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Dennis Ross is a retired Senior Intelligence Analyst with 27 years experience within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He specialized in Middle East weapons of mass destruction programs (DoD) and homegrown violent extremism (DHS). Ross was the recipient of numerous accolades to include the Director of Central Intelligence, National Medal of Achievement.


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Dumb vs. Dumber

I’ve been retired from the game for six years now. OpsLens still gives me a voice, for which I am grateful. I work in a Pennsylvania controlled liquor store to bring in some extra cash, but I really don’t need to. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have the health care, but, at my […]


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An Alternate Reality is at Our Fingertips

Recently, Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “defeated ISIS” posture is countered by ISIS claiming responsibility for the recent suicide bomb that killed at least four American soldiers patrolling the town of Manjib, Syria. My gut tells me a sh–storm is developing and is soon to hit, just when our president is about to get hammered domestically. Well…that’s […]


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Sad Days are Upon Us: Guns and Our Right to Possess Them

Recently, an OpsLens colleague, whom I never met but thoroughly respect by reputation alone, posted an article discussing the need vs. the right to own an assault rifle.  I think it was in response to my recent post disparaging a recent shootout at a bowling alley in Southern California. First, I completely understand the point […]


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Who Brings a Gun to a Bowling Alley?

Although I like bowling, the last time I was at a bowling alley was in 1994, when I broke up with a girlfriend. No guns, no violence, just a broken heart. It was a small-town alley, the only one in the county as I recall. There was a small bar and grill that served great […]


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Who Has the Best Intel? Power Rankings of Governments’ Intelligence Services

In the aftermath of President Trump dismissing the CIA’s conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, I thought I might do a thought experiment regarding who has the best intelligence service. One could quickly argue the parameters used in this power ranking, but I’m using capability, execution and influence […]


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Who is In Charge, Mr. Trump? You or Your Wife?

The nonsense that flatulates from this presidency on a daily basis is astonishing. The First Lady wanted the Deputy National Security Adviser to be fired. Hey, I’m all for it—along with her boss, John Bolton, who is almost certainly conspiring ways to get us into another disastrous war with Iran and/or North Korea. But wait […]


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President Trump Losing Credibility Everywhere

The Trump presidency is beginning to show real signs of falling apart. Gee, what a surprise. From this writer’s perspective, he has no one to blame but himself and it is none too soon. This just in: CIA assesses that Mohammad bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  I can’t wait to […]


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Someone Needs to State the Obvious

President Trump is a disaster. I’ve decided that since our commander-in-chief makes BS a daily dose to our mental diet, that I’m pushing back. I’m going to try to create a BS zone where we question our fearless leader and his administration’s BS periodically, if not daily. Friends, we are approaching critical mass with this stumblebum […]


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When ‘Because I Said So’ is Not Good Enough

Pertaining to the title you just read, anyone who has children knows what I’m talking about. All of us have said it as a response to a whiny “Why?” eliciting the proverbial “Because I said so!” And, as parents, we were usually right.  However, President Donald Trump, fortunately, does not get to use that response […]


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A Voice from Pittsburgh: President Trump Should Own Up to His Divisive Rhetoric, False Statements and Encouragement of Violence

What kind of president implies that he longs for the days when protesters were carried out on stretchers, then says he will pay anyone’s legal fees should a supporter confront a protester at one of his rallies? What kind of president claims at rallies that there are hordes of Middle Easterners (ISIS supporters, i.e. terrorists) […]


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Caravan to a Forgotten Promise

I have a tough time accepting what is happening these days. President Donald Trump seems to be conducting a massive disinformation campaign. A propaganda war against the very people he is supposed to be leading. Yes, there is yet another caravan of immigrants heading this way. They are asylum seekers, not illegal immigrants. To dismiss […]


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Sobering Thoughts for Memorial Day and Thereafter — Taking a Stand

There is revolution in the air, my friends. Our blustering president, along with Bolton, Pompeo, and Pence, are going to start another stupid war. Maybe two. Maybe a third, here in the good ole’ USA. Given recent statements by all the above, I’d argue that starting a war in Iran is their clear intention. Pompeo wants Iran to give up its ballistic missile program, cease and desist its involvement in every country it’s currently involved in, completely shut down its nuclear enrichment, and at the same time release Americans unjustly imprisoned in Iran—all just because we say so.


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America’s Forever Wars are Killing Us

The United States has been at war continuously since 9/11 — there are now 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. This is an open letter to all of us.  We have a lot of fixing to do, my friends.  Sometimes I feel a little strange posting on this website.  I tell my kids that I’m the token liberal.  Well, my long-lost friend, I guess that’s OK. Thanks for the platform.  So here goes…

Our modern 24/7 news media are overlooking one particular issue that predates and transcends the Trump Movement…That issue is the normalization of armed conflict. We, as a country, have accepted that war has become a permanent condition.


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Is This Our Chance to Get Out of Syria?

Last week, US airstrikes thwarted a major attempt to capture ground east of the Euphrates River presumably to set the stage for the Assad regime to gain control of the Kasham Oil Fields.  Why are we doing this? To protect our guys on the ground. I get it…but they shouldn’t be there in the first place, right? So shouldn’t we question why this just happened and what we are doing there in the first place?  Are we preparing to fight the Russians in Syria? Are we preparing to fight Turkey? Or are we now fighting Syria? I thought we were fighting ISIS.


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Commonalities in Radicalization

It’s been nearly two months since Akayed Ullah tried to blow himself up with a pipe bomb and take a bunch of Manhattan commuters with him on December 6th.  Nobody died, and the bomber seems to be just another fool to succumb to the call of radical Islam.  There’s more to that story for sure, but it’s already one without legs.

It’s been over five months since James Alex Fields, a man who identified with Neo-Nazis (specifically, Vanguard America), plowed his car into a large crowd of counter-protesters at an Alt-Right protest in Charlottesville VA.  One woman died, and many others were maimed for life.  Fields, at least at first blush, seems to be just another fool to succumb to the call of radical nationalism.  There’s much, much more to that story as well, but it doesn’t have much legs either, although, probably, more than Akayed’s because there is now hard data that show that White Supremacists are just as dangerous, or more dangerous, than radical Islamists.


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Violence Over Shoes Shows Depraved State of America, Division Among Populace

On December 6th, an article appeared on the sports web page “Bleacher Report” that discussed the violence surrounding the urban phenomenon of collecting high-end, limited-release sneakers often fetching prices of over $300/pair. The article was re-posted on CNN the following day. It may be hard for some of us to believe, but it is commonplace for grown men and women to camp out overnight, stand in block-long lines for hours, block traffic on busy streets, get in fights, and sometimes die over the acquisition of said sneakers. This is at least partially attributable to the fact that their resale can fetch as much as 4X their cost. To say that these hyped “releases” cause a problem for local law enforcement (LLE) is an understatement.