Tag Archives: US foreign policy

US menaces North Korea with B-1B bomber, wonders why North wants nuclear deterrent

Source: CTV [Canada]

“The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, a clear warning after North Korea last week tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea’s eastern coast during a drill with U.S. and South Korean fighter jets. … B-1Bs flyovers have become an increasingly familiar show of force to North Korea, which after three intercontinental ballistic missile tests has clearly moved closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the U.S. mainland. The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.” (12/06/17)


Russia: Putin regime declines to participate in Trump regime’s latest North Korea security theatrics

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected the US call to cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang launched ballistic missiles on Wednesday. ‘We perceived this negatively,’ Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, commenting on Washington’s statement on the need to cut ties with North Korea. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday called on all countries to sever relations with Pyongyang, including cutting trade links and expelling North Korean workers. … The Russian foreign minister in September urged ‘hot heads’ to calm down, calling the war of words ‘a kindergarten fight.'” (11/30/17)


Rising China signals “historic” power transition

Source: The American Conservative
by Christopher Layne

“Earlier this month, President Donald Trump stopped in Beijing to meet with his ‘friend,’ Chinese President Xi Jinping. At the top of Trump’s agenda was persuading Xi to tighten the economic screws on North Korea, in order to compel Pyongyang to give up all its nuclear weapons. There is nothing inherently wrong with the leaders of great powers developing cordial relations with their counterparts — as long as they bear in mind the dictum of the great 19th-century British statesman Lord Palmerston, who famously said that great powers do not have permanent friends. Instead, they have permanent interests.” (11/30/17)


Iran’s “behavior” isn’t threatening Americans. Don’t use that pretense to scrap the nuclear deal.

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“In a speech Tuesday at the Wilson Center in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration is ‘committed to addressing the totality of the Iranian threat’ …. He echoed President Trump’s rationale last month for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, an Obama-era agreement that put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program by imposing a set of restrictions and a comprehensive inspections regime. Like Tillerson, Trump cited two issues that lie outside the deal itself: Iran’s support for proxy groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and Houthi rebels in Yemen; and Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. But the obsession with these Iranian policies amounts to threat inflation. Neither poses a serious threat to America’s domestic security or core national interests and they don’t warrant jettisoning a thus-far successful nuclear nonproliferation agreement.” (11/29/17)


Russian general points out that US military jets have no business over Black Sea after “unsafe” intercept

Source: Newsweek

“After the U.S. accused Russia of buzzing one of its jets in an ‘unsafe’ way over the Black Sea, a decorated Russian general has fired back, saying American airmen had no business flying in these European waters to begin with. The incident involved a dramatic close call between a Russian Su-30 fighter jet and a U.S. P-8A Poseidon, disrupting the routine practice of intercepting non-ally aircraft near national waters. Russia has access to the Black Sea but so do three U.S. allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia.” (11/28/17)


The duplicitous superpower

Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“For any country, the foundation of successful diplomacy is a reputation for credibility and reliability. Governments are wary of concluding agreements with a negotiating partner that violates existing commitments and has a record of duplicity. Recent U.S. administrations have ignored that principle, and their actions have backfired majorly, damaging American foreign policy in the process.” (11/28/17)


Palestinian Arab officials freeze communications with Trump regime

Source: CNN

“The Palestinian leadership has frozen communications with the Trump administration following the White House’s threat to close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington. Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, confirmed the move to CNN on Tuesday. The decision comes after the Trump administration threatened to shut down the PLO office last week, citing a rarely invoked 2015 law saying that if the Palestinians move against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the US can close the PLO’s base in the US capital.” (11/21/17)


North Korea and the futility of sanctions

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The U.S. often imposes sanctions to show that it is ‘acting’ in response to an international problem, and it makes no difference to Washington if the sanctions will have any positive effect on the targeted regime’s behavior. Sanctions usually fail to compel the changes in behavior that their advocates claim they will bring about, but that doesn’t stop these same people from insisting on imposing more and more despite their repeated failures to achieve results. Additional punitive measures have typically made authoritarian regimes more intransigent and combative, and in this case that has the potential to be very dangerous for the entire region. North Korea is already the most heavily-sanctioned state on the planet, and as we can all see those sanctions have utterly failed. Piling on more will achieve nothing of value.” (11/21/17)


Trump’s declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror is just another in a long line of policy flip-flops

Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall & Erik Goepner

“President Trump’s objective of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal is clear. His strategy for achieving that goal, however, is not. Even less clear are Trump’s communications to the world, and North Korea, about American intentions. He has flip-flopped and changed his tune on North Korea multiple times in just his first 10 months in office, making it impossible for anyone to know what he will do next. Effective foreign policy, on the contrary, requires the president to signal credible and consistent assurances to allies and threats to adversaries.” (11/20/17)


Why are we helping Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us ‘how things got so bad’ explains to us that, ‘it’s a complicated story’ involving ‘warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.’ No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country.” (11/20/17)