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Join David Befort and Paul Fugere on Episode 27 of the Wealth Warehouse! Have you ever noticed that all of the big financial gurus always talk about where to invest your money, rather than where to save it? In today's episode, David and Paul are talking about savings - but not just any old inflation discussion. They cover where to park your money and even what you need to know when you take it out. The guys also dive into the most common ways people build wealth and a couple of its biggest problems: lack of access and lack of liquidity. They also cover the sequence of returns risk and how to approach taking money out. Episode Outline: -(0:31) - Episode start -(1:30) - “What is sequence?”, the four things you can do with money -(2:45) - What is the wealth plan of most people? -(6:53) - The importance of having access to liquid capital, especially for emergencies -(13:30) - Sequence of returns risk, “nobody tells you where to save your money” -(19:05) - The strength of IBC during times of financial crisis or hardship -(20:48) - “The more capital you have access to, the better the opportunities get” -(24:43) - “Sequence matters when you're putting money in and when you're taking money out” ABOUT YOUR HOSTS: David Befort and Paul Fugere are the hosts of the Wealth Warehouse Podcast. David is the Founder/CEO of Max Performance Financial. He founded the company with the mission of educating people on the truths about money. David's mission is to show you how you can control your own money, earn guarantees, grow it tax-free, and maintain penalty-free access to it to leverage for opportunities that will provide passive income for the rest of your life. Paul, on the other hand, is an Active Duty U.S. Army officer who graduated from Norwich University in 2002 with a B.A. in History and again in 2012 with a MA in Diplomacy and International Terrorism. Paul met his wife Tammy at Norwich. As a family, they enjoy boating, traveling, sports, hunting, automobiles, and are self-proclaimed food people. Catch up with David and Paul, visit the links below! Website: https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Fugere494 https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Befort399 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-a-befort-jr-09663972/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-fugere-762021b0/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Zsófia Wolford New co-host Zsofia Wolford is joined by Nicolò Fasola, former Junior Eisenhower Fellow at NATO’s Defense College and Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, to discuss the new Strategic Concept, the future of arms control, and NATO’s new defense and deterrence posture. They will also explore the limitations of the new … Continue reading Sea Control 370 – NATO’s Shifting Approach to Strategic Stability, Defense, and Deterrence with Nicolò Fasola →
If you would like to support us, we're on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/user?u=30479515 And if you don't like Patreon, we're also on Utreon! https://utreon.com/c/S2Underground/ Just a few reminders for everyone who's just become aware of us, in order to keep these briefings from being several hours long, we can't cover everything. We're probably covering 1% of the world events when we conduct these briefings, so please remember that if we left it out, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's unimportant. Also, remember that we do these briefings quite often, so we might have covered an issue previously that you might not see if you are only watching our most recent videos. We're also doing this in our spare time, so again we fully admit that these briefings aren't even close to being perfect; we're going for a healthy blend of speed and quality. If we were to wait and only post a brief when it's "perfect" we would never post anything at all. So expect some minor errors on the slides here and there. If there is a major error or correction that needs to be made, we will post it here in the description, and verbally address it in the next briefing, whenever that is. We do not have a set schedule for when these videos are published...when we get enough info that we think is worth it, we brief it. If we were bound to a schedule we would be obligated to provide fluff for the days where there isn't anything worth commenting on. Also, thanks for reading this far. It is always surprising the number of people that don't actually read the description box to find more information. DISCLAIMER: This content is purely educational and does not advocate for violating any laws. Do not violate any laws or regulations. This is not legal advice. Consult with your attorney. Our Reading List! https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/133747963-s2-actual The War Kitchen Channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYmtpjXT22tAWGIlg_xDDPA
Join David Befort and Paul Fugere on Episode 26 of the Wealth Warehouse! “Would you rather save $112,000 or earn $411,000?” In today's episode, David and Paul examine this question within the context of mortgages. More specifically, 15 year mortgages vs. 30 year mortgages and the difference they can make for your immediate and future finances. The guys explain all the variables that you should care about, expert advice you should ignore and why you should care a lot more about your money's “productivity”. They even give you the math to figure it all out! Tune in to find out what it could all mean for your income, retirement, liquidity and more! Link to the video referenced in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPEfrcNY5Wg&t=166s Episode Outline: (0:50) - Initial question, “Would you rather save $112,000 or earn $411,000?” (2:50) - Savings on interest and money