Archiv: foreign policy establishment


25.11.2022 - 08:55 [ BeijingBulletin.com ]

VP Harris‘ visit is signal to China of US support for South China Sea

During a visit to the Philippines, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will demonstrate America’s commitment to defending its treaties by flying to an island province facing the disputed South China Sea.

This week, Harris met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for talks aimed at reinforcing Washington’s oldest treaty alliance in Asia and strengthening economic ties.

25.11.2022 - 07:25 [ theHill.com ]

Biden mulls 2024 plans as Democrats weigh generational shift

For Biden, coming off a stronger-than-expected midterm result for Democrats is sure to factor heavily in the decision, along with the potential for a rematch against former President Trump. And while the White House has insisted for months Biden plans to run again, the president has left the door open to making a final decision after discussing with family during the holidays.

24.11.2022 - 10:51 [ Meta - fb.com ]

Meta’s Adversarial Threat Report, Third Quarter 2022

This quarterly threat report includes our findings about three networks we took down in the United States, China and Russia. The latter two we originally reported on September 27, 2022.

The US network — linked to individuals associated with the US military — operated across many internet services and focused on Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

24.11.2022 - 10:41 [ theHill.com ]

Meta links phony accounts to people ‘associated with the US military’

It marks a rare instance of the Silicon Valley-based company tying an influence campaign to the U.S. rather than a foreign nation.

Meta said that the people behind the operation “attempted to conceal their identities,” but the company’s investigation “found links to individuals associated with the US military.”

23.11.2022 - 15:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Biden administration sticks to ‚vague‘ wording on Saudi ties after immunity decision

US will continue to review its relationship with Saudi Arabia despite the administration saying the crown prince has immunity from Khashoggi lawsuit

22.11.2022 - 20:37 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

22.11.2022 - 20:25 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

22.11.2022 - 20:17 [ Pakistan Economic Net / Twitter ]

Oil rises after Saudis deny report of OPEC+ supply increase

22.11.2022 - 20:08 [ @echoreflection / Nitter ]

„late last night, the Biden administration quietly gave Saudi Arabia’s Prime Minister, Mohammed bin Salman, immunity from a lawsuit for the murder of Khashoggi, who had criticized the crown prince’s policies“

22.11.2022 - 20:03 [ thePostMillennial.com ]

Saudis may boost oil production after Biden admin shields crown prince from punishment in death of Jamal Khashoggi

A production increase of up to 500,000 barrels a day is now under discussion for OPEC’s December 4 meeting, delegates said.

12.11.2022 - 09:26 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Saudi Arabia is the biggest beneficiary of the war in Ukraine

(16 May 2022)

Cracks in the resolve began to show up immediately. Amid calls for more solar, wind and nuclear power, the UK government started to double down on domestic oil and gas production, and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, flew to Saudi Arabia to ask the regime to increase its oil output.

11.11.2022 - 08:18 [ Worldwide Exchange / Nitter ]

„The chances of getting NOPEC passed are actually declining,“ says @rbccm Global Head of Commodity Strategy @CroftHelima. „Democrats were really driving for this. I don’t really sense a lot of Republican enthusiasm.“ #Election2022 #Midterms2022 #OPEC

11.11.2022 - 08:09 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

07.11.2022 - 07:48 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudi Arabia Reiterates Commitment To China, Regardless Of U.S. Concerns

(Nov 01, 2022)

Saudi Arabia’s strategic pivot effectively marks the end of the 1945 core agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that defined their relationship up until extremely recently.

07.11.2022 - 07:42 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

Riyadh crosses the Rubicon toward Russia

(October 11, 2022)

This decision stands in stark contrast to the careful, muted responses of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Narendra Modi to Putin’s accelerating aggression in Eastern Europe and mounting threats to unleash nuclear war on the continent. Apart from buying Russian oil (at major discounts, most recently about $25 below Brent prices), neither the Chinese nor the Indians have offered Putin much in the way of diplomatic cover, military materiel or other direct substantive support since the earliest weeks of the illegal Russian invasion.

07.11.2022 - 07:04 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

(12.09.2022)

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

07.11.2022 - 05:11 [ PollTracker / Nitter ]

2024 National Democratic Primary Poll, Without Biden: Harris 25% Clinton 17%

(…)

04.11.2022 - 07:50 [ theCradle.co ]

Saudi Arabia quells dissent inside the United States: Report

According to a report released by the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR), during the first half of 2022, Saudi Arabia executed 120 people, a number higher than that of 2020 and 2021 combined. The kingdom is on its way to surpassing the record of 186 executions set in 2019.

Most of the executions carried out this year took place on 12 March, when Saudi officials killed 81 detainees on charges of “terrorism-related activities.”

04.11.2022 - 07:39 [ jewishinsider.com ]

Biden’s Saudi recalibration a potential setback to prospects for Saudi-Israel normalization

(October 21, 2022)

Schneider is a co-chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, as well as a lead sponsor of the DEFEND Act, which seeks to promote the creation of an integrated Middle East air-defense infrastructure, potentially including both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), also an Abraham Accords Caucus co-chair and lead DEFEND Act sponsor, raised concerns that the White House was “disrupting… momentum” toward integrated air defense by postponing a United States-Gulf Coordination Council meeting focused on the issue following the oil production cut announcement.

04.11.2022 - 06:14 [ Axios ]

Netanyahu assured Putin „I will be back soon“ after losing election

(Oct 13, 2021)

Days after being ousted as prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu passed a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin promising a quick comeback, a source close to Netanyahu and a European diplomat told me.

Why it matters: Netanyahu and Putin had a close relationship that grew even closer after Russia began its military involvement in Syria in 2015.

03.11.2022 - 03:52 [ AtlanticCouncil.org ]

As the election fog clears, Netanyahu poised to ride a hungry, far-right tiger

Conflicting priorities to maximize the performance of their own anchor slates and also strengthen the market shares of their allied factions—with which they would aspire to craft ruling coalitions—were the source of schizophrenic messaging by Likud and Yesh Atid, which left voters to choose in whom to place their trust. Those decisions shaped the current playing field.

01.11.2022 - 10:13 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

01.11.2022 - 09:57 [ Oilprice.com ]

Deep OPEC Output Cuts Upend Biden’s Attempt To Lower Oil Prices

In an effort to combat rising prices, earlier this year President Biden began the largest drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in U.S. history.
OPEC+ undid Biden’s SPR release by making deep output cuts, starting in November.
OPEC+ interests are fundamentally different than the interests of the U.S. consumer.

28.10.2022 - 17:07 [ Rep. Susan Wild, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

OPEC’s decision to slash oil production is a slap in the face to American interests. It’s time we restore the balance in this relationship. Today, @RepCindyAxne and I urged congressional leadership to bring up the NOPEC Act to crack down on the autocrats driving up PA gas prices.

(20.10.2022)

28.10.2022 - 16:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Opec+ oil cut: The birth pangs of a new world order

Riyadh is apparently set on another course. It intends to join Brics and is increasing its cooperation with China, including through its unprecedented consideration of trading oil for yuan instead of dollars. The UAE is also making moves, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed recently visiting Moscow, and his energy minister saying Russia is irreplaceable in the oil market.

25.10.2022 - 10:04 [ jewishinsider.com/ ]

Biden’s Saudi recalibration a potential setback to prospects for Saudi-Israel normalization

(October 21, 2022)

Schneider is a co-chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, as well as a lead sponsor of the DEFEND Act, which seeks to promote the creation of an integrated Middle East air-defense infrastructure, potentially including both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), also an Abraham Accords Caucus co-chair and lead DEFEND Act sponsor, raised concerns that the White House was “disrupting… momentum” toward integrated air defense by postponing a United States-Gulf Coordination Council meeting focused on the issue following the oil production cut announcement.

25.10.2022 - 09:59 [ New York Times ]

Why OPEC Is Cutting Oil Production (and Why There’s Not Much the U.S. Can Do About It)

(Oct. 24, 2022)

If the United States follows through on its threats, the Biden administration would be a true maverick in Middle East policy, because no other administration — Republican or Democratic — has ever retaliated against Saudi Arabia in any serious manner for its oil policies.

