of navigation issues, such as the search for alternatives to GPS.  I. Introduction – Navigation is recognized as an important activity by... ...

An Era of Blah Blah Blah

Monday, April 20th, 2015

One of the many reasons we commemorate the catastrophic death of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago is to celebrate his incredible style, his ability in a few words to sum up the essence of our hopes and fears at a moment of crisis. What makes it all the more poignant... ...

Iran’s Nuclear Framework: Insights and Recommendations*

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as an “historic” agreement that could pave the way for a final deal that would leave... ...

The “Historic” Agreement That Ignores History*

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

No-one agrees on what was agreed with Iran, but in any case the precedents are hardly encouraging. By this time hordes of commentators have chewed over Mr. Obama’s “historic” agreement. Some aspects, however, have been overlooked or misinterpreted: 1. It is not an agreement. It is a “framework” for an... ...

The Iran Deal Through an (Oil) Glass Darkly

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The profit margins Big Oil requires are no longer to be made in Saudi Arabia but in Iran and Iraq. Once the US concludes a nuclear deal with Iran, Big Oil will see to it that it sticks, and Washington can turn its attention to the true cause of global... ...

Financial Chinoiserie

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A most peculiar crisis is developing for the Chinese economy – and, indeed, for the regime — while the world’s attention is riveted on the chaos and terror in the Mideast and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Not the smallest element is the clever manipulation by Beijing’s strategists of the world’s... ...

Iran as a Nuclear Threshold State: Implications for Israel and the Middle East

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While an arrangement that leaves Iran as a nuclear threshold state may be the lesser of all evils for the United States, it can be expected to be very bad for Israel. A signed agreement of this sort will widen the existing disputes between the Israeli government and the US... ...

An Easter Gift to the Christians of Zhejiang?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Left: Demolition team attempting to remove a cross from Wenzhou’s Guantou church, June 11, 2014 Not widely reported outside of Christian circles is the fact that despite the success of the Christian movement in Zhejiang, the Chinese government had for more than a year targeted the outward symbols of Christianity displayed... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 16-20, 2015

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi – Emerson Vermaat, Exclusive to ACD – “The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is... ...

Rebuilding America’s role

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The growing clash between the Presidency and the U.S. Senate– including prominent Democrats as well as Republicans—is the opening guns in an effort to restore American world leadership. After the aberration of the Obama renunciation and repudiation of American world dominance, Washington has little choice but to return to its... ...

A Syrian Nuclear Snapshot*

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Left: A Google Earth view of a Syrian scientific facility in Jamraya, near Damascus, before it was allegedly struck by Israeli warplanes in late January 2015 (photo credit: image capture from Google Earth) Syria has a long history of deception and lying to the international community on matters concerning its... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 16-20, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

“If Only Germany Had Solved Its Unemployment Problem in 1933, Germans Wouldn’t Have Become Nazis…Er, Maybe not.” – David P. Goldman (Sprengler) Denmark’s Compromised “Values” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Danes should have known better, but they continue to ignore the writings on the wall. Instead, they have compromised their... ...

Christians in China

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

In 1979 I spent some months prowling the State Department library in search of material for a study on the history of The United States’ concern with the narcotics trade in China. The final result, some 50,000 words, was submitted to Mathea Falco, the first U.S. Assistant Secretary of State... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 1-6, 2015

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Hell on Earth –  Dr. Mordecai [email protected] – Burning alive a human being is a method of eliminating enemies that is well known and documented in early Islamic sources, and based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law… Anyone who attacks Islamic State will be condemned to Hell on... ...

ISIS Advances – January 22-28, 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Excerpts  from The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center* ISIS alleges Chinese technology experts joined the Caliphate The ISIS forum website has announced that 400 Chinese missile and technology experts and engineers recently joined ISIS (Al-Minbar al-I’lami al-Jihadi, January 21, 2015). The figure is probably exaggerated, but it could... ...

Weekly Briefing – January 5-9, 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Mystery of the Islamic State – Rachel Ehrenfeld — Over several months last year, in an effort to understand the Islamic State movement, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought the advice of Defense, intelligence and State experts, and academicians….the... ...

Weekly Briefing – December 28-January 2, 2014/15

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Cybersecurity and the 114th Congress – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Sony hacking served as a national reminder that cybersecurity should be taken more seriously…In May 2010, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander lamented, “The scale of compromise, including the loss of sensitive and unclassified data, is staggering,” Miller said.... ...

Obama Losing War on America’s Economy

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Whether the fourth quarter 5% growth of the U.S. gross development product [GDP] is a fluke, another wave of the troubled sea of the longest recovery in recent American history, it is evidence of the miraculous strength of the U.S. economy. Some are predicting it means a return to 3%... ...

The Oil Market Crossroad

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Left: “The number one crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, has projected a $39 billion deficit in 2015. The impact of lower oil prices, along with the decision not to cut production, is putting pressure on the country’s finances.” It is virtually impossible to tell someone that a belief essential to... ...

ISIS Ongoing Propaganda Campaign

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Left: From ISIS video: A French-speaking masked man in the center, flanked by other ISIS operatives Social media continues to serve ISIS propaganda campaign and efforts to recruit in the West, especially among America’s black, using Ferguson’s and New York demonstrations  against the police. “Hey blacks, ISIS will save you,”... ...

