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10.10.2019

"America Doesn’t Belong in Syria"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/america-doesnt-belong-in-syria/

Doug Bandow verteidigt die Entscheidung des US-Präsidenten, die US-Truppen aus Nordsyrien abzuziehen, dagegen als konsequente Kurskorrektur der von Barack Obama eingeleiteten Syrien-Politik der USA. Dabei erinnert er daran, dass die Stationierung der US-Soldaten in Syrien aus legaler Perspektive immer schon fragwürdig gewesen sei. "(...) the mission remains entirely illegal, without congressional or international warrant. On his own authority, the president entered a foreign war, occupied a foreign country, dismembered a foreign nation, established a foreign security commitment, and threatened war against a foreign government along with its long-time foreign allies. This is the sort of behavior that the British king engaged in, which the nation’s founders sought to curb by placing the power to declare war in congressional hands. Of course, there remains much to criticize about the president’s decision to move U.S. forces away from the border and presumably exit entirely. Even when he does the right thing, he usually does so for the wrong reason and in the wrong way. (...) Perhaps the only way he can set policy is by acting without warning, essentially by fait accompli."

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18.09.2019

"Trump Makes Another Bad Choice for National Security Advisor"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-makes-another-bad-choice-for-national-security-advi
sor/

US-Präsident Trump hat mit Robert O’Brien einen Nachfolger für den entlassenen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton ernannt. Daniel Larison zufolge handelt es sich bei ihm um einen typischen republikanischen Falken: "O’Brien previously served in the Bush administration’s State Department. Hugh Hewitt, who wrote the foreword to O’Brien’s book, has described him as a 'long time colleague of John Bolton.' Since the Bush years, O’Brien advised the Romney 2012 campaign, and he also advised the short-lived Scott Walker campaign in the 2016 cycle. He is a typical hawkish Republican. Curt Mills referred to him in his recent report on the race to replace Bolton this way: 'Robert O’Brien, the Trump hostage negotiator whose stock has risen in the administration in recent months, is 'Bolton lite,' according to a source who has known O’Brien for years."'

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12.09.2019

"After Bolton, Trump’s Second Term Depends on America First"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/after-bolton-trumps-second-term-depends-on-america-first
/

Ll" W. James Antle III vom konservativen Washington Examiner hofft, dass US-Präsident Trump nach der Entlassung seines Sicherheitsberaters seine außenpolitischen Wahlkampfversprechen endlich umsetzen wird. Es sei immer bedenklich gewesen, dass Trump sich mit früheren Mitgliedern der außenpolitischen "B-Teams" von George W. Bush und John McCain umgeben habe. "So far there has been a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric and the Trump record. He has allowed underlings to essentially override him on Afghanistan and Syria. He scrapped the Iran nuclear deal without a viable alternative and vetoed a bipartisan resolution rebuking U.S. participation in the unconscionable Saudi war on Yemen. He has escalated many of the ongoing presidential wars that lack constitutionally required congressional authorization. At the same time, Trump has periodically called for bringing the troops home, only to face internal opposition bordering on insubordination. (...) What has listening to his vanquished Republican rivals gotten Trump? No border wall, no broader immigration reform, no infrastructure bill, no Obamacare repeal or replacement, no credit for cutting taxes. They collaborated successfully on judges and jobs, which should be enough to turn out the conservative base, but Trump has less to sell to the working-class swing voters who changed Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan from blue to red. Those Americans are tired of seeing their children sent to die in nation-building exercises overseas as their own communities crumble around them at home."

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11.09.2019

"Amazon is Teaming Up With Police for Mass Surveillance"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/amazon-is-teaming-up-with-police-for-mass-surveillance/

Dan King bezeichnet die enge Kooperation des Amazon-Konzerns mit Polizeibehörden in den USA als weiteren Schritt zur Massenüberwachung der Bevölkerung. "What do you call the use of a network of cameras that are constantly recording and can be accessed by police? Well, according to Ring, Amazon’s home security company, somehow the answer isn’t 'surveillance.' Ring, which has joined into secretive partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, granting them access to video from people’s doorbell cameras, has reportedly prevented police from describing the partnership as 'surveillance.' This they can do because the contract allows Ring to review any police press releases before they’re sent out. It’s ridiculous, of course, because it keeps people in the dark about what their law enforcement agencies are up to. (...) If being unwittingly caught on camera when walking down the street by a company that works with hundreds of law enforcement agencies, and potentially having that footage shared with police, doesn’t constitute 'surveillance,' then what does? We certainly shouldn’t leave that up to Amazon to decide."

