Posts tagged as Obama

What happens when a treaty that’s working is cancelled

By Dave Lindorff on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Bush, Obama and Trump administration have broken two very important promises, or treaties, with Russia and it’s going to be very costly and dangerous for us and for the world thanks to them. The first broken promise was the decision by President George W. Bush to ignore the documented promise made by President Reagan to Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev that if he took down the Berlin Wall and allowed…

Exclusive: Obama Administration Knowingly Funded a Designated al-Qaeda Affiliate

By Sam Westrop on Thursday, July 26, 2018

The group had been on a list of terrorist funders for a decade when a government agency specifically approved funding for it.The Middle East Forum has discovered that the Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan — a decade after the U.S. Treasury designated it as a terrorist-financing organization. More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000…

Navigating the Post–Obama World

By Stuart Gottlieb on Monday, June 11, 2018

What if there was a major Palestinian uprising and nobody came? In the seventy years since the founding of the state of Israel, it has been the standard operating procedure for any Israel-Palestinian clash to be met with swift condemnation (and sometimes outright conflict) by the Arab states, and a wave of international outrage against Israel, typically by the United Nations. However, following last month’s massive protest in Gaza against…

The More Things Change: Explaining Continuity in Defense Strategy

By Raphael S. Cohen on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Judging by appearances, it is hard to imagine two more different approaches to the military and defense policy than those of the Obama and Trump administrations. President Barack Obama came into office championing “smart power” — a blend of diplomacy, development, and military power, and a reliance on multilateral international institutions to solve the strategic problems. By contrast, President Donald Trump unabashedly advocates an approach defined by “hard power,” as…