productivity, examining the variables of a 15 year mortgage and a 30 year mortgage (7:12) - 30 year mortgage allows you to take advantage of lower monthly payments and use the difference to grow your money (11:45) - Why give your money to the bank faster than they require? Don't sacrifice liquidity that you might need for your life or potential disaster (15:34) - The rise in the cost of living and inflation explained (18:34) - Is there similar value in having your home paid off vs. having the money to be able to pay it off? (22:13) - Where does the $411,000 come from? Exploring a scenario with a 30 year mortgage and IBC ABOUT YOUR HOSTS: David Befort and Paul Fugere are the hosts of the Wealth Warehouse Podcast. David is the Founder/CEO of Max Performance Financial. He founded the company with the mission of educating people on the truths about money. David's mission is to show you how you can control your own money, earn guarantees, grow it tax-free, and maintain penalty-free access to it to leverage for opportunities that will provide passive income for the rest of your life. Paul, on the other hand, is an Active Duty U.S. Army officer who graduated from Norwich University in 2002 with a B.A. in History and again in 2012 with a MA in Diplomacy and International Terrorism. Paul met his wife Tammy at Norwich. As a family, they enjoy boating, traveling, sports, hunting, automobiles, and are self-proclaimed food people. Catch up with David and Paul, visit the links below! Website: https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Fugere494 https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Befort399 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-a-befort-jr-09663972/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-fugere-762021b0/ Email: email@example.com
David Gornoski highlights how the Democrats empower the billionaire class and deprive the poor and the middle class of any agency. Joining David for this episode is Pastor Jim Fitzgerald who calls in for a conversation on the war in Ukraine, China-Taiwan tension, Nancy Pelosi's childlike diplomacy, the infantilization of foreign policy, and more. Visit A Neighbor's Choice website at aneighborschoice.com
By Walker Mills Dr. Anna Sergi joins the program to discuss her research on organized crime in ports around the world. Dr. Anna Sergi is a Professor at the University of Essex. She specializes in organized crime and comparative criminal justice and, more recently, drug importations through seaports. Download Sea Control 369 – Conceptualizing Ports … Continue reading Sea Control 369 – Conceptualizing Ports and Organized Crime with Dr. Anna Sergi →
00:40 Face-to-Face vs Online Diplomacy18:35 The skills of two-way communication 30:10 Time, Attention, and Health are resources 37:05 Hone your tactical mind with Gunboat Diplomacy40:23 Closing thoughts: Interest in Variant MapsCheck out Episode 13 of the Diplomacy Dojo for more thoughts on face-to-face. Hear more from Chris in Episode 15.Visit the BrotherBored blogSupport Your Bored Brother on PatreonIf you enjoy BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo, please subscribe and leave a review letting us know! The Diplomacy Dojo is available on most podcatchers, as well as on the BrotherBored YouTube channel. Thanks to Roy (stinsonvo) for editing this episode!★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
On this episode of "The Federalist Radio Hour," Todd Bensman, the Texas-based senior national security fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how the Biden administration's diplomacy opened up a "superhighway" of illegal immigration in South America and makes the U.S. southern border even more vulnerable to crime and crisis. Read Bensman's latest report "New Migrant 'Superhighway' Bringing the World from South America to Texas" here: https://cis.org/Bensman/New-Migrant-Superhighway-Bringing-World-South-America-Texas
By Jared Samuelson Gina Fiore rejoins the program to discuss the Quad’s new Maritime Domain Awareness Initiative. Gina Fiore is a senior associate with Pew's Ending Illegal Fishing Project. She manages projects related to illegal fishing and convergence crimes and acts as a liaison between Pew and the military and national security communities. Download Sea … Continue reading Sea Control 368 – Gina Fiore on The Quad’s New MDA Initiative →
The world is facing a series of crises—energy and food shortages, climate change, war in Ukraine—as well as growing anxiety about potential conflict between the United States and China. American diplomacy is central to managing all of these problems. And yet the State Department is chronically underresourced and often sidelined in policy debates, elbowed out by the Defense Department, a behemoth by comparison. Why are American diplomats undervalued—and what is the cost to policymaking? What would it take to strengthen the State Department? And how is U.S. leadership on the world stage affected by problems at home, from threats to democracy and mass shootings to rollbacks in women's rights and the ongoing struggle for racial justice? U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield wrestles with these questions every day. Of any senior U.S. official, she spends the most time working with Russian and Chinese counterparts day to day at the UN. She understands what a powerful tool American diplomacy can be—and what it needs to be successful. We discuss what it's like to represent the United States at a time of domestic turmoil, how the UN has performed with regard to Ukraine, the prospects for progress in Africa, and why diplomacy is the key to a better relationship with China. You can find transcripts and more episodes of “The Foreign Affairs Interview” at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/podcasts/foreign-affairs-interview.