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10.09.2019

"Bolton Likely Axed Over Taliban Deal, Leaks"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/bolton-likely-axed-over-taliban-deal-leaks/

Barbara Boland führt die Entlassung John Boltons darauf zurück, dass der Nationale Sicherheitsberater sich dem US-Präsidenten in Verhandlungen und öffentlichen Äußerungen immer wieder entgegengestellt habe. Zudem habe Bolton mit gezielten Veröffentlichungen vertraulicher Informationen versucht, die öffentliche Debatte in eine von ihm gewünschte Richtung zu lenken. "(...) the writing was on the wall for Bolton for some time, in part because he had a habit of leaking information to the press that would damage negotiations he didn’t agree with. The situation became so bad that Trump’s special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly refused to allow Bolton to leave the room with a copy of the nascent Afghanistan deal. That decision was followed by a flurry of pro-Bolton leaks and anti-deal coverage in the press. (...) in recent days, it appears Trump became frustrated with Bolton publicly contradicting him and scuttling his negotiations. Bolton opposed Trump’s face-to-face negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, backed an unsuccessful campaign to remove Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro from power, and promoted an aggressive stance towards Iran. The argument over the Camp David Taliban deal might have made their final break inevitable."

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08.09.2019

"Trump’s Afghanistan Debacle"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-afghanistan-debacle/

Das Scheitern der Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban kann nach Ansicht von Daniel Larison vor allem auf das große Ego des US-Präsidenten zurückgeführt werden. Donald Trump habe einen potentiellen diplomatischen Erfolg verschenkt, weil er zum Schluss im Mittelpunkt stehen wollte. "The negotiations to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close were probably the closest thing to a diplomatic success that the Trump administration has had in the last two and a half years, so it is fitting that Trump himself destroyed the process by trying to put himself at the center of it. Once again, the president has shown that he much prefers a grandiose spectacle to the slow, unglamorous work of patient diplomacy, and he would sooner dynamite a negotiating process than give up a chance at a photo op. (...) Above all, this episode shows that Trump is incapable of following through on anything, and when push comes to shove he will cave and run away. Such a man is unable to conclude a successful negotiation with anyone, and he certainly doesn’t have the wherewithal to defend an agreement in the face of determined opposition."

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04.09.2019

"How China Weaponizes Mass Migration Against Hong Kong"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-china-weaponizes-mass-migration-against-hong-kong/

Die chinesische Regierung will die Kontrolle über Hongkong langfristig auch mit Hilfe einer Kampagne der Masseneinwanderung von überwiegend parteitreuen Festlandchinesen erlangen, berichtet Alessandra Bocchi. "China has instituted an immigration scheme that allows 150 Mainlanders a day to migrate to Hong Kong and local officials have no power to vet or control who comes. Protesters say the program is being administered by the Chinese Communist Party in order to dilute Hong Kong nationalist sentiment and make the island more pro-Beijing. What’s viewed in Hong Kong as a forced immigration program has actually been fueling tensions between Mainlanders and Hongkongers for years, but the protests have brought the issue into stark relief. Many new immigrants from mainland China tend to support Beijing, while native Hongkongers have been backing the anti-government protests for nearly five solid months."

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03.09.2019

"Under New U.S.-Taliban Deal, More Troops Stay than Leave"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/under-new-u-s-taliban-deal-more-troops-stay-than-leave/

Barbara Boland zeigt sich angesichts der Zahl der US-Truppen, die nach einem Friedensabkommen mit den Taliban in Afghanistan bleiben sollen, ernüchtert. US-Präsident Trump habe offenbar auf diejenigen Stimmen in Washington gehört, die vor einem vollständigen Truppenabzug warnen. "There are between 13,000 and 14,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, where they have been assisting the Afghan government and fighting al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorists. The new plan returns U.S. troop levels to 8,600, approximately the same number that President Obama left in place after he withdrew forces from Afghanistan in 2014. The war in Afghanistan is the longest in U.S. history. (...) Nine former U.S. ambassadors warned Tuesday that Afghanistan could ignite in a 'total civil war' if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before a peace agreement between Kabul and the Taliban is concluded. 'This is called losing,' Brit Hume said on Fox News Sunday. 'We completely — ultimately abandoned that situation over there, partly because it’s unpopular, partly because people are frustrated with it, partly because it’s been going on so long. We are not likely to appreciate the results and the public won’t either.'