25.10.2022 - 09:51 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

(17.10.2022)

25.10.2022 - 09:44 [ Reuters ]

U.S. Senate panel advances bill to rein in OPEC+ over oil output cut

(19.10.2022)

The legislation could be debated by lawmakers after the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

24.10.2022 - 19:15 [ Haaretz ]

WATCH NOW: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to Haaretz: ‘Isn’t It Time for [Israel] to Choose Sides? The Democratic World, or Russian Terror?’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Haaretz Democracy Conference on Monday, saying that Moscow’s military cooperation with Tehran will likely result in Russia assisting Iran with the development of its nuclear program.

In the prerecorded video message, the Ukrainian leader said that Iran’s sale of suicide drones and provision of military instructors to Russian forces operating in his country would not have been possible without Israel’s decision to stay neutral in the conflict.

24.10.2022 - 07:49 [ Haaretz ]

‚Time to Take a Side‘: U.S. Lawmakers Push Israel on Aid to Ukraine

Murphy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee dedicated to the Middle East, noted that Israel is not the only country that possesses the Iron Dome missile defense system that could potentially help Ukraine.

“The United States, in fact, could move toward transferring some of our Iron Dome capabilities to Ukraine, as well. I think Israel can do much more here,” the Connecticut senator said, adding: “These drones are absolutely devastating when they hit civilian areas“.

24.10.2022 - 07:44 [ Washington Post ]

As missiles strike Ukraine, Israel won’t sell its vaunted air defense

(12.10.2022)

Israel’s Iron Dome air defense, which boasts a 90 percent success rate against rockets fired against it, will stay out of Ukraine’s reach, experts said, as Jerusalem seeks to maintain strategic relations with Russia in Syria and other hot spots.

Israel’s Defense and Foreign ministries and the prime minister’s office uniformly declined to comment Wednesday on long-standing requests from Ukraine and its supporters for it to give, sell or loan Ukraine the system, including calls made since Monday’s barrage.

21.10.2022 - 19:30 [ CraigMurray.org.uk ]

The Party is Over

It is fascinating that both the Tory and Labour parties have now adopted exactly the same mechanism to prevent the membership electing a leader again with views outside the narrow Establishment consensus – in both parties that mechanism being an increase in the number of MPs who have to nominate, before a candidate can get their name before the party membership.

The professionals are to radically limit the options of the members.

19.10.2022 - 15:02 [ @PeaceBelgium / Twitter ]

The last time the NOPEC bill came this close to passing was in 2007, when it got approved by the House of Reps in a 345-72 vote and the Senate by 70-23, only to die after George W. Bush threatened a veto. (good relations between George W. & the Kingdom in the aftermath of 9/11)

19.10.2022 - 14:29 [ Oilprice.com ]

NOPEC Bill Would Mean The End Of Aramco And OPEC As We Know Them

(17.10.2022)

Riyadh’s alignment with Russia definitively started during that War and was irrevocably strengthened when Moscow agreed to support then-beleaguered Saudi Arabia and OPEC in their first post-Oil Price War production announcement at the end of 2016, forming ‘OPEC+’ (‘plus’ Russia) in the process. And Saudi Arabia’s move towards the autocracies of the East, with which its own autocracy is naturally aligned, was definitively concluded with China when Beijing allowed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to save face, and probably his eventual succession to the kingship as well, by offering to privately buy in 2017 all five percent of his disastrously conceived initial public offering of Saudi Aramco. Last week’s Saudi-led shock two million barrels per day (bpd) collective crude oil production cuts shows that MbS personally has nothing but contempt for the U.S., so it is little wonder that key figures in the West Wing of the White House are taking it so personally.

19.10.2022 - 14:15 [ Reuters ]

Explainer: What is NOPEC, the U.S. bill to pressure the OPEC+ oil group?

(05.10.2022)

But several attempts to pass NOPEC over more than two decades have long worried OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia, leading Riyadh to lobby hard every time a version of the bill has come up.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the bill in May, it needs to pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president to become law.

19.10.2022 - 05:43 [ Reuters ]

OPEC+ members endorse output cut after U.S. coercion accusation

(17.10.2022)

Khalid bin Salman on Sunday said he was „astonished“ by claims his country was „standing with Russia in its war with Ukraine“.

„It is telling that these false accusations did not come from the Ukrainian government,“ he wrote on Twitter.

16.10.2022 - 18:34 [ MorningConsult.com ]

After OPEC+ Cuts Oil Supplies, Nearly Half of U.S. Voters Support ‘NOPEC’ Bill

(October 12, 2022)

There appears to be plenty of room for persuasion on the issue: Over a third of voters said they didn’t know or had no opinion on the topic.

16.10.2022 - 18:20 [ @JavierBlas / Nitter ]

US politicians are at it again: trying to pass the „No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels“ or NOPEC Act. But let me show you a piece of history: 21 years ago, then Senator Biden (with the late Senator Specter) wrote to President Clinton urging the White House to sue OPEC

(17 Nov 2021)

The Biden-Spetcer letter explored two ways in which the two senators thought the US government could sue the cartel, one in US federal court and another one in, be prepared for it, the International Court of Justice at the Hague. The record is here:
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2000-03-30/pdf/CREC-2000-03-30.pdf

Another piece of trivia-history. In 2007, then Senator Biden was a ‚co-sponsor‘ of NOPEC legislation in the Senate (via an amendment). Despite co-sponsoring the amendment, Biden later „did not vote“ for it (abstention). The record is here:
https://www.congress.gov/110/crec/2007/06/14/CREC-2007-06-14.pdf

16.10.2022 - 17:50 [ @AZgeopolitics / Nitter ]

Jake Sullivan says Biden has no plans to meet with the Saudi crown prince at the G20 summit.

13.10.2022 - 09:12 [ LA Times ]

This Iranian opposition group was labeled a terrorist organization. Now it has supporters in the White House

(29.07.2019)

For decades, the United States categorized the Mujahedin Khalq, or MEK, as a terrorist organization. In the Trump era, members of the Iranian dissident group, which seeks to topple the government in Iran, have found key allies in Washington.

People close to President Trump, including national security advisor John Bolton, and Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are supporters of the Mujahedin Khalq. For years, Bolton and Giuliani have called for a change of government in Tehran and have described the Mujahedin Khalq as a viable alternative to the government of the Islamic Republic.

12.10.2022 - 12:50 [ theHill.com ]

Congress eyeing ‘NOPEC’ bill to take on Saudi Arabia

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently floated using the legislation, known as “NOPEC,” as one way to respond to the group, which includes Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have gone even further, saying that the decision by the Saudi-led group to reduce production by 2 million barrels a day is a reason to significantly shift relations with Riyadh.

12.10.2022 - 12:44 [ UpperMichigansSource.com ]

Biden vows ‘consequences’ for Saudis after OPEC+ cuts output

“There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done, with Russia,” Biden said. “I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be — there will be consequences.”

11.10.2022 - 06:41 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Bob Menendez calls for end all cooperation with Saudi Arabia over OPEC+ oil cut

„The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,“ wrote Menendez, who represents New Jersey and serves as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

09.10.2022 - 18:15 [ Haaretz ]

Saudi-Russian Collusion in Broad Daylight Sends a Clear Message to Biden

This is extremely rancid geopolitics on the Saudis’ and Russians’ part. The former are cynical, intent on raising the price of oil and increasing revenue. They’re also a political ingrate in their relationship with the United States. With the Russians, it’s all about creating discord between the United States and European Union in the hope that the EU will pressure Ukraine into accepting annexations by Russia and achieve a cease-fire.

The United States and the EU must now realize a strategic fact of life: They have no ally in OPEC.

09.10.2022 - 13:30 [ CommonDreams.org ]

OPEC’s Slap in the Face Shows Biden Critics Were Right About Meeting With Murderous Saudi Prince

President Joe Biden has a lot of reasons to be furious with his national security team who, against his better judgment, systematically pressured him for 18 months to do an about-face on Saudi Arabia.

The White House has reportedly been in a state of „spasm and panic“ since Wednesday, when it became clear that several of the U.S.’s Persian Gulf partners, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, were set to commit what the White House considered „a hostile act“: an extensive cut in oil production coordinated with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which will send oil prices soaring and very likely harm Democrats in the U.S. midterm elections in November.

09.10.2022 - 13:27 [ CNN ]

Inside the White House’s failed effort to dissuade OPEC from cutting oil production to avoid a ‘total disaster’

(05.10.2022)

But that effort appears to have failed, following Wednesday’s crucial meeting of OPEC+, the international cartel of oil producers that, as expected, announced a significant cut to output in an effort to raise oil prices. That in turn will likely cause US gasoline prices to rise at a precarious time for the Biden administration, just five weeks before the midterm elections.