US permanent resident, Jose Pereira from Texas was former acting President and CEO of CITGO Petroleum. In November 2017 shortly before Thanksgiving, Jose was arrested in Caracas while he was there for a business meeting with five of his other American colleagues. Collectively, they're known as the CITGO 6. The US government has stated they are unlawfully detained and called for their immediate release. On this episode, we have the honour of speaking to Jose's son, John Pereira. John talks to us about what happened to his father, the conditions of his detention, the unfair trial and the significant developments that have taken place in the last year including Jose's heart attack in prison, a visit to Venezuela by US Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens as well as the release of Gustavo Cardenas in March 2022. Gustavo was one of the CITGO 6 and is now thankfully back home in the US with his family. John also talks to us about how he and family have been coping with this trauma, President Biden's new Executive Order on Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad as well as what CITGO Petroleum, the US government, journalists and the public can do to help bring Jose Pereira back home to Texas.If you prefer, you can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube. For more information on Jose Pereira, please check out the following:Free Jose Pereira Twitter accountSocial media hashtag: FreeJosePereira, Citgo6Get the latest updates on hostage cases we at Pod Hostage Diplomacy are working on including new episodes by subscribing to our fortnightly newsletter, the Hostage Briefing. Subscribe here.You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Support the show
Thank you so much for listening to the Bob Harden Show, celebrating our 11th year broadcasting on the internet. On Wednesday's show, we discuss Supreme Court decisions made in the last term with Bob Levy, Chairman of the Cato Institute. We also visit with Professor Andrew Joppa about Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, developments in Ukraine, and Schumer and Manchin's Inflation Reduction Act. Please join us on Thursday's show. We'll visit with the Co-Founder of the Florida Citizens Alliance Keith Flaugh, the Founder and President of Less Government Seton Motley, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. George Markovich, and the former Mayor of Naples, Bill Barnett. Please access this or past shows at your convenience on my web site, social media platforms or podcast platforms.
Thank you so much for listening to the Bob Harden Show, celebrating our 11th year broadcasting on the internet. On Wednesday's show, we discuss Supreme Court decisions made in the last term with Bob Levy, Chairman of the Cato Institute. We also visit with Professor Andrew Joppa about Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, developments in … The post Confusing Diplomacy appeared first on Bob Harden Show.
In this episode of Japan Memo, Robert Ward and Yuka Koshino host Dr Tsuruoka Michito, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University, as well as Senior Associate Fellow at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) at the Brussels School of Governance, and Senior Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.Robert, Yuka, and Tsuruoka-sensei unpack the background context of growing Japan-NATO relations, the 2022 Madrid Summit, the implications of deepening Japan-NATO engagement, and opportunities and roadblocks to increased Japan-NATO cooperation. Topics discussed include:Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's legacy for Japan-NATO relations The significance of Prime Minister Kishida's participation in the 2022 Madrid Summit Japan and NATO's expectations on the trajectory of their relationshipPractical avenues of cooperation for Japan and NATO to engage inThe role of the US in streamlining Japan-NATO cooperation The following literature is recommended by our guest to gain a clearer picture of Japan and Japanese society today:Our guest recommends tabloid papers or weekly magazines such as “Shukan Bunchun” (週刊文春), “Shukan Shinchou” (週刊新潮), or sports and entertainment tabloids such as “Sankei Sports” (サンケイスポーツ)Alternatively, “Variety” TV programmes in the form of morning or evening shows also illuminate Japanese viewpoints on domestic or international issues. We hope you enjoy the episode and please follow, rate, and subscribe to Japan Memo on the podcast platform of your choice.Date of Recording: 19 July 2022Japan Memo is recorded and produced at the IISS in London. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Recorded July 14, 2022 - We are pleased to share the audio from our National Outreach program in Atlanta. On July 14, 2022, The Korea Society hosted "The Comprehensive, Strategic U.S.-Korea Alliance," a conference in Atlanta, Georgia produced in partnership with the Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce. This event was held at the Commerce Club Atlanta. The conference was the rollout of a strategic initiative of the Society to highlight the diplomatic, security, business and investment aspects of the multifaceted, dynamic U.S.-Korea relationship. It was composed of keynote speeches, two morning panels, a luncheon, and a closing reception. The conference served to connect the local Atlanta and the wider Southeast U.S. audience with high-impact speakers who provided insights on a series of engaging topics. We hope you enjoy! PANEL ONE - SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY Moderator Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Shapiro, Senior Advisor, The Pendleton Group of consultants Panelists General (Ret.) Vincent K Brooks, Former United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / US Forces Korea Commander Major General Lee KyungKoo, Republic of Korea Defense Attaché For more information, please visit the link below: https://www.koreasociety.org/policy-and-corporate-programs/item/1592-the-comprehensive-strategic-u-s-korea-alliance
