by | Oct 5, 2019

Our domestic oil industry seems to have found itself in uncertain times. It’s not a price shock like mid-2014 to early 2016 or even a slide like that of last winter. Operational challenges are being encountered. Investors are done with financing growth and want…

by | Sep 24, 2019

“That wasn’t real socialism.” “I want democratic socialism, not authoritarian socialism.” “Capitalism is an archaic system.” If you know a politically active young person, I am sure at least one of these quotes will ring a bell. Well, at least 49.6 percent sure…

by | Jul 14, 2019

Let’s fight hate with love. We can go to the North Korean Doughboy who fed his uncle to starving dogs, auguring that scene in Game of Thrones, and tell him, “Go ahead and build those nuclear bombs — because we…

by | May 4, 2019

Venezuela has become the next major front in the ongoing shadow war between the loosely aligned axis of autocracies and the U.S.-led coalition of democracies. From Ukraine to the South China Sea to Syria, the two blocs now vie for…

by | Apr 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Colombia to strike a Reaganesque pose when he called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to open a bridge to allow entry of humanitarian aid. The effort fell flat. The bridge didn’t offer much…

by | Apr 9, 2019

Catastrophic failure in Lebanon 36 years ago this month taught President Reagan the most important lesson about foreign civil wars. America should stay out. U.S. troops entered Lebanon as peacekeepers in 1982 but became increasingly entangled in a conflict involving…

by | Apr 8, 2019

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently denied that Russia was trying to create “another Syria” in Venezuela. Given Lavrov’s track record, we have to conclude that is precisely what Russia is doing. We weren’t sufficiently paranoid about Syria. No one…

by | Mar 2, 2019

If you hadn’t noticed, the British government of Theresa May is setting records for incompetence. Nigeria put off its presidential election for a week; there probably is cheating afoot. In Congo government vote counters declared a minor opposition candidate the…

by | Feb 28, 2019

The mess in Venezuela is getting worse, but while that country is literally starving to death under the yoke of an incompetent, corrupt and malignant socialist dictatorship the hopes of a Ukrainian-style peaceful revolution or bloodless coup that would end…

by | Feb 18, 2019

Venezuela’s socialist nightmare isn’t going to end soon because its socialist dictator, Nicolás Maduro, still controls the nation’s military. His personal security detail consists of about four hundred Russian mercenaries and an unknown number of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps troops….

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