Vernuccio’s View

Vernuccio’s View: World Refugee Numbers Soar

Vernuccio’s View: World Refugee Numbers Soar

The U.S. State Department has issued its latest report on worldwide refugee conditions. At the end of 2017 (the most recent figure available) the estimated refugee population worldwide stood at 25.4 million, with 17.2 million receiving protection or assistance from the […]

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is greeted by Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs José Valencia Amores and U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Michael J. Fitzpatrick, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha]

U.S. Forms Commission on Unalienable Rights

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the formation of a U.S.-led international “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” The commission is designed to bring together human rights experts, philosophers, and activists, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of varied background and beliefs, who […]

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Vernuccio’s View: Selling Out to China

It is going to be difficult for Washington to overcome China’s unfair trade practices, espionage, and intellectual property theft when portions of the private sector and the political establishment refuse to acknowledge that the problem even exists. In a recent […]

by · July 14, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Pacific Allies Coordinate Defense

Vernuccio’s View: Pacific Allies Coordinate Defense

The threat from China’s dramatic increase in military power and escalating aggressiveness has produced extraordinary concern among Pacific nations. Beijing has shown no signs of relenting, even in the face of a ruling by international authorities such as the World […]

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Vernuccio’s View: White House Responds to Iran’s Drone Shoot Down

There was a flurry of White House activity following President Trump’s surprise decision to not proceed with a military response to Iran’s downing of an American unmanned drone in international airspace. New sanctions were imposed on Iranian leaders.  According to […]

by · June 29, 2019 · Op Ed, Vernuccio's View
The Pentagon circa 1947. Library of Congress photo by Theodor Horydczak

Vernuccio’s View: Defense Budget — Challenges Accepted

For a number of years following the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States faced comparatively weak opponents.  Washington’s armed forces were far more advanced than any opponent. That began to change when China, its technology developed through both […]

by · June 23, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Thirty years ago this month, the hopes for freedom of nearly a billion people were dashed.  Their dreams were crushed by a tyrannical governing system that had already taken the lives of a hundred million in their own homeland, as […]

President Donald Trump

Vernuccio’s View: Suspect Motives Behind Opposition to China Trade Deal

President Trump’s trade negotiations with China have revealed a great deal about American politics. From a purely logical perspective, the move to rein in China’s rapacious practices of intellectual property theft, espionage, product dumping, forced technology transfer, industrial subsidies, and […]

by · June 10, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, is continuing what some perceive to be a departure from the traditions of the institution he leads. Critics maintain that he has used his highly visible position to engage in temporal matters. […]

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

If financial arguments prove unconvincing to NASA’s detractors, perhaps saving the planet from destruction may be a more powerful persuader. NASA’s budget is relatively sparse, at less than one-half of one percent of federal spending.  It is, however, continuously attacked […]

by · June 2, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

Vernuccio’s View: U.S.-Japan Coordinate Pacific Defense Vs. China

In contrast to the Trump Administration’s concerns about some NATO members, notably Germany, not doing their fair share for mutual defense, the White House has been pleased with Japan’s efforts to counter the growing threats from China.  Japan’s 2019 defense […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

Vernuccio’s View: NASA’s Budget and Earth’s Survival

If financial arguments prove unconvincing to NASA’s detractors, perhaps saving the planet from destruction may be a more powerful persuader. NASA’s budget is relatively sparse, at less than one-half of one percent of federal spending. It is, however, continuously attacked […]

by · May 10, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena visited the recently bombed St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo Tuesday morning to inspect damages caused to the church. (Courtesy Government  of Sri Lanka)

Vernuccio’s View: Can a Sri Lanka-style Attack Happen in U.S.?

Can the type of terrorist attack that occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday happen here in the United States? Last October, eleven people were killed and seven were injured at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in […]

by · April 24, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: China’s Dangerous Presence in the Caribbean

Vernuccio’s View: China’s Dangerous Presence in the Caribbean

The Gatestone Institute’s Gordon Chang reports that “About 55 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida on Grand Bahama Island, a Hong Kong-based business is spending about $3 billion on a deep-water container facility, the Freeport Container Port. The concern is that the […]

by · April 22, 2019 · Vernuccio's View
Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Vernuccio’s View: White House Moves to Protect US From EMP

A White House Executive Order signed in March addresses the long-neglected threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disaster which could devastate the United States. An “Electromagnetic pulse” is a burst of electromagnetic energy.  A single EMP has the potential to […]