“I [will] be obliged to interfere, by force if necessary, if the Germans [take] any action which look[s] like the acquisition of territory in Venezuela.” This is the story of foreign policy (“Big Stick” Diplomacy) in the Theodore Roosevelt White House. TR loves the West African proverb: “Speak softly and carry a big stick: you will go far.” It defines the Cowboy President's approach to life—particularly to foreign affairs—and as Germany rattles the saber at indebted Venezuela, Monroe Doctrine-supporting Teddy doesn't hesitate to tell the Kaiser's diplomats … “softly” … that those are fighting words. But as Teddy expands the Monroe Doctrine with his “Roosevelt Corollary,” questions arise about the US acting as the Western Hemisphere's self-appointed police force. Particularly when the US interferes in Colombian affairs by backing an independence movement on the Panamanian Isthmus. Is this about supporting the oppressed? Or is TR making an imperialist move to make sure the US can build a canal through the American continents? Winning the Nobel Peace Prize, preventing wars, yet showing American strength with the Great White Fleet—and all of this while undertaking one of the most daunting, impossible engineering feats in world history. This is Teddy Roosevelt on the world stage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join David Befort and Paul Fugere on Episode 25 of the Wealth Warehouse! In today's episode the guys field some questions from listeners about dividends! How do you know which companies will mesh with your IBC strategy? What is a “paid up addition”? And how does it work? Tune in to have all your burning questions answered! In this episode you'll learn about: -The different ways you can receive dividends from your policy -How dividends work with IBC and their relationship to PUAs -The simplicity of policy loans and how to manage them, “they're revolving doors of money” -Why getting started with IBC isn't as expensive as you think -Choosing the right company for your IBC strategy -And much more! Infinite Banking for RE Investors: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/infinite-banking-re-investors-david-a-befort-jr-/ “The Infinite Banking Concept Explained”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fSMlg4i7pk HIGHLIGHTS: -(2:13) - “Are the dividends paid towards cash value or towards the policy loan? Do they act like a dividend stock?” -(5:40) - “Does the policy loan increase automatically as I pay my premiums?” -(6:30) - “Or everytime would I have to re-apply for a new policy loan?” -(10:53) - “If I don't have a lot of monthly cash flow to start with a high policy premium is it possible to start with lower premiums and then add another policy down the road, or increase the value of the policy?” -(14:30) - IBC and family banking -(17:30) - “How do you find a whole life insurance provider who understands IBC and can structure policies that support the strategy?” -(20:00) - Your IBC strategy and choosing the right company, why high dividend payouts shouldn't be the most important factor -(23:40) - “How does the dividend work with IBC?”, “How does the dividend make me money?” ABOUT YOUR HOSTS: David Befort and Paul Fugere are the hosts of the Wealth Warehouse Podcast. David is the Founder/CEO of Max Performance Financial. He founded the company with the mission of educating people on the truths about money. David's mission is to show you how you can control your own money, earn guarantees, grow it tax-free, and maintain penalty-free access to it to leverage for opportunities that will provide passive income for the rest of your life. Paul, on the other hand, is an Active Duty U.S. Army officer who graduated from Norwich University in 2002 with a B.A. in History and again in 2012 with a MA in Diplomacy and International Terrorism. Paul met his wife Tammy at Norwich. As a family, they enjoy boating, traveling, sports, hunting, automobiles, and are self-proclaimed food people. Catch up with David and Paul, visit the links below! Website: https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Fugere494 https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Befort399 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-a-befort-jr-09663972/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-fugere-762021b0/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is again opening its arms to tourists and students from China, as the borders fully re-open today under Covid management. She said she is looking forward to the resumption of ministerial visits with China as Covid allows, and she hoped to lead a business delegation herself "to renew and refresh in-person connections". In a veiled reference to China's threats of "resolute and forceful measures" over a possible visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Ardern called for "diplomacy, de-escalation and dialogue". She also called on China to use its interest in the region to deal with climate change and to use its influence with Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking at the China Business Summit in Auckland this morning, including Chinese ambassador Wang Xiaolong, she said New Zealanders were natural hosts. "Manaakitanga streams through our veins and we open our arms to tourists and students including from China – which prior to 2020 was New Zealand's largest source of international students and second largest source of tourists. "To those looking to make the journey, haere mai, we welcome you." New Zealand's borders have been undergoing a phased reopening, with today being the first full day of open borders since Covid closed them in March 2020. China's borders, however, remain restricted as it pursues an elimination strategy. Ardern spoke about international rules, norms and