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03.09.2019

"Artificial Intelligence Will Make Our Forever Wars Truly Forever"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/artificial-intelligence-will-make-our-forever-wars-truly
-forever/

Dimitri Simes Jr. fürchtet dagegen, dass der militärische Einsatz Künstlicher Intelligenz die Schwelle für Kriegseinsätze deutlich senken wird. "When humans are no longer doing the fighting, it’s easy to conclude that the costs of war are smaller. Of course, that isn’t true. (...) these costs are very real, but they’re also too far removed from the lives of everyday Americans to be truly felt. Once machines replace humans on the battlefield, it will become even easier for hawkish politicians to sell the public on unwinnable and counterproductive wars. A burdensome conflict, so it goes, is a conflict that people think about. But that’s not the kind of war we’ll fight if the conflict process becomes smooth as silk. (...) As AI takes on a bigger role in the military, it will be asked to deal with sensitive and high-stakes situations like the 1983 nuclear crisis. Given its track record so far, that prospect should worry us. If we rush to embrace AI, we will hand over the power to make decisions about war and peace to rigid algorithms. And that’s exactly the way our 'forever wars' will become truly endless."

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02.09.2019

"Could Brexit Leave the UK Vulnerable to Pressure From U.S. Hawks?"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/could-brexit-leave-the-uk-vulnerable-to-pressure-from-u-
s-hawks/

Barbara Boland meint, dass Großbritannien nach einem erfolgreichen Brexit in den geplanten Handelsgesprächen mit den USA zu sicherheitspolitischen Zugeständnissen gezwungen werden könnte. "That deal is likely to come with strings attached — Washington may request that Britain take a harder line against Iran, or cooperates with efforts to squeeze Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which the U.S. deems a national security risk. While it’s still unclear how Johnson will navigate foreign policy, there are early indications that London will toe Washington’s line. (...) The possibility that Brexit will force London will give in to Washington on foreign policy is being seriously considered by multiple European diplomats, British politicians, and foreign policy experts at the core of Brexit and Iran policymaking. Undoubtedly aware of how Brexit will increase Washington’s leverage, notorious Iran war hawk and Trump national security advisor John Bolton voiced the administration’s full-throated support of even a no-deal Brexit, adding that 'we are prepared to proceed as rapidly as the Brits are.'"

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26.08.2019

"Are Yemen’s Houthis the Future of War?"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/are-yemens-houthis-the-future-of-war/

Michael Horton hält es für bemerkenswert, dass es den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen in Jemen in den letzten Jahren mit ihren begrenzten Mitteln gelungen sei, regionale Großmächte wie Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate militärisch in Schach zu halten. "How did this poor, lightly equipped and armed rebel group do it? And what does it mean for the United States, which continues to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in complex, costly, and vulnerable weapons systems? First, the Houthis have grasped the algebra of insurgency. In an article penned in 1920, T.E. Lawrence argued that insurgents would be victorious if they understood and applied a set of 'algebraical factors.' He listed these as mobility, force security, and respect for the populace. The Houthis have refined and applied all three to varying degrees over the last decade. (...) Second, the Houthis have enthusiastically embraced the use of drones. (...) with the use of cheap and relatively easily manufactured drones, they have conducted aerial surveillance and launched attacks on targets, including ones in Saudi Arabia. Drones, even more than the missiles the Houthis build and launch, have been a game changer, and have been seamlessly integrated into the Houthis’ already mobile and capable forces. (...) The war in Yemen points to a future where the overly complex weapons systems that the U.S. buys at the behest of its military-industrial complex may be rendered less and less effective."

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08.08.2019

"Why the UAE Cut Their Losses and Pulled Out of Yemen"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-uae-cut-their-losses-and-pulled-out-of-yemen/

Trotz einer sorgfältig formulierten offiziellen Begründung für den Abzug der Truppen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate aus Jemen meint Michael Horton, dass das "Kleine Sparta" letztlich auf die Aussichtlosigkeit des Krieges reagiert habe. "(...) the UAE is getting out of Yemen not because it is winning — or has won — but because the country’s leadership understands they cannot win. 'Little Sparta,' as former secretary of defense James Mattis referred to the UAE, possesses a military that is significantly more competent and capable than that of its main ally in Yemen, Saudi Arabia. However, the UAE and its proxies have failed to defeat Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and while they’ve made some gains against Yemen’s al-Qaeda franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), these will prove fleeting. Such failures come despite the fact that the UAE has spent tens of billions of dollars in Yemen arming and training various militias and security forces. (...) It is to the credit of the UAE’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayad, that he and his government have recognized the ineffectiveness and danger of continued military involvement in Yemen’s interlocking wars. Rather than doubling down, as the U.S. has done so many times in its own failed wars, the UAE has decided to cut its losses and shift its policy to something more pragmatic and achievable."

