President Trump’s recent remarks following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he said he believed Putin more than his own intelligence staff when Putin said that did nothing to meddle in US elections, were roundly and rightfully criticized from people across the political spectrum. Few more astonishing remarks have been made in the history of US foreign policy. Yet President Trump was not done. Continue reading “Trump Thinks Russian Summit Was Not Bad Enough”
Following the annual NATO summit of leaders, President Trump flew to Helsinki to meet with Russian President / dictator Vladimir Putin. In the joint press conference that followed, there were some statements that were….well, quite amazing. Continue reading “Trump Travels Overseas and Says His Appointees Are Wrong”
President Trump announced today that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 is cancelled.
Hope for the summit was sky high, and even more so after a dramatic thaw in relations between North and South Korea this year. Banned from the Olympics, North Korea accepted South Korea’s offer to include a handful of their athletes as part of a ‘Korean’ team for the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. And only last month, the leaders of South and North Korea met face-to-face and reached agreements to work jointly on several issues of mutual interest.
All that was followed by an agreement for Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, to meet with President Trump next month. Continue reading “Optimism On Korea Fades As Trump Cancels Summit”
President Trump announced yesterday that the United States was going to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Iran, the United States and five other nations (Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) had negotiated an agreement in 2015 that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for ten years in return for removing sanctions that had been imposed and releasing billions of dollars in Iranian assets that had been frozen. Continue reading “Trump and the Iran Deal”
It’s been a few days since the United States, Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Now that we’ve had a chance to hear the reports and the reactions, here are a few thoughts and what it all means and what to expect going forward. Continue reading “On Syria and Air Strikes”
The leader of the kingdom of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, brought in the new year by announcing in a new year’s televised address that “The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”
So 2018 starts with the Trump Administration facing same problem that previous administrations have faced regarding the nuclear ambitions of the rogue North Korean regime. Continue reading “New Year, Same North Korea…Or Can It Change?”
In 2015, President Obama announced an agreement with Iran on their expanding nuclear program. The President considered it his crowning achievement but there was much controversy over the terms. So much so that the President declared that it wasn’t a ‘treaty’ and therefore didn’t have to go to the Senate for approval as the Constitution says must happen with all treaties.
Years later, and almost a year since President Obama left office, we are still discovering the price we had to pay. Continue reading “The Register is Still Ringing Up the Cost of the Iran Nuclear Deal”