Candidate Trump: ‘I Love WikiLeaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’

“I love WikiLeaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to WikiLeaks. Back then he praised WikiLeaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump … Continue reading “Candidate Trump: ‘I Love WikiLeaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’”

After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?

Thursday’s US missile attack on Syria must represent the quickest foreign policy U-turn in history. Less than a week after the White House gave Assad permission to stay on as president of his own country, President Trump decided that the US had to attack Syria and demand Assad’s ouster after a chemical attack earlier in … Continue reading “After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?”

Yes, Let’s Allow the Syrian People To Decide for Themselves

Is common sense beginning to creep into US policy in the Middle East? Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the longer-term status of Syrian President Assad would be “decided by the Syrian people.” The media reported this as a radical shift in US foreign policy, but isn’t this just stating what should … Continue reading “Yes, Let’s Allow the Syrian People To Decide for Themselves”

Did the Government Spy on Trump? Of Course. It Spies on All of Us!

There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the US government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications … Continue reading “Did the Government Spy on Trump? Of Course. It Spies on All of Us!”

Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail

Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and … Continue reading “Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail”

On Military and Spending, It’s Trump Versus Trump

It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute. Consider his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was reported … Continue reading “On Military and Spending, It’s Trump Versus Trump”

Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. According to the Order, the plan should make recommendations on military actions, diplomatic actions, partners, strategies, and how to pay for the operation. As we … Continue reading “Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?”

Trump’s Foreign Policy: An Unwise Inconsistency?

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions have been anything but consistent. One day we heard that NATO was obsolete and the US needs to pursue better relations with Russia. But the next time he spoke, these sensible positions were abandoned or an opposite position was taken. Trump’s inconsistent rhetoric left us wondering … Continue reading “Trump’s Foreign Policy: An Unwise Inconsistency?”

Will Obama’s ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan Continue?

Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA’s evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Obama quietly sent 300 US Marines back into Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. This is the first time in three years that the US military has been sent into that conflict zone, and it represents … Continue reading “Will Obama’s ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan Continue?”

Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in … Continue reading “Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan”