Lt Col Rick Francona, USAF (Ret)
June 26, 2018
Reality (is the) Winner - former NSA contractor pleads guilty
Reality Winner - yes, that's her real name - pleaded guilty in federal court in Georgia on June 26. She had been in pretrial confinemen...
June 4, 2018
Requiescat in pace - Lt Gen Bernard Trainor, USMC (Ret)
Lieutenant General Bernard "Mick" Trainor, USMC (Ret) It is with profound sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a legend an...
Peugeot pulls out of Iran - restored American sanctions begin to bite
Iran Khodro - Peugeot's joint venture partner in the Islamic Republic The Reuters headline could not be more clear: " France'...
May 25, 2018
Memorial Day 2018
Note: I wrote this in 2007 while a military analyst at NBC News. While the situation has changed, I think the sentiment is still true today....
May 6, 2018
A Palestinian refugee pecking order - and a bad translation....
Note: This article is more of an informative piece rather than an analytical effort. A friend sent a tweet to me and asked if I had heard t...
The Iranian nuclear deal - fix it or nix it
With the growing use of various social media, I have begun putting more immediate and shorter pieces of analysis on such fora as Twitter (p...
April 10, 2018
Notional message from Russian commander to President Bashar al-Asad on chemical attack
Syrian child killed in Duma chemical weapons attack - April 7, 2018 By now, most of the world has been repulsed by the dramatic, tragic i...
March 20, 2018
What are Erdoğan's intentions after the fall of 'Afrin?
Turkish and allied Syrian rebel forces (green) enter 'Afrin Syrian rebel forces, supported by Turkish armed forces, have entered ...
March 9, 2018
Iraq's chemical weapons - shoddy journalism and me
Every two or three years, without fail, some aspiring journalist will write an article containing research into Iraq's use of nerve age...
February 25, 2018
Ceasefire in Syria's East Ghutah was never going to happen
Caption: Russian occupation aircraft bombing cities and towns in the East Ghutah The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed R...
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