Tag Archives: US foreign policy

Federal overreach and American foreign policy go hand in hand

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by PA Deacon

“Apologists for the state often argue that criticism of the federal government must not encroach on national defense and foreign affairs. This is particularly true of Republicans, but Democrats are increasingly arguing in favor of a unitary presidency; especially as the Democrats and the GOP practically become one indistinguishable party. The bipartisan consensus claims the president has historically been empowered to dictate America’s foreign policy with little oversight from Congress or the courts. Thus, the federal government, chiefly the president, must be left to tend to its affairs: foreign policy, fighting wars, and general operations beyond America’s shores. But, how well does the federal government manage America’s foreign affairs?” (06/11/17)


Trump’s foreign policy and US “leadership”

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump is managing to find a way to antagonize allies without reducing our liabilities, and at the same time he is stoking tensions with adversaries while increasing support for and entanglement with irresponsible clients. This is not really a foreign policy of ‘retreat’ or ‘withdrawal’ any more than Obama’s was. It appears to be a foreign policy of fruitless confrontation for its own sake. This not a case of putting American interests first. It is picking fights with lots of other countries regardless of the benefits and costs of doing so and declaring victory without having any success.” (06/05/17)


Trump waives law requiring US to move its Israel embassy out of Israel

Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the U.S. to move its embassy in [sic] Israel to Jerusalem. Trump’s move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for now. Trump has said he’s reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to Jerusalem.” (06/01/17)


Trump considers undoing Obama’s opening to Cuba

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Reversing the opening to Cuba would be a significant unforced error, but it is consistent with Trump’s determination to dismantle as much of Obama’s legacy as he can while giving his party’s hard-liners what they want. Restoring relations with the Cuban government and lifting some of the useless restrictions on travel and business were the right things to do, they were overwhelmingly popular with Americans and Cubans alike, and given time they would have benefited the people of Cuba far more than the bankrupt policy that they replaced. Undoing some or all of these measures would return the U.S. to a mindless policy of trying to punish the Cuban government while mostly just hurting the people that Washington claims to be concerned about.” (06/01/17)


A rift with “Europe,” or just the EU?

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“The United States is doing Europe no favors by alleviating the continent’s need to pay for its own defense. Indications are funds that otherwise would have gone to defense — a core function for which governments are instituted among men — instead go to fund the EU’s generous welfare state. Such programs, Pope John Paul II wrote in Centesimus Annus, lead to ‘a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients.’ … urging leaders to fund central government responsibilities and avoid costly agreements that sap energy (both human and natural) does nothing to harm ‘Europe.’ Such principles are valid for every nation. The current rift is not between the United States and ‘Europe’ but between the U.S. and the EU superstructure.” (05/30/17)


South Korea: Moon in “extreme shock” over unreported THAAD launchers

Source: United Press International

“The U.S. missile defense system deployed in South Korea amid controversy includes four more launchers, but Seoul’s military may not have informed President Moon Jae-in. Moon, who assumed office May 10, ordered his national security office chief Chung Ui-yong to investigate the unreported THAAD launchers on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported. In a phone call with Defense Minister Han Min-koo, Moon reportedly expressed ‘extreme shock’ with the additional installation. The presidential Blue House said the military never reported the decision.” (05/30/17)


Japan: Regime vows “specific action” with US versus North Korea

Source: The Hill

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vowing ‘specific action’ with the U.S. to deter North Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s latest missile test. ‘As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,’ Abe told reporters on Monday, according to Reuters. ‘Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.’ The news service added that Japan protested the test.” (05/29/17)


There is an opportunity for improved relations with Iran

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Unfortunately, one of the few consistent positions Trump has held as both candidate and president is his hostility to Iran, and it is one that most politicians in Washington share. This would be regrettable at any time, but it is especially so when we can see that most Iranians support international engagement and gradual reform. Hard-liners in the U.S. desperately wanted Raisi to prevail so that they could claim that he represents the ‘true’ face of Iran, but as we saw last week he doesn’t represent most Iranians. There is an opportunity here for the U.S. to reduce tensions with Iran if our leaders were wise enough to take it, and missing this opportunity could have substantial costs for both countries.” (05/25/17)


Beijing protests US Navy patrol through South China Sea

Source: Washington Post

“China protested a U.S. Navy patrol that sent a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the first American challenge to Beijing’s claims to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. China’s Defense Ministry told reporters that it had sought an explanation with U.S. officials over the incident, which Beijing said involved the USS Dewey and took place around Mischief Reef, one of a chain of artificial islands China has built and fortified to assert its claims over the strategic waterway.” [editor’s note: Presumably the US regime came up with the name “Mischief Reef.” The Chinese regime probably calls it “Heroic Defense Reef” or something – TLK] (05/25/17)


Syria: US invaders attack regime forces

Source: Washington Times

“American warplanes operating in Syria carried out airstrikes against government forces near the Iraqi border Thursday, officials from the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State confirmed. The airstrikes took place near the southern Syrian town of At Tanf, where [invading] U.S. and coalition forces had established a so-called ‘de-confliction zone,’ which also was home to a U.S. training camp for moderate Syrian militias, according to a command statement posted on the coalition’s Twitter site.” (05/18/17)