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From the Editors: Best statement from a cabinet secretary, in years:  “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Secretary of State Tillerson. 23 words. Excellent. A fellow who would know a thing or two, and yes three, about intelligence …

Catch the Leakers, Hold Them Accountable

According to documents published yesterday by WikiLeaks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has, possibly had, the capability to hack, exploit software vulnerabilities, and so much more. Why is that news? Taxpayers, I hope, expect that after they invest billions in intelligence that entities such as the CIA have the best tools at their disposal to do their …

Travelers from Cuba, Other Nations in Latin America, Require Enhanced Vetting by US

One of the by-products, or depending on your point of view about the world, the ideological runoff that has resulted from unrestricted, non properly vetted arrivals from Communist Cuba the past few years are people like this fellow in Miami. I wish the video had English-language captions, but I’ll summarize parts of what he said. A …

“Full Review” of U.S.-Cuba Policy Underway

For US-Cuba policy watchers, a nugget yesterday. The media, lobbyists, and other groups are reading too many of the policy tea leaves on what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, or did not say, about Cuba yesterday at the daily press briefing. Here is Spicer’s exact response to the US-Cuba policy question yesterday: “We are …

Can Globalism and Nationalism Coexist?

Recently, I came across an interesting article titled, “Our national leaders have failed us. It’s time to hand over power to global institutions.” The article was posted on the World Economic Forum’s website. The World Economic Forum is the organization that has its yearly event at Davos, Switzerland. A link to the article is found …

Terrorist Group Using U.S. Armored Vehicles in Syria

For a few weeks now there have been reports on social media that Hizbullah, a terrorist organization under U.S. law, has been using U.S. M113 military armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The issue appears to have come to a head this week when senior U.S. and Israeli officials exchanged …

The Latest Democratic Party Boogeyman, It is Un-American

The author of a recent op-ed or New York Times blog post pens that Donald Trump “has attacked the C.I.A. and dismissed its conclusions” and that Trump “does not value their work and does not trust their conclusions.”  Of course, Vicki Divoll is wrong. Donald Trump has done no such thing and she, and those who …