Wednesday PDB: Suez and Other Choke Points Vulnerable, US Wants Real Investigation of COVID Origin, Will Iran be China’s Gas Station?

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – With the multitude of national security and intelligence topics that American Defense News (ADN) cannot adequately cover every day – we are providing our readers a PDB – not the President’s Daily Brief, but almost as good – Paul’s Daily Briefing.

Today’s PDB Includes a variety of critical issues such as the escalation of fighting between Russia and Ukraine, NATO on ‘High Alert,’ are North Korea’s missile tests aimed at South Korea? And the vulnerability of international choke points highlighted by accidental blockage of Suez Canal.

Plus, Congress looks to reign in Biden war powers, and officials at Fort McNair Army base in Washington, DC, say plans for restrictions on access to the base via the waterfront are not directly linked to recent reports of Iran threats.

And does the new China- Iran deal signal that Iran is becoming Chia’s gas station?


National Security

The Suez Grounding Was an Accident. The Next Blocked Chokepoint Might Not Be. The recent spectacle of the hulking container ship wedged into the Suez Canal is a reminder of how vulnerable maritime transportation is to blocked chokepoints. While the Ever Giving appears to have gotten stuck by accident, military planners must remember that such blockages can be inflicted on purpose.

Congress looks to rein in Biden’s war powers. Congress is wading into a messy fight over President Biden’s war powers after years of ceding authority to the White House.

China Threat

U.S. Calls for Independent Study of Virus Origin 

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: China (Includes Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet)

Debt-trap diplomacy? Report finds China can cancel loans if displeased

Russia Threat

Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine, Signaling the End to Another Cease-Fire. NATO raises watch level to its highest ‘possible imminent crisis’ level.

Organizations urge Biden to halt ‘reckless’ rhetoric with Putin. Twenty-seven organizations, including a number of left-leaning groups, issued a statement on Tuesday urging President Biden to halt the use of “reckless” rhetoric with Russian President Vladimir Putin and instead conduct “constructive bilateral talks.”

North Korea Threat

North Korea’s ballistic missile development aimed at ‘regaining upper hand’ over South Korea

Iran Threat

Will Iran Turn into China’s Gas Station? The new Iran-China investment deal doesn’t add up. On March 27, the foreign ministers of Iran and China met in Tehran and announced a huge investment deal. China, they said, would invest $400 billion.

Homeland Security

Fort McNair officials say plans for water restrictions are not directly linked to recent reports of Iran threats. The proposed restrictions on the Washington Channel, along Fort McNair and near D.C.’s Wharf district, are not linked to recent reports that Iran has made threats against the U.S. military installation, an Army official said Monday.



Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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1 year ago

Paul, it was no accident! The Pilot is very professional and experienced. The Computers went blank. White Hats are in control And for once and for all Children will be saved and the evil ones removed from Planet earth Glory be to God on high

1 year ago

And just consider: China owns so much of our national debt. And just about everything on the US market of consumer goods is Made in China! With a decrepit, feeble old windbag in charge now, all China has to do is to foreclose. No invasion necessary. How did it come to this? ‘The borrower is slave to the lender.’ – Proverbs

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