On Monday, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, declared that Pyongyang sees President Trump’s statements on Twitter as a declaration of war, and threatened to shoot down U.S. military aircraft in international airspace. The intensifying crisis surrounding the North Korean weapons program makes the risk of a strategic miscalculation, a situation in which one side misinterprets an […]
On Wednesday night, in the murky waters of the still undrained D.C. swamp, President Trump had dinner with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Reportedly, the three politicians struck a deal regarding border security and protection for DACA recipients. There was no talk of including a border wall, for that, according to President Trump himself, “will come later.” While it is still not crystal clear what | Read More »
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President Trump’s recent speech on Afghanistan put Pakistan “on notice” for supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Trump threatened aid reductions and targeted sanctions — unless Pakistan changes course. India and Afghanistan are happy; Pakistan is not. Here are five reasons these threats won’t work: 1) Pakistan does not treat all groups equally. […]
Announcing a new Afghanistan strategy on Aug. 21, President Trump accused Pakistan of “housing the very terrorists we fight” and said the situation “must change immediately.” Yes, Pakistan’s counterterrorism record is frustrating, but Trump’s harsh words are unlikely to have much effect. My research suggests that Pakistan is not following a conscious policy of “harboring […]
A day after President Trump’s prime-time speech on Aug. 21 announcing a troop increase in Afghanistan, the Trump administration seems ready to deploy drones against extremist groups hiding out in Pakistan. U.S. counterterrorism drone strikes have become normalized and are now a near-daily occurrence. Our research — gathered by analyzing the Congressional Record — shows that […]
War is destruction and death. It’s serious business. So the facts should be taken seriously and measured accurately. I’ve touched on this subject in the comments several times in the past here at RedState, but have put off writing about it because I’ve discovered there is an inverse relationship to how long it takes me to write a story and the interest it gets. However, | Read More »
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I like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the newly appointed Press Secretary for the Trump administration. She has a fierce, straightforward style. She’s not afraid to go back-and-forth with members of the media. She furrows her brow and stares at them with incredulity. She will not allow media-types to walk all over her or her boss, no matter the subject in question. It’s possible to notice, and | Read More »
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In recent days, several articles have pointed out that a large number of political appointments at the State Department remain unfilled almost five months into the Trump administration. In order to get a better sense of where these developments stand on the “normal” scale as well as the potential consequences, I reached out to political […]
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