WASHINGTON - A hot summer day in Washington DC, May 8, 2018 will be remembered as the day the United States pulled out of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, an agreement with Iransigned also by China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. The decision was not a surprise given President Donald Trump’s long-maintained dislike of the deal as the “worst ever.” And it had little to do with whether Iran was in compliance (it is), as National Security Adviser John Bolton made clear to journalists minutes after Mr Trump’s announcement. “Look, this deal was fundamentally flawed,” he said. “It does not do what it purports to do. It does not prevent Iran from developing deliverable nuclear weapons. It allows Iran to continue technologies like uranium enrichment, reprocessing of plutonium. It allows them - even if they're in compliance with the deal - to increase their research and development on the sophistication of … [Read more...] about In risky gamble, Trump deploys American sanctions power against Iran
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The short answer: the anti-defense mentality of late 1960s politicians and academics, embodied in the spirit and main provisions of the 1972 US-Soviet anti-ballistic defense missile treaty, remains embedded in the US bureaucracy, our military and defense industry. That spirit is the heart of official US policy: we must do nothing, develop or research anything, that poses obstacles to missiles from Russia or China striking America. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Although the 1972 treaty expired in 2002, the US government, the military and its contractors remain committed to its key provisions: Defense against “strategic missiles,” (which we define as of intercontinental range) must be limited to a single “site;” and that interceptors launched from that “site” be programmed from that “site.” That no orbit-based optical information systems may “substitute for” ground-based radars. That … [Read more...] about Why is America still stuck with token missile defense?
President Donald Trump declared last week that the US will get out of Syria “soon,” on the heels of halting $200 million of taxpayer money to reconstruct the war-ravaged country. Naturally, this pair of announcements set off alarm bells within the US military, corporate media, and think-tank establishment, as well as among allies that want Washington to maintain its military occupation of Syria and the Middle East. “We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” said the Saudi Crown Prince, who wants to use US military power to counter Iran in their competition for regional hegemony. Israeli and European allies echo that sentiment. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, Trump wants regional countries such as Saudi Arabia to play a greater role and pick up the bigger portion of the bill in Syria, and for Europeans to do more since displaced Syrians mainly wind up as refugees in … [Read more...] about Partition of Syria: US and Israel eye Golan Heights oil
PoliticsJohn BoltonOpinion Former UN ambassador expected to follow 'Trump Doctrine' in Middle East By David P. Goldman March 24, 2018 10:14 AM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 It’s easy to understand why John Bolton’s appointment as the new US National Security Adviser caused consternation in foreign capitals. The former UN ambassador has defended the idea of preemptive military action against North Korea and proposed scrapping America’s longstanding “One China” policy. But Washington observers who know Bolton well and supported his appointment emphasize that this is the Trump administration, not the John Bolton administration. Trump didn’t hire the blunt-spoken Bolton because he agrees with his positions but because Bolton will pursue Trump’s own agenda, as Bolton emphasized March 22 in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. There is a distinct Trump doctrine, as I … [Read more...] about Bolton appointment means tougher stance on Iran