Why America Finds It Impossible To Abandon, Or To Win, In Afghanistan

The pundits were not kind to Trump's "new" strategy. "Trump risks the worst of both worlds: leaving the US and its allies neither up nor down, without a clearly defined mission, and stuck in the middle of a worsening conflict," wrote The Guardian. "Yet another US president continues, at the cost of tens of thousands of … Continue reading Why America Finds It Impossible To Abandon, Or To Win, In Afghanistan

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Saudi Arabia Tries The Waters Of Retrenchment

In 2015, Saudi Arabia's new Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman sent the Kingdom's armies to Yemen.  In 2017, shortly before usurping the position of Crown Prince, Salman organized a blockade on little Qatar, who had dared defy the Kingdom's geopolitical priorities.Both were bold moves fraught with risk.  The Yemen war was meant to roll … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Tries The Waters Of Retrenchment

North Korea Just Lost A Third Of Its Exports Because Of China

From Reuters:The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear program. The sanctions could slash North Korea's $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.Shockingly, the UN has banned exports of "North Korean coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood."  That's … Continue reading North Korea Just Lost A Third Of Its Exports Because Of China

So Much For Yet Another Russian Reset

From Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law on Wednesday new sanctions against Russia that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week, criticizing the legislation as having "clearly unconstitutional" elements. Ever since the United States entered the stage as a world power, it's brushed up against Russia.  From the 1918-20 international intervention that halfheartedly … Continue reading So Much For Yet Another Russian Reset