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Vernuccio’s View: Google, China, and Censorship

It’s odd that you don’t see much anger expressed online about how social media giants have helped dictatorships.  Is that because those comments have been intentionally censored? An Intercept article by Ryan Gallagher recently reported that “Google is planning to launch a censored […]

by · August 15, 2018 · Opinion, Technology, Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: India, Unacknowledged

India is the world’s most populous democracy, an important US trading partner, and a key counterweight to China.  Despite all that, there is little discussion or acknowledgement of India’s increasingly vital role in geopolitics. That may soon change. The Center for […]

by · August 12, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
The Reality of War in Space

The Reality of War in Space

Earlier this year, Daniel Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, warned that  “China and Russia will continue to expand their space-based … systems in terms of the numbers of satellites, the breadth of their capability, and the applications for use. Both […]

by · August 10, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Russia’s Naval Threat

Russia’s significant increase in its seafaring nuclear threat and its aggressive moves in the Atlantic and the waters surrounding Europe increases the challenges facing the U.S. Navy.

Vernuccio’s View: China’s Drive Towards Supremacy

Vernuccio’s View: China’s Drive Towards Supremacy

The unprecedented extent of China’s combined military, financial, and political challenge to the United States and its allies has been outlined at an unclassified hearing called by the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence. According to Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, […]

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Vernuccio’s View: NATO’s Crucial Meeting

This week’s NATO summit, in session Wednesday and Thursday, is a test both of the stability of the most important military alliance in existence, and the maturity and realism of key European governments. At the conclusion of the Second World […]

by · July 10, 2018 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Growing Danger From Mexico

Leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known also by the nickname AMLO, will be the next president of Mexico. He believes that “All have the right to immigrate to the United States.” His approximately 53% victory was facilitated by votes […]

by · July 5, 2018 · News, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Sweden Responds to Russian Threat

Vernuccio’s View: Sweden Responds to Russian Threat

Sweden, long associated with nonalignment in the Cold War, a peaceful foreign policy, and an armed forces that had come rather close to being barely existent, is taking a dramatic turn. Faced with Vladimir Putin’s expansionist goals, aggressive actions, and […]

by · June 29, 2018 · News, Vernuccio's View
Defense Spending Bill Acknowledges Major Threats

Defense Spending Bill Acknowledges Major Threats

The United States has never faced a collection of opponents more dangerous than that of the Russian-Chinese Axis. Despite that, as Moscow and Beijing have dramatically upgraded their armed forces and engaged in aggressive acts, Washington depleted the nation’s armed […]

by · June 24, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
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Russia Provokes — and Suffers From — Islamic Extremism

Within Russia, the government has both provoked and suffered from Islamic extremism. In most cases, current claims of discrimination against Muslims by those not of the Islamic faith within the western world are without substantial merit, particularly since the conclusion […]

by · June 17, 2018 · News, Vernuccio's View
China’s Hollywood Takeover

China’s Hollywood Takeover

The summer movie blockbuster season is here. One thing that can be unfortunately counted on: you will not see a lot of films with patriotic views on American history being offered.  There’s a reason for that. China’s financial influence over […]

President-elect Donald J. Trump won a stunning and decisive victory over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday November 8.

Vernuccio’s View: On Diplomacy

Criticism of President’s Trump’s decision to back out of negotiations with North Korea in response to Pyongyang statements that made the success of the talks suspect (it now appears the discussions are back on) is indicative of a lack of […]

by · May 31, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
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Iran Nuclear Deal, North Korea talks: The Difference

There is a remarkable contrast between the current state of the North Korea negotiations and the recently decertified Iran Nuclear Agreement. In August, President Trump threatened the Pyongyang government with “Fire and fury like the world has never seen” in […]

by · May 23, 2018 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Beijing’s Massive Military Threat

Vernuccio’s View: Beijing’s Massive Military Threat

While news of a potential nuclear deal with North Korea and the ending of the deeply flawed nuclear deal with Iran dominate the headlines, an even greater danger to international safety remains inadequately discussed. A series of jarring activities by […]

by · May 16, 2018 · Military, News, Vernuccio's View
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Vernuccio’s View: Germany Fails To Do Fair Share

Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House came at a time when both trade and defense issues highlighted the relationship between the two nations. Despite a six-year high rate of economic growth  and a surplus of revenue over expenditures, Germany continues to starve […]

by · May 9, 2018 · Vernuccio's View