Trump Foreign Policy

Trump Administration Cracks Down on Pakistan

Featured image Tweet first, announce policy later: that is the pattern that President Trump has followed with regard to Pakistan. On Monday, Trump tweeted: The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little »

Netanyahu and Trump speak on Iran

Featured image According to NBC News, the most significant protests in eight years are rocking Iran, with state media reporting Tuesday that the death toll from clashes between demonstrators and security forces had reached at least 21. By contrast with the protests eight years ago, the protests that have swept across Iran seek the displacement of the murderous mullahcracy that took control in 1979. The idiot cretins of the Obama administration counsel »

Iranians Revolt. Why Now?

Featured image Demonstrations against that country’s regime have broken out across Iran. Radio Farda reports: [P]rotests against high unemployment, a stagnant economy with inflationary prices and expensive overseas military interventions are spreading unpredictably fast in several cities in Iran…. *** On Friday, protests spread to Kermanshah in the west, Tehran, Esfahan in central Iran, Rasht in the north, Ahvaz in the southwest and even Qom, the religious capital of Shiite clergy in »

Next stop, Trump station

Featured image Israel’s minister of transportation has announced that a planned train station in Jerusalem will be named for President Trump to honor his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. So reports Ken Klukowski of Breitbart. “Trump station” won’t be just any old stop. It will be near the Western Wall, the holiest place in the world for Jews: [The government] is planning to extend a rail system from »

Foreign policy wins of 2017

Featured image 2017 was a very good year for the U.S. economy and for domestic policy in general. But what about foreign policy? CNN’s Peter Bergen points to three foreign policy wins by President Trump. First on Bergen’s list is the enforcement of the “red line” against the use of chemical weapons in Syria: On April 4, 2017, the Syrian regime used sarin, a nerve gas, against civilian targets in the rebel-held »

Trump “colludes” with Ukraine against Russia

Featured image On Wednesday, Josh Rogin of the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration has for the first time approved the commercial sale of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine, a sale valued at $41.5 million. The Obama administration had refused to issue export licenses for lethal weapons. Initial reports, including the Post’s, were that the sales to Ukraine would not encompass heavier weaponry such »

Mossad* Sings Nikki Haley’s Praises

Featured image We have covered U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s sterling performance with regard to U.S. sovereignty, etc., in depth, so this contribution is just for fun. The Mossad, which apparently has a Twitter feed, praised Haley with a Christmas theme: We're making a listWe're checking it twiceGonna find out whose funding to [email protected]'s coming to town pic.twitter.com/dXrRgkqHCV — The Mossad (@TheMossadIL) December 21, 2017 Humor aside, the Mossad’s Santa Claus reference is »

Surprise! Russia and China Don’t Like Trump’s “America First” Policies

Featured image We have been remiss in not writing more about President Trump’s National Security Strategy. It is an excellent document that puts a Trumpian stamp on what is basically a Reaganite foreign policy. It begins this way: An America that is safe, prosperous, and free at home is an America with the strength, confidence, and will to lead abroad. It is an America that can preserve peace, uphold liberty, and create »

Tweet of the Year

Featured image It is pretty presumptuous to declare the tweet of the week, let alone Tweet of the Year, but our UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is making a strong bid with this tweet today: Take names and kick ass, I say. Haley is making a strong bid to be ranked alongside Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick as the best UN ambassadors of the postwar era. Which means one big thing: Nikki »

Another errant anti-Trump hit piece from the Washington Post

Featured image Fresh off of its triumph in the Alabama Senate race, the Washington Post returns to its primary mission — taking down the President of the United States. It does so in a piece called (in the paper edition) “How Trump’s pursuit of Putin has left the U.S. vulnerable to the Russia threat.” The hit piece, by Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe, and Phillip Rucker, takes up five pages in the front »

The “Peace Process” Ended Long Ago

Featured image In the wake of President Trump’s common-sense decision to acknowledge the obvious fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital–and, by implication, that Israel is a normal country–there is much wailing over the fate of the “peace process.” CNN: “For Palestinians, Trump’s Jerusalem move is the end of the peace process.” Al Jazeera: “Israel-Palestine peace process rendered irrelevant.” CBS News: “What does Trump’s Jerusalem move mean for the peace process?” The Guardian: »

Trump’s Jerusalem Speech Is a Step Forward

Featured image As expected, President Trump announced today that the United States is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also said that he is directing the State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump described his order as “the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.” The old approach, he said, hasn’t worked, and “[i]t would be »

Trump’s Views on Jerusalem Horrify the Press

Featured image Tomorrow, President Trump will speak publicly about the status of Jerusalem. During the campaign, he promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, which is required by law unless the president issues a waiver on national security grounds–as every president has done since the law was passed. Apparently “U.S. officials” are telling reporters that Trump will say Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, a much more modest step »

Jared Kushner’s shopworn “wisdom” about the Middle East

Featured image John Roche, who served as an aide to President Johnson, once described Johnson’s reaction when a Democratic Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee (Roche withheld the name, and I won’t speculate) broke with LBJ on the war in Vietnam. According to Roche, Johnson said something close to this: It’s my own fault. Some years ago, the good people of ______, in their wisdom, elected the village idiot to the Senate. »

Tom Cotton to CIA?

Featured image John noted last night that, according to strong rumors, Sen. Tom Cotton will resign from the Senate and succeed Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA. Pompeo, according to the same rumors, will become Secretary of State. I’d rather see Cotton in the Senate than at the hornets nest across the river in Langley (and, frankly, the hornets nest of the Trump administration). However, I think I understand why he »

Trump picks top Clinton aide for key ambassador slot. Why?

Featured image President Trump has nominated Joseph McManus to be the U.S. ambassador to Colombia. McManus is an experienced diplomat, having spent 30 years in the foreign service. I don’t doubt that he’s a capable man. However, critics point out that McManus was one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides at the State Department and was deeply involved in the State Department’s initial response to the Benghazi attack. In addition, he became entangled »

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Featured image Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, argues that territories taken from the Islamic State (ISIS) must not be surrendered to the Islamic Republic (Iran). Such a surrender is almost certain unless President Trump acts to prevent it. The territory in question is in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, which contains large oil and gas reserves and is adjacent to the Iraqi border. May warns that if Iran’s »