Nuclear Threats on the Rise – Rethinking the Unthinkable

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Today there are major imbalances between the new and expanding nuclear weapons research and production capacities of Russia and the declining capabilities of the United States. The end of the Cold War brought many changes including the unification of Germany, the expansion of democracy into Eastern Europe, and the integration... ...

Nuclear Vigor: Russia, China and Iran

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Left: Plutonium pit production estimates for 2014. Russia has the ability today to produce at least 1,000 plutonium pits per year for use in building their new nuclear weapons. The United States, in contrast, has only one plutonium pit facility—an improvised one at Los Alamos—which has produced 29 certified pits... ...

The Chinese Riddle*

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A servile media has again misrepresented the important if unproductive Asian tour of President Barack Hussein Obama, most importantly the promised engagement with China which failed to materialize. The ballyhooed U.S.-China climate change agreement, appealing to the fashionable, signed between the U.S and China, was much less than meets the... ...

Weekly Briefing, November 2-8, 2014

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Transportation Terrorism – Part I – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood that the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 26 – November 1, 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Laser Communications – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Uninterrupted radio frequencies are necessary to guarantee wireless communications. The rapid growth of wireless communication and computing systems with a wide range of applications and services have crowded the airwaves, increasing their vulnerabilities to interference. “I can give you a whole list of interference... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 19-25, 2014

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Islamist Terrorism in Canada – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The terror attacks in Montreal and Ottawa Canada should have not surprised anyone. The recent jihadist attacks attacks in Montreal and Ottawa came after years of repeated calls to fight the infidel by Canadian Islamist religious and “civic” leaders-including Imams and new... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 12-17, 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chemical Terrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Last August when President Obama announced the successful elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, he went on the call on the Assad regime to “follow through on its promise to destroy remaining chemical weapons facilities.” At the same time, he stressed his concern “about omissions and... ...

Chemical Terrorism

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Last August when President Obama announced the successful elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, he went on the call on the Assad regime to “follow through on its promise to destroy remaining chemical weapons facilities.” At the same time, he stressed his concern “about omissions and discrepancies in Syria’s declaration... ...

Political Pilgrims (Cont.)*

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

It’s time for someone to write an update of Paul Hollander’s marvelously insightful and humorous (after a fashion) 1981 Political Pilgrims.  For those kiddies for whom all this, and the environment in which it was written, is ancient history, may I remind you of Hollander’s hypothesis he fulfilled so well.... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 6-10, 2014

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Countering BioTerrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Bio-terrorism dates back to the New Stone Age. The Scythians (7th century BC – 4th century AD), the Gauls (Celtic people, 5th century BC – 3rd century AD), the ancient Romans (first and second centuries AD), the Aztecs, and the Mayans have used toxins... ...

Weekly Briefing, September 28-October 4, 2014

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Left: Iraqi Shiite fighters wearing explosive belts Jihad is Jihad is Jihad and It’s Deadly – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The ISIS announcement of  American aid worker, despite his conversion to Islam. Former Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig, now Abdul-Rahman, will die because he is an American.  For the ISIS and all... ...

Weekly Briefing – September 14-20, 2014

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Immoral Equivalent – Daphne Netanyahu – There is a reason that criminal law – not just in Israel but the world over – does not define a criminal offense solely by the damage it caused. Judging the morality or immorality of war according to the number of people killed is... ...

Strategy, Anyone?*

Monday, September 8th, 2014

“Okay, smart-a___, what is your strategy?” In a (rather large) nutshell, here are the tactics which when pulled together make up a grand strategy: Domestic Make an “America is back!” speech from the Oval Office in the White House modeled on Harry Truman’s “Doctrine” speech of 1947. Its principal theme... ...

The Obama Administration’s tutorials*

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Left: “A Chinese fighter jet that the Obama administration says is similar to that which conducted a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.Reuters” Objectivity is one of the greatest assets in any human intellectual encounter. But no concept... ...

Barbarity*

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It is not the first time leaders of the civilized world have had to cope with a slide into barbarism which not only threatens international peace and stability but the very foundations of modern morality. Nor is it the first time that American leadership has been reluctant to take on... ...

Weekly Briefing – July 27 – August 2, 2014

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

On ACD Time to Hand Out the Goebbels Propaganda Award – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The competition among Western media outlets in spreading pro-Hamas propaganda, thus legitimizing its murderous agenda, should be recognized by giving the most biased anti-Israeli reporting the Goebbels Propaganda Award. Choosing the worst offender will be difficult.... ...

Testing, testing, testing…*

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The horror of 298 innocents, oblivious to the warfare 33,000 feet below them, blown out of the sky by criminally negligent fanatics supported by Russian Vladimir Putin, forebodes greater catastrophes. The incident is a part of a worldwide scene wherein Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s strategy of withdrawal from what he... ...

Weekly Briefing – July 7-12, 2014

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

From ACD WMD and the Islamist Threat – Cory Davenport – The ability for terrorists in the Middle East to get their hands on WMDs has never been greater. It might be easy to look at Libya, which in 2003 agreed to the ending and dismantling of its WMD programs, or... ...

FCC to China – “Stop! Or, or I’ll Say Stop Again!”*

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seem to model themselves after British policemen, popularly known as “bobbies,” whose only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out of sight and may not employ except in self-defense or to restore order. In response to Chinese... ...

Weekly Briefing, June 15-21, 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

From ACD: “Stop! Or, or I’ll Say Stop Again!” (The FCC to China) – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seem to model themselves after British policemen, popularly known as “”bobbies,” whose only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out... ...