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07.08.2019

"Trump Didn’t Start the Fire"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-didnt-start-the-fire/

Robert W. Merry hält es für opportunistisch, US-Präsident Trump die Schuld an den Massakern in El Paso und Dayton zuzuschieben. Die US-Demokraten zielten mit ihrer aktuellen Kampagne darauf ab, ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen Trump durchzusetzen. Trump selbst habe diesen Angriffen allerdings durch seine "brutale und grobe Rhetorik" den Boden bereitet. "If Trump is as bad — even evil — as these people say, any hesitation on impeachment would constitute a dereliction of duty. But then what is the evidence that Crusius was motivated by Trump’s restrictionist rhetoric on immigration? That, absent such rhetorical flights, he would have demurred from his evil plot? There is none. Meanwhile, the Dayton killer, Connor Betts, declared himself a 'pro-Satan leftist,' who hated Trump and wanted socialism under an Elizabeth Warren presidency. Do we think that Warren’s brand of democratic socialism somehow induced Betts to undertake his ghastly deed? Of course not. (...) The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial dismissing the idea that Trump was responsible in any way for the El Paso killings, nevertheless chastised him for 'the divisive tone of his public rhetoric.' The editorial added, 'Either Mr. Trump restrains his rhetoric or he will pay a consequential political price.'"

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07.08.2019

"We’ve Defeated Domestic Terror Before and We Can Do It Again"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/weve-defeated-domestic-terror-before-and-we-can-do-it-ag
ain/

James P. Pinkerton betrachtet die jüngsten Massenschießereien in El Paso und Dayton als Teil einer einheimischen "Terrorwelle". In der Geschichte der USA sei dies nichts Neues. Drei frühere Terrorwellen seien erfolgreich mit Mitteln bekämpft worden, die seiner Ansicht nach auch heute zum Einsatz kommen sollten. "The first wave began in the late 19th century, as political passions ran high amidst mass immigration, mass industrialization, and mass urbanization. (...) To put it bluntly, good police work and tough tactics — including deportations — defeated terrorism, perhaps even staving off some sort of revolution. Yet if that first terror wave had come from the left, the second, during the 1930s, came from the right — that is, the rise of fascism. Interestingly, this second wave was mostly thwarted on the home front, thanks to strong government action. (...) A third terror wave came in the late ’60s and early ’70s, perpetrated by student radicals and other opportunistic hangers-on. (...) Once again, the nation responded: the police were beefed up, private security companies multiplied, metal detectors were installed, and, yes, the FBI continued to do good work. (...) Okay, so now we’re in a fourth wave of domestic terror, which might be said to have begun with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 innocents. (...) Just on August 5, President Trump declared that the Justice Department, including the FBI, would mobilize against domestic terrorism, and specifically named “white supremacy” as one of the targets. (...) Trump has put himself squarely in the tradition of tough-minded federal counterterrorism action, in keeping with his no-nonsense approach to crime overall. It’s up to the Democrats now to articulate their own counterterrorism policy."

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01.08.2019

"Time for Ukraine — and America — to Make a Deal With Russia"

http://https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/time-for-ukraine-and-america-to-make-a-deal-with-
russia/

Die Präsidentschaft des früheren TV-Komikers Volodymyr Zelensky sollte nach Ansicht von Doug Bandow von den USA als Gelegenheit verstanden werden, die Krise mit Russland endlich beizulegen. Putin sei mit Sicherheit kein Freund des Westens, er sei allerdings auch nicht allein für den Kollaps der russisch-amerikanischen Beziehungen verantwortlich. Eine Einigung würde deshalb auf beiden Seiten Kompromisse erfordern. "First, NATO should indicate that expansion of the alliance has concluded. (...) Second, the Minsk agreement would be refined and implemented. (...) Third, the West would drop sanctions on Moscow. (...) Fourth, Moscow would eschew future intervention in American and European political affairs. (...) Fifth, Ukraine would be free to form commercial ties and forge economic agreements both east and west. (...) Sixth, Crimea’s final status would be left for the future. Ukraine and the West would informally recognize that Russia is highly unlikely to return the territory under the best of circumstances while officially refusing to acknowledge the transfer. (...) How Zelensky would view such a proposal is unknown. But he would have good reason to embrace an agreement that ended Russian military intervention and secured his country’s freedom to choose economically. Crimea would not be returning, but under no circumstance other than full-scale war is it ever likely to be. And Ukraine need not formally accept the territorial loss."

