Will Taiwan Get the New F-16V Fighters It Desperately Wants?

And how mad will China get?

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

On July 8, the U.S. State Department announced it would approve a $2.2 billion arms deal with Taiwan including 108 Abrams main battle tanks and 250 Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missiles—a deal which elicited new sanctions from Beijing on the companies involved. … Read more

Oliver Stone Asks Vladimir Putin to Be His Daughter’s Godfather

By allison.quinn@thedailybeast.com (Allison Quinn) | The Daily Beast

Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

Filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone has made no secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but now he has taken it to a whole new level by trying to make him his 22-year-old daughter’s godfather. … Read more

An Open Secret: Russia Will Never Become a Stealth Fighter ‘Superpower’

Why not?

by David Axe | The National Interest

Speaking on May 15, 2019, Putin said the Kremlin would buy scores of Su-57s over the next eight years. If Putin is serious and the Russian defense ministry follows through on the pledge, Russia soon could possess a meaningful number of stealth fighters.Read more

Dear AOC and Bernie Sanders: Socialism Destroyed This Once Rich Country

A sad story. 

by James M. Roberts | The National Interest

Friedrich Hayek famously observed that socialist central planning puts countries on the road to serfdom.

The latest dead end on that highway to hell—already littered with the human victims of past failed attempts in places like Cuba and the old Soviet Union—is in Caracas, Venezuela.… Read more

The U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble but Here’s How to Fix It

Many more ships.

by TNI Staff | The National Interest

For example, if “Russia and China combined in the Western Pacific,” the U.S. Navy would probably be on the defensive, a position it has not occupied since the early days (1941–1942) of the Pacific War against Japan.Read more