06.10.2022 - 15:48 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Protests in Iran make restoring the JCPOA more urgent than ever

If the idea of withdrawing from the JCPOA was always bad, it is even more detrimental now considering the political shifts in Tehran. The moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani which sought better relations with the West has been wholly discredited by Trump’s aggressive policies. The hardliners who now dominate the whole political landscape in Iran have always been skeptical of the JCPOA.

Moreover, an influential faction within the hardline camp sees the JCPOA as irrelevant at best and constraining Iran’s security options at worst. According to this line of thinking, Iran has already weathered the storm of the U.S. sanctions. Following on from that, what Iran needs now is not to get sanctions lifted, but rather to further immunize Iran from them by seeking closer ties with Russia and China. Iran notably has become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Security Organization.

06.10.2022 - 15:35 [ NationalInterest.org ]

To Support Iranians, Abandon the JCPOA

(October 5, 2022)

Though official numbers are unknown, opposition groups have reported 300 deaths and 15,000 arrests in the protests. With ubiquitous chants of “death to Khamenei” (referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei) and “death to the dictator,” Iranians have made their intentions clear: they are fighting for a complete overthrow of the ruling theocracy and will not be satisfied with meaningless “reforms” that preserve the illegitimate regime.

06.10.2022 - 15:29 [ Brookings ]

Will protests in Iran end the Islamic Republic?

Suzanne Maloney, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, speaks with David Dollar about what the continuing demonstrations in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini could mean for regime stability, plus Iran’s economic situation, the prospects of Iran returning to some form of a nuclear deal with the West, and what it would take for the U.S. and Iran to have a better relationship.

06.10.2022 - 14:42 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

(12.09.2022)

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

04.10.2022 - 18:09 [ Haaretz ]

Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‚Putinism‘, Report Reveals

„What I worry about most is, there is a war right now of ideas, more than any hot war, and it is between Putinism — which, by the way, is subscribed to, at some level, by [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or Netanyahu or [former Philippines President Rodrigo] Duterte and [former U.S. President Donald] Trump — and a vision of a liberal market-based democracy that has all kinds of flaws and is subject to all kinds of legitimate criticism, but on the other hand is sort of responsible for most of the human progress we’ve seen over the last 50, 75 years,“ he told reporters in off-the-record comments first published by Bloomberg.

25.09.2022 - 17:26 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

Covert Military Information Operations and the New NDAA: The Law of the Gray Zone Evolves

(December 10, 2019)

Section 1631(b) expressly affirms that the Defense Department can conduct “military operations” in the information environment, “including clandestine operations,” for certain purposes. I’ll have more to say about that reference to “clandestine” below. First, let’s note the broad list of purposes.

The military’s role comes into play in three scenarios. First, defense of the United States itself. Second, defense of allies. Third, defense of the “interests” of the United States. The statute notably does not clarify what nature or degree of threats to these objects count, and so the invitation can only be described as quite broad.

25.09.2022 - 17:00 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations

(September 19, 2022)

The measure, known as Section 1631, allows the military to carry out clandestine psychological operations without crossing what the CIA has claimed as its covert authority, alleviating some of the friction that had hindered such operations previously.

“Combatant commanders got really excited,” recalled the first defense official. “They were very eager to utilize these new authorities. The defense contractors were equally eager to land lucrative classified contracts to enable clandestine influence operations.”

25.09.2022 - 16:54 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

After Congress passed Section 1631 allowing the military to conduct covert online propaganda, the Pentagon created droves of accounts spreading fake news against designated enemies, including one claiming Iran was harvesting organs in Afghanistan

(20.09.2022)

13.09.2022 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Blinken Says Iran’s Demands Make Nuclear Deal ‚Unlikely‘ for Now

„What we’ve seen over the last week or so in Iran’s response to the proposal put forward by the European Union is clearly a step backward and makes prospects for an agreement in the near term, I would say, unlikely,“ Blinken said in a visit to Mexico City.

13.09.2022 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information

12.09.2022 - 15:50 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Lapid, on Germany Visit, Calls to Continue Fight Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

The official added that he believes that the agreement might only come to fruition after the midterm election in the United States in November. Israel is now working, mainly behind the scenes, with senators and Congress members in an attempt to persuade them to support its positions on the matter.

12.09.2022 - 15:45 [ JNS.org ]

Lapid: Israel conducting ‘successful’ campaign to thwart Iran nuke deal, but still ‘long way’ to go

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday described as “successful” his government’s diplomatic offensive against a revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. However, he conceded that there was a “long way” to go to ensure that Tehran does not benefit to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars should an accord be reached.

12.09.2022 - 15:29 [ Prime Minister of Israel / Nitter ]

PM Lapid: „I thank France, the United Kingdom, and Germany for their strong position on this matter. In recent months, we held a discreet and intensive dialogue with them, and presented them with up-to-date intelligence information about Iranian activity at nuclear sites.“

(11.09.2022)

12.09.2022 - 15:18 [ diplomatie.gouv.fr ]

Iran – Joint statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom (10 September 2022)

Our position remains clear and steadfast. Iran must fully and, without delay, cooperate in good faith with the IAEA. It is up to Iran to provide technically credible answers to the IAEA’s questions on the whereabouts of all nuclear material on its territory. The JCPoA can in no way be used to release Iran from legally binding obligations that are essential to the global non-proliferation regime.

Given Iran’s failure to conclude the deal on the table we will consult, alongside international partners, on how best to address Iran’s continued nuclear escalation and lack of cooperation with the IAEA regarding its NPT safeguards agreement.

12.09.2022 - 14:53 [ Tehran Times / Nitter ]

On Thursday, Mossad Director David Barnea concluded a “security-diplomatic” visit to Washington whose main goal was to dissuade the Biden administration from signing the JCPOA.

(09.09.2022)

09.09.2022 - 14:10 [ Laura Rozen / Substack ]

Israel believes Iran deal unlikely before November

“In my estimation, it’s not going to happen in the very near future, not in the next few weeks,” one source, speaking not for attribution, said Sept. 6. “I think we’ll see continuation of a dialogue, very low key, until after the midterm elections.”

The assessment comes as the head of Mossad was the latest senior Israeli official to arrive for consultations in Washington this week.

However, Mossad director David Barnea has canceled earlier plans to brief the Senate Intelligence committee on Israeli objections to the Iran deal, sources said, and a committee spokesperson confirmed.

09.09.2022 - 14:02 [ BNN Newsroom / Nitter ]

Barnea has completed a series of meetings with Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and other top US national security officials.

During those meetings, he presented „sensitive intelligence“ to highlight the Islamic Republic’s lies.

09.09.2022 - 13:53 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Mossad chief Barnea flies to Washington to try to halt Iran nuclear deal

(06.09.2022)

Mossad Director David Barnea left on Monday for Washington DC to hold a series of meetings with top officials from the White House, CIA Director William Burns, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon and the State Department to try to halt the reportedly impending Iran nuclear deal.

03.09.2022 - 20:08 [ Benjamin Weinthal / Nitter ]

Eilmeldung: Über 5.000 ehemalige hochrangige israelische Offiziere schreiben einen Brief an Biden, in dem sie ihn auffordern, kein neues Atomabkommen mit dem Iran zu unterzeichnen. Ich habe zu diesem @FoxNews Bericht beigetragen.

(01.09.2022)

28.08.2022 - 14:29 [ Washington Post ]

Fighting between U.S. troops and militias draws scrutiny to Syria role

(27.08.2022)

President Biden’s order to strike targets belonging to Iranian-backed groups reflects a decision to act — “to protect and defend the safety of our personnel, to degrade and disrupt the ongoing series of attacks against the United States and our partners, and to deter the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran-backed militia groups from conducting or supporting further attacks on United States personnel and facilities,” the president said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Since Army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla took over U.S. Central Command in April, there has been a push to ensure that Iran cannot carry out attacks against U.S. forces and assets with impunity, according to a person familiar with planning, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

18.08.2022 - 01:54 [ Jackson Hinkle / Nitter ]

I’ve been permanently demonetized & suspended (twice) by YouTube, permanently banned from PayPal/Venmo, permanently banned from Twitch, lost my merch stores on Represent & Teezily, & now I’m being warned by Discord that my entire server might get nuked. So much for free speech.

