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. 

But the announcement was more notable for what the approval didn’t include—a nearly done-deal for sixty-six F-16V jet fighters built fresh off the F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina.… Read the full article.

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. 

“Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?” Putin asked when Stone floated the idea during a sit-down in the Kremlin. 

“We’ll make her that [Orthodox],” Stone replied, according to a transcript of the interview put out by the Kremlin Friday. … Read the full article.

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 the full article.

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 the full article.

Be Afraid, Russia: Ukraine’s Military Is Becoming a Force to Reckoned With

Thanks to America?

by Mark Episkopos | The National Interest

Ukraine and the Russian-backed, separatist forces of Donetsk and Luhansk remain locked in a shooting war that, since 2014, has claimed around thirteen thousand Ukrainian lives and displaced over two million more.… Read the full article.

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 the full article.