Credit Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, with posing the critical question during Secretary of State Antony Blinken's Sept. 14 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
After declaring he was not speaking on a partisan basis and that "there is not enough lipstick in the world to put on this pig (the Afghanistan withdrawal)," Risch asked...Read more
On Sept. 7, Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a news conference in Qatar declared he was "unaware" of any "hostage-like situation" in aircraft waiting to take off from Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport.
Blinken was responding to Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. On Sept. 5, McCaul told Fox News Sunday that six planes at Mazar-i-Sharif ...Read more
As President Joe Biden's propagandists wage a rearguard political war of lies and narrative distortion, al-Qaida has begun exploiting his administration's on-the-ground Afghanistan disaster.
The administration's lies, spin and evasions are as morally dreadful as they are pathetically transparent. Jen Psaki's jaw-dropping Aug. 23 "Americans aren...Read more
President Joe Biden has decided to stick with his self-imposed Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline.
Except now, it's the Taliban's deadline. Taliban leader Suhail Shaheen called Aug. 31 "a red line. If the U.S. or UK ... seek additional time to continue evacuations -- the answer is no ... " Shaheen called an extension "continuing the ...Read more
In the first two weeks of August, America's withdrawal from Afghanistan became a humiliating rout. Make no mistake, the U.S. has suffered a major diplomatic and psychological defeat that will have resonance throughout the world.
Understand that I think that since 9/11, America's essential mission in Afghanistan has been what I call Guard Duty ...Read more
On Aug. 9, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised to punish Iran for attacking an oil tanker near the entrance to the Persian Gulf. He specifically mentioned an attack that occurred in late July. An explosive blast killed two crewmen. The Defense Department believes Iran used drones to deliver the munitions.
The safety of commercial ...Read more
Given the world's bitter experience with COVID-19, sane human beings know epidemics are major national and international security threats. Historians can cite the facts. Plagues harmed ancient Rome and China. The Black Death ravaged medieval Europe. A scar on an Egyptian mummy indicates smallpox haunted planet Earth for at least 3,000 years.
On July 12, 2016, The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China had systematically violated essential provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or the UNCLOS, at the expense of the Philippines. China's violations included stealing resources from Manila's maritime Exclusive Economic Zone, or EEZ, and ...Read more
The Cuban people are once again rebelling against the communist prison state Fidel Castro established after he seized power in 1959.
Large demonstrations have occurred in over 30 towns and cities, with Havana the focal point. Haphazard reports of protests, arrests and confrontations flood North American and European media, but the reports make ...Read more
As the Biden Administration withdraws U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan, the prevailing media headline declares, with panicked certainty, that America has failed and suffered a strategic defeat. All is lost out there. Trillions of taxpayer dollars were squandered. Our killed and wounded in action suffered in vain. Etcetera.
That loser ...Read more
China knows how to curry below-the-radar favor with international political figures, bureaucrats and opinion leaders, then, when a problem develops threatening Chinese Communist Party interests, use covert influence to stifle criticism or delay a response.
The most pernicious example of Chinese covert influence in action is the World Health ...Read more
Team Obama-Biden's decision to brand its 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called "Iran nuclear deal," as comprehensive was White House disinformation of the vilest sort: a blatant lie told to deceive the American people.
President Barack Obama's JCPOA was anything but comprehensive. It had weak nuclear inspection requirements and...Read more