07.08.2022 - 07:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

Bernie doesn’t even pretend any more to have anything resembling a left-wing foreign policy or any minimal divergence from the neocon-driven Dem Party’s foreign policy dogma. Opposing NATO expansion was long a mainstream liberal view. Now only Hawley & Paul will get near it:

07.08.2022 - 07:24 [ GrandTheftWorld.com ]

Bernie Turns Pro-War & Votes To Expand NATO

The United States Senate has voted 95-1-1 to approve the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, further engorging the ever-growing “defensive” alliance – this despite the fact that NATO was formed as a pact among nations to protect one another from the Soviet Union, a country that hasn’t existed for more than 30 years. Even onetime peace activist Bernie Sanders voted in favor, showing that the Vermont Senator has essentially given up any semblance of independence and is a good Democrat who will never cross the party leadership on substantive matters.

07.08.2022 - 05:28 [ Blomberg ]

China Relationship Is Casualty of Truss-Sunak Battle to Lead UK

Britain’s next prime minister is guaranteed to be a China hawk no matter who wins.

05.08.2022 - 13:51 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S.-China crisis over Taiwan was wholly predictable

As Jeffrey Bader, President Barack Obama’s top adviser on Asia, has noted of the Biden team: Despite having criticized Trump’s foreign policy bitterly, “when it comes to the greatest foreign policy challenge facing the United States — how to deal with the rise of China — [Biden officials] have continued and mimicked Trump’s destructive approach.”

Bader added, “This has prompted glee among departed Trump officials, who proudly declare themselves innovators and the Biden administration unimaginative and dutiful implementers.”

Ryan Hass, another top Obama China expert, argued that “communication channels for managing tensions have collapsed.”

05.08.2022 - 06:53 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

Wang Yi: China lehnt Provokationen und politisches Glücksspiel der USA in der Taiwan-Frage entschieden ab

Der chinesische Außenminister nannte die USA „den größten Zerstörer des Friedens in der Taiwan-Straße und den größten Unruhestifter der regionalen Stabilität“ und appellierte an alle Parteien, die Ursache und den Inhalt der gegenwärtigen Krise zu erkennen sowie sich gemeinsam den Risiken und Provokationen der US-Seite entgegenzustellen.

Bei einem Treffen mit dem kambodschanischen Premierminister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh hatte Wang am Mittwoch erklärt, die Provokation der USA in der Taiwan-Frage sei kein Zufall, sondern eine sorgfältig geplante Farce, die das hässliche Gesicht des Verrats offenbare.

05.08.2022 - 06:46 [ ZDF ]

Äußerungen zu Taiwan : China legt Protest gegen Baerbock ein

Angesichts der Spannungen um Taiwan hatte die Grünen-Politikerin am Montag in New York vor einer Eskalation gewarnt:

Wir akzeptieren nicht, wenn das internationale Recht gebrochen wird und ein größerer Nachbar völkerrechtswidrig seinen kleineren Nachbarn überfällt – und das gilt natürlich auch für China.

04.08.2022 - 21:55 [ theAmericanConservative.com ]

America’s Coming War with China

(Jun 8, 2021)

Given the rise in anti-Chinese sentiment spawned by the off-shoring of America’s production base to China, the impact of COVID-19, and hyperbolic rhetoric in Washington regarding China’s alleged malevolent aspirations, any number of observers of American politics might easily conclude that Washington is on the precipice of blundering into another war—this time with China. After all, a similar climate of deep-seated paranoia and military hysteria steered the world’s great powers blindly into war in 1914.

04.08.2022 - 19:54 [ Radio China - CRI.cn ]

China reagiert auf Erklärung der G7- und EU-Außenminister

Die Sprecherin des chinesischen Außenministeriums, Hua Chunying, hat am Donnerstag auf die gemeinsame Erklärung der Außenminister der G7-Gruppe und des Hohen Vertreters der EU für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik am Mittwoch reagiert.

Hua sagte, die G7-Außenminister dachten wohl, sie lebten in der Zeit der Vereinigten acht Staaten vor über 120 Jahren.

04.08.2022 - 19:37 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Die Welt brennt und die USA zündeln weiter

Zuletzt erkannte der US-Präsident Donald Trump – seiner antichinesischen Rhetorik zum Trotz – 2017 die Ein-China-Politik der Volksrepublik als auch für die USA bindende Richtlinie an.

Dies änderte sich Stück für Stück mit der Amtsübernahme von Joe Biden. Biden war der erste US-Präsident seit der Wende der US-China-Politik in den späten 1970ern, der zu seiner Amtseinführung offiziell einen Gesandten Taiwans empfing. Im letzten Jahr erklärte er dann, dass die USA Taiwan im Falle eines Angriffs Chinas militärisch beistehen würden – das war überraschend, da das offizielle Beistandsabkommen 1980 ausgelaufen ist und nie verlängert wurde. Mit Bidens Amtsübernahme setzten sich auch die Waffenlieferungen der USA nach Taiwan nahtlos fort, die bereits unter seinen Vorgängern Obama und Trump stets neue Rekordzahlen erreicht hatten.

20.07.2022 - 15:03 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Fans Design Golden ‚Loyalty Necklace‘ in His Image

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is known for his fervent supporters, many of whom refer to him as “King Bibi,” but a prominent Likud activist took things even further on Sunday evening at a party event when she attempted to drape a golden medallion featuring the former prime minister’s visage around lawmaker Israel Katz’s neck.

In a video clip widely circulated online, Heidi Mozes could be heard declaring that the necklace was “a declaration of allegiance to our party,” adding “we are proud to be in this party that we have excellent elected officials and a wonderful soon to be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

15.07.2022 - 12:43 [ William Sharp / Nitter ]

So apparently #Biden’s betrayal of progressives extends to foreign policy. Look at this love fest with #Netanyahu. PRIMARY CHALLENGER!!!

15.07.2022 - 12:33 [ Likud-Herut UK / Twitter ]

While Israeli Prime Minister Lapid got a fist-bump from @POTUS @JoeBiden on the red carpet upon his arrival, Biden gave former @netanyahu a firm handshake. #Biden told #Netanyahu – „you know I love you“

14.07.2022 - 12:39 [ Reuters ]

Biden to sign joint pledge with Israel to prevent Iran going nuclear

U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid will sign a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons on Thursday, closing ranks after long-running disputes between the allies over global diplomacy with Tehran.

12.07.2022 - 10:22 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudis Unwilling To Upset Putin As Biden Begs For More Crude

(Jul 03, 2022)

The world’s largest crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, continues to keep close ties with Russia while the top oil consumer, the United States, pleads with major producers—including the Kingdom—to boost supply to the market and help ease consumers’ pain at the pump. While the U.S. and its Western allies are sanctioning Moscow and banning oil imports from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden is also turning to Saudi Arabia to ask it to pump more oil as Americans pay on average $5 a gallon for gasoline.

12.07.2022 - 09:31 [ Yahoo.com ]

Biden’s Quest for Saudi Oil Faces Reality-Check of Slim Capacity

The US president’s visit to a country he once vowed to isolate represents a significant thawing of relations, but the Saudis and their OPEC partners have limited spare production capacity to offer in return for this political concession. Some market watchers also question whether tapping this supply buffer would calm energy markets, or just make matters worse.

“A surge in Saudi production seems unlikely,” said Ben Cahill, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

12.07.2022 - 08:39 [ Al Jazeera ]

The Masochist in Chief: Biden, Israel and the Middle East

Israel is the only “western country” where Biden is less popular than Trump, even though his Middle East policy looks a lot like his predecessor’s – “the nuclear deal is out, the Saudis are in, and human rights are down”. And Israel is, once again, front and centre. If you thought his trip to Saudi Arabia is about Saudi Arabia or oil, think again. The main aim of his trip is to increase Israel’s security and deepen its integration in the region.

True, Biden is not the first president to spoil Israel rotten, but there is something much more bizarre about Biden’s relationship with Israel. It is sort of a sado-masochistic relationship – the greater the abuse the bigger the schmooze.