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30.07.2019

"The New Quincy Institute Seeks Warmongering Monsters to Destroy"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-new-quincy-institute-seeks-warmongering-monsters-to-
destroy/

Andrew Bacevich und Trita Parsi äußern sich in diesem Interview über die ersten Schritte des im Juni gegründeten Think-Tanks "Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft". Das von George Soros und Charles Koch finanzierte Institut will sich für ein Ende der "endlosen Kriege" der USA einsetzen und ist deshalb im außenpolitischen Establishment in Washington auf Widerstand gestoßen. "It seems apparent to us that the myriad foreign policy failures and disappointments of the past couple of decades have induced among both progressives and at least some conservatives a growing disenchantment with the trajectory of U.S. policy. Out of that disenchantment comes the potential for a Left-Right coalition to challenge the status quo. The QI hopes to build on that potential. (...) U.S. elite consensus on foreign policy has collapsed and the void that has been created begs to be filled. But it has to be filled with new ideas, not just a repackaging of old ideas. And those new ideas cannot simply follow the old political alignments. Transpartisan collaboration is necessary in order to create a new consensus. Koch and Soros are showing tremendous leadership in that regard."

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30.07.2019

"All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Always Yields Nothing"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/all-or-nothing-diplomacy-always-yields-nothing/

Daniel Larison ist vom bisherigen Ausbleiben konkreter Erfolge der US-Verhandlungen mit Nordkorea nicht überrascht. Nordkorea warte seit 18 Monaten auf eine amerikanische Korrektur der "Alles oder Nichts"-Diplomatie. Solange diese Korrektur ausbleibe, seien handfeste nordkoreanische Zugeständnisse kaum zu erwarten. "North Korea has been remarkably clear that they aren’t going to wait on the U.S. forever, and they have repeatedly mentioned that the end of this year was how long the administration had to make the necessary change. Meanwhile the Trump administration seems to have internalized its own propaganda about the extent of progress made with North Korea, and that has created dangerous false expectations of what North Korea is supposed to do. North Korea knows it didn’t commit to doing anything yet, but the administration promotes the fiction that they have committed to disarm and need to 'fulfill' those commitments. (...) The Trump administration is waiting on something that will never occur, and in the meantime they are frittering away their opportunity to reach a more modest arms control agreement. As usual, an all-or-nothing approach to diplomacy leaves us with nothing."

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28.06.2019

"The Tulsi Effect: Forcing War Onto the Democratic Agenda"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-tulsi-effect-forcing-war-onto-the-democratic-agenda/

Unter den demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten sei Tulsi Gabbard die einzige, die die amerikanischen Kriege ins Zentrum ihrer Kampagne gerückt habe, schreibt Danny Sjursen nach den ersten Debatten der Kandidaten. Im aktuellen politischen Umfeld der US-Demokraten werde dies wahrscheinlich zu ihrer Niederlage führen. "Democrats, liberals, progressives — call them what you will — don’t really do foreign policy. Sure, if cornered, they’ll spout a few choice talking points, and probably find a way to make them all about bashing President Donald Trump — ignoring the uncomfortable fact that their very own Barack Obama led and expanded America’s countless wars for eight long years. (...) Gabbard, shamefully, is the only one among an absurdly large field of candidates who has put foreign policy, specifically ending the forever wars, at the top of her presidential campaign agenda. Well, unlike just about all of her opponents, she did fight in those very conflicts. The pity is that with an electorate so utterly apathetic about war, her priorities, while noble, might just doom her campaign before it even really starts. That’s instructive, if pitiful."

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27.06.2019

"Bolton Gets Ready to Kill New START"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/bolton-gets-ready-to-kill-new-start/

Präsident Trump und Präsident Putin haben bei ihrem Treffen während des G20-Gipfels vereinbart, die Verhandlungen über Abrüstungsabkommen neu aufzunehmen. Daniel Larison ist allerdings sicher, dass US-Sicherheitsberater Bolton alles daran setzen wird, um Gespräche wie die über eine Verlängerung des New-START-Abkommens durch überzogene Forderungen zum Scheitern zu bringen. "Just as Bolton is ideologically opposed to making any deal with Iran, he is ideologically opposed to any arms control agreement that places limits on the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The 'flaws' he identifies aren’t really flaws that he wants to fix (and they may not be flaws at all), but excuses for trashing the agreement. He will make noises about how the current deal or treaty doesn’t go far enough, but the truth is that he doesn’t want any agreements to exist. In Bolton’s worldview, nonproliferation and arms control agreements either give the other government too much or hamper the U.S. too much, and so he wants to destroy them all. He has had a lot of success at killing agreements and treaties that have been in the U.S. interest. Bolton has had a hand in blowing up the Agreed Framework with North Korea, abandoning the ABM Treaty, killing the INF Treaty, and reneging on the JCPOA. Unless the president can be persuaded to ignore or fire Bolton, New START will be his next victim."

