Around the Americas

Government of Peru Told by Hedge Fund, Pay Your Bills and forget about Peruvian laws to protect your interests. US Commerce Secretary Pritzker Goes to Cuba – an embargoed country – to ‘promote US trade’. Odd eh? Next stop, North Korea. Former Argentine Spy Chief allegedly linked to the murder of Iranian terrorist hunter and prosecutor may be hiding in …

The ‘Compromise Industrial Complex’ Is In Disarray, But it Will Re-Group

The compromise industrial complex in this town is in a complete disarray. Not since the 1994 mid-term elections had I seen so many stunned people over a relatively known outcome, at least to political insiders. From my vantage point, perched in Northern Virginia, one needs to work extra hard sometimes to create the appropriate psychological distance from these events. You …

Morning Musings

Congress is out-of-town this week; so is the President. Before the President departed for his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, he blamed ‘intelligence estimates’ for the genocide in Iraq. Predictable thing for the President to do. Blame someone else. However, over in the Senate, members of the President’s political party say boots on the ground needed. Fast. Even …

Morning Musings

Congress is out for about five weeks. It will do wonders for the country. Good things. Several thousand of our closet “friends” may be on vacation, but it remains a somewhat busy week in DC. Another European bank is navigating a potential economic sanctions bramble with the U.S. Treasury Department.  According to Reuters, France’s Credit Agricole has approached U.S. authorities to …

Morning Musings

Congress adjourned for a long August recess. Critics argue they’ve done nothing. The President berates them. But that, my friends, is a very good thing. The longer they’re in town these days, the more they tend to muck things up. While the U.S. and the E.U. try to figure out what to do about Russian adventurism …

Morning Musings

There is a lot in the news these days that will drive most folks to distraction, simply tune out. But if you are paying attention, of all the pressing issues, the most important for the future of our country is southwest border security crisis. If the rumblings in this town are true, the President is about …

Morning Musings

When I was a young one, pre-teen, and growing up in the big city of Miami, if I came home before sunset during the summer time my family would look at me funny. ‘Go back out, you’re too clean,’ they’d say. These days my parents would likely end up in jail for doing that. Don’t believe …