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Trump’s Huawei ‘Reversal’ Means Nothing – Yet

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Trump’s declaration has to be translated into legal rules — by officials who don’t share his conciliatory stance.

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White House, Pentagon Remain In Dark Over Syria Withdrawal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Republican Senators erupted in outrage, and there are some indications that Turkey pushed Trump to withdraw support from its traditional foes, the Kurds. The British government issued an equivocal statement, while the Kremlin applauded the move.

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Trump Supporter Sen. Perdue ‘Very Troubled’ By Pledge To End Korea Exercises

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“I’ve never agreed with 100% of what this president says off the cuff like that,” Perdue said. The pledge to end exercises — deemed critical to allied military readiness — was not mentioned in the official joint statement, he noted, and therefore isn’t a binding commitment, only an expression of presidential intent predicated on continued cooperation from Pyongyang.

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Key SAC-D, SASC Senators Push More LCS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Eight senators sent a letter Friday to Defense Secretary James Mattis, urging him to request all three Littoral Combat Ships originally planned for the 2018 budget. While eight percent of the Senate may seem small, the bipartisan co-signers — four Republicans, four Democrats — include five members of the appropriating and authorizing and  committees for… Keep reading →

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Quarantine? What Are American Options for the South China Sea?

Posted by Dean Cheng on


Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who had expressed serious reservations about Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State, said Sunday afternoon they would vote for him, pretty much assuring his elevation. The most combustible part of Tillerson’s testimony was about how to handle a rising China’s actions in the South and East… Keep reading →

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