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    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending
    Feb15

    Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand...

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?
    Feb15

    Was Obama Too Soft on Russia?

    President Trump on Thursday appeared to suggest that his immediate predecessor’s Russia policy resulted in Russian’s invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017As a...

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place
    Feb15

    U.S. House Democrats Push Legislation To Cement Russian Sanctions In Place

    U.S. House Democrats are pushing forward with legislation to make sure Congress can block any effort President Donald Trump’s administration might make to lift sanctions on Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump
    Feb15

    Russians remain patient for thaw with US under Trump

    MOSCOW (AP) — As questions over the Trump administration’s contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach, carefully weighing what it says to avoid jeopardizing a chance for better relations between Moscow and Washington. Opinion polls have shown that the initial public euphoria in Russia after...

    Donald Trump’s mixed Russia policy
    Feb15

    Donald Trump’s mixed Russia policy

    Last week, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chewed out Russia for escalating attacks on Ukraine. There was a general sigh of relief from those concerned with President Donald Trump’s cosying-up to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Does her statement represent the president’s new foreign policy vis-à-vis...

    Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma
    Feb15

    Donald Trump and the Perils of Charisma

    Whatever one may want to say about Donald Trump’s style of political leadership, it can plausibly be described as charismatic—grounded neither in tradition nor in rational interest, it depends on the continuing faith in the leader by the mass of followers. Because of this it is inevitably brittle. One way of making it less so is to...

    When 2 + 2 = 5
    Feb15

    When 2 + 2 = 5

    When the leader of the free world is a badly coiffed vulgarian who lies about the size of his inauguration crowd and his administration simply dismisses this clash with reality as “alternative facts,” one can’t help but despair. After all, its not too far removed from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 where the ruling...

    Mattis tells NATO allies to kick in more funds now, or United States will ‘moderate its commitment’
    Feb15

    Mattis tells NATO allies to kick in more funds now, or United States will ‘moderate its commitment’

    Donald Trump made the contributions of NATO allies a part of his campaign, so it’s not surprising that when newly minted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed that organization, his comments leaned heavily on finances. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start...

    U.S., Russian military chiefs to meet in Azerbaijan
    Feb15

    U.S., Russian military chiefs to meet in Azerbaijan

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford will meet with his Russian counterpart on Thursday in Azerbaijan, amid newly aggressive Russian military maneuvers and fresh reports that Russian intelligence officials were in contact with aides on the Trump campaign, the Pentagon announced.Dunford has been seeking a meeting with Gen. Valeriy Gerasimov for...

    French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election
    Feb15

    French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election

    French President Francois Hollande is calling for new security measures around the country’s presidential race, notably to protect against hacking. Hollande’s order came after the campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of trying to sway the April 23-May 7 election. Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to...