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  • Close shave: Donald Trump should have followed his instincts and steered clear of John Bolton

    09/13/2019 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Coleus · 32 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 09.12.19 | Paul Mulshine
    One of the toughest questions for any politician – or anyone for that matter – is the question of whether he should trust his instincts. The case of John Bolton offers a textbook example. Reports say that President Trump’s first impression regarding John Bolton was to steer clear of him because of his mustache. Perhaps it might have made more sense to steer clear of him for the obvious reason that his foreign-policy views are demonstrably insane. But as reasons go, that mustache would have done just fine. Various wags said it made Bolton look like a walrus. Others said...
  • Trump Considered Easing Sanctions On Iran To Encourage Talks — Over Bolton’s Strong Objection

    09/11/2019 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2019 | Allahpundit
    Golly, whoever leaked this to Bloomberg must have been pretty high up the food chain to know what the president was thinking on a matter as sensitive as Iran diplomacy.And they must have a pretty sizable axe to grind with him if they’re willing to make him sound this weak, particularly in comparison to Bolton.Any theories? Do any current or former disgruntled national security aides with a reputation for score-settling in the press present themselves as logical suspects?The post-Bolton era will be a golden age of natsec leaking, my friends. President Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran to help...
  • Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton-JB says he "offered to resign"

    09/10/2019 9:02:18 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 204 replies
    cnbc ^ | Sept 10, 2019 | Mangan/Breuninger
    Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton
  • Bolton Out of White House; Trump Tweet, FoxNews

    09/10/2019 9:06:08 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 69 replies
    Fox-Tweet ^ | 09-10-19 | GRRRRR
    Tv report only from FOX. Bolton’s services no longer required at the White House. John Roberts reporting now too...
  • Trump fires Bolton

    09/10/2019 9:03:54 AM PDT · by bigdaddy45 · 27 replies
    CNBC
    Breaking News: Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton
  • Pompeo scraps Merkel talks due to 'global security issues'

    05/07/2019 7:50:02 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 21 replies
    The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has abruptly cancelled a long-established plan to hold talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin, citing unspecified “international security issues”.
  • Official: Trump team overruled 25 security clearance denials

    04/01/2019 2:11:59 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 86 replies
    AP ^ | 1 Apr 19 | Chad Day
    A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, such as concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversees the issuance of clearances for some senior White House aides, says she compiled a list of at least 25 officials who were initially denied security clearances last year because of their backgrounds. But she says senior Trump aides overturned those decisions, moves that she said weren’t made “in the best interest of national...
  • Trump signs EMP executive order

    03/29/2019 6:29:07 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2019 | Peter Pry
    https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/436224-finally-a-presidential-emp-order-that-may-save-american-lives?amp
  • America’s STEM Crisis Threatens Our National Security

    03/20/2019 7:59:44 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 68 replies
    American Affairs Journal ^ | Feb 20, 2019 | Arthur Herman
    February 20, 2019 America’s STEM Crisis Threatens Our National Security By Arthur Herman On October 4, 1957, a steel sphere the size of a beach ball and bristling with four radio antennae circled the Earth in eight minutes. Dubbed “Satellite-1,” or “PS-1” (Prosteyshiy Sputnik-1) by its Soviet fabricators, it was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviets had launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit, where it stayed for three weeks before its batteries died. Then it continued silently in a decaying orbit for another two months before burning up in the atmosphere. Its radio signal pulses were easily...
  • Trump Signs Directive to Create a Military Space Force

    02/20/2019 8:20:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 02/20/2019 | Mike Wall
    President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 (SPD-4) today (Feb. 19), ordering the Pentagon to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States military, to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. But the Space Force still has a big hoop to jump through: Congress must approve the creation of any new military branch. The main goal of the Space Force is to secure and extend American dominance of the space domain, Trump and other White House officials have said. Such reasoning has drawn opposition from various quarters. "President Trump has...
  • Top U.S. admiral warns on Russia, China: ‘Be ready to fight NOW’

    01/16/2019 7:52:30 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 43 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/16/19 | USA Features
    The U.S. Navy’s top surface warfare officer has issued a call to action — or a warning — to his crews: They need to develop a “sense of urgency” regarding the Russian and Chinese navies. In an address to the Surface Navy Association in Washington, D.C., this week, Vice Adm. Richard Brown said that U.S. warship crews, for the first time since the Cold War, must make ready for aggressive actions by adversaries with peer or near-peer capabilities at sea, such as when a Chinese navy destroy came within yards of ‘scraping paint’ off a U.S. destroyer last fall in...
  • Trump Says Military Will Build Wall

