Browsing All posts tagged under »FSM (Peter Brookes)«

Foreign Policy Firing On All Cylinders

January 20, 2018 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Team Trump gains ground standing up to bad guys  Mainstream media reporting can give the impression that the Trump administration is fraught with chaos, leaving the affairs of state abroad unattended to or adrift. Indeed, you’d think that nothing could possibly be getting done in American national security and foreign […]

North Korea Nuke Threat Skyrockets

July 12, 2017 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ The threat is deadly serious. North Korea’s ominous launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July Fourth means that Pyongyang can reach out and touch the continental United States in a mushroom-cloud sort of way. According to North Korea’s KCNA news agency, the Hwasong-14 ballistic missile traveled only about […]

Military ‘Win’ In Mosul Only The Start

April 4, 2017 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Iraq must overcome ISIS terror, sectarian divides The progress seen in the pitched battle between Iraqi troops (supported by U.S. forces) and ISIS for control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul may seem like the light at the end of the dark Islamic State tunnel. But that hopeful glimmer […]

Pause In U.S. Entry Policies Sensible

February 1, 2017 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Trump’s order targets countries with terror risks People will spin it anyway they like – and they will – but President Trump’s decision to take a pause and review travel to the United States from seven Middle Eastern and North African countries is sound national security policy. It’s also completely […]

Senate Casts Eye On Global Hot Spots

January 15, 2017 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Russia tops chart as Trump’s security picks scrutinized While a lot of white-hot issues will be hammered on in the coming weeks during U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the incoming administration’s Cabinet secretaries, no topic will generate more sparks than Russia. No real surprise. Moscow has been a huge headache […]

Election Hack Sows Confusion

December 22, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ The problem with the stories about the possibility of Russia influencing this year’s presidential election through computer network operations – cyberattacks or “hacking” – is that, at this point, the news raises more questions than it answers. Various press accounts – based largely on anonymous sources, and stemming from secret […]

Battle For Mosul Just The Beginning

November 2, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Powerful players must find common ground The battle to pull Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State’s (aka ISIS) death grip is now in Week Two – and while victory doesn’t seem to be in sight just yet, progress toward retaking the city has been made. Unfortunately, evicting […]

To Push No Nukes Agenda, Obama Mulls An End Run

August 16, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ It’s said that nothing focuses the mind like a deadline – including the end of the second term of a presidential administration. For Team Obama, it’s legacy time. The White House is in a sprint to get all those tough “to-do’s” done before the clock runs out on eight years […]

U.S. Must Up Anti-Terror Game

June 16, 2016 by


Dramatic offensives needed to topple ISIS By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ I hate to bring this up as we mourn the innocent victims of the Orlando shooting, but I can’t help but feel that if we’d made greater progress in snuffing out the Islamic State, we might not be talking about another terror attack on […]

Remembering Those Who Never Came Home

May 30, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ During the mid-2000s, I attended my son’s graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, in a ceremony where the commencement address was given by then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates. Like many who attend graduations, I have no recall of what Gates said to the collective students, faculty, and […]

Russia Exercises Need For Speed: Dangerous Antics In Baltics Hint At Bigger Plans

April 22, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Will someone please call the Kremlin ASAP and ask them to remove all copies of the movie “Top Gunski” from the ready rooms of Russia’s fighter pilots? Their aerial acrobatics are dangerously out of control. Not only is somebody going to get killed unnecessarily, but the jet jocks’ capers could […]

Brussels Attack Won’t Be The Last: Islamic State Spreads Its Deadly Influence Far And Wide

March 28, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ It’s understandable to put a laser-like focus on the horrific bombings in Brussels that resulted in more than 30 deaths and hundreds of injuries to innocents, including Americans, at the hands of Islamic State terrorists. But it’s also important to step back and survey the broader Islamic State (aka ISIS […]

Putin Hits Road, Leaving Assad In Driver’s Seat

March 18, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ As I suggested to readers two weeks ago here (see “Russia playing Syria ‘cease-fire’ to its advantage,” March 2), Moscow wouldn’t have settled for a “cease-fire” in Syria if it didn’t think it was in a good spot. The Kremlin basically confirmed that on Monday. As you know by now, […]

Fear Grows As Islamic State Spreads: Terror Network Digs In Deep In Afghanistan, Libya

February 6, 2016 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ As if they didn’t have enough to deal with already, the Pentagon has a new problem to panic about: the rise of Islamic State (aka ISIS) affiliates in Afghanistan and Libya. While we’ve known that ISIS has been spreading beyond the Middle East, creating allies and claiming “provinces,” there has […]

Blaming Terrorism On Climate Change Isn’t Just Stupid—It’s Dangerous

December 9, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ President Obama certainly knows how to use a red-hot news hook to highlight his agenda. This week, during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, he appeared to conflate climate change and terrorism. Coming hot on the heels of the ISIS massacres in the “City of Lights,” that […]

President Muddles About In Syria, Iraq

November 7, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ There’s a lot of confusion about the announcement by the White House late last week about the upcoming deployment of U.S. special operations forces to Syria, especially after President Obama repeatedly promised – going back to 2013 – no “boots on the ground.” If you’re perplexed by the news, don’t […]

‘War’ On Islamic State A Failure: First Anniversary Of Speech Nothing To Celebrate

September 12, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ A year ago today in a nationally televised address, President Obama spoke to the nation about his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (aka ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. Current U.S. strategy consists of an air campaign against the Islamic State, training the Iraqi army to fight […]

As Syrian Regime Teeters, Obama Lacks A Plan

August 3, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Tired of the bantering about the deeply-flawed Iran nuclear deal? No worries, there are plenty of other scary scenarios to mull over during your morning coffee beyond the ayatollahs splitting atoms. For instance, what’s our plan for when the regime of Syria’s Bashar Assad falls? Yes, I said “falls.” If […]

Terror State Will Likely Ramp Up Mideast Mischief

July 21, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ One of the most troubling elements of the Iranian nuclear deal is the financial lifeline it throws to Tehran by lifting the punitive economic sanctions slapped on it because of bad behavior on atomic affairs. While estimates vary, we’re talking about Tehran pocketing well north of $100 billion – as […]

U.S. Has Power To Stop Train Wreck In Iraq, Syria

June 15, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ The unfolding political, humanitarian and security disaster involving Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State is like watching a slow-motion train wreck. You desperately want to look away, but you can’t. While President Obama has been tagged with not having a “complete strategy” for dealing with the Islamic State, based on […]

Tehran’s On Tear In Middle East

May 2, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ So much for those who were hoping that the recently concluded – but clearly unfinished – nuclear deal with Iran would serve as the basis for a replay of President Nixon’s historic opening to China. As the next phase of nuclear talks begins this week in Vienna, Tehran is on […]

President Obama Cozies Up To Cuban Dictator

April 23, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ With the “historic” clasp of hands in Panama City, Panama last week with Raul Castro, President Obama took the next fateful step toward normalizing relations with the Western Hemisphere’s most repressive regime. Seemingly desperate to move beyond a series of foreign policy flubs such as Iraq, Russia and Libya, cozying […]

China Sets Out To Claim High Seas

April 16, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Check this: In a brazen move, the People’s Republic of China is now building “islands” in the South China Sea to bolster its position against several other East Asian countries – and the United States. Yes, I said “building.” China is actually dredging sand and piling it up on existing […]

Iran Deal Leaves Security Fears

April 7, 2015 by


By Dr. Peter Brookes ~ Let’s be honest, the joint comprehensive plan of action announced last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, between the P5+1 (U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran is essentially a Rorschach inkblot test. People will see what they want to see. Some people, like Team Obama, see the deal as […]