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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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This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Obama amid the redrawn Levant

Take a step back and look at what is going on in the Middle East from a 30,000-foot level and you won't like what you see. Published September 11, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to be a thorn in U.S.-Russia talks for peace in the Middle East as the U.S. backs Mr. Assad while Russia supports nearby Iran against him. (Associated Press)

Russia admits troops in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Reuters Wednesday that Russia indeed has advisers in Syria training and assisting Assad government forces. Published September 9, 2015

A congressional aide said the legislation is aimed to thwart U.S. spy agencies from giving secrets to an investigation of NSA activities by a German parliamentary committee. The panel was formed after spying disclosures from renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. (Associated Press)

Snowden calls out Hillary from Moscow

From Russia, with love, Edward Snowden lashed out at his critics and slammed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an online interview with Al Jazeera. From Russia, with love, Edward Snowden lashed out at his critics and slammed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton during an online interview with Al Jazeera. Published September 7, 2015

Adm. Scott Swift, right, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)

Chinese navy gives Obama an Alaskan welcome

As President Obama confirmed the Alaskan glaciers were melting in the summer, the Chinese navy gave our president a warm Alaskan welcome as he made his historic trip to the 49th state. Published September 3, 2015

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Putin puts boots on the ground in Syria

Last month, the Obama administration squealed and complained to the Kremlin, when Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, visited Moscow in an apparent violation of a U.N. travel ban due to Soleimani's sponsorship of terrorism. Published September 1, 2015

Police officers give medical aid to a colleague after a grenade blast during a clash between protesters and police after vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vladimir Donsov)

Kiev erupts over status changes in the East per Minsk Agreement

Protests turned violent outside of the Ukrainian parliament today as lawmakers considered granting special status to the separatist regions in East Ukraine as required by the Minsk agreement negotiated between Germany, France, Russia, and Kiev. According to the Ukrainian government, MPs gave initial approval to the proposal; however, the deal's final passage is far from assured. Published August 31, 2015

People fish in a stream outside a steel factory in the Sea of Azov port city, Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The bulk of continued unrest along the 485-kilometer (300-mile) front lines, between Ukraine's government forces and Russia-backed rebels, has been concentrated around the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, but pitched battles are also taking place in the town of Shyrokyne, near the strategic port city of Mariupol. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Russia's dirty war in Ukraine

You have to wonder what the Kremlin has been thinking. I mean, did they really think they were going to get away with it? Published August 27, 2015

A Ukrainian serviceman fires a weapon at a front line in the eastern Ukrainian village of Krymske. Renewed clashes between the Ukrainian military and rebel forces have grown so intense during recent days that the leaders of France and Germany, who brokered a cease-fire in February, have called for a hastily arranged meeting Monday with Ukraine's pro-Western president. (Associated Press)

East Ukraine could be annexed soon

Much has been made in the media in recent weeks about the increased violence in East Ukraine between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia rebels of the Donetsk People's Republic, or DPR. Published August 21, 2015

A newly mobilized Ukrainian soldier shows his skills during military drills in base Desna 100km north from Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Fierce fighting surged in East Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists mounted a major and sustained new push Friday to capture a strategic railway hub ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Is East Ukraine about to blow?

It seems the mask of a cease fire has come off in East Ukraine. Ukrainian government forces report assaults across the front lines in recent days with the heaviest attacks on the territory around Mariupol, the key port city on the Sea of Azov. Published August 12, 2015

Commander of the Russian Airborne Forces Vladimir Shamanov stands during President Vladimir Putin's visit to  the airborne troops school in the city of Ryazan, some 100 km (62.5 miles) southeast of Moscow, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Is Russia preparing to send troops to Syria?

There was confusion coming out of the Kremlin on Tuesday regarding Russia sending paratroopers to help the Assad regime in Syria, a longtime client state of Moscow. Published August 4, 2015

We're facing a crisis of rational thought

I was forced to watch CNN Monday morning while sitting in a professional's waiting room. The subject of discussion was the explosion in murders in New York and other cities in the last year. Published August 3, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to keep the Ukraine situation separate from his push for a new dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. (Associated Press)

Russia to reap weapons windfall with Iran

Although the press has not had access to the entire agreement, including secret side deals, it seems that Russia will now be unrestrained to harvest the Iranian arms market. Published July 31, 2015

FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to speak at a navy parade marking  Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea. Angry with the West's response over Ukraine, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. Russia's proactive strategy in Asia- which also involves cozying up to China and had been dubbed "Putin's Pivot" - began years ago as Moscow's answer to Washington's much touted rebalancing of its military forces in the Pacific.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File) **FILE**

Russia unveils new naval doctrine, but can it afford it?

Sunday was Navy Day in Russia, celebrating the power and history of the Russian fleet. The Kremlin used the occasion to announce a new naval doctrine on its website which lays out an ambitious plan to modernize and reconstitute a blue water Russian naval force. Although it sounds powerful on paper, the real question with oil trending below $50 a barrel, is whether Russia can afford this agenda. Published July 27, 2015

Oil-drilling rigs (AP Photo)

Collapsing oil could cause a war in Europe

The price of crude oil is plummeting again with West Texas Intermediate closing below $50 a barrel, possibly on its way to retest its recent lows of $42. For the commodity exporting BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), this is not good, especially not good for Russia. Published July 23, 2015

Obama's Iranian Nuclear Negotiations Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Manchurian president, complicit Dems destroy our national security

Democrat Barack Obama said in the second presidential debate in October of 2008: "We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. It would be a game-changer in the region. Not only would it threaten Israel, our strongest ally in the region and one of our strongest allies in the world, but it would also create a possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. And so it's unacceptable. And I will do everything that's required to prevent it. And we will never take military options off the table." It was a lie. Published July 15, 2015