Category foreign policy

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort To Oust His Rival

Perhaps he is a fan of Machiavelli.  RCP, www.fortunascorner.com   https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-nayef-mohammed-bin-salman.html?referer=http://drudgereport.com/ Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who replaced Mohammed bin Nayef as the next in line to be king. SAUDI PRESS AGENCY, VIA EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY By BEN HUBBARD, MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT July 18, 2017 AMMAN, […]

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]

Withdrawing From Overseas Bases: Why A Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  A very long read though it is worth the time of those who think about these issues.   Although I am a die hard supporter of forward basing this paper makes […]

Forcing China’s Hand On North Korea: Beijing’s Corporate Shell Game Enables Pyongyang To Avoid Sanctions

https://www.wsj.com/articles/forcing-chinas-hand-on-north-korea-1500326138 Forcing China’s Hand on North Korea Beijing’s corporate shell game enables Pyongyang to avoid sanctions. The Friendship Bridge between Dandong, China, and Sinuiju, North Korea, July 5. PHOTO: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By Daniel Blumenthal and Derek Scissors July 17, 2017 5:15 p.m. ET 28 COMMENTS After decades of diplomacy in Korea, it is clear there is no […]

$20B Worth Of Chinese SIGINT & SOF Sites; Plus Potential Clandestine Forward Deployed Cruise Missile Sites

https://www.ft.com/content/e00fcfd4-6883-11e7-8526-7b38dcaef614?conceptId=b2997bc8-d54f-3c4b-870f-130a4b337a51 Chinese Purchases Of Overseas Ports Top $20bn In Past Year Beijing pushes ahead with spending and new shipping routes through Arctic circle Guangzhou Nansha container port in southern China China is ramping up acquisitions of overseas ports as it expands its reach as a maritime power, doubling its investments over the past year to […]

Why America’s Army Is Falling Apart

Gen. George Washington told his officers, “If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.” Washington’s wise words are being systematically ignored by the Army.   On July 18 the 173rd Airborne Brigade, along with allied NATO airborne units, will conduct a Joint Forcible Entry exercise near Bezmer Air Base, Bulgaria.The goal is to […]

Will Trump Stop The 10 Chinese Companies Supplying North Korea’s Nuclear Program?

Excerpts: The U.S. told Beijing that if China hadn’t made progress by the end of the summer in sanctioning the “Chi-NoKo 10,” as one American official puts it, then the U.S. would do so unilaterally. And on June 30, the Trump administration signaled it was serious: It announced sanctions against the Bank of Dandong, accusing […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]

Possible Successor To China’s Xi Jinping Is Removed From Party Post

Possible Successor To China’s Xi Jinping Is Removed From Party Post Sun Zhengcai, a Politburo member, rose to the Chongqing party leadership post after the scandal-plagued exit of Bo Xilai in 2012 https://www.wsj.com/articles/possible-successor-to-chinas-xi-jinping-is-dismissed-from-party-post-1500131243 Sun Zhengcai, member of China’s Politbureau, was dismissed as Chongqing party chief and is under investigation. Shown, Mr. Sun in March, at […]

Winning A War Against North Korea Would Come At ‘Great Cost’: Here’s What It Might Look Like

The comments below highlighted in blue are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell — and, his contact info is at the bottom of this email.  RCP David Maxwell:  The fear of the tragic amount of blood and treasure that will be expended if hostilities resume has led not to a policy of strategic patience but to […]