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19.06.2019

"War With Iran Would Make Trump A One-Term President"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/war-with-iran-would-make-trump-a-one-term-president/

W. James Antle III ist sicher, dass Präsident Trump im Fall eines Krieges der USA gegen den Iran seine Wiederwahl im kommenden Jahr verpassen würde. Dies sei einer der Gründe, warum die "Falken" in Washington Trump in den Krieg treiben wollten. Auch die Demokraten im Kongress könnten demnach aufgrund dieser Aussicht darauf verzichten, sich einem kriegswilligen Weißen Haus in den Weg zu stellen. "The architects of the failed George W. Bush foreign policy rightly derided by Trump as a 'big, fat mistake' on the campaign trail today exercise undue influence inside this White House. The end result could be a war with Iran. Just as their last turn at the wheel wrecked the Bush presidency and eventually left Barack Obama in power alongside three-fifths Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, the Republican Party’s wildest hawks could now ensure that Trump is a one-term president. The president once understood this, telling Jeb Bush, 'Your brother and his administration gave us Barack Obama…. Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have won.' (...) The Democrats in the House have an opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. But maybe they won’t. An Iraq-like war in Iran would go a long way toward accomplishing their main goal: making Donald Trump a one-term president."

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15.06.2019

"Of Course Iran Hawks Want War with Iran"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/of-course-iran-hawks-want-war-with-iran/

Die "Iran-Falken" in Washington wollen den Vorfall im Golf von Oman Daniel Larison zufolge nutzen, um endlich die von ihnen ersehnte offene Konfrontation zwischen beiden Ländern herbeizuführen. Nach Ansicht des neokonservativen Kolumnisten Bret Stephens sollte die US-Regierung dem Iran offen mit der Versenkung seiner Schiffe drohen. "Calling for the U.S. to threaten sinking the Iranian navy is to demand that our government threaten massive escalation and the initiation of a major war over relatively minor incidents. It is also calling for putting thousands of U.S. sailors in grave danger. The U.S. Navy presumably would prevail in any fight, it would come at a much higher cost than most Americans expect. Harry Kazianis wrote an article for TAC about the wargame he participated in that simulated a war with Iran in the Persian Gulf, and the results were very ugly (...). Advocates of attacking Iran have often exaggerated the ease and speed of military action against Iran, and they fail to take seriously how costly and destructive such a conflict would be. Not only is Stephens’ proposal an absurd overreaction, but it also confirms that many Iran hawks certainly do want to have a war with Iran and have been trying to create the conditions for one for a long time."

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06.06.2019

"The Latest Balkans Breakdown is None of Washington’s Business"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-latest-balkans-breakdown-is-none-of-washingtons-busi
ness/

Doug Bandow empfiehlt den USA, sich aus den aktuellen Spannungen auf dem Balkan, einem "geopolitischen schwarzen Loch", herauszuhalten und die Lösung des Konflikts zwischen Serbien und Kosovo den Europäern zu überlassen. "The U.S. should remain aloof from the latest Balkan follies. Edward P. Joseph of SAIS recently proposed that the Trump administration 'demand' that Kosovo and Serbia 'end the cycle of provocation,' 'produce a detailed framework' for war crimes prosecutions, 'seek the long-term basing of U.S. troops' in Serbia, 'offer Belgrade a vast upgrade in the military and civil relationship, potentially to the level of strategic partnership,' and provide 'both Serbia and Kosovo a generous development package.' These ideas are frankly mad. The U.S. has nothing at stake that warrants further meddling in this graveyard of good intentions. Nor does Washington have any idea how to fix the region. Geopolitical social engineering has consistently failed in the Balkans. Forcing antagonistic peoples to live together generated disorder, chaos, violence, and slaughter. If the Europeans have a better idea, let them try it. The Balkans should be their responsibility."

