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17 december
2016
Brian Frydenborg

The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

The story of how Russia won the (First) Russo-American Cyberwar because American President Barack Obama did not fight back and failed to protect America’s democracy from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s well-orchestrated, wide-ranging cyberassault, part of Russia’s wider war on Western democracy

17 november
2016
Brian Frydenborg

EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this is the most important article I have ever written in my life; please share with as many people as possible as soon as possible, as this is a matter of national importance before the election that the major media outlets have missed and not to their credit.

12 october
2016
Brian Frydenborg

Republic of Georgia Shows Trump & His Fans Depressingly Normal

The worst thing about Trump? Globally, people like him and his supporters are everywhere and their politics maddeningly banal, as the ethno-centric politics of hate in the Caucasian Republic of Georgia demonstrate frightening similarities to the same politics in the Unites States of America.

16 august
2016
Brian Frydenborg

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

A close look at the tangled web of relationships involving Trump, his Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his campaign in general, Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks in light of the DNC and Clinton-aimed related hacking is not reassuring.  Trump is fond of using the phrase: "There's something going on!" when he wants to imply a scandal without going into detail.  Well, "There's something going on" here and we will go into detail in this in-depth special report, more than any single article you will find anywhere, period.  Here is the one article to read on Trump, Putin, the Russian hacks, and political cyberwarfare in election 2016.

17 april
2016
Brian Frydenborg

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

Sudden, shocking, disturbing, and largely self-propelled trends in America and Europe are doing more damage to Western democracy today than Soviet armies or nuclear missiles ever did during the Cold War

15 january
2016
Brian Frydenborg

Claiming Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Created ISIS Problem Is Absurd; Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why

People claiming that the withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. forces carried out by the Obama Administration from 2010-2011 explains the rise of the terrorist group ISIS have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.  A simple look at the timeline, geography, facts, context, and history concerning the withdrawal and the rise of ISIS makes this abundantly clear and provable beyond any reasonable doubt.  Ultimately, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's policies and the dynamics of Syria's raging civil war are the clear catalysts and drivers behind current crises with ISIS both in Syria and Iraq.

13 december
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet that violated its airspace and Russia’s resulting casualties, tensions are certainly on the rise. Despite the fact that these tensions should not be overblown, important questions about Putin’s aims need to be addressed. Yet in the end, the saddest thing is how avoidable this incident was and how easy it would be to improve this situation dramatically.

21 november
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

This was written as the Paris attacks unfolded.  I have preserved the unfolding nature of the original piece to connect the reader in a deeper sense to what I was feeling as I wrote this.

 

As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it.  This is a time to be smart, but it is also a time to marginalize unhelpful, myopic voices, be they those of bigots or those who would justify and excuse the terrorists.  In short, the Paris attacks present significant political risk for a wide range of actors and parties, and cooler heads must lead us forward.

03 october
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

By intervening squarely on the side of Shiite Bashar Assad against his own mainly Sunni people and the entire Sunni Middle East, Russia may once again be the center of attention from the global Sunni jihadist movement.  But, unlike the 1980s in Afghanistan, these mujahadeen are much more experienced, much more sophisticated, much more capable, have a larger radicalized population from which to draw, and are able to strike anywhere, including Russia itself.

03 august
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

A Sensible Grading of Obama’s Middle East Strategy, As Opposed to Republican Nonsense: Part II: The Syrian Civil War

 

Grading Obama on what has—and has not—been done by his administration regarding the Syrian Civil War

 

Those who argue that the Obama Administration’s overall Middle East strategy is a total failure have no sense of strategy themselves and dangerously substitute tactical-here-and-nows and pointless posturing for real strategy (especially Republicans). That’s not to say some of the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies aren't lacking, but overall the Administration has more progress and sound approaches to point to than failures and mismanagement. Below, all of the Obama Administration’s major Middle East policies are broken down and given a letter grade. Here, then, is a look at all the major efforts of the Obama Administration in the Middle East, and as it covers a lot of territory this has been broken up into three parts, this being Part II and covering the Syrian Civil War.

