Good Morning Vietnam

First time in years that I agree with this President on a foreign policy matter – he should’ve lifted the Vietnam arms embargo a while ago. Acting in the U.S. national interest. What a concept … The only way President Obama could conceivably mess up this trip is to “apologize” while visiting Japan or make some other …

Political Pilgrimages, Sure, But To Places Other Than Facebook HQ

Muslims go to Mecca, at least once. Catholics, well, we have smorgasbord of holy sites. Lourdes. Fatima. The Vatican. For Judaism, it is the Western Wall. To my Jewish friends, hurry, before political correctness leads to a ‘prayer space‘ and other politically correct zones of worship. For the non-believers, you may not agree, but you too …

Reparations for Cuba: That Dog Does Not Hunt

U.S. and Cuba officials meet this week in Havana to, allegedly, create a framework or roadmap for future talks. In other words, it is a meeting about nothing. As it has done for decades, Cuba wants to discuss billions of dollars in reparations that is says U.S. taxpayers owe Cuba because of the alleged damages caused by U.S. …

Former BNP Employee’s David vs Goliath Moment

In a David versus Goliath legal battle, a former BNP Paribas employee took his former employer to court and won. I first learned of this case in the summer of 2014. In addition to the corporate compliance aspect of matter, I wrote about broader issues related to Europe’s culture in decline, especially the continent’s increasing intolerance toward Jewish minority groups. Two years later, Jean-Marc Orlando and his …

There is Nothing New Under the Nicaraguan Sun

“The Russians are coming. The Russians are here. The Russians never left,” he told us. That is a what a good friend, recently retired from the US foreign service, shared with Yleem and I last year when Russia denied it was re-opening its Cold War-era SIGINT spy facilities in Cuba. “Of course they were not re-opening it,” …

Socialism Sank Venezuela, Could Get Much Worse

I’m not sure why I keep subscribing and re-subscribing to the Washington Post. I’ve cancelled my subscription more than once. And it is stories like this one on Venezuela that push me to the edge of canceling it again. Leave it to them to find a twisted way fail to pinpoint for readers the reason: socialism. The …

Moderate Republicans, You Win. Now Deal With It.

Moderate Republicans, you win. Decades of trying to sounds like conservatives, but governing like moderates or liberals laid the seeds for a Donald Trump win. I also find it richly ironic that a lot of the people who complained about the Tea Party, are the same folks complaining to me about Donald Trump. Unlike most of …