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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

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

President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Sins of Bush, Obama leave Trump to clean up Iranian mess

Hindsight is 20/20, but when you are the commander-in-chief, you can't afford to be wrong. When it comes to Iran, George W. Bush was very wrong, and Barack Obama was very complicit. And now it's left to President Trump to clean up the mess. Published February 21, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a state-of-the-nation address in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia is doing the only thing it can do: threaten

Today in his annual State of the Nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin did the only thing he could do in response to the United States pulling out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) -- threaten, as all schoolyard bullies do when facing an existential crisis. The world knows Russia brought this situation upon itself. Published February 20, 2019

In this picture released on Jan. 12, 2019, by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei takes notes during a meeting in Tehran, Iran.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran resistance: 40 Years of perceived U.S. appeasement

As the Trump administration tightens the economic screws on Tehran, an interesting event took place at the National Press Club this week in Washington, D.C. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held an event highlighting f40 years of Western governments perceived appeasement of the murderous regime in Iran and the predictable consequences of these actions. Published February 13, 2019

Illustration on the fascination with "Russiagate" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russiagate hysteria continues to snare innocent victims

Today, the Democratic Party pulled out the big guns against a leftist sheep who had left the flock - presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard. Yes, you guessed it, it now seems that this veteran of the Iraq War is a Russian agent, at least if you believe the corrupt legacy media. Published February 8, 2019

A Wall Street sign is shown in New York in this Sept. 17, 2008, file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Hybrid financial warfare is the new reality

With the trade war with China and Russiagate in full display every evening in the mainstream Western press, where the anti-Trump narrative is pushed relentlessly, it is easy to miss the continued assault on our financial system by adversarial state actors and their proxies. Published February 1, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin look at containers of food as they visit an exhibition during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. (Kirill Kudryavtsev Photo via AP)

U.S. spendthrift ways coming back to haunt us

It's comical to hear the screams from Wall Street, the Trump administration and the talking heads freaking out over the recent small rise in short-term interest rates, rightly put in place by the Federal Reserve. Published January 31, 2019

FILE - In this file pool photo taken on Oct. 4, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The crisis in Venezuela may have reached a new boiling point, but the geopolitical fault lines look familiar. Russia, China and Iran have thrown their support behind embattled Maduro, while the U.S., Canada and their allies in Western Europe are backing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Why Russia is rushing to prop up disastrous Venezuelan regime

The Russian state-run press and Twitter-sphere have been ablaze with indignation over the Trump administration's bold move in Venezuela this week. In case you missed it, the U.S. government and allies across the hemisphere on Wednesday collectively recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president, in an effort to bring down the disastrous regime of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, a regime which has caused so much misery for the Venezuelan people. Published January 24, 2019

The Syrian Chimera (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

The truth is, Russia is expanding

I have written before that I don't believe Russia is the No. 1 threat to American security. On the contrary, a rising China is much more bent on confronting America militarily in the South China Sea or elsewhere, and Iran is bent on developing nuclear weapons to use irresponsibly. Published January 23, 2019

Chinese shoppers sort through merchandise at the Gap's flagship store in Beijing. Chinese leaders believe they are on the road to victory over the U.S. and will to do anything to get there. (Associated Press/File)

Why the bad guys think they can outwait Trump

If the Chinese can appease President Trump and his able trade negotiators for a couple of years, temporizing until his wrath is a thing of history, then they will do so. Published January 10, 2019

"Call me a radical," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, on "60 Minutes." She's frequently referred to as "AOC." (Associated Press)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a Socialist Republican?

Our new "I'll take your money honey" in Congress is Socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who famously wants to give everything away to everyone, and destroy the republic of the United States of America as we know it. She apparently fancies herself to Lincoln (the Republican) and FDR (the Socialist). The dichotomy of that comparison on its face shows idiocy. Published January 9, 2019

In this Dec. 1, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump, second from right, meets with China's President Xi Jinping, second from left, during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. China promised Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might help dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi and Trump agreed to in Argentina.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

U.S. economic resilience spells Chinese model's doom

There is a historical truth about the American economy -- it is deep, wide, and resilient. Managed economies, or communism, by contrast, may work for a period of time, due to favorable economic winds. But eventually you have to pay the piper. It's a lesson that China is about to learn the hard way. Published January 3, 2019