institutions being under threat, and pointed to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets China's President Xi Jinping during her last visit in April 2019. Photo / Supplied "As history shows us repeatedly, when large countries disregard sovereignty and territorial integrity with a sense of impunity, it does not bode well, particularly for small countries like New Zealand. "And that's why, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and in line with its commitment to the UN Charter, we continue to urge China to be clear that it does not support the Russian invasion, and have called on China to use its access and influence to help bring an end to the conflict." The implications of war were global and were felt far from Europe, including in the Indo-Pacific. "In response to increasing tensions or risks in the region – be they in the Pacific, the South China Sea or the Taiwan Strait - New Zealand's position remains consistent – we call for adherence to international rules and norms, for diplomacy, de-escalation and dialogue rather than threats, force and coercion." Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific, including to Singapore, Japan and South Korea, but early plans to include Taiwan in the itinerary have been met with fury in China and unspecified "serious consequences". In reference to other recent tensions, China's security pact with the Solomon Islands and bid for a wider Pacific agreement, Ardern said that the priority of others outside the region should be climate change. "My message to all who wish to extend support and influence in any way to any region outside their own, is to extend that support first and foremost to tackle the violence of climate change. "This is how we as an international community can make a lasting difference in bringing about the security of a stable planet." She referred to managing the differences between New Zealand and China, which this year mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. "Managing the differences in our relationship is not always going to be easy and there are no guarantees," she said. "But, as a government, we continue to work hard – through dialogue and diplomacy. "We will never take our relationship for granted, but nor do we assume that it will not evolve." As China's role in the region grew, its views and actions naturally reverberated with great significance. "But even as China becomes more assertive in the pursuit of its interests, there are still shared interests on which we can and should cooperate." She said New Zealand had been firm and consistent in its commitment to the one-China policy, and more recently in the implementation of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. But the two countries had their own world view, shaped by distinct political systems, histories and cultures. "New Zealand's approach has been consistent. We have, over decades, had a fiercely independent foreign policy driven by our assessment of our interests and values. In an apparent reference to human rights, she said there were areas that mattered deeply to New Zealand. "In all of these areas, we are willing to engage – consistently, predictably and respectfully. But we will also advocate for approach and outcomes that reflect New Zealand's interests and values, and speak out on issues that do not. "New Zealanders – and an independent foreign policy – demand nothing less. Repeating a message from the same summit last year, she said: "Our differences need not define us but we cannot ignore them." - by Audrey Young, NZ HeraldSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Michael Mandelbaum has spent several decades thinking about the major global problems that we face, and his writings and opinions have been an invaluable source of insight, understanding and wisdom. Whether it is the future of war as an instrument of state power, the role of the UN in providing peace and security, how to patch up our crumbling nuclear order or the role of technology in accelerating the transition to a renewable energy economy, the analysis is always cogent, the arguments persuasive, all supported by a profound understanding of history. In this interview professor Mandelbaum is original and convincing, contributing to enhance and sharpen our understanding of the complexities of today´s security landscape.Check out Michael Mandelbaum's latest book The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower. Learn more at GlobalGovernanceForum.org
By Andrea Howard and Alexia Bouallagui Admiral James Stavridis joins the program about his new book, To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision. Alexia edited and produced this episode. Admiral Stavridis was a four-star Admiral in the US navy and served 4 years as supreme allied commander of NATO. His new … Continue reading Sea Control 367 – To Risk it All with Adm (ret) James Stavridis →
On the surface, nonalignment may seem irrelevant today. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has led to a seemingly united Western alliance. Even Finland and Sweden have abandoned neutrality to join NATO. Outside Europe and North America, however, dozens of countries have been unwilling to stand with the West on Ukraine. Nonalignment is a product of the Cold War. It began to emerge in the 1950s, implying a refusal to join the rival blocs led by Washington and Moscow. After the cold war, the movement's relevance declined. But amid growing signs of a new cold war today, are we seeing a comeback of the nonalignment? Host Ding Heng is joined by Swaran Singh, Professor of Diplomacy and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University; Reon van der Merwe, Director for Stakeholder Relations at the South African BRICS Youth Association; Professor Shen Dingli from Fudan University. Also, we take a look at the latest phone conversation between the top leaders of China and the United States.
