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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2002. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Trump-Russia deal taking place over North Korea

We wrote recently over the significance of the Trump administration relaxing sanctions on Russian officials tied to the Russian security services, in a little publicized move a few weeks ago. The Kremlin takes care of its inner circle and the easing of sanctions on Mr. Putin's palace guard was significant in our view. The only question was what Mr. Trump may have received in return. Published March 6, 2017

China is said to be concerned that the Islamic State is moving into western China, specifically Xinjiang province, where Muslim Uighurs in the past have joined Islamist terrorist groups. (Associated Press/File)

Islamic State threatens Communist China

This should be good; get the popcorn. The world's most brutal, terrorist movement meets the world's biggest communist dictatorship--think 1984 vs Lord of the Flies. The Islamic State recently targeted Communist China by threatening to foster what it says is an Islamic rebellion in its midst. For its part, China seems to be worried. Published March 1, 2017

In this Feb. 3, 2017 photo, a man watches a public TV screen showing a file image of North Korea's state security minister Kim Won Hong, who had been seen as close to leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday, Feb. 27. The spy agency told lawmakers that five North Korean officials in the department of recently purged Kim Won Hong were executed by anti-aircraft guns because of the false reports to Kim, South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

North Korea executes 5 with anti-aircraft gun

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed five security officials by anti-aircraft gun recently due to "false statements" which were given to the North's leader and caused him to be enraged. Published February 27, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels this week. (Associated Press)

Trying to talk culturally suicidal Europe off the ledge

Europeans are acting as if they have a real attraction to suicide, as a culture and as a group of sovereign states. I watched and read several things this week that made me want to write on this subject. All of the incidents fall into a long-term pattern of self-hating groupthink and self-destruction. Published February 23, 2017

Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a briefing in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.  In a televised broadcast on Friday, Lukashenko asked the country's interior minister to press charges against Russia's top food safety official, alleging charges of "damaging the state" because Russia stopped the import of Belarusian products due to quality issues and suspicions that Belarus resells EU-made dairy products that are banned in Russia.  The Kremlin responded to the outburst, listing the loans and reduced taxes that Russia gave to Belarus.  (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Menacing Russia, cowering Belarus -- trouble in the Union State

Many in the West don't realize that after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and Belarus, its smaller neighbor to the west, set up their own mini-political combination, dubbed the "Union State." Belarus -- literally, "White Russia -- historically has been controlled by Moscow, with some periods ruled by Moscow's archrival throughout the ages, Poland. Published February 16, 2017

In this Feb. 7, 2017 Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo speaks during a press conference in Warsaw, Poland. Polish prosecutors filed charges Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 against a 21-year-old man who is accused of causing a traffic accident that injured Szydlo and two other people last week. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Putin helping Trump make NATO great again

On Wednesday, Poland announced it is increasing naval spending in order to counter Russian naval missile power in the Baltic Sea. The goal would be to develop a capability to bottle up the Russian navy from escaping its cold ports to attack the Baltic and Nordic states in any future conflict. Published February 15, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump accompanied by, from second from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Flynn and the traitors in our midst

The resignation of Gen. Michael Flynn from the position of National Security Adviser to the president of the United States brings more to the table than meets the eye. Published February 14, 2017

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Soros-infected State Department plays political games in Albania

Any move by a U.S. diplomat meant to support only one party over another in a foreign country is anti-democratic, un-American and inconsistent with what the United States stands for. Creating a captive justice system for one party is the exact opposite of what was intended by Albania's judicial reforms. Published February 9, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2002. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

North Korea's BFF is Russia

The hermit regime of Kim Jong-un in North Korea doesn't have many friends. However, it seems the ties to its original benefactor, the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, remain strong. Published February 7, 2017

U.S. Air Force Academy at the 2017 Inaugural Day parade. Cadets are not in sync.

Air Force Academy has leadership problem

I recently wrote an article on my shock, during my 30th reunion at the U.S. Air Force Academy, at the lack of discipline and training and how the academy no longer is focused on training warriors. "This is no longer a military academy, it's UCLA in uniforms," I wrote. Published February 3, 2017

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Behind White House denials, a Trumpian deal with Russia takes shape

I listened with curiosity to the news Thursday that sanctions on the Russian security services had been "eased" by the Trump administration. White House press secretary Sean Spicer described it as a "routine" course of events in the oversight of sanctions by the Treasury Department. I highly doubt that explanation. I think what we're seeing is that an archetypal Trump "deal" is in the works. Published February 2, 2017

A wounded Ukrainian soldier is treated in Avdiivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine escalated on Tuesday, killing at least eight people late Monday and early Tuesday, injuring dozens and briefly trapping more than 200 coal miners underground, the warring sides reported.(AP Photo/Inna Varenytsia)

U.S. politics driving renewed violence in East Ukraine

Conflict in Donbass has flared up again. The Minsk accords seem to be routinely violated by both sides, with shelling by heavy weapons once again becoming commonplace. Civilians are dying again. Published January 31, 2017