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26.05.2019

"Pence Assures West Point Grads: 'You Will Fight On A Battlefield'"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pence-assures-west-point-grads-you-will-fight-on-a-battl
efield/

US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence hat Kadetten der Militärakademie West Point in einer Rede in Aussicht gestellt, dass sie mit "an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit" in einen Krieg ziehen werden. Daniel L. Davis, selbst ein Veteran der U.S. Army, findet die Äußerung und die dahinter stehende Geisteshaltung "verstörend". "The Commander in Chief’s number one priority is to keep our citizens safe — but his sacred duty to the men and women who wear the uniform is to consider their lives as the most precious commodity our country produces. Casually sending them to every far-flung mission in the world that’s even possible shows that reality is very different: our senior leaders give very little consideration to their lives. Especially on this Memorial Day weekend when we’re supposed to honor our war dead, we should reaffirm that we will not sacrifice the life of one American Service Member unless the threat to our country is grave, imminent, or war has been thrust upon us. That’s not presently the case, as the Vice President confirmed."

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23.05.2019

"Are the Germans Really Russophilian Nationalists?"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/are-the-germans-really-russophilian-nationalists/

Paul Gottfried widerspricht Richard Herzinger von der Welt am Sonntag, der den Deutschen in einem Beitrag für das US-Magazin The American Interest vorgeworfen hatte, seit dem 19. Jahrhundert eine "Schwäche" für Russland zu haben. "Germanophobia and Russophobia both figure prominently in a recently published commentary by Richard Herzinger in The American Interest. In 'Germany’s Russia Lobby,' Herzinger explains that 'From Nietzsche to Mann to Merkel, German culture has long had a soft spot for Russia.' Herzinger’s rant against the Germans and Russians segues into his attacks on Angela Merkel for deciding to buy natural gas from Putin’s Russia. (...) Herzinger cherry-picks statements by German authors that are intended to suggest that they have a morbid attraction to Russian politics and culture. (...) A center piece for Herzinger’s case that German antidemocrats can’t resist autocratic Russians is the tract 'Observations of a Nonpolitical Man,' completed by the celebrated German novelist Thomas Mann in 1918. According to Herzinger, this work was produced as a 'cultural-historical schema of sorts, with German and Russians on the one side and Western democracies on the other.' In fact, this work was being drafted while Germans and Russians were shooting each other on the battlefield, and its praise of Russian spirituality, especially among the peasants, does not seem to have been characteristically German."

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22.05.2019

"Impeachment Should Be on the Table If Trump Bombs Iran"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/impeachment-should-be-on-the-table-if-trump-bombs-iran/

Sollte sich US-Präsident Trump entschließen, in der aktuellen Iran-Krise Luftschläge gegen iranische Ziele anzuordnen, hätte der US-Kongress einen handfesten Grund für ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren, stellt Gene Healy vom Cato Institute fest. "If the administration can’t be convinced to stand down, the House of Representatives should launch a preemptive strike of its own. They should credibly threaten to impeach the president if he goes to war without congressional authorization. Waging war without legal authority is an impeachable offense, if anything is. Impeachment was designed to thwart attempts to subvert the Constitution; congressional control of the war power was one of that document’s core guarantees. (...) Current members of Congress should find it hard to live with themselves if they don’t do something to prevent the Trump administration from dragging us into an illegal and unnecessary war. Yet so far the congressional response has been limited to ineffectual grousing and the introduction of a few bills that are wholly inadequate to the task at hand."

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20.05.2019

"Why Tiny Qatar May Be Our Greatest Hope in the Iran Crisis"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-tiny-qatar-may-be-our-greatest-hope-in-this-iran-cri
sis/

In der aktuellen Iran-Krise könnte Katar Mark Perry zufolge eine wichtige Vermittlerrolle spielen. Das Emirat stelle den USA den unentbehrlichen Militärstützpunkt Al Udeid bereit und pflege zugleich gute Beziehungen zu Teheran. "For some, those enhanced relations provide a told-ya-so moment (as in 'see, we told ya they were in the pockets of the mullahs'). But for others, Qatar’s friendship with Iran could well make the difference between war and peace. The truth of this was obvious last week when, in the midst of escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin al-Thani arrived in Tehran for talks aimed at dampening the crisis. (...) 'He’s one of the best, a top-notch diplomat. I wish he was ours,' John Duke Anthony told me. 'It might be that the Iranians were a little miffed to see him, as he’s not the representative of a great power, but they know he has close relations with the U.S. and influence in Washington. That matters.' This seems more than notionally true. Qatar matters. It’s the mouse that roared — the Qataris, not the Saudis or Emiratis, have become America’s most important ally in the Persian Gulf."