State leaders discuss Ukraine crisis and Taiwan issues; pork producer's shares slide after damning ‘pig cannibalism' video surfaces; and China's ‘fragrance queen' gets released on bail. Are you a big fan of our shows? Then please give our podcast account, China Business Insider, a 5-star rating on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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By Jared Samuelson Jason Ileto joins us to discuss cybersecurity, cyber warfare, and the potential impact on strategic sealift capability. Commander Jason Ileto is a supply officer in the US Navy. He earned a master of science in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2011 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at … Continue reading Sea Control 366 – Cybersecurity and Strategic Sealift with Jason Ileto →
A version of this essay has been published by firstpost.com at https://www.firstpost.com/opinion/from-caatsa-waiver-for-india-to-chastened-visit-to-saudi-arabia-why-biden-is-making-conciliatory-noises-10961801.htmlSamuel Johnson once said: “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully”. Going by POTUS Biden’s recent hyperactivity, it seems that the prospect of imminent electoral catastrophe has the same effect. For, the hitherto imperious Democrats have been backpedaling so furiously that it is a wonder to watch.Consider just a few events: the importunate, chastened visit to Saudi Arabia (after having trashed it for the Jamal Khashoggi murder); the CAATSA waiver for India (after blood-curdling threats by the sorely missed Daleep Singh et al regarding Ukraine); and the noises being made by several parties about bringing hostilities to an end in Ukraine. Behind all these is the realization that pandemic management has been royally screwed up (the much-vaccinated and Pfizer-oral-vaccine-medicated Biden himself caught the Wuhan virus), and that Anthony Fauci, Peter Daszak et al surreptitiously funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan was a major mistake. To be fair, even formerly lionized New Zealand now has significant numbers of covid deaths, but that is hardly comforting to Americans. Printing trillions of dollars as the panacea for covid was an even greater mistake, because the blowback has been raging inflation at 9.1%, hitting the average voter in the pocketbook. I personally endured the previous bout of high US inflation in the late 70s, but as a poor student it didn’t affect me much; as a family man I am sure I would have been pinched badly if I were a US resident and voter now. I remember petrol at $1-2, not $5 as it is now. This does not bode well for the Biden Democrats in the November midterm elections.Inflation is not fun, as the Turkish voter is also finding out. Someone will take the blame.I don’t think blaming Vladimir Putin for inflation is quite working; nor is blaming Donald Trump, who, after all, was the only recent POTUS who didn’t go to war. Biden’s ratings may continue on a downward trajectory. The abortion rights issue roused some of the faithful, but I don’t think this has staying power till November. Thus the U-turns, amusing to the impartial observer. The energy squeeze (and related inflation) explains the Saudi visit. The European Union, in particular Germany, is in bad shape, as is evident from the Euro dropping to a historical low of parity to the dollar. Germany’s GDP shrank for the first time in, well… a long time. If there is no renewed supply of Russian gas, Europe is going to freeze this winter. So it is imperative for NATO to beg or cajole or threaten OPEC, especially the Saudis, into increasing production.There had earlier been the unedifying spectacle of Biden seeking help from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and even Iran, all of whom his staff had demonized earlier. If I am not mistaken, the Saudis and the Venezuelans literally refused to take his phone call, which is humiliating. There is a more subtle reason the Saudis are important to Biden: petrodollars. Who outside the US is going to want all those trillions printed by the US Fed other than to buy petroleum products? The fact is that, having been lured by the siren-song of the Chinese, the US has de-industrialized to such an extent that there's not much global demand for dollars to buy American goods, except for armaments and high technology. If petroleum were to be traded in any other currency than the US dollar, it would depreciate, maybe even collapse. That is a scary prospect, which could trigger a serious global recession. Saudis have to be mollified and/or terrified so they don't even think of accepting other currencies in payment. Both Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein talked about accepting payment in Euros etc, and we all know what happened to them. Besides, there is an interesting little trick: the ‘Tipu Technique’. I believe the British tacitly encouraged Tipu to invade and loot the temples of Kerala, which had grown rich through centuries of lucrative spice trading. The British saw this opportunity, and allowed Tipu to haul the loot to Srirangapatnam. Then they killed him, and took all the riches in one fell swoop instead of piecemeal. And the clever British came out smelling of roses, as the good guys.They also charged the entire cost of their war with Tipu to Travancore, paupering the latter, while maintaining the fiction that they were ‘protecting’ Kerala. Absolutely brilliant tactics. Nice transfer of wealth from India to Britain. This is similar