Tag Archives: US foreign policy

Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying." (09/15/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conservatives-should-want-preserve-iran-nuclear-deal

Why no indictment for conspiring to murder Castro?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"During the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s, Congress and the American people learned that the CIA, in partnership with the Mafia, conspired to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Ever since then, the U.S. mainstream media has poked fun at the various ways the CIA and the Mafia intended to kill Castro — e.g., via an exploding cigar or an infected scuba suit. In the process, however, the media has failed to ask a deadly serious question: Why weren’t the CIA and the Mafia ever indicted for conspiring to assassinate Castro?" (09/15/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/15/no-indictment-conspiring-murder-castro/

US regime extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

Source: Reuters

"The United States on Thursday extended some sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal but said it has yet to decide whether to preserve the deal itself, the State Department said. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, said Iran is violating 'the spirit' of the 2015 deal under which Iran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. In a sign of Trump’s desire to put pressure on Iran, which denies violating the deal, the U.S. Treasury announced new cyber-related and other sanctions on seven Iranian individuals, two Iranian entities and two Ukraine-based entities." (09/14/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa/u-s-extends-some-iran-sanctions-relief-under-nuclear-deal-idUSKCN1BP22M

Trump regime denies Iranian Navy's report of confrontation with American vessel

Source: Business Standard [India]

"The U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces, hours after the Tasnim News agency reported that an Iranian missile boat sent a warning signal to an American Navy ship that closed on a fishing boat in the Persian Gulf." (09/10/17)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/u-s-denies-iranian-navy-s-report-of-confrontation-with-american-vessel-117091100060_1.html

South Korea: Dozens injured during protests as nation wrestles with North missile threat

Source: Independent [Ireland]

"Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police as the US military added more launchers to the missile-defence system it installed in a southern town to handle North Korean threats. Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after its torrent of arms tests, the latest on Sunday being a detonation of what North Korea said was a thermonuclear weapon built for missiles capable of reaching the US mainland. The clashes came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe met in Russia's Far East and repeated their calls for stronger punishment of North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, including denying the country oil supplies. The demand contradicted the stance of their host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dismissed sanctions as a solution." (09/07/17)

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/dozens-injured-during-protests-in-south-korea-as-nation-wrestles-with-north-missile-threat-36109706.html

Sanctions doubts grow as North Korea warns of "gift packages" for US

Source: Reuters

"A top North Korean diplomat on Tuesday warned that his country is ready to send 'more gift packages' to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, confirmed that North Korea had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday. 'The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the U.S.,' Han told a disarmament conference, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s formal name. 'The U.S. will receive more 'gift packages' … as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,' he added without elaborating." (09/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear/sanctions-doubts-grow-as-north-korea-warns-of-gift-packages-for-u-s-idUSKCN1BD0VW

Interventionism and the Korean crisis

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Notice something important about North Korea’s behavior: None of it is aimed at Switzerland, notwithstanding the fact that Korea is about 1,000 miles closer to Switzerland than the United States. Why not? Why is North Korea’s attention devoted toward the United States and not toward Switzerland? The answer lies in interventionism, the immoral and destructive foreign-policy philosophy that undergirds the United States but not Switzerland. Notice that Switzerland has no troops stationed in Korea. The United States does — tens of thousands of troops. Notice that Switzerland does not conduct joint military exercises with the South Korea military. The United States does, on a regular basis. Notice that Switzerland is not committed to regime change in North Korea. The United States is." (09/05/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/05/interventionism-korean-crisis/

Replacing Washington's failed North Korea policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

"Throughout the series of crises during the spring and summer, US and allied officials continued to insist that a nuclear-armed North Korea, especially one with a robust delivery system of ballistic missiles, is 'unacceptable' and 'intolerable.' The Trump administration warns that 'all options are on the table,' implicitly including a preemptive US military strike. Yet the actual policy response to date has varied little from the measures implemented over the past quarter century. The strategy consists of gradually tightening economic sanctions, combined with making unrealistic demands and vague threats if Pyongyang does not agree to return to nuclear virginity and abandon its missile program. One thing should be extremely clear by now: that strategy has failed miserably." (09/04/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/replacing-washingtons-failed-north-korea-policy

Mattis begins Afghanistan occupation "surge"

Source: Washington Post

"The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. 'Yes, I’ve signed orders, but it’s not complete,' Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon. He would not say how many additional troops are deploying or what their exact roles will be. … Other officials have said the U.S. will send about 3,900 additional troops." (08/31/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mattis-begins-sending-additional-troops-to-afghanistan/2017/08/31/ee42149a-8e71-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html

Trump regime orders Russians to shutter San Francisco consulate, two annexes

Source: The Hill

"The Trump administration is ordering Russia to shutter a consulate in San Francisco as well as annexes in Washington and New York, the State Department announced Thursday. The move was positioned as a response 'in the spirit of parity' to the Russian government's order that the United States cut down the number of diplomatic personnel in Russia, which a State spokesman described as 'unwarranted and detrimental.' Moscow is ordered to close the facilities by Saturday." (08/31/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/348714-trump-admin-orders-russia-to-shutter-consulate-annexes-in-us