Has the Kremlin decided to fight a hot war in the Baltic Sea's cold waters?
On June 17 the Russian Navy deliberately violated Danish territorial water, specifically the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, which lies north of Poland. During the Cold War Bornholm was a Berlin-like intelligence outpost behind enemy lines.
On June 18 a Russian border ...Read more
If communist China's recent words and deeds reflect a calculated design and totalitarian intent, soon we will hear Beijing declare the entire western Pacific Ocean a sovereign Chinese sea, where Beijing rules -- so-called international laws, treaties and U.N. resolutions be damned.
Defining terms helps expose Beijing's strategic gamble, because...Read more
The United States must get serious about its own survival as a republic dedicated to protecting individual life and liberty.
If that strikes readers as a pessimistic first sentence, take a deep breath and compare polarized June 2022's American public faith in U.S. institutions -- just courts and freedom of speech in particular -- with the faith...Read more
Communist China's violations of Taiwanese airspace and sea space are a physical indication Beijing targets Taiwan as the world's next Ukraine.
At the tactical level -- the level where a shooter seeks a target -- Beijing's sorties probe Taiwan's frontline air and sea defenses, seeking weaknesses and assessing reaction time.
At the strategic ...Read more
Four days a year a special American flag flew from a tall loblolly pine in my family's front yard.
Every Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and every Veterans Day, my father would get up early then wake me, my sisters and younger brother.
We would traipse into the front yard, yawning in Houston's early morning humidity, in summer ...Read more
Can the United States only fight one war with a chance of winning?
According to Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations (CNO, Navy's senior officer) the answer is yes -- at least when it comes to the U.S. Navy fighting its share of the war.
According to Stars and Stripes, during a May 12 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Sen. ...Read more
In November 2018, at the direction of then-President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and other federal security and economic agencies launched the China Initiative to halt the massive transfer of American information and technology to China and counter Chinese spying in American businesses, research institutions and ...Read more
NATO has 30 members. By the end of June, the roster may grow to 32, should Finland and Sweden join.
The Nordic duo has fans. On April 29 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee America will "strongly support" NATO membership for Sweden and Finland. On April 28 Jans Stoltenberg, a Norwegian and NATO's ...Read more
On April 22 Texas Army National Guardsman Specialist Bishop C. Evans drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to rescue two people struggling in the river. Specialist Evans (Spc. is the military abbreviation) grew up in Arlington, Texas.
As a soldier serving in a Texas task force deployed to assist the U.S. Border Patrol and police, it's a fair ...Read more
Fake protests throughout the world and threats of nuclear war -- in 2022 we witness a violent echo of 1983's Kremlin-orchestrated frauds.
I'll address the nuke threat first.
On Feb. 27 Russian President Vladimir Putin played drama king and put Russian nuclear forces on high alert. His war in Ukraine already failing, Vlad added nuclear pucker ...Read more
My column last week ended with this paragraph: "A half-dozen NATO nations are sending Ukraine several hundred tanks, most Cold War Russian relics but serviceable. New air defense systems will arrive, perhaps MiG-29s? End result: Ukraine will have an offensive capacity."
Boiled down to the weakness it is, the Biden administration continues to ...Read more
Though they "tick" at different rates, several notional clocks symbolizing intertwined military, diplomatic and information warfare "lines of operation" run simultaneously in Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine. Real world actions and effects (destruction, death, perhaps rational mediation) speed or slow the clocks. At least one of these ...Read more
Ukraine's heroic resistance to Russia's invasion has created several facts on the ground that affect immediate combat operations and shape nascent ceasefire/peace negotiations. The facts also affect the next five decades of world history, for they indicate we are witnessing the birth of a new warrior state of the type that knows defending ...Read more