to the American playbook in 1973, when OPEC suddenly tripled oil prices. The US didn’t invade, which is a surprise. Why? The reason is that though the US also had to pay higher prices (consumers and industry felt the pain), the Deep State (and the US economy) made most of it back by selling weapons aplenty to OPEC. It was, and is, a zero-sum dollar-recycling game for them. But it was, and is, also a massive transfer of wealth to OPEC from developing countries who could least afford it. The Third World took it on the chin. Once again, brilliantly done. Thus it is imperative for the US to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia. Moral grandstanding by the Democrats has reached a point of seriously diminishing returns. Onwards to the CAATSA (Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act). It is intended to deter other countries from doing things the US administration of the day doesn’t like, as in the fashionable ‘social-justice warrior’ tropes of the day, although sanctions are clearly a blunt instrument. India was threatened with these because it is buying Russian SA-400 anti-missile defense systems, instead of US analogs like THAAD and Patriot.As Gautam Sen of the London School of Economics said in a penetrating commentary on Why the West is so uncomfortable with a rising India and happy to sponsor its enemies, India is important to American plans for continued world dominance, unfortunately in a negative way as a permanent vassal, a low-caste neo-feudal flunky that exports raw materials and labor and imports manufactured goods. And weapons, especially weapons. There has been a full-court press on India to buy increasing amounts of US armaments, and the Ukraine war provided a good excuse to bully India (which is easily shamed by the West chiding it) into dumping perfectly good Russian weapons like the SA-400 (and presumably the Indo-Russian joint venture, BrahMos). India becoming a minor exporter of weapons (not just a big consumer) is not part of the plan. India has been the third-biggest weapons buyer in the world, accounting for 11% of global purchases in the recent past. Reversing itself on bullying India to buy nothing but American weapons is another tactical U-turn by the US.Evidently Atlanticist-minded Biden is not serious about the Indo-Pacific, as seen in his evisceration of the Quad. But it must have dawned on his foreign policy types that India and Japan are the cornerstones of any possible response to China’s rampant imperialism in the region. Besides, India has endured American sanctions and technology denials before (supercomputers, cryogenic engines) without collapsing; and probably will do so again. On balance, better not to piss India off totally. But Biden has no love lost for India: it was his Biden Amendment that messed up India’s cryogenic engine deal with Russia, which is the central theme of the movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. I wrote long ago about this in Who killed the ISRO’s cryogenic engine?, as it happened in my hometown. It ruined eminent aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan’s career and delayed India’s heavy rocket GSLV by 19 years. As far as the Ukraine war is concerned, even the war-mongering Deep State mouthpiece The Economist, which was gung-ho in the beginning, is now making conciliatory noises. Foreign Affairs, a notably optimistic outlet, had a story titled Ukraine’s Implausible Theories of Victory: The Fantasy of Russian Defeat and the Case for Diplomacy.The fact is that Russia has (certainly in the short run) weathered the vaunted sanctions rather well, and the rouble is the best-performing currency against the dollar. The unintended consequence of the war has been widespread pain, especially in the ‘First World’, that is, Western Europe and North America. It would be better, as India has been saying all along, for there to be a negotiated settlement. A stalemate is still a win for Russia, as it has captured the disputed Russian-speaking parts of eastern Ukraine, created a land bridge to Crimea, and now controls the ports on the Sea of Azov. That is the most likely outcome, as Europeans tire of the war, and Biden’s plans to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian seem to have unraveled. It is time for the Great Reset. And that may not help the wokes; they are being consigned to the trash-heap of history at a record pace. It is the end of the Woke Century, after just a year and a half. And deservedly so. 1500 words, 25 July 2022 This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit rajeevsrinivasan.substack.com
Post North America bureau chief Rob Delaney looks into the hype around US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported plans to fly to Taiwan, as preparations continue for US President Joe Biden’s vital call with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, and US lawmakers consider legislation targeting Beijing. Indonesia-based reporter Resty Woro Yuniar analyses President Joko Widodo's visit to Beijing amid concerns over rising costs for a Belt and Road-funded high-speed rail project and his need to draw…
