All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Category Archives: International Affairs

Saudi Arabia and the United States: Elections Don’t Matter

Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo’s January 24, 2016 piece in the The New York Times is a great primer for anyone who believes the next U.S. President will take anti-Saudi action … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

United States: Delaying Implementation of IMF Requested Financial Transparency Regulation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has blamed the United States for not implementing regulations that would stop the use of shell and front companies as recommended by the Financial Action … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Greece: The Eurozone is Better Off Without

Greece continues to test the patience of the eurozone and I cannot find any objective reason why it should remain a part of the European Union (EU). It’s never a … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 6 Comments

Terrorism: ISIS and the Marketing Proposition

Everyday brings a new story on how ISIS has plunged into previously uncharted depths of depravity. It’s obvious that things have got out of hand when that bastion of credible … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Exchange for Sgt Bergdahl Sets Up More Kidnappings

Over the past few decades, US foreign defense policy has lurched from one self-made disaster to another; the most recent example is the exchange of five Taliban commanders who had … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nigeria: Endgame for Boko Haram is Status Quo

Boko Haram (BH), the Nigerian militant group that has been on the radar of the world’s intelligence agencies for some time, dramatically increased it’s recently by kidnapping over 200 girls … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pakistan and Iran: Gas Pipeline Fallacy Continues

During last week’s meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, the two leaders trumpeted their efforts to restart the stalled Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. Sharif stated … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment