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28.08.2019

"Why Greenland is really about China"

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/459125-why-greenland-is-really-about-china

Auch Nadia Schadlow vom Hudson Institute in Washington meint, dass die amerikanischen Überlegungen über einen Erwerb Grönlands vor dem Hintergrund der Rivalität mit China betrachtet werden sollten. Die USA suchten einen Weg, um der globalen Investitionsstrategie Pekings entgegenzutreten. "(...) the real story underlying this interest is that China has long understood the relationship between commercial infrastructure projects and global power, and it has weaponized many of its commercial relationships. Washington has yet to develop a strategy to counter Beijing. President Trump reportedly became concerned when he learned about the extent of Chinese investments in this strategic island, which lies at a critical juncture in the North Atlantic, contains rare earth mineral deposits, and is home to a United States Air Force base that is central to American homeland defense architecture. China has recognized the importance of Greenland since at least 2015, when its state enterprises began to invest in mining companies there. (...) Chinese rare earth investments are just one example, close to American shores, of the broader Belt and Road Initiative announced in 2013. (...) Once implemented, these actions provide a foundation for Chinese influence and control below the level of overt military power. It is a form of 21st century strategic depth. The United States must do a much better job of integrating its capabilities to succeed in this competitive geopolitical landscape."

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15.08.2019

"The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan"

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/457509-the-us-cant-seem-to-live-without-afghanistan?rnd=156
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Aaron David Miller erwartet nicht, dass der "endlose Krieg" der USA in Afghanistan nach einem möglichen Friedensvertrag mit den Taliban tatsächlich zu Ende gehen wird. "If you don’t include the so-called Indian wars, Afghanistan is America’s longest war. When stripped down to its essence, the only truly vital national interest the U.S. has in that hapless and unfortunate land is ensuring that Afghanistan doesn’t become a base for terror attacks against the homeland. However important and ennobling the plight of Afghan women and the expansion of democracy and human rights, they are not worth the number and amount of American lives and treasure we have invested. And there are arguably ways to run effective counter-terror operations other than by deploying large numbers of U.S. ground forces in country. (...) And still eighteen years later the arguments in favor of staying in Afghanistan continue. (...) Maybe the U.S.-Taliban talks will produce an accord with a tight withdrawal schedule; maybe there will be cease-fire; maybe the inter Afghan negotiations will succeed in stabilizing the country. That’s a lot of maybes. The one near-certainty is that this time next year, the U.S. will still have thousands of forces deployed in Afghanistan facing a precarious future. The forever war is still very much forever."

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12.08.2019

"China is a rival, not an enemy"

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/457098-china-is-a-rival-not-an-enemy

Bonnie Kristian empfiehlt, die offensichtliche Rivalität zwischen den USA und China nicht als "Feindschaft" zu interpretieren. Die angekündigte Verlegung von US-Mittelstreckenraketen nach Asien könnte ein gefährliches Wettrüsten in der Region auslösen, so ihre Warnung. "A more sober-minded and realistic model of U.S.-China relations would recognize that though China is in some ways a partner for the United States and in other ways a rival, it need not be our enemy. With prudence, diplomacy and a rejection of simplistic enemy/friend dichotomies, we can avoid counterproductive hostility that at its worst could claim the lives of millions. In the immediate future, there are two obvious steps for this strategic reorientation. The first would require halting and in short order reversing, the cycle of trade war escalation from the past year. (...) The second step, arguably more important for avoiding tragic and needless military confrontation, is backing away from this missile deployment plan. (...) it is vital that this hardline approach not be permitted to intensify into a new Cold War footing. That does not mean pretending China is not the authoritarian state we know it to be. It does not mean denying human rights abuses or acceding to every demand from Beijing regardless of U.S. interests at stake. But it does mean recognizing, as a group of more than 100 diplomats, academics and former officials recently wrote in a letter to the White House, that China is not 'an economic enemy or an existential national security threat that must be confronted in every sphere.'"

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04.08.2019

"Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback"

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/456006-warrens-pledge-to-avoid-first-nuclear-strike-sparks-intense-pus
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Die demokratische Präsidentschaftskandidatin Elizabeth Warren hat angekündigt, im Fall ihres Wahlsiegs den Verzicht der USA auf einen atomaren Erstschlag zu verkünden. In Washington sei dies in beiden Parteien auf Kritik gestoßen, berichtet Rebecca Kheel. "Republicans slammed the proposal as sending a dangerous signal to both allies and enemies about a lack of U.S. resolve -- previewing a potential attack line from President Trump should the two face off in the general election. Some Democrats do back the idea. But others say a 'no first use' policy like the one Warren proposed is too simplistic for a complex world. 'The worry is that, of course, that should be our policy, but if we tell the world that is our policy … you actually may perversely encourage bad behavior in others,' said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2016. The United States has long reserved the right to be the first country to launch a nuclear weapon in a conflict."

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23.07.2019

"NATO's disappearing navies invite trouble in the Baltic Sea"

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/454190-natos-disappearing-navies-invite-trouble-in-the-balt
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Die Umstände der Festsetzung eines britischen Tankers im Golf haben nach Ansicht von Dov S. Zakheim demonstriert, in welch schlechtem Zustand sich die Seestreitkräfte der europäischen NATO-Partner befänden. Dies sei auch in der Ostsee zu spüren. "While the Baltic states are too small to field major navies, Poland and Germany likewise have allowed their naval forces to atrophy. The German Navy is barely operational; most of its ships are tied up in port. The Polish Navy is hardly better; the Polish fleet is desperately in need of modernization. (...) With Germany preoccupied with a leadership change because of the pending departure of Angela Merkel, only Poland is currently in a position to bolster NATO’s naval deterrent in the region, much as it has done for its land forces and plans to do for its air forces. There is much to be said for Polish-Swedish cooperation in the Baltic, which a buy of Sweden’s A-26s subs would foster. Regardless from whom the Poles acquire their submarines, however, it is of the utmost importance that they finalize a purchase that will take years to complete and whose costs, therefore, could be spread over time. In so doing, Poland would significantly enhance NATO’s deterrent in the Baltic Sea at a time when freedom of navigation is being tested from the Strait of Hormuz to the South China Sea."

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12.07.2019

"What is Trump's Iran end game?"

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/452536-what-is-trumps-iran-end-game

Aaron David Miller bezweifelt, dass US-Präsident Trump in seiner Iran-Politik tatsächlich eine überlegte Strategie verfolgt. Trump strebe in der aktuellen Situation weder einen politisch riskanten Verhandlungsdurchbruch noch eine ernste militärische Konfrontation an und würde sich stattdessen mit dem fragilen Status Quo zufrieden geben, so Miller. "I suspect President Trump wishes the Iran issue would just disappear. War with Iran is costly; an agreement is probably unrealistic. And besides, Iran isn’t Trump’s conception of his big win. It’s a deal with North Korea that he’s after — a feat that would likely win him a Nobel Peace Prize and a ticket into the history books, and separate him from all of his predecessors. (...) More than likely, Trump will try to avoid either a risky political breakthrough or a serious military breakdown with Iran. He’ll keep up the pressure, perhaps even try to open a channel to Iran but try to avoid a military confrontation. Whether Iran will play by his script remains to be seen."

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12.06.2019

"Reintegrating ISIS militants and families is a global problem"

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/447826-reintegrating-isis-militants-and-families-a-global-probl
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James Durso lobt die Bemühungen zur Reintegration zurückgekehrter IS-Anhänger und derer Familien in zentralasiatischen Ländern wie Usbekistan. "Uzbekistan recently announced the repatriation of 156 IS survivors, mostly women and children who had been living in parts of Syria controlled by Islamist groups. Another 300 Uzbeks still stranded in the Syrian desert may soon follow them home, and the presidential administration said they would be 'provided good housing and employment.' The governments of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have announced the return of their own expatriates who had joined extremist groups. The Central Asian governments are taking the bit between their teeth, as opposed to European governments that have been accused of 'outsourcing' the trial and punishment of terrorism suspects from their countries. (...) The reintegration process, if successful, will have immediate, long-term payoffs. The adults will probably undergo extensive debriefing to collect intelligence and to determine the extent of their culpability in IS crimes. In the longer term, the reintegration of the women and, most importantly, their children will be a hallmark of the government’s effort."

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26.04.2019

"The Middle East comes to Sri Lanka"

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/440541-the-middle-east-comes-to-sri-lanka

A.J. Caschetta schreibt, dass der islamistische Terrorismus nach nahöstlichem Vorbild in Sri Lanka auch über den Drogen- und Waffenhandel Fuß gefasst habe. "This international network is abetted by the many Sri Lankan jihadists who returned home after the physical disruption of ISIS beginning in 2016. As Sri Lankan journalist Shwe Kalaung put it, 'By 2017, scores of known Sri Lankan ISIS fighters had returned from Syria.' Another part of the international network enabling Sri Lanka’s terrorism problem is its growing illegal drug trade. (...) Distribution of the drugs throughout the 'Golden Horseshoe Caliphate' nations (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka) is accomplished through consignment, including Islamic gangs that 'have become so powerful in Sri Lanka that they are creating an underground army,' according to [Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury]. (...) The nexus of illegal drugs, arms and jihadist ideology foretells more violence in Sri Lanka — unless it can stem the flow of all three. After its success in destroying the ethno-nationalist LTTE organization, the nation needs to turn its attention to the new Middle East-style Islamist terrorism that has woven itself into the fabric of society."

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24.03.2019

"Mueller delivers a win for Trump — Five Takeaways"

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/435556-mueller-delivers-a-win-for-trump-five-takeaways

Der Abschlussbericht von Sonderermittler Mueller hat bestätigt, dass es keine Beweise für Wahlabsprachen zwischen US-Präsident Trump und Russland gibt. Niall Stanage zieht fünf Schlussfolgerungen aus diesem Ergebnis: "1. A big win for Trump - The president could hardly have hoped for a better outcome than the one delivered in Barr’s letter to Congress. 'No collusion,' the president has always insisted. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team now agree. (...) 2. Democrats face uphill battle - Democrats were quick to note on Sunday that they would continue their own investigations on Capitol Hill, empowered by their healthy majority in the House. (...) It seems likely that voters who don’t have strong partisan loyalties will see his findings as the final word. (...) 3. Questions remain on obstruction - Trump’s biggest problem in the Barr letter — by some distance — is the uncertainty that hangs over what exactly Mueller found in relation to alleged obstruction of justice. (...) 4. The chances of impeachment fall (...) It’s now more certain than ever that Trump’s political fate will be decided at the 2020 election — and not before it. (...) 5. Egg on the face of talking heads - It’s undeniable that the most feverish anti-Trump figures in the media — including some supposed legal experts — let their hopes outrun the facts on the Russia story. Anyone who turned on their television in the immediate aftermath of the Barr letter would have been struck by the amount of attempted face-saving underway. Mueller’s findings make the confident predictions that he was about to lower the boom on Trump and members of his immediate family look foolish, plain and simple."

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18.03.2019

"Trump administration requests nearly $86B for spy budget"

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/434629-trump-administration-requests-nearly-86b-for-spy-budget

Präsident Trump will das Budget der US-Geheimdienste für das Jahr 2020 um 6% auf 86 Milliarden US-Dollar erhöhen. "Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Monday revealed that the administration wants $62.8 billion for its U.S. intelligence agencies, while the Pentagon released its $22.95 billion request for its military intelligence program (MIP). Details of the so-called black budget are secret, but the funds cover a range of expenses including spy planes and satellites, intelligence gathering through spies and informants, and cyber weapons. The higher request comes despite the fact that President Trump has had a contentious relationship with his intelligence agencies since taking office."

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28.02.2019

"New Pentagon plan calls for troops to leave Afghanistan within five years: report"

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/432073-new-pentagon-plan-calls-for-troops-to-leave-afghanistan-within-
five-years

Aktuellen Überlegungen im Pentagon zufolge könnte ein beschlossener Abzug des US-Militärs aus Afghanistan in fünf Jahren abgeschlossen werden. "The plan is reportedly being offered in peace negotiations that could result in the government in Kabul sharing power with the Taliban, according to the report. Officials are discussing the plan with European allies, the Times reported, and would cut the roughly 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half within the next few months. Under the plan, the 8,600 European and Australian troops stationed in the country would be tasked with training Afghan troops, shifting U.S. forces' focus to counterterrorism operations, according to the Times. A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner, told the Times that no plans have been finalized yet, and that the Trump administration is 'considering all options of force numbers and disposition' in Afghanistan."

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22.02.2019

"UN nuclear watchdog: Iran maintains compliance with 2015 pact"

https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/431144-un-nuclear-watchdog-iran-maintai
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Trotz der Aufkündigung des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran durch die USA hält sich Teheran der Internationalen Atomenergie-Organisation zufolge bisher immer noch an die Vorgaben des Vertrags. "The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog confirmed Friday that Iran remained within key parameters set in the 2015 nuclear pact it signed with the U.S. and other world powers. The news that Iran is respecting the nuclear limits, contained in a confidential report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that was uncovered by Reuters, comes as the Trump administration has renewed U.S. sanctions on the country after deciding to withdraw from the deal last year."

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05.02.2019

"Why Australia and others are reluctant to join Trump’s fight with China"

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/428476-why-australia-and-others-are-reluctant-to-join-trumps-fi
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Australien weigere sich bisher standhaft, im Handelskonflikt zwischen den USA und China klare Partei zu ergreifen, berichtet John Lee. Dafür gebe es handfeste Gründe: "The simplest reason for Australian inaction is that it benefits greatly, or at least does not suffer, from current arrangements. (...) The Trump administration might be frustrated but is hardly blameless. The first problem is lack of clarity and consistency as to what the administration seeks to achieve. (...) The second problem is that Trump has personalized the strategy and tactics. (...) Even now, allies remain fearful that Trump will blindside his own administration and allies by concluding an economic deal with Xi to merely reduce the U.S.’s current account deficit with China. The President might have no intention to do so, but Australia and others are none the wiser with respect to where Trump is going. The point is that allies and partners will not join on to a trade war if they are left in the dark about White House tactics and the intended outcome."

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14.01.2019

"ABC's Karl: Sources say Mueller report is 'almost certain to be anti-climactic'"'

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/425179-abcs-karl-sources-say-mueller-report-is-almost-certain-to-be-an
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Vor dem Hintergrund der anhaltenden Debatte über angebliche Absprachen zwischen US-Präsident Trump und Russland hat Jonathan Karl von ABC News aus vertraulichen Quellen erfahren, dass der Abschlussbericht von Sonderermittler Mueller für viele Trump-Gegner aller Voraussicht nach enttäuschend ausfallen könnte. "'There have been expectations that have been building, of course, for over a year,' Karl told 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. 'But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel, caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic.' 'If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report, you look at what they were investigating, Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation,' Karl continued. 'He has been writing his report in real time through these indictments and we have seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of, was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections? Or was there even any knowledge on the part of the president or anybody in his campaign with what the Russians were doing, there’s been no indication of that.'"