07 june
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I

The cocks who crow “failure” every time the sun rises about the Obama Administration’s overall Middle East strategy—and we will be hearing their mindless crowing at its highest decibels since the competition within the Republican Party for the Party’s presidential nomination is now officially underway—have no sense of strategy themselves and dangerously substitute tactical-here-and-nows and pointless posturing for real strategy. That’s not to say some of the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies aren't lacking, but overall the Administration has more progress and sound approaches to point to than failures and mismanagement. Below, all of the Obama Administration’s major Middle East policies are broken down and given a letter grade. Here, then, is a look at all the major efforts of the Obama Administration in the Middle East, and as it covers a lot of territory this has been broken up into three parts, this being Part I and covering the U.S.-Muslim world reset, Iraq, and Israel/Palestine.

28 march
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Israel's Election, Netanyahu, Gaza, & the Struggle for Israel's Soul

While this was written the day of Israel's election, the analysis still rings true and, sadly, Israel has chosen Netanyhu and chosen to be the Israel that denies its actions and responsibilities in Gaza, just as it has chosen occupation over peace and has chosen to deny the reality of its deteriorating situation with Palestinians and the international community.

 

In short, Israel's policies that give it de facto control over Gaza, coupled with its talking point that it "left" Gaza in 2005, are symbolic of the hubris and and delusion that have characterized Israel under the Likud Party, and, especially now, under Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership.  Israel had a chance to show the world it was now capable of being honest with itself, Palestinians, and the world, but demonstrated that, unfortunately, it is not, at least not yet and perhaps not for some time.

27 february
2015
Brian Frydenborg

A Reality Check on U.S.-Russian Relations: Not Time to Relax, but Not Time to Panic, Either

As the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, extremist views of both Russia and the United States are given far too much credence and media space.  An examination of history and context, sorely needed in this situation, will reveal that, while certainly Russo-American relations are taking a big hit, and while this is certainly the worst Russo-American crisis since the Cold War, things are not as bad as many would claim.  That is not to suggest that this is some even-handed, neutral situation, but only with a clear view and understanding of what is really going on, minus the noise, hysteria, and falsehoods perpetuating discussion of this issue, can a better path forward come to light.  Rather than be so at odds, the U.S. and Russia can and should become allies.

02 february
2015
Brian Frydenborg

The Ferguson Intifada, or Why African-Americans are America’s Palestinians

It was not some sort of freak coincidence that people both in America and the Middle East, as well as elsewhere, looked at images coming out of Ferguson and images coming out of Egypt, the Palestinian Territories of Gaza and the West Bank, and other places in the region and saw significant similarities. The imagers of mass protests turning violent and/or security forces’ violent responses, often involving tear gas, were, at times, difficult to tell if they were taken in Ferguson or Ramallah or Cairo. Some in in the Middle East, far more accustomed to dealing with tear gas than Americans, posted advice for their fellow protesters in America. There was a genuine solidarity felt between protesters in both regions. For many, especially white Americans and Jewish Israelis, this might seem incomprehensible. What could African-Americans and Palestinians have in common with each other?

 

Well, despite all the differences, quite a lot actually. America in particular can very much look at the situation in Israel/Palestine as a cautionary tale.

13 january
2015
Brian Frydenborg

Why Isn’t Anyone Giving Obama Credit for Ousting Maliki?

How the Obama Administration Removed Iraq’s Largest Political Obstacle

 

As 2014 unfolded, it became even more apparent than it already had been to the Obama Administration that Iraqi's Prime Minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, was part of the problem and not the solution, this occurring in dramatic fashion with the rapid advance of ISIS (Islamic State) deep into Iraq.  Now he is gone, and there is a degree of hope in and for Iraq where before there was none.  This is the unherladed, unacknowledged, triumphant story of how a president and and an administration that wanted nothing to do with Iraq still managed to deftly and subtly handle a terrifying and chaotic situation to bring about major political change inside Iraq not with bombs, but with good old-fashioned soft-power diplomacy, with Iraqis coming together to make the necessary change themselves with the support of regional partners, exactly what needs to be the modus operandi of Iraq going forward.