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Religion and war has a paradoxical relationship. Dr. Benjamin Wetzel joins me to discuss the history of religion and war in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, from mainline Protestant ministers calling souls to join the Union Army, to Catholic priests resisting the war against Spain in 1898. Essential Reading:Benjamin Wetzel, American Crusade: Christianity, Warfare, and National Identity (2022).Recommended Reading:Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (2012).Matthew McCullough, The Cross of War: Christian Nationalism and U.S. Expansion in the Spanish-American War (2014).Richard Gamble, The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation (2003).Kristin Schwain, Signs of Grace: Religion and American Art in the Gilded Age (2008).Jonathan Ebel, Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War (2010).George Rable, God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War (2015). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Join David Befort and Paul Fugere on Episode 24 of the Wealth Warehouse! Everyone has an opinion when it comes to how you manage your money. Oftentimes, when you step out of the norm, you can get pushback from other people – even family and friends. In this week's episode the guys give you advice on handling the haters and what you can do to better defend your decision to roll with IBC. In this episode, you'll learn about: What makes you a good (or bad) fit for IBC How to deal with negative opinions, naysayers and experts - what is that experience like? The importance of doing your own research as well as understanding the source Practical advice on handling pushback from other people And much more! As mentioned in the episode, “The Infinite Banking Concept Explained”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fSMlg4i7pk Timestamps: (1:15) - Quick point on policy loan repayment and the mentality shift that comes with being an owner (5:15) - the appeal of IBC, are you a good fit for it? (7:40) - dealing with negative opinions and naysayers, people's personal vs. professional opinion (14:19) - The importance of doing your own research and not relying on one financial guru (22:01) - Experiment and learn from other people, but make sure their credentialed and know what they're doing (23:48) - Practical advice on handling pushback from other people About your hosts: David Befort and Paul Fugere are the hosts of the Wealth Warehouse Podcast. David is the Founder/CEO of Max Performance Financial. He founded the company with the mission of educating people on the truths about money. David's mission is to show you how you can control your own money, earn guarantees, grow it tax-free, and maintain penalty-free access to it to leverage for opportunities that will provide passive income for the rest of your life. Paul, on the other hand, is an Active Duty U.S. Army officer who graduated from Norwich University in 2002 with a B.A. in History and again in 2012 with a MA in Diplomacy and International Terrorism. Paul met his wife Tammy at Norwich. As a family, they enjoy boating, traveling, sports, hunting, automobiles, and are self-proclaimed food people. Catch up with David and Paul, visit the links below! Website: https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Fugere494 https://infinitebanking.org/agents/Befort399 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-a-befort-jr-09663972/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-fugere-762021b0/ Email: email@example.com
By Jared Samuelson Garrett Chandler and Matthew Carstensen join us to discuss their article on Army over-the-shore logistics. Major Garrett Chandler is an Army logistician completing his studies at the School of Advanced Military Studies. He previously served as the course director for the Army's Supply Chain Management and Master Logistician courses at Fort Lee, … Continue reading Sea Control 365 – LOTS to be Desired with Garrett Chandler and Matt Carstensen →
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Over the past two decades, the Chinese government has cooperated extensively with U.S. state governments on economic issues, replacing Canada as the country with the most diplomatic relations with U.S. states. To discuss how we got here and what it means for U.S.-China relations, former Lawfare managing editor Jacob Schulz sat down with Ryan Scoville, professor of law at Marquette University Law School. Jacob and Ryan discussed new evidence that sheds light on the nature of the relationships between China and U.S. states, the lack of public discourse and transparency around these arrangements, and how this subnational diplomacy has allowed China to acquire cutting-edge American technology. They also discussed what Congress should do to ensure federal monitoring and public discourse of future arrangements. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/lawfare. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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The assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on 8th July shocked the world, with tributes pouring in from all over the globe. Abe, Japan's longest serving prime minister until he stepped down in 2020, was arguably one of the country's most consequential leaders. He oversaw a programme of economic reform at home, which came to be known as Abenomics, as well as a reorientation of Japan's approach to foreign policy and national security.In this episode we look at Abe's legacy, particularly when it comes to international affairs. We are thrilled to be joined by Eva Pejsova, senior Japan fellow at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance; and Dr Mike Green, chief executive of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the author of ‘Line of Advantage - Japan's Grand Strategy in the Era of Shinzo Abe.'