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29.12.2018

"Donald Trump is completely transforming the Democrats"

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/423178-donald-trump-is-completely-transforming-the-democrats

Die ablehnende Reaktion der US-Demokraten auf die Ankündigung eines Truppenabzugs aus Syrien zeigt nach Ansicht von Jonathan Turley, dass die Demokratische Partei in ihrer Opposition zu Präsident Trump lange vertretene Prinzipien aufgegeben habe. "While they would vehemently deny it, Trump is remaking the party in his inverse image. This past month shows how far that transformation has gone. The remaking of the Democratic Party was evident last week with the reaction to the decision to withdraw troops from Syria. There was a time when a sizable number of Democrats opposed undeclared wars and unending military campaigns. Now, they are appalled that Trump would not continue a war in one of the myriad countries with American troops engaged in combat operations. (...) Democrats are now defined by Trump the way that antimatter is defined by matter, with each particle of matter corresponding to an antiparticle. (...) A party requires more than hatred for an individual. A party has to stand for something that transcends the immediate or the visceral. Yet, in the age of Trump, the public is not interested in nuance or niceties. The watchword is 'resist' and that means to push back at all costs, even against our core values."

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12.12.2018

"GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote"

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/421141-gop-controlled-senate-breaks-with-trump-on-saudi-vote

Der bislang noch von Republikanern kontrollierte US-Senat hat eine Resolution auf den Weg gebracht, die eine Beendigung der US-Unterstützung für den saudi-arabischen Krieg in Jemen vorsieht. Die Resolution könnte noch in dieser Woche endgültig verabschiedet werden. "The vote will mark the likely climax for the measure until 2019 since the House voted to block supporters from being able to force a vote this year by slipping the provision into a rule governing debate of the unrelated farm bill. But the Senate’s actions underscore the depth of frustration with Saudi Arabia on Capitol Hill, as well as the escalating gap between the White House and Congress on the U.S.-Saudi relationship. (...) The vote is a dramatic U-turn from less than nine months ago when the chamber pigeonholed the exact same resolution, not even agreeing to discharge it out of committee and on to the full Senate. At the time, 10 Democrats joined 45 Republicans in opposing it. And it comes as the administration has lobbied hard against the measure. (...) Senior House Democrats are already vowing to revive the Saudi Arabia and Yemen fights when they control the chamber next year."

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10.12.2018

"Putin's latest Ukraine stunt may blow up in his face"

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/420537-putins-latest-ukraine-stunt-may-blow-up-in-his-face

Die Krise zwischen Russland und der Ukraine im Asowschen Meer könnte die deutsche Debatte über die Ostseepipeline Nord Stream 2 möglicherweise entscheidend beeinflussen, hofft Paul Gregory. Er schlägt vor, dass die USA Sanktionen gegen die beteiligten europäischen Energieunternehmen beschließen sollten, um den Druck weiter zu erhöhen. "(...) it is increasingly difficult for Germany’s Putin Versteher to argue that NS2 is simply a normal commercial deal. It should be increasingly clear that Gazprom is not a commercial business but an arm of Russian geopolitical policy. (...) With increasing doubts about NS2, U.S. sanctions of the five European energy giants that are partnering with Russia on NS2 could frighten them into abandoning ship. Good relations with the U.S. and its mighty financial markets are more important to these companies than gains from the NS2 deal. Moreover, U.S. sanctions would be popular throughout Europe, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic States and Scandinavia. Nord Stream 2 could be the victim of Putin’s too clever by half. Has chessmaster Putin lost his touch?"

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20.11.2018

"Graham warns Trump not to look the other way on Saudi Arabia"

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/417749-graham-warns-trump-not-to-look-the-other-way-on-saudi-arabia

In der Frage des Umgangs mit Saudi-Arabien habe US-Präsident Trump auch die Unterstützung eines seiner entschiedensten Verteidiger im Kongress verloren, schreibt Alexander Bolton. Senator Lindsey Graham habe davor gewarnt, dass eine Nichtbeachtung des Fehlverhaltens der Saudis den moralischen Führungsanspruch der USA aufs Spiel setzen würde. "The South Carolina Republican, who is set to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, warned that Trump’s tolerant stance toward Saudi Arabia threatened to risk the nation’s role as a moral leader. 'I fully realize we have to deal with bad actors and imperfect situation on the international stage,' Graham said. 'However, when we lose our moral voice, we lose our strongest asset.' (...) Graham on Tuesday afternoon said the Senate should take action by voting on sanctions legislation. 'I firmly believe there will be strong bipartisan support for serious sanctions against Saudi Arabia, including appropriate members of the royal family, for this barbaric act which defied all civilized norms,' he said in his statement. 'While Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of the Crown Prince – in multiple ways – has shown disrespect for the relationship and made him, in my view, beyond toxic.'"

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09.10.2018

"Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington"

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/410643-haleys-exit-sends-shockwaves-through-washington

Der plötzliche Rücktritt der UN-Botschafterin der USA, Nikki Haley, habe in Washington "Schockwellen" ausgelöst, berichten Morgan Chalfant und Jordan Fabian. "Haley’s departure robs the president of a reliable ally who was a respected face for the administration on the world stage and a Republican able to build bridges between different wings of the party. (...) For nearly two years, Haley has served as a steward of the administration’s foreign policy efforts and, in many ways, eclipsed the president’s first secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, before he was replaced with Mike Pompeo this past spring. Haley, known for her mainstream Republican credentials and a one-time critic of Trump, built a strong relationship with the president even as she at times displayed a willing to challenge him publicly."

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12.09.2018

"National identity crisis makes the US more like the Middle East"

http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/406096-us-joins-ranks-of-middle-east-with-fierce-identity-politic
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Politikwissenschaftler Francis Fukuyama stellt fest, dass die politische Polarisierung in den USA die geteilte nationale Identität zu überschatten droht. "An Iraqi politician of long experience told me that, after the invasion in 2003, Americans were constantly advising Iraqis to put aside their sectarian and ethnic differences and to seek greater national unity. Today, he somewhat mischievously throws that advice back in the faces of the Americans he knows. Instead of 'Americanizing' the Middle East, he notes, the U.S. has become increasingly 'Middle Easternized.' The polarization of American society is so extreme that the Republican and Democratic parties resemble warring tribes that see each other as existential threats. (...) our politics become Middle Eastern-like the moment we begin thinking that the fixed characteristics with which we are born — race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. — ought to determine the way we think and act, not just about politics but across culture more generally."

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10.08.2018

"Russia: New US sanctions a 'declaration of economic war'"

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/401236-russia-threatens-retaliation-against-new-us-sanctions

In Russland sind die aufgrund der Skripal-Affäre verhängten neuen US-Sanktionen als potentielle "wirtschaftliche Kriegserklärung" aufgenommen worden, berichtet Tal Axelrod. "The sanctions would go into effect later this month and would restrict the licenses granted for exports of national security goods and technologies to Russia. A congressional proposal to add sanctions targeting state-controlled banks and the freezing of Russian operations in dollars is also making its way around the Hill. Current penalties on Moscow have already severely hurt the ruble’s value. 'If something like a ban on bank operations or currency use follows, it will amount to a declaration of economic war,' Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. 'And it will warrant a response with economic means, political means and, if necessary, other means. Our American friends should understand that.'"

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17.07.2018

"Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking"

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/397438-trump-has-the-right-foreign-policy-strategy-he-just-needs-t
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Auch Harry J. Kazianis meint, dass die aus seiner Sicht durchaus effektive außenpolitische Strategie von US-Präsident Trump durch dessen Rhetorik regelmäßig konterkariert werde. "Consider this: If you ignored (as I try to do) all of the president’s Twitter and press conference rants, Trump has a standard, even Reagan-like foreign policy outlook, clearly demonstrated in his policies towards America’s greatest geopolitical rivals. First, consider his policy on Russia, where he has pushed back harder on Moscow’s rogue antics than Barack Obama ever did. (...) Next, there is Trump’s action regarding China, a massive shift from any previous U.S. president since the 1960s. America is slowly shifting its strategy of what was engagement with the so-called Middle Kingdom to a tough, near-containment style doctrine that has cast Beijing as its No. 1 geopolitical foe. (...) The Trump Doctrine, to reemphasize power politics in U.S. foreign policy, is a winning strategy. What Trump must do now might be the hardest part for him, something against all his instincts and against what made him successful: Let the policies do the talking for him."

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21.03.2018

"15 years after the invasion of Iraq, still zero accountability for the war"

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/379156-15-years-after-the-invasion-of-iraq-still-zero-accoun
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Bis heute sei in Washington niemand für die Folgen der Irak-Invasion vor 15 Jahren zur Verantwortung gezogen worden, stellt William S. Smith vom Center for the Study of Statesmanship der Catholic University of America fest. "If they had been physicians who had killed hundreds of thousands of patients due to malpractice, they would have lost their license to practice medicine. But the political architects of the Iraq invasion have suffered no ignominy. They continue to advise presidential candidates, staff prestigious think tanks, offer their opinions on Fox News, and appear on the opinion pages of America’s newspapers. They blame the catastrophe in Iraq on President Obama or the intelligence community or the military but accept no blame themselves. They offer no apologies to the hundreds of thousands whose lives were destroyed by their decisions. (...) Given that the architects of the Iraq disaster are still around and many of them are now pining for confronting Iran, Syria, Russia and others, there is all the more reason for an American version of the Chilcot inquiry. The great republics of history all dissolved in excess war. If the United States is going to take that route, we should at least do it with eyes open about who led us down this road."

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13.03.2018

"Trump fires Tillerson, names Pompeo as successor at State"

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/378073-tillerson-ousted-as-secretary-of-state-report

US-Präsident Donald Trump hat über Twitter die Entlassung seines Außenministers Rex Tillerson verkündet. Nachfolger soll der bisherige CIA-Direktor Mike Pompeo werden. Für viele Beobachter sei an diesem Personalwechsel vor allem der Zeitpunkt überraschend, schreiben Morgan Chalfant und Max Greenwood. "Tillerson and Trump have had a tempestuous relationship, so it was not shocking that Tillerson would be removed. However, the timing of Tillerson's firing was a surprise, given the diplomatic workload at the moment. (...) There were differences in rhetoric between Tillerson and the White House on foreign policy, including on Monday, when Tillerson pointed the finger at Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London. The White House earlier in the day had notably not blamed Russia for the incident, despite claims from Great Britain's prime minister. Late last year, speculation mounted in Washington that Tillerson would be replaced, and reports circulated that Pompeo could be his successor."

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17.02.2018

"Ex-CIA director: US meddles in foreign elections for a 'very good cause'"

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/374372-ex-cia-director-us-meddles-in-foreign-elections-f
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Der frühere CIA-Direktor James Woolsey hat nach der Veröffentlichung der Anklageschrift des US-Sonderermittlers Robert Mueller eingeräumt, dass "wahrscheinlich" auch die USA versucht hätten, die Wahlen in anderen Ländern zu beeinflussen. Dies sei allerdings immer "im Interesse der Demokratie" geschehen. "When asked whether the U.S. interferes in other countries’ elections, James Woolsey said, 'Well, only for a very good cause in the interests of democracy.' 'Oh, probably, but it was for the good of the system in order to avoid communists taking over,' he told Laura Ingraham on her Fox News show on Friday night. Woolsey served as CIA director under former President Clinton. His comments follow a federal indictment released on Friday that accused 13 Russian individuals and three Russian groups of attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election. The Russian embassy to the United Kingdom quoted Woolsey on Saturday, adding the comment: 'Says it all.'"

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09.11.2017

"The reality of neo-Nazis in Ukraine is far from Kremlin propaganda"

http://thehill.com/opinion/international/359609-the-reality-of-neo-nazis-in-the-ukraine-is-far-from-kreml
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In der amerikanischen Debatte über mögliche Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine sind Berichte über Aktivitäten ukrainischer "Neo-Nazis" nach Ansicht von Lev Golinkin zu Unrecht als russische Propaganda zurückgewiesen worden. "The odious Russian media tried to paint Ukraine as a land of Nazis, though that is patently wrong. Ukraine has a thriving Jewish community, and its far-right is still on the fringe. It’s the same in America. Yet, despite the fact that only a tiny percentage of Americans are neo-Nazis, our pundits and politicians didn’t mince words condemning the Charlottesville march. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to imagine mainstream media describing reports on Charlottesville as propaganda and questioning the motives of lawmakers who try to counter today’s alarming surge of white supremacy. Why shouldn't we view Ukraine — a nation to which we send billions in foreign aid — in light of the same standards?"

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03.08.2017

"Trump's strategic incoherence is a recipe for war"

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/foreign-policy/345154-opinion-trumps-strategic-incoherence-is-a-rec
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Die US-Regierung riskiere mit ihren oft widersprüchlichen Äußerungen eine gefährliche Eskalation vieler internationaler Konflikte, meint Robert Manning. Neben der offensichtlichen Wirkung der vielen Tweets des Präsidenten mangele es auch an einer effektiven Koordinierung der unterschiedlichen Ministerien und Behörden. "On major policy issues, there is a need for a 'point person' — someone senior in charge who reports to the president. The fact that there are still some 350 Senate-confirmable positions for which Trump has not announced nominees is no small factor. There is, for example, no new U.S. ambassador to South Korea, no new assistant secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, no undersecretary for policy; the list goes on. It is these senior advisers who are key to formulating and managing policy, day to day, week to week. (...) President Trump has a point that unpredictability can be useful. But capricious, erratic and fundamentally contradictory public policy views can lead to catastrophic, unintended consequences."

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04.07.2017

"Time for the US to modernize its approach to Russia"

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international-affairs/340607-time-for-the-us-to-modernize-its-appro
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James Durso meint, dass sich die USA von ihrem aktuellen Russlandbild lösen und die Politik gegenüber Moskau "modernisieren" sollten. "Much of America’s political class and commentariat doesn’t want to admit that the end of the Cold War, watershed that it was, didn’t mean an end to power politics on the continent. Is Russia unpredictable? No, but its tactics are, as we saw in Ukraine and Syria. In the annals of statecraft, that’s hardly cheating. Even worse, at least for some in Washington, Putin might actually believe what he’s saying. What should we do? One is prioritize. (...) Secondly, we should swear off 'regime change.' A policy of regime change is an excellent way to rally the troops. Unfortunately, the troops it rallies are the opposition’s. Remember, the first rule of regime change is you don’t talk about regime change. (...) Finally, our leaders should shut up. Calling Russia a 'regional power,' as President Obama did, or saying Putin can be a 'best friend,' as President Trump did, is counterproductive. We’ll get better results with Russia if we are firm, respectful, unambiguous, and consistent in defending our interests."

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20.03.2017

"Five takeaways from Comey’s big day"

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/324910-the-memo-five-takeaways-from-comeys-big-day

Die Kongressanhörung von FBI-Chef James Comey zu Donald Trumps Abhörvorwürfen und zu angeblichen Verbindungen des Trump-Wahlkampfteams zu Russland habe dem US-Präsidenten schweren politischen Schaden zugefügt, berichtet Niall Stanage. "Near the end of the day’s proceedings, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Comey he had put 'a big gray cloud' over the White House. Nunes, who worked on Trump’s transition team, appeared to be expressing dismay at that reality. But both parties would accept it as a fact. The political dynamics have changed now that the FBI investigation is public knowledge. The White House can expect to face questions on a daily basis about the probe, while the media attention on what Comey’s agents are finding, and about whom, will be feverish."

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