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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Danziger: Badly Off Course

Trump’s trip to the Mideast and Europe was an enormous success — except, as Danziger notes, for the unfortunate havoc he wreaked among all of our country’s traditional allies. He rode that golf cart into ignominy.

May 31, 2017

Danziger: When Push Comes To Shove

Aghast, Danziger watched the damage Trump did in days to the edifice that Americans and our allies spent nearly 70 years building for our common security.

May 30, 2017

On Eve Of French Election, Trump (And Putin) Still Pushing ‘Nationalism’

In backing the leader of France’s neo-fascist party, Donald Trump also resumed his role as the Western political stalking horse for Vladimir Putin. Having received LePen in Moscow, where she denounced sanctions and sucked up to Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president has mobilized his entire propaganda apparatus to influence the French election.

April 21, 2017
Danziger on NATO obsolete

Danziger: The Art Of The Deal Redux

Danziger can’t help but notice that in his latest flip-flopping pronouncement about NATO — it’s “no longer obsolete” — he sounds like a used-car salesman touting a rusted-out vehicle. The western military alliance may not deserve that comparison, but he does.

April 14, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
NATO, James Mattis

Nervous NATO Allies Put On Brave Face For Trump Era

In his debut trip to Europe as Pentagon chief, Mattis is set to echo longstanding U.S. calls that European allies invest more on defense, something his predecessors under Republican and Democratic administrations have done for years.

February 15, 2017

Putin Defends Trump’s Virtue — And Trump Serves Putin’s Interests

Putin got his big break in politics when, as a young intelligence officer, he affirmed that a murky videotape of a man cavorting with hookers was indeed a foe of Boris Yeltsin’s. Today, sleazy videos of public figures are a regular feature on Russian TV.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
Danziger: Mad Dog Mattis and Trump in a foxhole

Danziger: It’s The Pits

While Donald Trump constantly refers to his incoming defense secretary James Mattis by an old nickname, Danziger sees why someone else might be called “mad dog.”

January 15, 2017
Trump, Russian Hacking

Pressure Builds On Trump To Soften Pro-Russia Rhetoric

Although Trump has said the nation needed to “move on to bigger and better things” following the U.S. disclosure of alleged Russian hacking, it appears that Republican and Democratic lawmakers are unlikely to drop the issue anytime soon.

January 10, 2017
Republicans ask for bipartisanship after 8 years of obstructing Obama's policies

GOP Obstructionists Now Insist We All Must Back Our New President

Never mind that Republicans obstruction and disrespect for President Obama endured eight long years. Now that Reince Priebus has landed the position of White House chief of staff, he’s just in love with bipartisanship and finding common ground.

November 21, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , Connecticut, U.S., August 13, 2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Trump Asks NATO For Help Defeating Islamic State

Trump said a newly adopted approach to fighting terrorism by the organization had led him to change his mind and he no longer considered NATO obsolete. He was apparently referring to reports the alliance is moving toward creating an intelligence post in a bid to improve information sharing.

August 15, 2016

Country First: Why John McCain Must Dump Trump

“Country first” is not an easy ideal to uphold, especially in our polarized national politics. For years the former prisoner of war could claim, more plausibly than most American politicians, that he has tried to live by those words. Not any more.

August 6, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks live via satellite from Trump Tower in New York City during the second session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Stands By Lunatic NATO Comments

Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to call the proposal “a rookie mistake.” “He’s 100 percent wrong. OK?” Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

July 25, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on the day several states held presidential primaries, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump NATO Plan Would Be Sharp Break With Decades-Long U.S. Policy

Experts have warned that Trump’s suggestion that he might abandon NATO’s pledge to automatically defend all alliance members could destroy the organization. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of 39 national security experts said Trump’s “inflammatory remarks” do not represent the interests of the United States.

July 22, 2016
Russian President Putin gestures as he addresses students during his visit to German Embassy school in Moscow

A Trump Presidency Could Mean Russian Hegemony

The GOP nominee’s stated belief in both a protectionist foreign policy, and a weaker NATO are two factors—not to mention, more casual remarks admiring Russia— all suggest that a Trump presidency could give way to the Soviet Union’s second coming.

July 21, 2016

Obama, Changing Plans, Says He Will Keep 8,400 U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Until 2017

Obama, in a statement at the White House, said the role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would remain unchanged: training and advising Afghan police and troops, and supporting counterterrorism missions against the Taliban and other groups. Obama’s presidency ends in January.

July 6, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Misses Every Point of International Treaties

Trump lacks an understanding of how many treaties the U.S. is a party to, how many countries those treaties include, and the fact that those countries will defend the United States when we ask them to do so. Yet it is clear from his continual calls for a tribute-based foreign policy that he ignores the other benefits of alliances, too.

May 31, 2016
File photo of a soldier standing guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base

Must America Pick Up Everybody’s Defense Bills?

Americans are paying for 75 percent of NATO’s military spending. And only six of the 28 NATO members have met U.S. demands that they devote at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defense. We spend 3.6 percent. For the record, the combined GDP of our NATO allies is about equal to ours.

March 31, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Questions NATO, Asia Nuclear Weapons Ahead Of Washington Summit

In another sharp departure from historic U.S. policy, Trump said in an interview published on Sunday by The New York Times that he would consider letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on America for protection against North Korea and China.

March 27, 2016
Civil defence members search for survivors after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo

Obama Urges Russia To Stop Bombing ‘Moderate’ Syria Rebels

There is little optimism that the deal reached in Munich will do much to end a war that has lasted five years and cost 250,000 lives.

February 14, 2016

Turkey Downs Russian Warplane Near Syria Border, Moscow Denies Airspace Violation

Turkish official: “We warned them to avoid entering Turkish airspace before they did, and we warned them many times.”

November 24, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (theglobalpanorama via Flickr)

Jeb Bush Calls Putin A ‘Bully’

“He’s a bully,” Bush told reporters here. “And … you enable bad behavior when you’re nuanced with a guy like that.”

June 10, 2015
Ukraine rebels

Ukraine Says Rebels Have Army Of ‘Mid-Sized European State’

Ukraine’s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow’s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a “mid-sized European state”

June 8, 2015
World, Top News, Obama, Afghanistan, Troops, Withdrawal, Afghan National Security Forces, Taliban, War, NATO

Afghan Realities Prompt Obama To Slow Plans For U.S. Withdrawal

After Iraq’s descent into chaos, Obama may keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for longer than planned.

March 24, 2015