An IL-76, from Wikipedia A while back I made some predictions on Russian activity, trying to think outside the box as to where we would see Russia next. An obvious one to me was Libya. After we kicked out Qaddafi's government, Russia lost somewhere around $4 billion in military sales since they had supported the … Continue reading Weapons shipping into Libya? Who would have thought?
President Trump swore into office six months ago, and his foreign policy has been interesting to watch, since he: Started with solid Secretarys of State and Defense Didn't have an immediate 9/11 event to respond to Has had a chance to travel and negotiate high level deals The past six months have shown he has … Continue reading Challenging the status quo: Trump’s Foreign Policy
Everyone is focused on Syria. Literally, everyone. To be honest though, was anyone surprised? I wasn't. Syria's best bet would have been to lay low and stay off the radar. Instead, they became a very convenient way for President Trump to prove he was serious about the Middle East, show President Xi he was comfortable … Continue reading Trump’s pivot to the Pacific
For the United States to have an effective policy with China, Americans have to stop buying iPhones. Or Apple has to move some of its production facilities from China. And a whole lot more. The trade imbalance between the two countries is so out of whack, amounting to a deficit of more than $300 billion a … Continue reading A Chinese Fire Drill
By Steve Eggleston In case you haven't heard, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), unanimously reported favorably out of committee a bill that supposedly gives Congress a "right of refusal" on any agreement between the civilized world and Iran on Iran's nuclear ambitions. My immediate reaction, in the comments section … Continue reading What’s bad for the debt is worse for foreign relations
By Steve Eggleston In an interview with the Associated Press, former Polish President Lech Walesa said of the world and the American role in it, "(T)he world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead. I am displeased." Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement that led to the end of Communism in Poland, … Continue reading Lech Walesa is displeased US no longer world leader