Category POTUS

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 […]

French Military Chief Quits Over Budget Dispute With President Macron

Wonder if they increased intelligence collection spending — which will be needed in the absence of increased defense spending — otherwise, they will have less defense and more susceptible to tactical and strategic surprise.  RCP,   www.fortunascorner.com French Military Chief Quits Over Budget Dispute With Macron  19 Jul 2017 – 12:12 Chief of the Defence […]

POTUS Trump To Nominate Key Admin Personnel — Including USD(I)

Note VADM Kernan for USD(I) President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent To Nominate Personnel To Key Administration Posts https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/17/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Peter Henry Barlerin of Colorado to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America […]

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 […]

A Nuclear Game Of Thrones With North Korea – Modern War Institute

Important conclusion: Game of Thrones is known for its gloomy, zero-sum world of backstabbing elites and barbaric battle scenes that call to mind medieval Europe. To quote Thucydides, “The strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must.” There is no kingdom, no glory or riches, for those who rest. Or, as one […]

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 […]

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 […]