Blood and Treasure in the Middle East

The crossroads of the global oil trade lay principally in a tiny strip of water called the Persian Gulf. Here no less than eight(8) countries Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain; export their highly prized light sweet crude through this small channel of water. And though most are…

The Kindness of Strangers

Sometime ago now when I was but a lad growing up in Tampa, Florida I had two very cognizant moments in my life that taught me the depths of human compassion as well as that the opportunity to do the right thing often occurs while no one is looking (or so you think). It was…

How to Handle Russian Weapons Exports

When the United States unceremoniously dethroned Qaddafi, a dictator of unimaginable brutality, a people were finally free to choose their own destiny. And the Russians lost one of their largest arms smugglers in the region. After all it was Qaddafi who, with the help of the Russians, imported massive amounts of Kalashnikov rifles and rocket…

Syrian Military and Diplomatic Initiatives

Updated this post to include the text of military options in Syria: The military option of training and advising must be viewed in the context of a broader strategic vision against al-Assad, and the forces loyal to him. By all accounts as of today al-Assad has regained ground in most of the major strategic arteries…