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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.

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Too many vested interests against peace with Russia

Peace comes only when the balance of power is found or one side in a conflict defeats the other. It is obvious that neither Russia nor the West is going to defeat the other, so a solution in Ukraine and other conflicts must be found. Published December 17, 2018

FILE - In this Friday, April 9, 2010 file photo a Russian construction worker smokes in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia, during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction. Merkel and Putin will meet on Saturday in the German government's guesthouse Meseberg, north of Berlin, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The topics will include the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, and energy questions. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, file)

Germany looks out for Germany in Nord Stream pipeline fight

The European Parliament this week approved a resolution condemning the Nord Stream II pipeline, a project currently being built to deliver large amounts of Russian natural gas primarily to Germany and other markets in Western Europe. Published December 13, 2018

FILE - In this March 2, 2018 file photo, former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych gestures as he speaks at a news conference in Moscow. A lawyer representing Yanukovych said on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, that his client will be unable to appear before a Kiev court because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Yanukovych trial bleeds into Ukrainian presidential election

The trial of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych continues to go on and on; it is now bleeding into the Ukrainian presidential election in 2019, where the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko is losing to veteran politician Yulia Tymoshenko, who holds a double-digit lead. Published December 12, 2018

In this Dec. 1, 2018, file, photo released by the press office of the G20 Summit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a plenary session on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (G20 Press Office via AP, File) **FILE**

A discussion with Ali al-Ahmed in light of the Khashoggi assassination

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the "Khashoggi Affair," where a Saudi operative turned political commentator, was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. We thought the time was right to sit down with Al-Ahmed again, to discuss the future of Saudi-American relations. He had a lot to say. Published December 11, 2018

The slaying of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident, journalist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has strained Riyadh's diplomatic credibility around the world. (Associated Press/File)

Khashoggi killing 'was meant to send a message'

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the Khashoggi Affair, where a Saudi operative turned political commentator was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Published December 10, 2018

FILE- In this May 29, 2018, file photo George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations listens to the conference after his speech entitled "How to save the European Union" as he attends the European Council On Foreign Relations Annual Council Meeting in Paris. Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company. The Friday, Nov. 30, statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros' financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) **FILE**

Kyrgyzstan latest target for misguided leftist misrule

Mr. Soros and his acolytes have also long been active in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The recent confirmation of Mr. Lu as U.S. ambassador to Bishkek, fresh from his tour in Tirana, raises fears that yet another country struggling to recover from the hangover of Soviet misrule is about to be prescribed precisely the wrong policy medicine. Published December 6, 2018

Illustration on climate-change predictions by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump is right about climate change, China and the Democrats

After just finishing the revealing book by Michael Pillsbury, "The Hundred Year Marathon," which outlines in frightening detail the slow but deadly quest of China to dominate the United States, and their deceit and subterfuge to achieve that goal, I am more convinced than ever that the climate change scam is funded and enabled by the Chinese state, and yes, as a weapon to destroy the West. Published December 4, 2018

Felix Tshisekedi, right, of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, hugs Vital Kamerhe, left, of Congo's Union for the Congolese Nation opposition party, after being endorsed Kamerhe at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Congo's two leading opposition parties announced Friday they are joining forces for a run at the presidency after withdrawing from a wider pact to support a single contender to take on President Joseph Kabila's chosen candidate. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Change is coming to the Democratic Republic of Congo

When discussing their possible relinquishment of power, the questions with many African dictatorships have been what happens after the regime steps down and will it be any better? Published November 28, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint news conference with his Dominican Republic counterpart Miguel Vargas following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Regarding the incident where a Russian coast guard fired on three Ukrainian boats Sunday and then seized them along with the crews Lavrov said Monday that Ukraine has violated international law and provoked Russia by sending its navy vessels through the Kerch Strait without permission. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Ukraine's Poroshenko wants to stay in power

There are many facets to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict - the obvious and the more opaque. The obvious is that Russia has aggressively used its power over the Kerch Strait to harass Ukrainian shipping and block Ukrainian ports such as Mariupol. Published November 26, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin after speaking to the media at the Department of State Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

The struggle for the rule of law in Ukraine

It is becoming more and more clear that Western governments and embassies are getting increasingly concerned about the consequences, but not the reasons, of the failure of the rule of law in Ukraine. Published November 22, 2018

People cast their ballots at a polling station during rebel elections in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels are voting for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West. (AP Photo)

Russian hybrid warfare in Ukraine

The West is well aware of Russian actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, as well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which unfortunately is still ongoing Published November 19, 2018

The left wants to divide and conquer America

For some time now, I have wondered to myself what the leftists' real goal is as they work to divide the nation, corrupt our youth, destroy our institutions and revel in their criminal behavior to steal elections. Published November 16, 2018

In this Nov. 9, 2017, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Mr. Xi had an "extremely positive" phone conversation with Mr. Trump about trade and other issues, the foreign ministry said Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The two leaders agreed to "strengthen economic exchanges," said a ministry spokesman, Lu Kang. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump is confronting China

There are some truths that I strive to preach, for lack of a better word, in today's information-culture wars propagated in our corrupt mainstream media. Here are a few: Nationalism is not racism, adherence to principles is not hate, masculinity is not toxic and there are only two sexes. Published November 9, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron, looks on as he visits an EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Elderly Dependant People) in Rosnoy Sur Serre, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

The menace of Macron's misguided European army idea

My first reaction when French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that the European Union needed its own army to defend against potential adversaries — including the United States — was to suggest he go to Normandy and ask the 9,000 dead Americans there who saved France, for the second time, what they thought about the idea. But, I'm sure he won't do that. Published November 8, 2018

Representations of the U.S. and British flags are walked on by demonstrators during an annual rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, to mark the 39th anniversary of the seizure of the embassy by militant Iranian students. Thousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran on Sunday to mark the anniversary as Washington restored all sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

'Iran Doubles Down on Terror, Turmoil' against the West

Iran's state-sponsored terror attacks have only escalated during the Trump presidency as the corrupt, murderous regime reacts to real pressure being applied by the administration, as opposed to the Obama appeasement. Published November 5, 2018

In this May 4, 2004, photo, a full moon rises above the golden domes of the Orthodox Monastery of the Caves in Kiev, Ukraine. Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists will try to seize Russian church properties.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Ukraine media wars

As we have seen in the United States in vibrant real time over the last several years, the media have become a battleground for the powerful to fight it out with the goal of altering public opinion and, therefore, influencing policy -- in other words, to gain power. Published October 30, 2018

National security adviser John R. Bolton met this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and said President Trump intends to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. (Associated Press)

An arms race with Russia? Bring it on

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning this week of a new arms race and threatening to target European nations that may host U.S. midrange nukes, in response to National Security Adviser John R. Bolton's trip to Moscow this week where he confirmed President Trump's intention to pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Published October 25, 2018