Is Lebanon Properly Safeguarding U.S. Defense Articles from Iran Proxy Hezbollah?

On December 22, 2016, I posted a short blog post on curious, albeit anonymous comments made by an Israeli defense ministry official who was expressing concern about U.S. defense articles falling into the wrong hands in Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. Furtive statements have been made before. What I found it odd was the timing. On its own, I would’ve likely ignored the …

US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami

In a surprise move that barely registered with the Washington, DC press corps, the Trump administration yesterday afternoon announced that it has imposed economic sanctions on various Venezuelan companies and persons, including Venezuela’s Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami. Although Al Aissami was officially designated under the drug kingpin sanctions program, I think there is a lot …

Iranian Adventurism in North America

Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere is real and has been on the uptick for decades. If there was ever a case for increased economic sanctions on places such as Venezuela or Cuba, this is just as good as any an issue to start with. The United States does a good job targeting these networks, but …

Terrorist threats in the Americas

The Washington Times ran my latest op-ed this week: “Terrorist threats in the Americas: Extremists are infiltrating the Western Hemisphere to strike the U.S.“: Hezbollah activities in the Americas are well documented and continue to expand in scope and sophistication. The terrorist group has been actively studying and operating in the Americas since the 1980s, but it …

South of the Border Win

The good guys won a big one this week south of the US-Mexico border. Mexican (and I’ll add US) authorities have captured a notorious thug, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, Z-40) — a leader of the Mexican criminal syndicate Los Zetas. Thanks in great part to groups such as the Zetas, there are likely more …

Terrorism in the Americas, A Re-Think Needed

After several years of observing Western Hemisphere security issues, an interest tit for tat has finally seems to have developed in the think tank community. There is a great deal of disagreement throughout the government, and the think tank world, on the question of whether radical Islamist terrorism poses a regional threat in the Americas. …

Around Town …

ITAR-free satellites? The Washington Post recently penned an item on export control reform efforts underway. There were no U.S. government officials quoted on or off the record for that piece, however, there is a related article quoting an unnamed NSC official that the ” ‘effort is focused on controlling fewer parts and components. Additionally, the …