12.07.2022 - 08:33 [ New York Post ]

White House weighs restarting arms sales to Saudis as Biden visits: report

Senior Saudi officials have been in talks with their US counterparts in Riyadh and Washington for months about setting aside the ban that was established by President Biden in February 2021, Reuters reported. ​

Biden, who leaves Tuesday for a four-day trip to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, is keen on resetting relations at a time when the US needs Saudi help to increase the global oil supply to bring down fuel prices that have reached record highs in recent months.

12.07.2022 - 08:22 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu says will make peace with Saudis if back in power

In what he called a ‚policy statement,‘ at the start of his election campaign former PM says Biden visit important because of his direct flight from Israel to Saudi Arabia; extended appreciation to Saudi crown prince for his role in Abraham accords

11.07.2022 - 13:43 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Rishi Sunak ‘dirty dossier’ sent around Tory WhatsApp groups as leadership race turns nasty

The memo circulated on Tory WhatsApp group reportedly attacks the former chancellor personally and accused him of having a “big tax and big spend agenda”.

According to The Telegraph, which first reported the “mucky memo”, the 424-word anti-Sunak missive was written by someone on the Thatcherite right of the party.

11.07.2022 - 13:37 [ inews.co.uk ]

Tory right battles to stop Rishi Sunak reaching No 10 as challengers row over tax, Brexit and trans rights

Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Grant Shapps and Mr Zahawi all promised to cut the tax burden on Sunday, while Mr Sunak has insisted it would be irresponsible to do so while the UK is still running a large budget deficit.

Ministers who are close to Mr Johnson have publicly denounced Mr Sunak’s track record and warned that he will reverse the achievements of the Government.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told Channel 4: “I will not be supporting Mr Sunak.” He has previously referred to him as “the socialist Chancellor” because of the pandemic spending he introduced.

28.06.2022 - 23:32 [ Demoracy Now! ]

France Says Western Powers Should Open Oil Markets to Iran and Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro: “I would tell President Macron: Venezuela is ready to receive all the French companies that want to come to produce gas and petrol for the European market, for the global market. You are welcome to come whenever. The road is paved. We are prepared, ready and happy to do it.”

28.06.2022 - 09:13 [ AFP News Agency / Nitter.net ]

#BREAKING France wants oil from Iran, Venezuela back on the market: Macron’s office

(19 hours ago)

28.06.2022 - 09:06 [ Reuters ]

Powers need to study all oil options, including Iran, Venezuela -France

„There are resources elsewhere that need to be explored,“ a French official said on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Germany, when asked about how to alleviate high oil prices.

28.06.2022 - 09:01 [ Statecraft.co.in ]

Maduro Forms Energy Commission With Kuwait, Continuing Pushback Against US “Blackmail”

(15.06.2022)

In Kuwait on Tuesday, the fourth stop of his tour of the Middle East and North Africa, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, formed a joint oil and gas commission aimed at strengthening the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+) and stabilising global oil prices.

28.06.2022 - 08:52 [ marketwatch.com ]

Oil prices end higher as the U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran

(16.06.2022)

Oil futures climbed on Thursday, shaking off early losses from economic growth worries in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s latest interest-rate hike, to finish higher after the U.S. announced new economic sanctions on Iran.

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

26.03.2022 - 20:59 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Should Punish Saudi Arabia for Backing Russia

Riyadh could make a difference in oil markets but has chosen to side with fellow authoritarians rather than the United States.

21.02.2022 - 03:53 [ Times of Israel ]

‘Turned diplomacy into a religion’: Israel officials said to lash Biden on Iran deal

As reports swirl of an imminent new Iran nuclear deal, Israeli officials on Sunday lashed out at Washington, according to a TV report.

“The Biden administration has turned diplomacy into a religion, and the agreement the US will sign with Tehran is meaningless,” officials quoted by Channel 13 news said.

04.02.2022 - 07:54 [ New York Post ]

US officials step away from Iran nuclear talks after pushing for tougher stance

(January 25, 2022)

Richard Nephew, the State Department’s deputy special envoy for Iran who pushed for a tougher approach, has not been part of the talks in Vienna since early December, Wall Street Journal reported Monday. A State Department spokesman told Reuters late Monday that Nephew was no longer in the envoy role, though he was still at the department.

Two other unidentified team members have stepped back from the dialogue because they also sought a tougher stance toward Iran, according to the Journal.

04.02.2022 - 07:48 [ Antiwar.com ]

Top Senate Democrat Slams Biden Administration for Negotiating With Iran to Revive the JCPOA

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the influential chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, slammed President Biden’s plans for reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Menendez said the administration was “clinging” to the deal for “nostalgia’s sake” in a rebuke to the US’s indirect negotiations with Iran. “At this point, we seriously have to ask what exactly are we trying to salvage?” he said.

15.10.2021 - 02:38 [ Haaretz ]

It’s Official: The Netanyahu Era Is Over

Yuli Edelstein did it, big-time. He said out loud what other senior Likud politicians have been whispering to journalists “not for attribution” – that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no chance of being able to form a government even after the next election. Edelstein broke the fear barrier.

25.09.2021 - 08:41 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

India, the Quad and AUKUS

Delhi has deep concerns about Chinese actions and intentions in the region. The ongoing border crisis and fatal military clash last year brought Sino-Indian relations to their worst point in decades. Given these circumstances, Delhi watches the U.S. and other countries’ stance on China very closely. And, notwithstanding the emphasis on competition with China from two consecutive U.S. administrations and the hardening of the U.S.’s attitudes on China, Delhi worries about the possibility of American commitment to the region waning or a reversion to a more accommodating position on China.

21.08.2021 - 13:35 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

(25.08.2020)

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

04.08.2021 - 13:29 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

Nina’s unfortunate loss is further proof that working with the Democrats is a dead end road for folks seeking to challenge the status quo. Democrats will spend millions of dollars (at a time like this!) and pull out all the stops to undermine candidates fighting for the people.

04.08.2021 - 12:48 [ Krystal Ball ]

Thank you @ninaturner for your fearlessness and your unrelenting commitment to truth telling. These are the qualities that make you powerful and there is no super pac that can change that.

04.08.2021 - 12:18 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Nina lost for a very simple reason. In the closing stretch THIS happened: „Democratic Majority for Israel, a hybrid PAC/super PAC that has spent $1.2 million on ads supporting Brown and opposing Turner“ – & the ads viciously lied about her. The lies stuck

04.08.2021 - 12:13 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Turner Vs. Brown: A Showdown Between Progressive And Establishment Dems

The special election in Ohio featuring candidates Nina Turner and Shontel Brown has become a reportedly „acrimonious and bitter“ battle between the progressive and establishment wings of the Democratic party, as these factions go all out to support their preferred candidate. Journalists Eugene Robinson and Jeremy W. Peters join The ReidOut with their analysis.

04.08.2021 - 12:10 [ CNN ]

There’s a fight for the future of the Democratic Party happening in Ohio

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN recently that Biden needed all the allies he could get in the House, a clear shot at Turner’s past negative comments about the 46th President.

Third Way, a centrist Democratic group, is spending $500,000 on a series of ads driving that same message.

27.07.2021 - 06:24 [ CNN ]

Biden announces end of combat mission in Iraq as he shifts US foreign policy focus

„I think things are going well. Our role in Iraq will be … to be available to continue to train, to assist, to help, and to deal with ISIS — as it arrives. But we’re not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission,“ the President later said.

08.06.2021 - 15:19 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

The CIA Has Been Taking Over for Decades—Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us

December 22, 1963 — exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, former President Harry S. Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post that most people, especially our perfumed ruling elite, wanted to ignore.

Truman, who signed the CIA into existence just after World War II, wrote, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—the CIA. […] For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas. …There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.”

Not only did that adorn the pages of the Washington Post one month after JFK’s death, Truman hand wrote the first draft just one week after JFK met up with a bunch of bullets in Dallas. Sure, one may wish Harry had sent his thoughts to John a month before the President’s televised execution. Maybe he could’ve sent a singing telegram or something. But let’s at least give Truman partial credit for the belated message.

Before his death President Kennedy also held no love for the Central Intelligence Agency. Following the calamitous Bay of Pigs invasion, Kennedy said he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.”

Point being, clearly Truman, who created the CIA, and Kennedy, who met a mysterious untimely end by professional killers, knew the agency had run amok.

Yet the CIA is still here, bigger and filled with more Bond villains than ever, and now they have a whole cavalcade of other intelligence agencies working with them.

