Tag Archives: US foreign policy

Pentagon may recommend deployment of US regulars in Syria

Source: Aol News

"The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight Islamic State militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after President Donald Trump gave defense officials until the end of the month to come up with proposals to speed up the war against Islamic State." (02/15/17)


Mattis: NATO members must boost defense spending or US will "moderate its commitment"

Source: Fox News

"U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year's end or the Trump administration will 'moderate its commitment' to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand made repeatedly by President Donald Trump, Mattis said NATO must adopt a plan this year that sets milestone dates for governments to meet a military funding goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product. The Pentagon chief called it a 'fair demand' based on the 'political reality' in Washington." [editor's note: Should this bear watching, as part of a withdrawal of troops?- SAT] (02/15/17)


Trump says he "can live" with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine

Source: Boston Globe

"President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. 'I'm looking at two states and one state,' Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. 'I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'" (02/15/17)


Russia: Regime denies flouting key Cold War treaty with new missiles

Source: CBS News

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman denied Wednesday allegations from U.S. officials that Moscow is violating a decades-old arms control treaty with the deployment of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile. The treaty in question was signed between President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the final years of the Cold War and is still in effect. It bars missiles with a range greater than 300 miles. U.S. officials tell CBS News'[s] David Martin that they have monitored flight tests in which the missile, known as the SSC-8, flew farther than 300 miles. It happened secretly in December during the Obama administration, says Martin, but it is now up to President Trump to respond." [editor's note: In other words, it wouldn't have been brought up if Trump hadn't won the election, but since he did and since it's the Russians, it might make for good War Party propaganda – TLK] (02/15/17)


How Trump is empowering the Saudi destruction of Yemen

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"In his last months in office, President Obama took steps to reduce U.S. involvement following international criticism of Saudi Arabia's indiscriminate bombing practices. The Saudis and their coalition partners have steadily racked up a high civilian death toll that was beginning to tarnish the reputation of their Western patrons. Trump, however, appears eager to cozy back up to America's reckless Gulf clients." (02/13/17)


Iran on notice

Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

"Even though there is little of evidence of sustained and direct Iranian support for the Houthis, it looks as if there are some members of the Trump administration who want to use the idea that there is an alliance as a springboard for war with Iran. A preoccupation with Iran comes at the cost of other, more pressing considerations. The U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war has devastated most of Yemen and made what was already the region's poorest country far poorer. Notwithstanding the humanitarian cost, this has turned much of southern Yemen into a safe haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It should be noted that the Houthis are the mortal enemies of AQAP." (02/13/17)


"Isolationist" Trump rattles his saber

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

"A few libertarians and other principled opponents of the warfare state assured us we likely would sleep easier with Donald Trump, rather than any neoconservative or humanitarian interventionist, in the White House. How’s that working out? Not so well. I'm hoarding melatonin and buying stock in Lunesta. In its opening days the Trump administration has rattled the saber at Iran, China, and North Korea. This is hardly comforting, considering that pronouncements from Trump and his closest advisers could have come from the foreign-policy establishment he supposedly upended. If this is disruption, I'd hate to see what an embrace of The Consensus would look like." (02/10/17)


North Korea: Regime allegedly fires ballistic missile

Source: CNN

"North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday, South Korean and the US officials said, in the first such test by Pyongyang since US President Donald Trump took office. The missile, which sources said landed in the Sea of Japan, was fired as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited President Trump in the United States." (02/12/17)


Foreign policy is not for the courts to determine

Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

"Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota — after suing President Donald Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries — asked a federal judge to compel the president and all those who work for him to cease enforcing the order immediately. After a brief emergency oral argument, the judge signed a temporary restraining order, which barred the enforcement of the president's order everywhere in the United States. … A 1952 federal statute permits the president to suspend the immigration status of any person or group whose entry into the United States might impair public health or safety or national security. Trump exercised that authority in accordance with the 1952 law when he signed his Jan. 27 order banning all immigration from the seven named countries." (02/09/17)


Sorry, Judge Napolitano: Immigration isn't "foreign policy"

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"By the time you read this, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may have handed down a ruling for or against president Donald Trump's executive order banning travel and immigration from seven countries. Two states (Washington and Minnesota) are suing to kill that order. Andrew Napolitano — a prominent constitutionalist and libertarian commentator, not to mention a former New Jersey Superior Court judge — writes in Reason that the states don't have legitimate standing to sue. Why? Because the Constitution provides for quite a bit of presidential latitude on foreign policy. I'll explain why Judge Napolitano is wrong on the details momentarily, but first let's get one thing out of the way: Immigration is not a foreign policy matter." (02/09/17)