    12/19/2018 10:53:56 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 157 replies
    US News ^ | By Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer Dec. 19, 2018, at 10:36 a.m.
    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP reasserted a directive Wednesday – that the Pentagon quietly dismissed last week – that the military will assume responsibility for building a wall along the southern U.S. border. Trump's announcement follows reports that the president withdrew his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall amid a lack of support in Congress as lawmakers seek a funding compromise that will keep the government open. Trump also repeated claims that a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will generate revenue that will fulfill his campaign promise of forcing America's southern neighbor to pay for the...
  • China warns US against 'weaponising' space

    12/19/2018 8:21:54 AM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | December 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    China said Wednesday it opposed the "weaponisation" of space as it criticised US President Donald Trump's orders to create a new command centre for controlling military space operations. "China has consistently proposed the peaceful usage of space, and opposes the weaponisation of space and a space arms race," said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a press briefing. "We oppose even further turning space into the new battleground," she added. On Tuesday, Trump ordered the creation of "Space Command", a new organisational structure within the Pentagon that will have overall control of military space operations. SpaceCom, as it will...
  • Ex-CIA analyst blasts ‘disregard for national security’ after Omarosa revelation

    08/12/2018 4:25:44 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/12/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    A former CIA analyst blasted ex-Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Sunday for secretly recording chief of staff John Kelly in the White House Situation Room. Manigault Newman unveiled the 20-second audio clip on Sunday, depicting Kelly firing her inside the Situation Room — the highly sensitive space where phones and electronic devices are prohibited for security reasons. Ned Price, a former Obama special assistant and CIA official, tweeted that it wouldn’t be that difficult to sneak a phone into the office because the system is “built on trust."“Those are supposed to be the finest public servants we have,” Price...
  • White House: Trump Has Started ‘Mechanism’ for Pulling Security Clearances from ‘Certain Individuals

    07/25/2018 5:06:14 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 97 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 25 July 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    President Donald Trump has started “the mechanism” for pulling security clearances from “certain individuals,” a White House aide revealed Tuesday. White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One traveling to Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Maryland, that the administration has begun taking the necessary steps to revoke access to classified information from former top intelligence officials but declined to get into specifics. “What I can say is that the president finds it extremely inappropriate for somebody to go on television under the perception of legitimacy, integrity and level false and baseless claims against another...
  • Schiff: Trump’s Security Clearances Threat ‘What You See in Authoritarian Regimes’

    07/24/2018 6:50:04 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 104 replies
    brietbart ^ | 07/23/2018 | Ian Hanchett
    During a statement on Monday, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that the White House’s statement that President Trump is looking to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance as well as examining the clearances of several other former officials is “exactly what you see in authoritarian regimes.” Schiff said, “Today’s action, suggesting that we will punish critics of the president by stripping them of their security clearance, that is not what you see in a democracy. That is exactly what you see in authoritarian regimes.” He added that the move is a “despicable action…to...
  • Behar: Trump Needs to Be ‘Hospitalized’ — ‘He’ll Blow the Whole World Up.....

    01/03/2018 10:44:11 AM PST · by Cheerio · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2018 | by PAM KEY
    FULL TITLE: Behar: Trump Needs to Be ‘Hospitalized’ — ‘He’ll Blow the Whole World Up So His Stupid Sons Don’t Have to Go to Jail’ Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s tweet about nuclear buttons and North Korea, co-host Joy Behar said Trump was worried about FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and therefore he would “blow the whole world up so his stupid sons don’t have to go to jail.” (see tweet at link) Joy Behar said, “Trump needs to be medicated and hospitalized at this point, or he is just going to kill...
  • Secretary Zinke Signs Order... Creating First Ever National Survey of Critical Minerals

    12/22/2017 9:00:22 AM PST · by Hamiltonian · 52 replies
    Department of Interior ^ | December 21, 2017 | Department of Interior
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following President Donald J. Trump's executive order to break America's dependence on foreign minerals, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order directing the initial steps to producing the first nationwide geological and topographical survey of the United States in modern history. The order also directs Interior bureaus to begin work on identifying immediate domestic sources for critical minerals. "Right now the United States is almost completely reliant on foreign adversaries and competitors for many of the minerals that are deemed critical for our national and economic security. As both a former military...
  • Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP, cyberattacks

    12/21/2017 8:37:37 PM PST · by PA Engineer · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. Deep in his new national security strategy released this week, he made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that proponents have long called for. Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation’s first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, “President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that ‘strategic stability’ and ‘longstanding strategic relationships with...
  • President Trump's National Security Strategy Is a Game Changer

    12/21/2017 4:02:45 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-18-2017 | David P. Goldman
    We wake up today to a different world. America is coming back. President Trump's 2017 National Security Strategy turns "Make America Great Again" from a campaign slogan into a blueprint to restore America dominance. It is the most ambitious presidential initiative since the Reagan era, and in some ways even more ambitious, because in many respects America has to play catch-up. Accomplishing the far-reaching goals set forth in the report will be a challenge as great as this country ever has faced. But it is one hell of a beginning. Asia Times obtained a draft copy of the report, and...