Gaza, Hamas, North Korea and Beyond

The Times of Israel ran an op-ed today by DC Dispatches author Dr. Yleem Poblete. The former Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee discusses how the Gaza conflict impacts beyond the greater Middle East region and why the United States must lead: Evidence linking North Korea with terrorist groups and their patrons, requires the …

Morning Musings

Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. That is the story in this town usually, especially after something political volatile was missed. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he’d a raised ‘Holy Hell‘ if he had known beforehand about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap. I think he, and many other Members of …

Morning Musings

The Telegraph penned a story this week about the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC). It makes for an interesting read. The deck reads: “The US State Department has launched an experimental unit to fight al-Qaeda ideologists on Twitter across the web. But can it actually stop terrorism?” The unit was created in the …

Morning Musings

What type of boxer was Senator Reid? He seems easily ruffled these days, not the trait of a skilled boxer. What set him off now? This weekend former CIA Director Michael Hayden said what many wish they could, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) seems to have allowed “emotion” cloud her judgment on the CIA interrogation review. …

The Cuba and North Korea UN Whitewash

Political expediency and Turtle Bay politics will result in the United Nations ignoring illegal arms smuggling by the Cuban and North Korean regimes. Facts and law? Who cares about those. The United Nations plays with a different set of rules. The hate America first lobby will aid rogue regimes, even in cases where pesky facts …

North Korea Takes Cue From Fellow Traveler Cuba, Target Americans

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak, Edmund Burke If you need political concessions from the United States, detain an American and accuse that person of spying. The Obama Administration may grant you all that you want. At least most of it. When Cuban authorities detained …

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies: Cuba and North Korea Statements on Arms Shipment Need Probing

Only the Cubans and North Koreans may ever know what compelled these two Cold War-era troglodytic regimes to recently ship North Korean weapon systems from Cuba under several metric tons of brown sugar. Both governments are lying about it because, in all likelihood, the shipment violated numerous North Korea United Nations sanctions. As of this …