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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.

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In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, looks at a copy of Koran, Islam's holy book, presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Syria's Assad never was going anywhere

The Obama administration is suspending reality to think that Russia and Iran are going to allow the Assad regime to fall. It's a pipe dream and it's not going to happen. Published November 23, 2015

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syria President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Assad has traveled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011 to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Syrian and Russian media reported Wednesday. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti,  Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin drives wedge into NATO

Eastern European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance are nervous about the French getting in bed with Russia over the anti-ISIS campaign. Published November 23, 2015

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing final development and testing by the U.S. military. The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing variant. (Lockheed Martin)

USAF can't afford F-35, may buy F-15s, F-16s

The U.S. Air Force is having trouble paying for the initial buys for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and may instead purchase F-15, F-16, or F-18 aircraft to provide a stop-gap capability in the near term as the F-35 fleet comes online. The service may buy up to 72 of the older model aircraft. Published November 21, 2015

Protesters holding "No war" placards stage a rally against Japanese government in front of the parliament building in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Japan's parliament is moving toward final approval of legislation that would loosen post-World War II constraints placed on its military, an issue that has sparked sizable street protests and raised fundamental questions about whether the nation needs to shift away from its pacifist ways to face growing security challenges. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Japan rising will anger China

China and other victims of Japanese aggression 75 years ago have long memories. The fact that Japan now is considering joining the freedom of navigation naval patrols in the South China Sea will stoke this Chinese anger as the Middle Kingdom attempts to project its power in the region. Published November 20, 2015

South Korean army soldiers stand guard at Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunom in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. South Korea fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed several rounds across the world's most heavily armed border and threatened to take further action unless Seoul ends its loudspeaker broadcasts. The North denied it fired any shots and warned of retaliation for what it called a serious provocation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea wants to talk, South accepts invite

North Korea proposes talks with its South Korean counterpart to be held on Nov. 26th at the Truce Village facility, Panmunjeom in the DMZ, according to the North's official news agency, KCNA. South Korea has accepted the invitation, affirmed the South Korean Unification Ministry. Published November 20, 2015

Tsar Vladimir I is on a roll

In the days before the Soviet revolution, when the Russian aristocracy reigned supreme in its glory days, many of this elite group refused to speak Russian, they would only speak French, the language of beauty, sophistication, snobbery. The French hold a special place in the Russian heart. Published November 19, 2015

In this Oct. 27, 2015 photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. In measuring progress in the American-led air war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, numbers tell one story, but results tell another. Fighter jets, bombers, attack planes and drones are dropping an average of 2,228 bombs per month on targets ranging from militant snipers and machine gun positions to oil facilities, weapon storage shacks, bulldozers and buildings. The attacks have killed upward of 20,000 Islamic State fighters.  (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

Islamic State to bring guerrilla warfare to Western cities

The Islamic State could be planning to wage guerrilla warfare on European cities, according to a counter-insurgency expert, leading to a terrorist army living and growing in capitals across the continent, destroying the Europe we know today, forever. Published November 19, 2015

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug.  27, 2013 a Russian air defense missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Russia to bulk up artillery, missile units by 2021

Russia is planning to massively increase its artillery and missile capability with the creation of several large units by the year 2021. This development comes after multiple reorganizations of the Russian armed forces in the last several years as Russia continues to expand and modernize its combat capability. Published November 19, 2015

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is shown the 24 hour Operations Room by the Director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan, center, and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk at GCHQ in Cheltenham, England, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Treasury chief George Osborne says the country will double the amount of funds devoted to fighting cyber-crime. Osborne says the Islamic State group is looking to gain the capability to attack infrastructure such as air traffic control or electrical systems. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

ISIS planning violent cyber attacks, Britain warns

Today, in response to the hacker group Anonymous declaring digital war on the Islamic State after the Paris attacks, the United Kingdom was hit with a massive denial of service (DDoS) attack in an apparent act of cyber revenge. Published November 18, 2015

Smoke rises over Sinjar, northern Iraq from oil fires set by Islamic State militants as Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launch a major assault on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. The strategic town of Sinjar was overran last year by the Islamic State group in an onslaught that caused the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis and first prompted the United States to launch the air campaign against the militants. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) ** FILE **

Russia hunting Islamic State gravy train

Although the White House and U.S. Air Force commanders in theater have started targeting the Islamic State gravy train of black market oil, apparently Russia is getting right to it. Published November 18, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, meets with Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang in the Kremlin in Moscow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia blasts Islamic State with long-range missiles, bombs

In a show of strategic capability, Russia launched 25 long-range strategic bombers with fighter escort into Syria to strike Islamic State targets, launching cruise missiles and dropping unguided bombs. Published November 17, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama , right, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, prior to a session of the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The leaders of the Group of 20 were wrapping up their two-day summit in Turkey Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France's role in the fight against the extremist group. (Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency via AP, Pool)

Putin picks off France as an ally

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a master reader of geopolitical tea leaves, just picked off France, one of the largest and most powerful countries in the European Union and a member of NATO, as an ally for Russia in the fight against the Islamic State, and more importantly, Russia's attempt to keep the Assad regime in power. I mean reall, you can't make this stuff up. Published November 17, 2015

Calls grow for U.S. to permanently station troops in Eastern Europe

According to many defense officials, arms control experts, and some members of Congress, Russia violated the terms of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act by supporting the armed aggression in East Ukraine. In their eyes, this Russian behavior negates the need for NATO to follow the agreement as well. Published November 16, 2015

The federal government has tacked $462 billion onto the national credit card since Nov. 2, putting President Obama on track to come close to the $20 trillion mark by the time he leaves office in January 2017. (Associated Press)

Russia embarrasses Obama into getting a little more serious about ISIS

Over a year ago, President Obama stated on national television that he would "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL), saying, "I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. Published November 13, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Israel should maintain control of the Temple Mount

Regardless of your beliefs or lack of, any reasonable person would admit that the Jewish people have a claim to their history, as do Muslims, or followers of Islam. Published November 13, 2015

Yale University students and faculty rally to demand that Yale University become more inclusive to all students on Cross Campus in New Haven on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The "March of Resilience" followed several racially charged incidents at Yale, including allegations that a fraternity turned a woman away from a party because she was not white. At center is associate professor Crystal Feimster. (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP)

L. TODD WOOD: Russians shocked by lack of respect in Yale protest video

While on a recent trip to Moscow, I had the opportunity to gauge the opinion of ordinary Muscovites on the video of the Yale student screaming at the head of Silliman college. The absolute across-the-board reaction was a look of abject horror on their faces as they watched this young, privileged woman screaming an obsenity at the college professor. Published November 12, 2015