BALTOPS 2019 participants in Kiel, Germany While the run-up to the Democratic Party Debates and the crisis in the Persian Gulf with Iran has captured the news cycle, I've spent the past few weeks as part of the BALTOPS exercise. BALTOPS is an annual exercise that the US has lead in the Baltic Sea for … Continue reading Russian disinformation up close in the Baltic
The Russian Space Station Mir, from Wikipedia Our National Security Strategy, Military Strategy and other supporting documents talk about a return to "Great Power Competition," with the Great Power Competitors being China and Russia. I think we made a mistake in calling Russia a Great Power, because in reality, it might not be. What makes … Continue reading Is Russia really a great power?
The bunad guerillas strike again in Norway! Never heard of them? You're not alone. The bunad is the traditional dress of Norway. Normally worn on formal occasions, women are taking to the streets in bunad dress in protest of closing hospitals. Norway has long been touted as the place to copy for socialized medicine. This … Continue reading Norway is paying for its own defense
Trump is not indicted but Avenatti is arrested. Think about that. Pelosi and Schumer now say we can't trust the letter from the AG because he is not an unbiased observer on the Mueller report, and they are? Besides wasn't this letter written with Rod "Wires" Rosenstien or are they claiming he is a Trump … Continue reading Five Brief #MuellerMaddness Thoughts Under the Fedora
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry The biggest catch, so far, for the Mueller Probe is the sentencing last week of political consultant and lobbyist Paul Manafort, who was briefly the chairman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Manafort, a very conspicuous Washington insider, pleaded guilty to charges of tax and bank fraud, and … Continue reading What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?
I had the pleasure of traveling to Estonia this past week to prepare for an upcoming exercise. While I was there, some of the Estonian officers briefed me about how Russia is running a disinformation campaign in Estonia. That part was no surprise to me; we know the Russians have been doing this for years. … Continue reading Russia’s disinformation is all the same
I've had lots of comments and questions on the INF treaty, especially given my last post on it. I've had to wait a week for others to catch up and start reporting what has been obvious to me for a while: that Russia can't engage in an arms race, and the INF treaty was a … Continue reading Trump, again, makes the right call on the INF treaty
As the Syrian civil war slouches toward its brutal end, it’s time to take stock of one of the most significant diplomatic and military failures in my lifetime. More than 200,000 civilians have died, including more than 25,000 children, and many more have been critically injured. Six million refugees have created havoc in Europe and … Continue reading Slouching Toward Damascus
By John Ruberry Since Donald J. Trump's upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton--who after the election the left-wing media belatedly informed us was a flawed candidate--we've been bombarded with story after story that the president is either colluding with Russia or is weak in dealing with it. But the Democrats have a decades-long history … Continue reading The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia
I've got to admit I had absolutely nothing today, until I saw this post at Instapundit after mass. READINESS: The ENTIRE Swedish Home Guard Was Just Mobilized. A few weeks back, the government of Sweden sent out a booklet to every household in the country urging citizens to prepare for war or other crises. A few … Continue reading Are Muslims included in the Sweden Home Guard Drills?
by baldilocks When potential World War Three (or Four) antagonists collide: The Center for Strategic and International Studies Friday released a report calling on officials to urgently pay attention to threats against US space systems and ground stations. The report, Space Assessment 2018, reviews open-source information on the counterspace activities of other countries, especially China, Russia, … Continue reading Space Jam
My advice post for the GOP is on hold for a day or two because of events in Syria. Here are 10 thoughts under my fedora on the subject. I'm really thinking that Putin are falling for MSM propaganda on the president's weakness. I think the Russians and/or Syrians and/or Iranians wrongly perceived that Trump's … Continue reading 10 Thoughts on Trump and Syria Under my Fedora
By John Ruberry "But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." John Quincy Adams on America. The United States has survived a Civil War and two world wars, and the Cold War. But can it survive Russian bots? And a search for "monsters." Thirteen Russians were indicted on Friday--none were arrested because … Continue reading Mueller’s search for “monsters” yields 13 indictments
I'm reading the Mueller indictments and I'm noticing several things that could be charged of dreamers and other fun stuff. Section 1 and section 24 notes that it's against US law for "certain foreign nationals" to enter the US without a visa providing truthful and accurate information to the government. Apparently these laws don't apply … Continue reading DatechGuy Reads the Mueller Indictment Some Fun Facts (expect Updates) Where’s the Beef
By John Ruberry "But... but maybe he's only a little crazy like painters or composers or... or some of those men in Washington." Julian Shellhammer, Macy's toy department head in Miracle on 34th Street. "On 24 March 1943, Päts was sent to forced treatment in psychoneurotic hospitals first in Kazan, then in Chistopol in Tatar … Continue reading Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office