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17.05.2019

"China Has Already Lost the Trade War"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/china-has-already-lost-the-trade-war/

Christopher Whalen erläutert, welche ökonomischen Folgen ein Handelskrieg zwischen den USA und China haben würde. Er meint, dass Peking keine effektive Antwort auf Washingtons Strafmaßnahmen habe. Dies gelte auch im Hinblick auf die von China gehaltenen amerikanischen Staatsanleihen im Wert von mehr als einer Billion Dollar. "Treasury securities are essentially a substitute for cash. If the Bank of China decided to hold its surplus funds in cash, it would be difficult to move into other currencies because of size constraints. The dollar is the world’s means of exchange because it is a very large currency that can easily accommodate significant transactions such as oil and other commodities, investments, and global debt payments. Central banks around the world hold dollars and Treasury securities as liquid reserves, especially nations that have weak currencies or external account deficits. (...) If the Bank of China were to hold its dollar surplus in cash, where would it deposit the funds to earn a return? Major global banks. And what would the major global banks do with the new dollar deposits from the Bank of China? Buy Treasury bonds and other low-risk dollar securities. Indeed, asset-hungry nations such as Japan and the EU could probably absorb China’s entire portfolio and would be glad to do so. The truth is that China really has very few options to retaliate against the trade sanctions imposed by the Trump administration."

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14.05.2019

"Reminder: Trump, Not Bolton, is the President"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/reminder-trump-not-bolton-is-the-president/

W. James Antle III berichtet über Meldungen, die darauf hindeuten, dass es zwischen US-Präsident Donald Trump und seinem Sicherheitsberater John Bolton zunehmende Dissonanzen gebe. "Unsatisfied with the direction of U.S. foreign policy? You’re not alone. The Washington Post describes a 'frustrated' Donald Trump who feels he has been 'misled' about how easy it would be to oust Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. (...) 'It used to be that the staff around the president were the counterweight to some of his more aggressive impulses. Now it seems as if the situation has reversed itself,' former Trump official Fernando Cutz told the Washington Examiner. 'The president is the counterweight to some of his more hawkish staff members, particularly Bolton.' Trump has said as much himself. 'I actually temper John,' he recently advised reporters. 'I have John Bolton and I have other people that are a little more dovish than him and ultimately I make the decision.' Who are these doves? And when will the president of the United States make a decision that overrides a rogue national security team ideologically committed to policies that are nearly the opposite the ones he campaigned on in 2016? Those are the fateful questions that could determine the course of a presidency — and the country."

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13.05.2019

"Facebook and Google Must Be Regulated Now"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/facebook-and-google-must-be-regulated-now/

Jonathan Tepper meint, dass die Tech-Unternehmen Facebook und Google eine Größe erreicht haben, die eine effektive unternehmerische Steuerung und Beaufsichtigung ohne staatliche Regulierung unmöglich macht. "For years, many on the Left and the Right did not want to regulate Facebook or Google as these companies were growing rapidly and were mythologized on magazine covers as the very best of Silicon Valley. Today, the environment has changed. Television personalities on the Right like Fox News host Tucker Carlson, as well as lawmakers on the Left like Senator Elizabeth Warren have been pushing the idea of regulating — or even breaking up — the platforms. It is uncertain what path reform will take, but reform appears inevitable and it must be done wisely. High degrees of regulation can entrench monopolists. Regulations should be simple, principles based, and must promote competition. And since Facebook and Google are natural monopolies, they must not enjoy monopoly-like rents for providing its services. The most immediate need for reforms cover three areas: 1) user privacy and control over data; 2) the role of Facebook and Google as media companies; 3) their economic and political power as monopolies."

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13.05.2019

"The Beginning of the End of Open Borders in Europe"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-open-borders-in-europe/

Frankreichs Präsident Macron hat sich für eine Neuverhandlung des Schengen-Abkommens ausgesprochen und damit nach Ansicht von Bill Wirtz möglicherweise das Ende des freien Personenverkehrs in der EU eingeläutet. "Macron is likely to face opposition from within his own party and from other European leaders who have made defense of free movement a talking point for years. But one thing is certain: Macron has opened a debate on changing the dynamics of free movement in Europe. His mainstream status will give others cover to question this fundamental principle. If anti-immigration parties were looking to make their position more mainstream, then 'Europe’s savior' just handed it to them."

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