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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

Articles by L. Todd Wood

Illustration on the impact of debt on the national economy by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Trump, Federal Reserve and interest rates

I was glad to hear the president of the United States mention our national debt in a tweet this week regarding the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and interest rate policy. His point was that if the Fed were to lower short term rates, and restart quantitative easing (in banana republics they call this printing money), then our economy would explode even higher and the debt to GDP ratio would not look that bad. Published May 1, 2019

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives back to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 with first lady Melania Trump, after Trump spoke at the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit" in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump is not doing anything on censorship

Conservatives are being de-platformed, de-banked, and disenfranchised from the public debate. The White House has essentially done nothing. Congress of course has done nothing. Published April 24, 2019

An image made available by on Wednesday April 17, 2019 shows an aerial shot of the fire damage to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday April 16. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after it was damaged in a massive fire on Monday. ( via AP)

From a charred hulk, a new birth of freedom

Sometimes individual events occur that bring larger trends into stark perspective. The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral this week was one of those events. Published April 18, 2019

This is all Ukraine's fault ... (Illustration by Michael Ramirez for Creators Syndicate)

CROSSTALK: Ukraine election no worries for U.S.

The mainstream media wants you to think that the future of the free world depends on what happens in the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election runoff, scheduled to take place on April 21st. It doesn't. Published April 17, 2019

This March 27, 2008, file aerial photo shows the Pentagon in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Improve U.S. military combat

It would be nice to think we could automate all combat roles out to machines, and spare our sons and daughters the horrors of combat. Published April 16, 2019

Illustration on the economies of Iran, Russia and North Korea by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Economies of repressive governments are under stress

The legacy of the Trump administration will be one of finally confronting vexing international problems that all recent presidents failed for one reason or another to address with any credibility. Published April 10, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron, 2nd right, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool) **FILE**

Capitalism a loser as Europeans huddle with China’s Xi

It's worth examining what happened when German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss what was billed as "global governance." Published March 28, 2019

Demonstrators shout during the Free Internet rally in response to a bill making its way through parliament calling for all internet traffic to be routed through servers in Russia — making VPNs (virtual private networks) ineffective, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 10, 2019.Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation that they fear could lead to widespread censorship of the internet for Russian users. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) **FILE**

Web crackdown leaves ordinary Russians on edge

Over the last several years, many laws have been passed which restrict personal freedom. Campaigns against "extremism" have been used to stifle speech the Kremlin doesn't like. There are too many Russians in jail charged with posting something offensive on Facebook or other social media outlets. Published March 21, 2019

Officials from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) pray next to an offering of fruit, bread rolls, and a plastic container of Ethiopian Injera, a fermented sourdough flatbread, placed next to incense sticks, at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ethiopian Airlines had issued no new updates on the crash as of late afternoon Tuesday as families around the world waited for answers, while a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene) **FILE**

China quick to seize on Boeing’s woes for its own purposes

China was the first nation to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 after the horrific Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday which killed over 150 people. The morning after the accident, Beijing issued its order to prevent the U.S.-made aircraft from flying in its airspace. Published March 14, 2019

Fox News' Tucker Carlson addresses calls to boycott his show that are linked to a Media Matters story about his old radio appearances, March 12, 2019. (Image: Fox News screenshot)

The truth hurts Brazil

After writing last week of the alleged Brazilian deep state's attempt to bring down a duly-elected president, we received vast amounts of social media engagement, mostly on the positive side, thanking us for highlighting this phenomenon in-country that is being directed against populist candidates across the West and now the world. Published March 13, 2019

The Texas state flag files outside the Huawei Technologies Ltd. business location in Plano, Texas, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The Chinese tech giant is challenging a U.S. law that would limit its American sales of telecom equipment on security grounds as the company steps up efforts to preserve its access to global markets for next-generation communications. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

China learns how to use our courts for its own ends

It looks like China has been tuning in faithfully to the Trump-Russia Show over the last two years, especially the episode about illegal immigration. You know -- the one where the judicial branch of government prevents the commander-in-chief from actually ensuring the national security of the United States. Published March 7, 2019

In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey participate in the installation ceremony for Comey as FBI director, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9, 2017, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama: ‘The buck stops right here at my desk’

After the ugly defeat in the 2014 midterm elections, then-President Barack Obama famously said, "... The buck stops right here at my desk. Whenever, as the head of the party, it doesn't do well, I've got to take responsibility for it." Published March 6, 2019

Policemen stand guard during an antigovernment rally in Tirana, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Albanian opposition supporters have surrounded the parliament building and are demanding that the government resign, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina) **FILE**

Albania smear campaign exposes globalist agenda

Events in Tirana, the capital of Albania, over the last few weeks offer new insights into how this mindset offered up by the liberal American billionaire and his allies plays out in weak countries in Eastern Europe and around the world. Published February 28, 2019

In this Monday, July 16, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Throughout 2018, special cnvestigator Robert Mueller’s team investigated whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election and whether the president obstructed the investigation. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

CROSSTALK: Russia doesn’t want peace; Russia wants power

Let's start out by discussing some plain truths. First of all, the United States pulling out of the INF treaty, to protect its right to do exactly what Russia has done, is not a threat to world peace. Second, no one is threatening Russia. Published February 26, 2019