News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore.

1. South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces

2. The Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis goes mainstream

3.  NYSE scraps plans to delist Chinese telecom stocks

4. Pompeo cites China, North Korea as Trump’s unfinished business

5. On anniversary of downed Flight 752, it’s time to hold Iran accountable

6. Is America back? The high politics of trade in the Indo-Pacific

7. Ten angry men: what the incredible letter from former Defense Secretaries should tell Americans

8. Everybody spies in cyberspace. The U.S. must plan accordingly.

9. Jolo police charged with murder, planting evidence in soldiers’ slay

10. Snowden’s no hero

11. The mutated virus is a ticking time bomb

12. Beijing’s bid for financial supremacy

13. President Trump must act on behalf of Robert Bales and other convicted warfighters

14. Complaint about Green Beret colonel’s ‘overreactions’ was dismissed months before police standoff

15. Top Pentagon official dismissed U.S. alliances with Taiwan, Australia

16. Philippine ‘within striking distance’: China seen gearing up for full naval base operations on Fiery Cross Reef

17. Pentagon gets diversity watchdog in bill passed over Trump veto

18. Three brothers: a Navy SEAL, Green Beret, and the Marine sole survivor

19. Biden should retain these Trump policies to keep America great in 2021

20. Options to prioritize people and improve readiness: decreasing OPTEMPO to increase learning

21. Biden’s security adviser gives a foreign policy preview

22. Afghan conflict – a look back at 2020

 

1. South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces

AP · Hyung-Jin Kim & Jon Gambrell · January 5, 2021

 

2. The Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis goes mainstream

National Review · Jim Geraghty · January 4, 2021

I wondered about this last February.

 

3. NYSE scraps plans to delist Chinese telecom stocks

Wall Street Journal · Chong Koh Ping & Ben Otto · January 5, 2021

About face.

I received these comments from a friend who knows and understands finance and investing and history better than I ever will:

“I laughed at the Washington showboat politicians on delisting Alibaba, JD. Com, et al. An American proverb comes to mind: “cut off one’s own nose to spite the face.” London used to be the center of global finance and global listings; they made the similar hubris mistakes as this. So, we lose several trillions in capital – for what?? Send it to Hong Kong to be laundered back to Beijing in new aircraft carriers and a global blue water navy? All that global investor capital will follow Alibaba, Baidu, et al wherever they are listed.”

 

4. Pompeo cites China, North Korea as Trump’s unfinished business

Bloomberg · Nick Wadhams · January 4, 2021

In his defense, every administration has unfinished business with North Korea. As long as the Kim family regime remains in power, business will always be unfinished.

 

5. On anniversary of downed Flight 752, it’s time to hold Iran accountable

Hill · Toby Dershowitz, Alireza Nader, &Dylan Gresik · January 4, 2021

 

6. Is America back? The high politics of trade in the Indo-Pacific

Brookings · Mireya Solís · January 4, 2021

 

7. Ten angry men: what the incredible letter from former Defense Secretaries should tell Americans

TIME · James Stavridis · January 4, 2021

 

8. Everybody spies in cyberspace. The U.S. must plan accordingly.

Defense One · Amy Zegart · January 4, 2021

We must work from the assumption that we can be compromised in cyberspace.

 

9. Jolo police charged with murder, planting evidence in soldiers’ slay

Rappler · Rambo Talabong · January 4, 2021

Wow. This is difficult to believe.

 

10. Snowden’s no hero

Washington Examiner · Rebeccah Heinrichs · January 1, 2021

In my humble opinion, he is a traitor.

 

11. The mutated virus is a ticking time bomb

Defense One · Zeynep Tufekci · January 4, 2021

But this will be denied by the COVID deniers and conspiracy theorists.

 

12. Beijing’s bid for financial supremacy

Wall Street Journal · Kevin Warsh · January 4, 2021

 

13. President Trump Must Act on Behalf of Robert Bales and Other Convicted Warfighters

Military.com · David Gurfein · January 4, 2021

Oh no. Wow. This is quite an argument. Clearly, if the author’s allegations are true, we made some horrendous process mistakes. But Bales has been proven to be a cold-blooded murderer. He should not be pardoned. At best and again if the process allegations are true, he should be retired. Then again, he has exhausted all his appeals (with the Supreme Court declining to hear the case) so it seems that due process has been conducted.

But I will leave this to the legal experts to assess and explain.

 

14. Complaint about Green Beret colonel’s ‘overreactions’ was dismissed months before police standoff

Military Times · Kyle Rempfer · January 4, 2021

Such a terrible tragedy for the family.  But this article exposes an issue that is going to add to all of the controversy about investigations in the military, especially investigations of senior officers.

 

15. Top Pentagon official dismissed U.S. alliances with Taiwan, Australia

Washington Times · Rowan Scarborough · January 4, 2021

James Baker has been the subject of controversy before.

 

16. Philippine ‘within striking distance’: China seen gearing up for full naval base operations on Fiery Cross Reef

Straits Times · January 5, 2021

 

17. Pentagon gets diversity watchdog in bill passed over Trump veto

Bloomberg · Anthony Capaccio · January 5, 2021

There is a lot to unpack from the NDAA.

 

18. Three brothers: a Navy SEAL, Green Beret and the Marine sole survivor

Marine Corps Times · Todd South · January 5, 2021

Quite a story. If someone pitched this for a fictional movie it would probably be rejected as being too far-fetched.

 

19. Biden should retain these Trump policies to keep America great in 2021

Hill · Merrill Matthews · January 4, 2021

 

20. Options to Prioritize People and Improve Readiness: Decreasing OPTEMPO to Increase Learning

Divergent Options · Josh Linvill · January 4, 2021

One of the biggest challenges our military faces.

 

21. Biden’s security adviser gives a foreign policy preview

Asia Times · MK Bhadrakumar · January 5, 2021

Here is the link to the transcript of Jake Sullivan’s discussion with Freed Zakaria on Sunday.

 

22. Afghan conflict – a look back at 2020

SOF News · January 5, 2021

 

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– Chinese proverb

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– Persian wisdom

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