20.04.2021 - 22:08 [ Haaretz ]

J Street Conference Marks ‚A New Day in Washington‘ for U.S.-Israel Relations

J Street concluded their 12th annual conference on Monday, virtually hosting nearly 5,000 activists who listened to lawmakers, experts and activists discuss the current respective political moments in Israel and the United States, as well as the current state of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

The event served as a sort of victory lap for the pro-Israel, left-wing organization, whose leadership and staff frequently reiterated how the conference marked “a new day in Washington.”

03.04.2021 - 00:56 [ Haaretz ]

Biden Administration Lifts Trump Sanctions on ICC Officials

The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict

01.04.2021 - 17:11 [ Jerusalem Post ]

US: It’s our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied

The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal.

„It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,“ US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

30.03.2021 - 04:06 [ Jacobin ]

Joe Biden Is Killing the Iran Nuclear Deal

On Friday, an anonymous US official told Reuters that “who goes first” is “not the issue” when it comes to the United States and Iran reviving their 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). This was a remarkable statement, because if it truly doesn’t matter who goes first, then it’s fair to ask why we’re now more than two months into the Biden administration and we still haven’t seen any progress toward patching up the agreement.

25.03.2021 - 11:58 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How the US military subverted the Afghan peace agreement to prolong an unpopular war

(16.03.2021)

In an exclusive interview with The Grayzone, Col. Douglas Macgregor, a former senior advisor to the acting secretary of defense, revealed that President Donald Trump shocked the US military only days after the election last November by signing a presidential order calling for the withdrawal of all remaining US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

As Macgregor explained to The Grayzone, the order to withdraw was met with intense pressure from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Gen. Mark M. Milley, which caused the president to capitulate. Trump agreed to withdraw only half of the 5,000 remaining troops in the country. Neither Trump’s order nor the pressure from the JCS chairman was reported by the national media at the time.

25.03.2021 - 11:32 [ Antony J. Blinken, US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

A Foreign Policy for the American People

(03.03.2021)

What will our foreign policy mean for American workers and their families?

What do we need to do around the world to make us stronger here at home?

And what do we need to do at home to make us stronger in the world?

The answers to these questions aren’t the same as they were in 2017 or 2009. Yes, many of us serving in the Biden administration also proudly served President Obama – including President Biden. And we did a great deal of good work to restore America’s leadership in the world; to achieve hard-won diplomatic breakthroughs, like the deal that stopped Iran from producing a nuclear weapon; and to bring the world together to tackle climate change. Our foreign policy fit the moment, as any good strategy should.

12.03.2021 - 11:50 [ Grayzone ]

Biden Iran envoy boasted of depriving civilians of food, driving up Iranian inequality in sadistic sanctions manual

Richard Nephew has taken personal credit for depriving Iranians of food and driving up their unemployment rates, celebrating the economic destruction he caused as “a tremendous success.” Under Biden, he will help direct policy on Iran.

12.03.2021 - 11:46 [ Grayzone ]

Right-wing Central American leaders praise neoliberal ‘Biden Plan’ to strengthen US ‘sphere of influence’

Right-wing Central American politicians are applauding Plan Biden, a US strategy promising corporate investment in return for neoliberal reforms. They pledge to remain in the US “sphere of influence” and isolate China and Russia, while calling for regime change against Nicaragua’s leftist government.

12.03.2021 - 11:31 [ Haaretz ]

The U.S. Billionaires Secretly Funding the Right-wing Effort to Reshape Israel

The Kohelet Policy Forum has wielded increasing influence on Israel’s decision-making centers, with an ideology that weds conservative, settlement-supporting politics to free-market economics. Who is the guiding force behind this under-the-radar enterprise – and who’s bankrolling it?

10.03.2021 - 12:17 [ teleSUR ]

Biden Reviews Sanctions on Cuba, Policy Change Not a Priority

„A Cuba policy shift is not currently among President Biden’s top priorities,“ the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. This, as pressure grows within the U.S. Congress to resume the Obama-era exchange canceled by Trump and to lift the 59 years blockade.

08.03.2021 - 08:42 [ theOWP.org ]

Foreign Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Beyond May Deadline

(02.03.2021)

Like NATO, Afghan officials stated that it is critical for U.S. troops to remain so that Taliban and Afghan leaders can reach peace agreements. According to the Washington Post, Afghan officials announced that the maintenance of a small U.S. counter-terrorism force in Afghanistan would provide the country’s government with more leverage during peace talks than the country would have without military aid. These negotiations could bring a decades-long, violent war to a peaceful end.

08.03.2021 - 08:32 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Pushes U.N.-Led Peace Conference in Letter to Afghan Leader

Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in September as part of a February 2020 agreement between the militants and the United States. But the talks have faltered over issues like a prisoner exchange and reductions in violence.

Mr. Blinken wrote that the United States had not decided whether to withdraw the remaining 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan by May 1, as outlined in its agreement with the Taliban.

06.03.2021 - 08:12 [ Foreign Policy ]

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

15.02.2021 - 00:29 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Biden’s Iran Policy Is Just Trump’s Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji

In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden confirmed that his administration will not be lifting sanctions imposed upon Iran in order to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

04.02.2021 - 20:48 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Watch live: President Biden speaks at State Department

Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET: President Joe Biden is delivering his inaugural foreign policy speech as president during a visit to the State Department. The speech follows remarks to staff at the agency and a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

04.02.2021 - 12:32 [ WorldOil.com ]

U.S. signals Biden’s tough stance on Iran with new oil seizure attempt

(03.02.2021)

The Achilleas’ owner, Capital Ship Management Corp., alerted U.S. authorities to the possibility that it had unknowingly taken on Iranian crude, after initially thinking it came from Iraq, Bloomberg reported last month.

Washington ordered the Liberia-flagged ship to sail to the U.S. before Biden came to power on Jan. 20, according to people familiar with the matter.

04.02.2021 - 12:27 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Moves to Seize Oil Shipment It Says Iran Exported Covertly

(03.02.2021)

The U.S. has gone to court to seize 2 million barrels of oil that it claims came from Iran, as Joe Biden’s administration shows little sign of taking a softer line on Tehran.

The Department of Justice filed a case in a U.S. district court, seeking to seize the cargo on the Greek-owned Achilleas tanker, according to a statement on Tuesday.

04.02.2021 - 11:53 [ Newsweek ]

Biden Administration Dodges Iran Offer to Coordinate Nuclear Deal Return

(02.02.2021)

„If Iran comes back into full compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States would do the same,“ State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his first press conference Tuesday, „and then we would then use that as a platform to build a longer and a stronger agreement that also addresses other areas of concern.“

17.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Bloomberg ]

President Biden Won’t Unlock a Wave of Iranian Crude

There was strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S., from both Republicans and Democrats, when it was negotiated back in 2015, which prevented it from being ratified by the Senate. That opposition remains.

09.01.2021 - 15:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

In case any of you doubt there is a new War on Terror underway: here’s a former CIA operative and Pentagon official now a member of Congress (a Democrat, needless to say), explicitly saying (on MSNBC, of course) that the new War on Terror is domestic:

09.01.2021 - 15:15 [ CODEPINK / Twitter ]

If you were shocked and horrified by what you saw happening at the Capitol yesterday, just remember the United States has been involved in the violent overthrow of governments in 12 countries in the past 30 years alone.

(07.01.2021)

23.12.2020 - 08:31 [ Washington Post ]

Live updates: Trump demands $2,000 stimulus checks; calls long awaited coronavirus relief bill a ‘disgrace’

President Trump derided the recently-passed coronavirus relief bill as a “disgrace” on Tuesday night, calling on Congress to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and get rid of “wasteful and unnecessary items.” The move stunned Congress which has been deadlocked for months over the long-awaited stimulus package to address people’s increasingly desperate situations in the midst of a pandemic-fueled economic downturn.

23.12.2020 - 08:27 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Covid-19 catch-22: Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relief

The US Congress’ $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill was packaged with $1.4 trillion in omnibus spending that includes tens of billions for war, weapons, and regime change abroad, from anti-Russia and anti-China initiatives to $3.3 billion for Israel’s military.

