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L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood

L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd is a contributor to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge and others. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

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Smoke rises over Sinjar, northern Iraq from oil fires set by Islamic State militants as Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launch a major assault on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. The strategic town of Sinjar was overran last year by the Islamic State group in an onslaught that caused the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis and first prompted the United States to launch the air campaign against the militants. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) ** FILE **

Russia hunting Islamic State gravy train

Although the White House and U.S. Air Force commanders in theater have started targeting the Islamic State gravy train of black market oil, apparently Russia is getting right to it. Published November 18, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, meets with Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia blasts Islamic State with long-range missiles, bombs

In a show of strategic capability, Russia launched 25 long-range strategic bombers with fighter escort into Syria to strike Islamic State targets, launching cruise missiles and dropping unguided bombs. Published November 17, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama , right, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, prior to a session of the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The leaders of the Group of 20 were wrapping up their two-day summit in Turkey Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France's role in the fight against the extremist group. (Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency via AP, Pool)

Putin picks off France as an ally

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a master reader of geopolitical tea leaves, just picked off France, one of the largest and most powerful countries in the European Union and a member of NATO, as an ally for Russia in the fight against the Islamic State, and more importantly, Russia's attempt to keep the Assad regime in power. I mean reall, you can't make this stuff up. Published November 17, 2015

Calls grow for U.S. to permanently station troops in Eastern Europe

According to many defense officials, arms control experts, and some members of Congress, Russia violated the terms of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act by supporting the armed aggression in East Ukraine. In their eyes, this Russian behavior negates the need for NATO to follow the agreement as well. Published November 16, 2015

The federal government has tacked $462 billion onto the national credit card since Nov. 2, putting President Obama on track to come close to the $20 trillion mark by the time he leaves office in January 2017. (Associated Press)

Russia embarrasses Obama into getting a little more serious about ISIS

Over a year ago, President Obama stated on national television that he would "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL), saying, "I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. Published November 13, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Israel should maintain control of the Temple Mount

Regardless of your beliefs or lack of, any reasonable person would admit that the Jewish people have a claim to their history, as do Muslims, or followers of Islam. Published November 13, 2015

Yale University students and faculty rally to demand that Yale University become more inclusive to all students on Cross Campus in New Haven on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The "March of Resilience" followed several racially charged incidents at Yale, including allegations that a fraternity turned a woman away from a party because she was not white. At center is associate professor Crystal Feimster. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP)

L. TODD WOOD: Russians shocked by lack of respect in Yale protest video

While on a recent trip to Moscow, I had the opportunity to gauge the opinion of ordinary Muscovites on the video of the Yale student screaming at the head of Silliman college. The absolute across-the-board reaction was a look of abject horror on their faces as they watched this young, privileged woman screaming an obsenity at the college professor. Published November 12, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange documents at the signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, May 8, 2015. Russian and Chinese leaders have signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, giving Russia billions in infrastructure loans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

China to receive advanced Russian weapons

China is getting in on the Russian air defense systems act and will accept delivery of multiple S-400 anti-aircraft missile units in the coming years, with the first unit to be delivered within 18 months. Published November 12, 2015

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. (Associated Press)

The war on terror was real then, and it's real now

The Democratic side of the aisle has long despised the phrase War on Terror and the Obama administration has worked tirelessly to remove it from their narrative regarding American military operations and national security. Published November 11, 2015

A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Tuesday on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban the previous day in a major setback to the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo)

Are Afghans ready to stop the killing

Thousands of members of the Hazara clan in Afghanistan marched ten kilometers through the city of Kabul to the presidential palace to protest the beheading of seven people, including three women and two children, probably by Taliban militants in the South of the country. Published November 11, 2015

U.S. Air Force may delay retirement of A-10 Thunderbolt

As a former USAF pilot, I always thought the very senior leadership of the Air Force sometimes made really dumb decisions based on ego and agenda rather than common sense and wartime needs. Published November 10, 2015

President Obama and other Western leaders have been duped into believing President Hassan Rouhani is moderate, MEK member Farzad Madadzadeh said. (Associated Press)

Did Iran just renege on Obama's nuclear deal?

With the ink not yet dry on the Iranian nuclear 'deal' signed by the Obama administration, more evidence of Iran's intent to not fully comply with the terms of the agreement surfaced today as Iran says it will stop dismantling centrifuges that are made to enrich uranium, a requirement set forth in the 'deal.' Published November 10, 2015

In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File-Pool)

China prepares to hit U.S. where it hurts -- in space

China is working steadily towards a capability to defeat U.S. satellite systems which are relied on heavily by the American military for for early warning, imagery, and communications. Published November 10, 2015

Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad on June 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The JV team is in the Caribbean

The Caribbean islands, very close to the continental United States, are becoming a breeding ground for ISIS to recruit terrorist fighters. Published November 9, 2015