Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Foreign Policy

“Saudi Texas” is changing the world’s economic and political landscape

The virtual explosion in Texas’ production of natural gas and oil, thanks to fracking, caught even Citigroup off-guard. In February it apologized for so widely missing the mark in its report the previous year entitled “Energy 2020: Independence Day”:

Momentum toward North American energy independence accelerated last year [2012] well beyond the wildest dreams of any analyst and

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“Historic Deal” with Iran met with praise, grave concerns and sadness

Early Sunday morning, following four days of heavy negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and France – plus Germany), an agreement was announced which was touted as lifting sanctions against Iran in exchange for a reduction in Iran’s efforts to build their nuclear capability.

The deal was praised as a breakthrough 

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Astounding Increases in US Oil Production Reported

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013:

The advances in drilling and fracking technology coupled with the enormous untapped shale oil reserves are keeping the oil industry’s reporting agencies hopping, just trying to keep up with the gains in oil and natural gas production. For instance, the increase in US oil production in September was an amazing

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The Far-reaching Consequences of the Fracking Boom

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013:

Even the people at IHS, Inc. (one of the world’s preeminent global consulting and forecasting firms) missed perhaps the most important impact the fracking boom is likely to have: it just might dampen the enthusiasm for the empire builders in Washington to continue to

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US to Become the World’s Primary Energy Producer in Four Years

In its review of the latest report on world energy supplies from the international energy consulting firm IHS, Inc., writers at Yahoo.com were quick to point out several of the impacts likely to be felt as the United States becomes the number one producer of energy in the world by 2017. Fracking is the prime driver of the US’ resurgence and is bending, changing, questioning and even replacing many of the

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The Syrian “Deal” is Good for Everyone Except the US

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 16th, 2013:

After three days of intense negotiating (we are told), Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to force Assad to give up his chemical weapons, or else. These are the weapons, of course, that didn’t exist just a week ago, but now we know

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Syrian “Deal” Fraught with Peril

The diplomatic agreement reached on Saturday between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following three days of intense negotiations in Geneva, provides support for America’s enemies while giving President Obama a little breathing room. Nothing was resolved but

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Obama Buys Time, Solves Nothing

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013: 

The president has an excellent speech writer. His presentation Tuesday night was well-organized and persuasive. It revealed more than we knew. And it solved nothing.

He said he has “resisted calls for military action” but no one can recall exactly who

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More Good News: The Failing Syrian Strategy is Weakening the Imperial Presidency

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 9th, 2013:

A remarkable change is taking place, and most “conservative” pundits are failing to see it. As Obama stumbles determinedly forward in promoting his Syrian strategy while his supporters bail out along the way, few are seeing any benefits.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough admitted, after some tough grilling, that

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Despite Big Push by Obama, Support for Syrian Attack Dwindles

Secretary of State John Kerry, following his meetings with more than two dozen European foreign ministers on Saturday in Lithuania, insisted that his efforts were successful in generating support for President Obama’s planned attack on Syria. But none of it endorsed military action but only that

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Can Any Good Come Out of the Syrian Fiasco?

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 6th, 2013:

As the President tries to rally support for his Senate resolution to bomb Syria to teach Assad a lesson, he is sitting on an ice-cube that is melting.

On Tuesday night, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted underwhelmingly, 10-7, to support a watered-down version of what the White House really wanted: authorization to do what it wanted in Syria. Instead, the language limited his adventure to

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Unintended Consequences from Potential Syrian Attack Continue to Grow

Following the informal meeting between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin made clear that he would continue to provide all manner of military aid to Syria’s President Assad. Such aid would include

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Why Does Obama Want to Start a War?

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 30th, 2013:

 

With President Obama isolated in his quest to justify his pending attacks on Syria, why would he press on? Why would he incur the wrath not only of an increasing percentage of the American people, but his supporters as well?

Everywhere one looks, people are running away from Obama. In Canada,

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Spending on Surveillance by US Spy Agencies is Vastly Larger than Previously Thought

Thanks to the efforts of whistleblower Edward Snowden and the reluctant cooperation of the Washington Post, American citizens are now able to see just what their half-trillion dollars have bought them over the last ten years:

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Obama Ready to Launch Unilateral Military Assault on Syria

US Military preparations are underway for a limited, two-day, surgical strike aimed at “punishing” Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons – nerve gas – in last Wednesday’s attack on civilians in 9 cities in the Ghouta region east of Damascus, killing an estimated 1,300 people.

According to senior officials in the Obama administration, the attack “would probably last no more than

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Predictable War Hawks Urge Military Intervention in Syria

Following the ghastly chemical attacks on civilians in the Ghouta region just east of Damascus early in the morning of Wednesday, August 21st, preparations for intervention by the US military have begun, urged on by predictable war hawks in Congress and the media.

Estimates of casualties from Doctors without Borders to the Free Syria Army (FSA) range from a few hundred to

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Whistleblower Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 years

Reactions to the sentence handed down on Wednesday by Military Judge Denise Lind were immediate: “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley! You’re our hero!” exclaimed many in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

Others were less vocal, expressing disappointment that Manning was

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Jesse Jackson Provides One More Reason to Get Us out of the UN

On Wednesday, following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder trial, liberal black political activist Jesse Jackson expressed his opinion that, despite protestations from both the prosecution and the defense to the contrary, the trial was all about race:

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Michael Hastings, author of The Runaway General that ended McChrystal’s career, dead at 33

Most obituaries about Hasting’s untimely death in a high-speed fiery single-car crash at 4:30AM on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles dwelled on his primary and most visible contribution to investigative journalism, his authorship of The Runaway General in Rolling Stone magazine which led almost immediately to the

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Quiz: Who wrote this: “We Stand with Rand”?

I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it. My perception would have gotten in the way. My perception is that the author of this article would take the exact opposite view: that Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster was simply grandstanding and silly and not worth having a serious conversation about. In fact, when I Googled “The Kremlin on the Charles” I got this:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.