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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, 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

U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tanks cross the Hantan river during a river crossing operation, part of an annual joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States against a possible attack from North Korea, in Yeoncheon, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. It was the last day of the exercise by the two allies that began on Dec. 1.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

N. Korea says it's ready to detonate H-bomb

Kim Jong-un, the reclusive leader of North Korea, said the country is ready to detonate a hydrogen bomb to "defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation." Most analysts dismissed the threat as rhetoric. Published December 10, 2015

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Israel successfully tests Arrow advanced missile system

Israel is routinely threatened by missile attack, whether it be from Kassam short range projectiles from Gaza and the West Bank to more advanced, longer-range weapons from Hezbollah in Lebanon. Published December 10, 2015

Soldiers from NATO countries attend a opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 8, 2015. The annual multinational Exercise Saber Strike 2015 organized by the U. S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) on June 1 through 19 comprises brigade-level command post exercises held concurrently in all the three Baltic States and Poland. This year the exercise will train the record number of 6,000 troops from 13 NATO member and partner states - Denmark, Estonia, U.S.A., UK, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia and Finland. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Russia could block the Baltic Sea

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said Wednesday that Russia has the capability to block NATO forces from the Baltic Sea during a conflict. Published December 10, 2015

U.S. United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power Tuesday faced intense grilling from lawmakers over Iran. Ms. Powers denied that the U.S. and its allies ignored sanction violations by Iran in order to preserve ongoing nuclear talks. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iran is going nuclear and will threaten the world

On Monday, Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, in violation of all "agreements," "deals," and winks of the eye this administration and the United Nations have put together and promoted as "keeping the world safe" and "better than a war." Yes, you heard that right, but it's worth repeating, Iran tested a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead which could threaten the United States with nuclear attack. Published December 8, 2015

President Obama was criticized for standing behind a podium instead of being seated behind the Resolute desk while addressing the nation from the Oval Office on Sunday night. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

It is not OK

America doesn't know it yet, but we have entered a new chapter in our history. Things have changed and not for the better. Security is going to be paramount from here on out, a new world awaits unfortunately, in my humble opinion. Published December 8, 2015

In this Nov. 23, 2009 file photo, Fuad Masum, then-head of the Kurdish parliamentary bloc, speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session. President Masum said Saturday Nov. 5, 2015, that the presence of Turkish troops near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq is a "violation" of international law and it was contributing to increased tensions in the region. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Turkey invades Iraq

n the last 48 hours, Turkey has sent hundreds of troops and at least 20 tanks into northern Iraqi territory north of Mosul, which is occupied by the Islamic State. Published December 7, 2015

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hinted at more sanctions against Turkey and accused Turkey of a "treacherous war crime" in downing a Russian jet at the border with Syria. “Allah must have punished Turkey’s ruling clique by depriving it of sense and reason,” Putin said. Erdogan has hotly denied that his country was involved in oil trade with the IS, and has pledged to step down if Moscow proves its accusations.(AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Presidential Press Service, Pool)

Russia is right: White House helped ISIS smuggle, sell oil

I've written many times that you can't listen to the words of this administration when it discusses defending America and confronting terrorism. You have to look at the consequences of its policies and actions. Published December 7, 2015