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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

Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd before addressing supporters at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., in this Dec. 21, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) **FILE**

The Left can't explain Donald Trump's success -- Let me help you

Not having decided who I am going to vote for in the 2016 presidential election, I am not-the-less amused at the Left's (and the Republican establishment's) attempts to explain Donald Trump's success on the campaign trail. Pundit after pundit has opined on the reason Mr. Trump is, in some polls, over 40 percent of the Republican primary electorate. Published December 23, 2015

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of The Union address on January 20, 2015, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

Obama's disrespect for Putin coming home to roost

I find it very disturbing the number of times that President Obama has disrespected Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Obama's behavior is not fitting for a president of the United States, and it has produced serious blowback, which we'll discuss in a minute. But first, how about a walk down memory lane? Published December 23, 2015

North Koreans bring floral tributes to Mansu Hill, where bronze statues of their late leaders Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung, stand, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Thousands visited the site to mark the fourth anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea shows off new ICBM

North Korea displayed a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), different from designs shown during 2012 and 2013, during a recent military parade in Pyongyang. Although the new missile's performance is probably unchanged from previous models, the reliability is most likely greatly improved. Published December 22, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, Pool) **FILE**

Netanyahu confronts new Russian realities

Israel is having to deal with many new realities. The past model of relying on the United States for its security has shown to be a flawed policy under the administration of Barack Obama who has been openly hostile to the interests of the Jewish State. Now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having to deal with the new reality of Russian control of the Middle East along with Russia's new ally, the Islamic state of Iran, where the Obama administration has opened a path to acquire nuclear weapons. Published December 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Aug. 6, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Jeb Bush, take your ball and go home

Everyone recognizes the animosity between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. It's been an obvious fight for some time now, a fight that Jeb is not just losing. Published December 21, 2015

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, who is also a member of the Experts Assembly, waves to media with an ink-stained finger, after registering his candidacy for the Feb. 26 elections of the assembly at interior ministry in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran has ability to destroy U.S. power grid

Security researcher Brian Wallace has unearthed evidence that the Shia Islamic state of Iran has stolen critical data about American power stations and inserted malware into energy companies' software that could allow it to destroy the American power grid during a time of conflict. Published December 21, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during the annual end of year news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia is ready to improve ties with the United States and work with whomever is elected its next president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Why Putin respects Trump, not Obama

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian population felt a great loss. This historically powerful and proud people had spent the last 70 years a superpower; now that was gone, replaced with shame and hardship as their economy collapsed and their geopolitical priorities were humiliated by the West around the world. Published December 19, 2015

In this handout photograph from the US Navy, US service members deployed to the Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, groups center and right, bow their heads with members of the Romanian Military, left, during a religious moment of the establishment and assumption of command ceremony in Deveselu, Romania, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The NSF Deveselu Base, established more than 20 years ago, will be part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System. The US Navy has taken control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield which Russia strongly opposes.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy / LT j.g. Alexander Perrien, Handout)

NATO activates missile defense base in Romania; Russia objects

On Friday, NATO activated its first land-based AEGIS missile defense system at Deveselu, a former Soviet base in southern Romania. A second, similar system is scheduled to become active in 2018 in Poland. AEGIS has been installed onboard U.S. Navy ships since 2004. Published December 18, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Putin admits Russian troops were in East Ukraine

A few days after Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to the tsar's court in Moscow, several obvious things have happened. Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that Russian troops were in East Ukraine, the International Monetary Fund has declared the $3 billion bond Ukraine owes to Russia as "official," and Mr. Putin has stated he is ready to "push" separatists to a settlement in Donbass. Russia has also ended a trade pact with Ukraine as tensions between the two former Soviet states worsen. Published December 17, 2015

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russia: Turkey poses 'real threat'

Russia is continuing to rattle the sabers over the Turkish shoot down of a Russian fighter jet in northern Syria several weeks ago. Published December 16, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The president described immigration as the nation's oldest tradition and part of what makes the country exceptional, as he sought to draw a contrast between those who want to seal the borders and those seeking to escape hardships and persecution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats' illegal immigration push is backfiring

Leftist Latino leaders announced recently they would attempt to cajole millions of legal Hispanic immigrants in the United States into becoming citizens before the 2016 election in order to swing the tide toward Hillary Rodham Clinton and to punish the Republican Party for its perceived anti-immigrant stance. Published December 15, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The United States and Russia need to find common ground to end Syria's civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to try to narrow gaps in the countries' approaches to the crises.  (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

John Kerry goes to Moscow bearing Syria gift

I'm going to Las Vegas and I'm going to put money on John Kerry announcing a "deal" to remove economic sanctions from the Kremlin after his visit to Moscow. Published December 15, 2015

Palestinian top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh waves to supporters during a rally to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, at the main road in Gaza City, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.  (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Those poor Palestinians funding ISIS could turn against Israel

The Left is very deft at creating sympathy for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, even as they lob Kassam rockets at Israeli civilian settlements outside the territory. Now that sympathy may be harder to manufacture. Published December 15, 2015

Rise of the Russian totalitarian robots

Russia and China are actively developing autonomous machines that can operate independently on the battlefield, carrying out combat tasks. Russia armament companies are especially far along in developing the technology to allow robots, or artificial intelligence, to lead other robots into battle. Published December 14, 2015

On Sunday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spewed more anti-American broadsides in a special message to "world youth" reported by Iran's semiofficial Fars News Agency. The Shiite leader accused the U.S. of creating and supporting al Qaeda and the Taliban, the two Sunni militant groups that American troops are fighting in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Will Iran's next ayatollah come from the dark side?

Since the signing of the nuclear deal with world powers, which will soon unleash tens of billions of frozen dollars for Iran and allow them to acquire nuclear weapons in the future, the Shia theocracy has been battling against U.S. and Western interests at every turn. Published December 14, 2015

Islamophobia means fear of Muslims, not hatred

One of the definitions of a phobia is "extreme fear" of something. Many Americans have a fear of Muslims. They fear the woman in a burka walking down the street. Is she a suicide bomber? Published December 12, 2015