The U.S. is once again aggressively banning Chinese-manufactured digital communications equipment.
Let us all be thankful.
On Dec. 2 the Federal Communications Commission expanded and toughened its ban on the "sale and import" of Chinese technology manufactured by firms the FCC determined present an "unacceptable risk" to U.S. national ...Read more
The U.S. military is failing to meet what were already minimal recruiting goals.
That fact should trouble every American citizen who knows the world is a dangerous place.
According to the Stars and Stripes, on Nov. 18 Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth confirmed that the Army undershot its annual recruitment goal of 60,000 troops. Only 45...Read more
As I write this column on Nov. 15, reports are unconfirmed that missiles fired from east to west overshot Ukraine by 10 kilometers, struck near the Polish village of Przewodow and killed two Polish citizens. Polish radio blamed two "stray" Russian missiles. However, the Pentagon had yet to verify critical details, such as: Were they Russian ...Read more
The people of Guam say "America's day begins" when the sun shines on their island.
That Chamber of Commerce claim is geographically and politically accurate. Guam, in the western Pacific east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea, is sovereign U.S. territory on the bright side of the International Date Line.
In 2022, sunrise on U.S. ...Read more
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has become a war on the world's poor and starving.
As his army retreats, Putin weaponizes food. Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Congo -- Putin's war will kill in these hard corners.
On the battlefield Ukraine is steadily defeating Putin's corrupt Kremlin war machine.
In his bid to create Great Russia...Read more
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao's peculiar exit from the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) congress meeting on Oct. 22 has ignited global discussion and intense speculation. And given current president Xi Jinping's war-waging aims, well it should.
By now tens of millions of people have seen at least part of Hu's departure video. My summary: ...Read more
The Russia-Ukraine war has witnessed a noteworthy combat first: Russian and Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) dueling in the skies.
Reports I've read include variations of the phrase "drone versus drone dogfights." Drone is slang for UAVs, whether they are remotely piloted (like the famous Predator), or autonomous (a "robot" guided by ...Read more
On his inauguration day in December 2018, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO is his acronym) invoked a word that still transfixes Mexicans who seek honest government. The word: impunity.
In his inaugural address, AMLO swore that under his administration, "corruption and impunity" will end.
Why was that significant? Because if ...Read more
At a meeting in Tokyo on Sept. 8, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told India's defense and foreign ministers that there is "an increasing need" for their two countries to strengthen security cooperation.
Hayashi's immediate concern was a Russian and Chinese military exercise near the Kurile Islands. Japan regards the Kuriles as ...Read more
On Sept. 13, Iranian Islamic dictatorship "morality police" in Tehran arrested a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini. The morality police charged her with violating the regime's dress code. She hadn't covered her hair properly, or something.
On Sept. 16, Amini was pronounced dead. The Tehran dictatorship established by the ...Read more
When the Arctic Council was formed in 1996, its member nations regarded the Arctic as a "low tension" area -- what a NATO study called a "zone of depoliticized cooperation."
As instructive background, here are the Council members: eight countries that control some Arctic territory (U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Russia...Read more
My last column argued China has a 3-to-5-year window of opportunity to deal America a strategic defeat giving the dictatorship uncontested global economic and diplomatic clout and regional military dominance lasting for decades.
China's modernized military, prolific warship building and new South China Sea bases give it a military edge on the ...Read more