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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

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to his plane to depart for meetings with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Leah Millis/Pool Image via AP)

D.C.-Saudi dissident's take on the Khashoggi case

I had the good fortune to sit down recently with a D.C.-based Saudi dissident, and the timing coincides with the Jamal Khashoggi case, which remains the big news following reports Monday that Mr. Khashoggi may have died in a botched interrogation. Published October 15, 2018

In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chinese leaders, led by President Xi, promised Wednesday to increase imports and reduce risks in their financial system amid slowing economic growth and pressure from Washington and Europe to open their markets wider. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Beijing's bravado betrays growing case of nerves

Chinese state media has just announced the imminent test flight of a new long-range stealth bomber called the Hong-20. A "military expert" told reporters that "usually, the development of equipment and weaponry of the People's Liberation Army is highly confidential." Published October 11, 2018

The Central Bank of Russia, stands on Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 20, 2008. The bank also known as the Bank of Russia, was founded on July 13, 1990. Accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, it was originally called the State Bank of the RSFSR. Bloomberg News

Russia: shades of 2008 crisis

I remember the 2008 financial crisis very well. Actually, I remember it starting in 2006. At the time, I was working at a very large Wall Street investment bank. Published October 10, 2018

FILE In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.In a rare public expression of dissent in China, a well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman penned open letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

China's economic warfare can be just as damaging to U.S.

As the trade wars with Beijing slog on, we're learning that China may have infected thousands of American computers in business and in government with tiny microchips in a massive exercise in espionage. Published October 4, 2018

In this photo from Tuesday, April 24, 2018 , US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) **FILE**

France decides to confront Iran

The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June. Published October 3, 2018

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) **FILE**

Sex, lies, videotapes and sharia in Malaysia

In elections earlier this year, Malaysia experienced a political earthquake. The party that had ruled the former British colony for six decades, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), via the Barisan Nasional coalition, was pushed out of power. A new coalition, the Pakatan Harapan (PH), was installed in its placed via the May general vote count. Published September 28, 2018

A Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike on Sunday. (Associated Press/File)

Once again, the U.S. has Israel's back

As the bloody Syrian civil war appears to near a climax, the big winners after more than half a decade of carnage and confusion may rate as something of a surprise: Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Published September 27, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

It's all about Iran

For the Trump administration, it's not about Syria in the Middle East, or even Russia; it's about Iran, and only Iran. Published September 26, 2018

In this April 2, 2018 file photo, a Chinese flag is seen on the end of a railway track at the Khorgos Gateway, one of the world's largest dry dock in a remote crossing along Kazakhstan's border with China near Khorgos. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) **FILE**

New Central Asia banking center could be global changer

The global financial world is changing, as President Trump would say, big league. This week marks the next-level escalation of the trade war between the United States and China, as POTUS attempts to roll back decades of the hollowing out of American manufacturing in favor of emerging markets in the Pacific. Published September 25, 2018

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says Western powers stand "against the Iranian people's will." (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iranian resistance calls for European action against regime

The president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, called on European leaders to cut off the financial lifeline to the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to further put pressure on the regime for its eventual downfall. Published September 24, 2018

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Understanding 'illiberal democracy' and the fight for the West

Western leftists likes to mock Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban when he infamously said that Hungary would pursue an "illiberal democracy" in opposition to Western European social democracy — which might more accurately be labeled as intolerant socialism. If one wants to be intellectually rigorous (not a virtue common among liberals), it's necessary to dig deeper into Mr. Orban's concept to see what he is actually talking about. Published September 20, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard on a hot mic confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over anti-immigrant posts, amid complaints from her government that the social network isn't doing enough to curtail racist comments. (Bloomberg News/File)

Time to fight the EU's online thought-control push

It's hard to think of a more damaging display of elitism caught on tape than German Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 confrontation with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, when she demanded that he "fix" anti-immigrant posts showing up on his social media network. Published September 13, 2018

Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss. The power plant is designed to use a soft form of coal called lignite in a gasification process to generate power. The plant, America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The left is lying on clean coal

Energy is a national security issue and learning how to best achieve energy security while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions should be the goal. It is time to set the record straight on clean coal technology. Published September 11, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Putin getting played by China, needs a deal with Trump

Today, Russia needs China, in order to confront America and the agenda of the Trump administration. The time is ripe for Moscow to relieve pressure on its economy and make a deal with Trump. America should be open to such a scenario. Published September 10, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a fundraiser in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Trump is speaking at the Noem-Rhoden Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Kristi Noem for Governor, Larry Rhoden for Lieutenant Governor, KRISTI PAC and the South Dakota Republican Party. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

It's pretty obvious by now: Trump is facing a coup

I knew Washington was corrupt, but my God! The swamp had grown mighty disgusting under Obama's reign of organized crime, and now it's organized a coup against President Trump. Published September 7, 2018

President Donald Trump meets with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/File)

Ukraine's Oleksandr Onyshchenko seeks presidency

As the Ukrainian presidential election approaches, we are continuing to discuss the participants. What follows is a recent follow-on interview with presidential candidate Oleksandr Onyshchenko. Published September 3, 2018

Financier George Soros is out of step with what a clear majority of what Hungarians want, says Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade. (Associated Press)

Ignoring the Balkans -- and the Soros agenda -- at our peril

A recent tour of the Balkans proved a potent reminder once again of the importance of this region to U.S. and Western policymakers. The Balkans are steeped in history and very much in the middle of today's geopolitical great game. We ignore the area at our peril. Published August 30, 2018

Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian dance in Republic Square in Yerevan on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pashinyan has urged his supporters to block roads, railway stations and airports on Wednesday after the governing Republican Party voted against his election as prime minister. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Vendettas In Armenia

As the ancient Confucius saying goes, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Nikol Pashinyan and his zealous prosecutors should remember this truism. Published August 27, 2018