06.12.2020 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Biden: Iran Is ‚Moving Closer‘ to Nuclear Weapons, ‚Bottom Line Is We Can’t Allow It‘

„The bottom line is that we can’t allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,“ he said. Trump „has pulled out to get something tougher, and what have they done? They’ve increased the ability for them to have nuclear material,“ Biden argued. „They’re moving closer to the ability to be able to have enough material for a nuclear weapon.“

04.12.2020 - 03:55 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Isn’t it weird how Joe Biden hasn’t condemned the assassination of Fakhrizadeh? For someone who claims to be interested in diplomacy and reentering the Iran Nuclear Deal he’s oddly silent on such a brazen act of terrorism.

(30.09.2020)

04.12.2020 - 03:46 [ Bloomberg ]

Iran’s Zarif Rules Out Renegotiating Nuclear Deal With Biden

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, in an unsuccessful attempt to force it to enter talks on a tougher pact. Biden has said he’ll rejoin the deal if Iran also returns to full compliance, and then push to broaden it.

04.12.2020 - 03:42 [ BBC ]

Iran rejects Biden’s terms for reviving nuclear deal

President-elect Joe Biden has said he will rejoin the nuclear deal and lift sanctions if Tehran returns to „strict compliance with the nuclear deal“.

Both sides appear to want the other to readopt the agreement’s terms first.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama.

30.11.2020 - 22:59 [ Xinhuanet ]

British Foreign Secretary expresses concern about situation in Iran after killing of nuclear scientist

Strongly condemning the attack, the European Union called it a „criminal act,“ according to media reports.

„We’re still waiting to see the full facts of what’s happened in Iran, but I would say that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law, which is very clear against targeting civilians,“ said Raab.

24.11.2020 - 20:53 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

After Jake Sullivan chirped to his boss about Al Qaeda being „on our side in Syria,“ he advocated for more covert arms shipments to the Syrian insurgency the jihadist group was leading. Expect more wise moves like this in the months and years to come.

24.11.2020 - 20:49 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

„[al-Quada] is on our side in Syria“–email from policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Feb 2012)

(12.04.2017)

24.11.2020 - 20:45 [ CBS News ]

Biden to appoint Jake Sullivan as national security adviser

Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden’s national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

24.11.2020 - 20:38 [ Erik Sperling ? #YemenCantWait / Twitter ]

Tony Blinken, in Riyadh, April 2015: “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message […] we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre”

24.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Rashida Tlaib, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.

24.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Fox News ]

Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism for reaction to Biden’s Jewish Sec of State nominee

„Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‚Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!‘ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!“ Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.

„You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…“ the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

23.11.2020 - 21:02 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Surprise! America Is Getting Another Psycho For Secretary Of State

The State Department was meant to be the counterpart to the War Department, focusing on diplomacy and peace. What ended up happening as the US government morphed into a globe-spanning empire dependent on endless violence and aggression is that the State Department wound up focusing more and more on manufacturing interventionist narratives on the world stage to gin up international support for starvation sanctions, proxy wars and war coalitions.

So in practice the US ended up with two war departments: the DoD and the State Department. Which is why you’ve seen the nation’s Secretaries of State becoming more and more jingoistic and psychopathic, to the point where some sort of antisocial personality disorder is almost a job requirement for the position.

23.11.2020 - 12:14 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Twitter ]

• 0% oppose war • 0% oppose oligarchy • 0% oppose sociopathic intelligence agencies • 0% oppose internet censorship • 0% oppose the drug war • 0% oppose the police state • 0% oppose mass surveillance • 0% oppose the prison-industrial complex • 0% oppose Israeli apartheid

23.11.2020 - 11:51 [ New York Times ]

Transition Highlights: Biden Plans to Name Blinken, Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfield to Cabinet

Together, Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan, good friends with a common worldview, have become Mr. Biden’s brain trust and often his voice on foreign policy matters. And they led the attack on President Trump’s use of “America First” as a guiding principle, saying it only isolated the United States and created opportunities and vacuums for its adversaries to fill.

23.11.2020 - 11:41 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Flournoy supported the war in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan. I want to support the President’s picks. But will Flournoy now commit to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms sales to the Saudis to end the Yemen war?

23.11.2020 - 11:22 [ theGrayzone.com ]

VIDEO: Top Biden advisors Flournoy and Blinken promise smarter, more secretive permanent war policy

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military’s doctrine of permanent war – what it called “full spectrum dominance.”

20.11.2020 - 19:45 [ Haaretz ]

The Last Days of Pompeo

Mike Pompeo chose to end his term as secretary of state with a tour of solidarity with Israel’s extreme right, while spitting on decades of pre-Trump U.S. foreign policy, on the norms of international law and on justice. On Wednesday he came across more like an extremist leader of the Yesha Council of settlements than as the foreign minister of the superpower. It’s a good thing that this will presumably be his last official visit. It’s a good thing that he will soon leave office.

08.11.2020 - 10:16 [ CatoTheYounger / Twitter ]

Now the Generals will sit on their hands and not remove any troops from Afghanistan. Home by Christmas is gone.

Tough luck troops, you should not have gotten your hopes up

08.11.2020 - 09:55 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

The reality is the Biden admin will probably bomb *multiple* countries on its very first day. It will continue the ongoing imperial U.S. wars on Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Niger. And Biden will likely further expand covert drone wars across the globe.

08.11.2020 - 09:49 [ Tez / Twitter ]

Biden is going to win the presidency today! Thank God! We can finally go back to some sense of normalcy, like invading and bombing countries in the Middle East. But with decency.

26.10.2020 - 07:19 [ Fox News ]

Biden rips Hunter Biden email leak as ’smear campaign,‘ says Russia trying to spread disinformation

“From what I’ve read and know the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians,” Biden said. „We also know that– Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden… And so when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani– the president, together– it’s just what it is.

Biden added: “It’s a smear campaign because he has nothing he wants to talk about.”

26.10.2020 - 06:58 [ 60 Minutes / Twitter ]

Which country is the biggest threat to America? Russia, says Joe Biden. But China is our biggest competitor.

22.10.2020 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Obama tears into Trump at Philadelphia rally: ‚The next 13 days will matter for decades to come‘

Obama framed the election as a battle for democracy.

“Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up,” Obama said. “This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible — these aren’t Republican or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. … We need to reclaim them.”

20.10.2020 - 04:33 [ Xinhuanet ]

Trump campaign demands foreign policy be central focus of final presidential debate

„As is the long-standing custom, and as has been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate,“ Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a letter to the commission on Monday.

„We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed,“ Stepien wrote.

20.10.2020 - 04:25 [ Newsweek.com ]

Trump Campaign Requests Debate Topics Change to Focus on Foreign Policy, Alleges Debate Commission is Helping Biden

President Donald Trump’s campaign accused the Commission on Presidential Debates of shifting the focus of Thursday’s debate away from foreign policy in an effort to „insulate“ former Vice President Joe Biden „from his own history.“

20.10.2020 - 04:06 [ Fox News ]

Gidley accuses debate commission of ‚failure‘ by omitting foreign policy from topics list

„First, they tried to mess up the whole process with a virtual debate,“ Gidley told „The Story“ host Martha MacCallum.

„Then, all of a sudden, the last debate — which is typically about foreign policy, something we talked about with the commission early on when we agreed to the rules set forward … now what do you know?“

20.10.2020 - 03:38 [ Washington Examiner ]

Trump campaign cries foul over change in third debate focus from foreign policy

Announced Friday, the topics include, „Fighting COVID-19,“ „American Families,“ „Race in America,“ „Climate Change,“ National Security,“ and „Leadership.“

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Jason Miller, a Trump campaign senior adviser, called the debate’s focus on foreign policy „perfect,“ pointing to what he said was Biden’s support for „endless wars.“

20.10.2020 - 03:13 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump campaign trashes debate commission for leaving foreign policy off list of topics

NBC News’ Kristen Welker, who will moderate the next debate, announced on Monday the topics would cover Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership.

15.10.2020 - 06:05 [ TheAmericanConservative.com ]

How Azerbaijan is Lobbying Washington to Sanitize its War

The documents lobbyists distribute on Capitol Hill make some incredulous claims: that “Armenia has long been involved with Middle Eastern terrorism,” that “Azerbaijan has been consistent in urging substantive and result-oriented negotiations in order to achieve a breakthrough in the conflict,” and that “Turkey is not directly involved and is not a party to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.”

That last assertion stands in direct contradiction with reports that Turkey has been heavily involved in the conflict, even going so far as to send 1,000 jihadist fighters from Syria to aid Azerbaijan.

