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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

In this July 17, 2016, file photo, then-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The threat of anonymous media sources

It's no secret that the media has lost a great deal of credibility over the last election cycle. Part of the reason for this is the use of anonymous sources to besmirch the character of politicians or other public figures to support a political agenda, or to conjure up a scandalous story to attract readers. Published September 7, 2017

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Saturday, July 22, 2017, shows Sayyad-3 air defense missiles during inauguration of its production line at an undisclosed location, Iran, according to official information released. Sayyad-3 is an upgrade to previous versions of the missile. Writing on the banner at right reads in Persian: " We are fighters as long as we are alive". (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

Iran to increase missile power, threaten neighbors, the world

After signing a nuclear "deal" with world powers which allows the Islamic Republic of Iran to eventually get nuclear weapons in a period of years, today Iran said its priority is to increase its missile power, and export these weapons to clients in the Middle East, to further threaten Israel, and American allies in the region. Published September 2, 2017

Enforce Nuclear Nonproliferation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran - once again - supporting Hamas brigades

After falling out of favor with each other in 2012 over the use of Hamas during the Syrian civil war, Iran is once again the main benefactor of the terrorist group Hamas, based in the Gaza Strip in Israel. Published August 30, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, speaks with Lithuania's Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis prior to a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

What is Trump doing in Ukraine?

I wrote an article three years ago that basically stated Ukraine was not our fight, no matter how much we want to support people who are fighting for freedom from Russia Published August 29, 2017

South Korean protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea threatens Britain with destruction

The United States and South Korea have for decades conducted huge exercises in the South to prepare for an inevitable conflict with the North Korean regime. Published August 28, 2017

North Korea should follow Kazakhstan's lead

After threatening to destroy the U.S. territory of Guam with nuclear weapons, Kim Jong-un appears to be backing down in the face of threats from President Trump, and, more likely, back-channel arm-twisting from China and Russia. Published August 24, 2017

China may have new long-range Quantum sub detector

China may have accidentally announced a new breakthrough in submarine detection when the Chinese Academy of Sciences temporarily posted news of a new quantum, magnetometer breakthrough. The information was quickly removed after a journalist pointed out its military applications. Published August 22, 2017

Illustration China in Afghanistan by John Camejo for The Washington Times

Russia: Trump Afghan policy aims at China

The Kremlin and the Trump White House continue to negotiate and trade barbs through the media, where each is trying to spin the narrative in its favor, as only two major players in the great game can do. Published August 21, 2017

Hillary Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko laid flowers at a memorial in Kiev in 2010. Recent news suggests the Ukrainian government and the Democratic National Committee planted seeds to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidential election. (Associated Press/File)

Beyond the fake news, a real scandal of Clinton collusion with Ukraine

The "Trump colluded with Russia" narrative is alive and well in the United States. With the media and the Marxist left lacking any facts to support this falsehood, they have now resorted to guessing what evidence hackers overseas may provide to resuscitate their attempt to unseat a duly elected U.S. president. Published August 17, 2017

Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal within hours

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the Islamic Republic could quit the "nuclear deal" negotiated with the Obama administration within hours if the United States imposes any more sanctions. Published August 16, 2017

Resisting Russia, Poland refuses to play by the EU playbook

Jaroslaw is just not letting it go. "It" is the 2010 crash of a Polish Air Force plane near Smolensk, Russia, which killed Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of Polish Law and Justice party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 18 members of the Polish parliament, the military commanders of the Polish armed forces, the Polish central bank chief and a former Polish president. Published August 10, 2017

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani talks late Friday, July 21, 2017, in his first televised speech since the dispute between Qatar and three Gulf countries and Egypt, in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar News Agency via AP) ** FILE **

Restrain Qatar to counter the Shia terror hegemon in Middle East

The Arab Gulf alliance of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain recently reinstated their 13 demands on Qatar to restore relations and end sanctions. "We reiterate the importance of Qatar's compliance with the 13 demands outlined by the four states," said a joint statement released by the foreign ministers on July 31. Published August 8, 2017

Congress may regret tying Trump's hands on Russia

The Founding Fathers set up a system of checks and balances. That's something we all learned about this in civics class (unless you are a millennial who didn't take civics). So, it is well within the authority of the legislative branch to attempt to tie the president's hands when it comes to sanctions on Russia. Published August 3, 2017

This is a  dramatic photo of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea, June 19, 2017, in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe. The photographs released Friday, June 23, 2017, show the Russian SU-27 coming so close to the wing of the U.S. RC-135U that the Russian pilot can be seen sitting in the cockpit in some images. (Master Sgt Charles Larkin Snr/U.S. European Command via AP) ** FILE **

Russian 6th-generation fighter will employ powerful lasers to burn enemy missile

Air-to-ground or air-to-air missiles have one thing in common -- they have a seeker head, or targeting system on the missile that uses radar or heat-seeking technology to find and lead the weapon to the target to destroy it. The Russian defense industry says it will deploy powerful lasers on its new sixth-generation fighter that will be able to "burn" enemy homing systems on projectiles fired in their direction, to make them unable to hit a target. Published July 31, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions during a news conference after his talks with and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. President Putin pays a working visit to Finland to discuss bilateral and international issues with his Finnish counterpart and to commemorate Finland's 100-year independence. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Conservatives shouldn't be Putin's 'useful idiots'

I have been hearing a lot of comments lately from conservatives that Russia is not our enemy, that President Vladimir Putin is a great guy, a strong leader who loves his country and is simply standing up to the globalist European Union. Mr. Putin and Russia, I'm told, are standing up for Christianity and providing security for Christians from Islamist extremists. Published July 27, 2017

This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Saturday, July 22, 2017, shows Sayyad-3 air defense missiles during inauguration of its production line at an undisclosed location, Iran, according to official information released. Sayyad-3 is an upgrade to previous versions of the missile. Writing on the banner at right reads in Persian: " We are fighters as long as we are alive". (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

Iran starts new missile production line in response to new Trump sanctions

The Trump administration recently initiated new sanctions against the Iranian regime, saying Iran's behavior outside of the specifics of the Iran nuclear deal cancelled out any positive results the deal may have brought to the table. Tehran, in North Korea-like fashion, responded with announcing a new missile production line that mainly is designed to threaten airborne targets such as manned or unmanned aircraft. Published July 25, 2017