Trump's and Pompeo's Path to Nuclear Crisis

The prospective replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo clears one of the last apparent hurdles between Donald Trump and his destruction of a significant diplomatic achievement that has been squarely in the interests of the United States, of nuclear nonproliferation, and of the containment of conflict in the Middle East.  This is, of course, the multilateral agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  There is ample reason to worry that such destruction is a step toward an even worse consequence:

The T-80 Is Russia’s Most Overrated Tank

The T-80 is a glaring lesson in why heavily-armored tanks can hide major weaknesses. Once considered a premium tank by the Russian military establishment, T-80s suffered savage losses to lightly armed guerrillas during the First Chechen War. The tank’s reputation never recovered.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The T-80 was the last main battle tank to come out of the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet tank to mount a gas turbine engine, giving it a top road speed of 70 kilometers per hour and an efficient power-to-weight ratio of 25.8 horsepower per ton.

North Korea's Type 73 Machine Gun Is Waging War All Over the World

Desperate for arms to defend itself and suddenly cut off from U.S. defense contractors, the fledgling Islamic Republic reached out wherever it could for support. Then, in September 1980, Iraq invaded and plunged both countries into a brutal war for nearly a decade. The new government in Tehran purchased supplies of everything from tanks to anti-tank missiles to guns from North Korean arsenals. This included a significant number of Type 73s. In the years that followed, Iranian factories made improvements and built copies of many of the designs.

Russia Sends a Chilling Warning to America over Syria

Russia is warning the United States firmly that it will not tolerate attacks on its military forces in Syria.

The Russian policy mirrors Washington’s own, but the Kremlin has never spoken so forcefully to reiterate that it will retaliate if its forces are attacked. However, the Russian policy only applies to the Kremlin’s official military forces rather than private military contractors (PMCs) that are also operating in Syria.