15.10.2020 - 05:45 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

15.10.2020 - 05:38 [ CNN ]

Obama: Trump’s lack of ‚patience‘ and ‚focus‘ hold back his foreign policy

Obama, after speaking at the Democratic National Convention and headlining a number of fundraisers for the party, is expected to hit the campaign trail next week, according to Democratic Party officials, as he looks to support Biden in the final weeks of the election.
Obama also said that he has seen growth from Biden on foreign policy, noting that while the former Delaware senator voted in 2002 to authorize military force in Iraq, a vote that became a flashpoint during the 2008 presidential primary, Biden had „learned a lesson“ from that.

22.09.2020 - 07:21 [ Haaretz ]

God, What Terrible Sin Did We Commit to Deserve Netanyahu?

If it were possible to get an answer from God, I would ask him at this time, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, what sin did we commit to deserve such a heavy punishment?

22.09.2020 - 07:09 [ New York Times ]

Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

Four cabinet secretaries, the White House national security adviser and the American ambassador to the United Nations announced the additional penalties at the State Department, two days after the administration said it had unilaterally reimposed U.N. sanctions against Iran — a declaration European allies have balked at and the U.N. Security Council has refused to recognize.

22.09.2020 - 07:00 [ ArabNews.com ]

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored

(20.09.2020)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration declared Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly.

12.09.2020 - 16:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Used Doctored Video of Abbas to Influence Trump’s Policy, Woodward Reveals

The incident occurred on May 22, 2017, at a time when Trump was beginning to have doubts about Netanyahu and wondering aloud if the Israeli prime minister might be the real obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, Woodward wrote, according to excerpts from the book published by U.S. media.

02.09.2020 - 05:20 [ Lee Fang / Twitter ]

The establishment successfully smeared Bernie out of the 2016 primary w/ lies about him being a sexist w/ a “race problem.” The same tactic gets recycled w/ Alex Morse, slandered by partisans as a sex abuser. Easy to manipulate liberal voters w/ these defamatory woke tactics.

02.09.2020 - 05:10 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Incumbent Defeats Challenger in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

The 71-year-old Neal — the longest-serving member of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation — defeated 31-year-old Morse, seen as a political rising star after becoming one of Massachusetts’ youngest and only openly gay mayors since becoming chief executive of Holyoke in 2011 at age 22.

26.08.2020 - 06:55 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

25.08.2020 - 14:38 [ David Sessions / Twitter ]

Basically nobody in liberal circles is taking seriously the consequences of the fact that the exiled cadre of the Republican Party are building a massive power base in the Democratic Party

25.08.2020 - 14:34 [ Forbes ]

All The Republicans Who Have Endorsed Joe Biden For President

Though Trump has largely seized control of the Republican party and the loyalty of GOP officials, a number of prominent former GOP officials, and even some of his ex-staffers, have come out in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.

25.08.2020 - 14:26 [ theHill.com ]

Bush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath

Behind the scenes, some Biden allies have been reaching out through backchannels to friends in the Bush universe to see if an endorsement would ever happen — or if it’s just a pipe dream.

“We tried a little unofficially to see if there was a way to make it happen but we couldn’t get there,” said one Biden ally. “And I do think it would make a difference because we’ve learned every vote counts.”

22.08.2020 - 10:16 [ Democracy Now! / Twitter ]

„With the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough energy to seriously reform itself. It remains sanitized, superficial,“ @CornelWest says of the Biden-Harris Democratic presidential ticket. „I want fundamental change.“

21.08.2020 - 16:39 [ Forbes ]

Over 70 Republican National Security Officials Endorse Biden, Deem Trump ‘Dangerously Unfit’ For President

Among the statement’s signees are officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, some of whom have served in the country’s top defense and intelligence roles.

Former CIA head General Michael Hayden, former FBI and CIA chief William Webster, former National Intelligence director Michael Leiter and former Air Force secretary Mike Donley are among the officials now siding with Biden.

21.08.2020 - 16:11 [ Jennifer Rubin / Twitter ]

Absolutely one of the best things about her: Those close to Harris describe her as a “Truman Democrat,” a nod to her willingness to use American power to promote American values and interests.

(14.08.2020)

21.08.2020 - 15:53 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

The Biden Doctrine Exists Already. Here’s an Inside Preview.

The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.

21.08.2020 - 15:52 [ Ville Kostian / Twitter ]

#Biden – „The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.“

21.08.2020 - 14:58 [ Moderate Rebels / Youtube ]

DNC embraces neocons, and Russiagate conspiracy just won’t die – with Aaron Maté

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with Aaron Maté about the virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC), and how the Democratic Party welcomes neoconservative war criminals and right-wing Republicans while attacking the left.

We also talk about Joe Biden choosing hawkish neoliberal „top cop“ Kamala Harris as his VP candidate. Then Aaron picks apart the new Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russia, and explains why the Russiagate conspiracy still won’t go away, even after it has been debunked.

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

21.08.2020 - 13:53 [ theHill.com ]

Negroponte endorses Biden: He beats Trump on ‚character, compassion and life experience‘

John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence under former President George W. Bush, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his race against President Trump on Thursday in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“All roads lead to Trump in a way,” Negroponte told the website. “I’m just not sure the country can withstand another four years of the presidency with a man who has shown such disregard to the office.”

12.08.2020 - 19:02 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Biden adviser says Iran deal supporters, detractors both wrong on sanctions‘ effectiveness

(11.05.2020)

Sullivan went on to argue that a future Democratic administration “should immediately reengage nuclear diplomacy with Iran and look to establish something along the lines of the [deal], but immediately begin the process of negotiating a follow-on agreement.”

12.08.2020 - 18:58 [ MondoWeiss.com ]

Pro-Israel org praises Kamala Harris for being to the right of Obama on Iran Deal

(10.10.2019)

One of those questions came from Kat Wellman, a woman affiliated with the organization Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI). Wellman asked if Harris would reenter or renegotiate the Iran Deal if elected president. While Harris condemned the Trump administration for violating the deal, she also made it clear that she would take a more aggressive stance than the Obama administration originally did. “We will reenter the agreement,” she said, “but also I will want to strengthen it. And that will mean extending the sunset provisions, including ballistic missile testing, and also increasing oversight.”

12.08.2020 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

How Biden VP Kamala Harris Could Tip U.S.-Israel Ties

Not long after her election as California senator, but well before her presidential bid, Harris was the star performer at the powerful pro-Israel lobby’s 2017 Policy Conference, in a much-quoted appearance: “Having grown up in the Bay Area, I fondly remember those Jewish National Fund boxes that we would use to collect donations to plant trees for Israel,” she said at that conference, followed by a rapturous travelogue of a recent tour of Israel and the West Bank, which she visited with her Jewish husband, Doug Emhoff, whom she married in an interfaith ceremony in 2014.

02.08.2020 - 10:47 [ Fox News ]

Susan Rice: 5 things to know about Biden’s possible Democratic VP contender

Rice served as a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election, to John Kerry in his 2004 campaign and to former president Barack Obama. She served in the Clinton administration in various capacities, first on the National Security Council from 1993 to 1997 and then as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001. Since 2002 she has served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution focusing on foreign policy.

In 2008, Rice was nominated by Obama to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and became national security adviser in 2013.

21.07.2020 - 12:43 [ Haaretz ]

Mike Pompeo, Enemy of American Values

(19.07.2020)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, has his eyes firmly set on the future. He is openly campaigning to succeed Trump as the party’s leader and to be its candidate in 2024.

21.07.2020 - 12:37 [ Washington Post ]

Mike Pompeo talks as if Obama is still president

(14.07.2020)

Most of the sentiments Pompeo expresses would be anodyne coming from any other administration but are risible from this one. Does he know who he works for? He acts as though someone else is president — Barack Obama perhaps? That makes U.S. diplomacy nearly worthless, because the whole world can see the Grand Canyon-size gap between Pompeo’s rhetoric and Trump’s actions and beliefs. U.S. credibility has become a joke, and Pompeo keeps producing more punchlines.

21.07.2020 - 12:24 [ Daniel DePetris/ Business Insider ]

Mike Pompeo’s Iranian boogeyman is just an excuse for a policy that isn’t working

(11.07.2020)

Despite the anti-American railings and innuendo from the political leadership, Iran is at best a mid-level power sharing a region home to states that are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to Iranian objectives. At $454 billion, its economy is nearly half the size of Florida’s.