Afghanistan

Frontrunning: May 1

  • Congress Inks Spending Deal That Jettisons Trump Priorities (BBG)
  • Trump Pushes for Vote on Health Bill but Hurdles Remain (WSJ)
  • Apple’s Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion (WSJ)
  • Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document (Reuters)
  • UPS Tries a New Twist on Surge Pricing (WSJ)

The Relentless Push Towards War

"The only real constant to be found in both European and US politics is war. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in office in the US - Republican/Democrat, conservative/liberal - there’s a war machine constantly running. My concern is that there's a building risk that one day that war machine is going to bust apart."

MISOC: The U.S. Military's Secret Brand Of Fake News

If MISOC is manipulating targets into spreading information about ongoing operations using only logic, fear, desire, or other mental factors to trigger specific emotions, attitudes, or behaviors of U.S. civilian populations, this is exactly how it could be done. This is how it has already been done in foreign countries.

Two Army Rangers Killed During Raid On ISIS Compound In Afghanistan

US military casualties abroad are starting to pile up again. Two weeks after the US dropped the MOAB over a cave complex in the Nangarhar region in Afghanistan, reportedly in an attempt to flush out ISIS operatives, on Friday the Defense Department reported that on Thursday two Army Rangers died during a raid on the same compound in Afghanistan.

Frontrunning: April 28

  • World stocks pause near record highs (Reuters)
  • 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown,' Trump says (Reuters)
  • Trump’s Tax Plan Hits First Land Mine: Blue State Republicans (BBG)
  • Congress to Vote on Stopgap Bill to Keep Government Open (WSJ)
  • Tillerson Seeks to Boost Pressure on North Korea at UN Meeting (BBG)

Frontrunning: April 25

  • Trump’s 15% Corporate Tax Push Sets Stage for Clash With Ryan (BBG)
  • U.S. and North Korea Flex Military Muscles (BBG)
  • Le Pen's father criticizes her presidential campaign as she steps back from party (Reuters)
  • Eight Maps That Explain France’s Macron-Le Pen Election (BBG)
  • Alphabet’s Waymo Offering Families Rides in Self-Driving Cars (WSJ)

Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul

Taliban insurgents attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Monday officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a surprise visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The attackers detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors.

Frontrunning: April 24

  • French election relief sends Europe soaring (Reuters)
  • Gloves off as Le Pen and Macron pitch for final battle (Reuters)
  • French Runoff Creates Fresh Political Divisions (WSJ)
  • U.S. Government Shutdown May Hinge on Trump’s Demand for Mexico Wall (BBG)
  • Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline (Reuters)

Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran... Falsifying History Is Uncle Sam's Way To War

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict. The Russian leader deplored the use of history as an «ideological weapon» to demonize others, and he said that without proper understanding of history we are bound to repeat mistakes of the past.