Trump’s national security strategy will be based on “principled realism” –

Trump’s national security strategy will be based on “principled realism”


& # 39; PRINCIPLE OF REALISM & # 39; DO NOT ACCEPT NEW NSS: The Trump administration is about to launch its National Security Strategy, a formal document in the process of developing the practicalities behind the Trump bumper sticker of "America First." Reagan National Security Forum during the weekend, national security adviser Lt. General HR McMaster said that the strategy would help the United States regain its "strategic confidence" and compared the current threat environment with the world president Ronald Reagan faced when it produced the first formal strategy of this guy in 1987. [19659007] "The Soviet Union seemed to be on the rise and the United States, apparently, was in decline," McMaster told the meeting. "President Reagan ushered in a dramatic rethinking of the role of the United States in the world and a dramatic renewal of American confidence … Today, as we approach the presentation of the national security strategy of the Trump administration, we are at a similar crossroads, "he said, in an observation quoted by the Pentagon's internal news service .

"These national security challenges also require a dramatic rethinking of US foreign policy from previous decades," said McMaster. The strategy will be based on "principled realism" and "will focus on protecting our homeland, advancing American prosperity, preserving peace through force … and ultimately improving American influence."

THE PRESIDENT DOMINATES THE FORUM: Officials, industry leaders and defense experts gathered at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California over the weekend to discuss the major defense issues facing the United States , but most of the conversations were diverted to budget problems on Capitol Hill. In the midst of North Korea's missile tests and Russian aggression, attendees criticized the budget limits approved by Congress that have reduced defense spending since 2013 and now threaten the Trump administration's efforts to rebuild the army.

The floor also came during the forum: as if it were a signal – that Congress is about to move on to another in a long list of temporary budget measures before the financing expires this Friday as lawmakers argue over the defense costs and the limits of the Budget Control Law. "Operating without a budget is not normal, doing it every year for nine years is not really normal," said Undersecretary of Defense Pat Shanahan an badistant for the first time in the forum that closed the forum focusing on the theme.

A CR TO END CRs: Leader of the majority of the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Saturday that the Pentagon and the rest of the federal government can expect a [1965900] two-week extension to the current resolution to give lawmakers more time to reach a broader spending agreement. McCarthy says an agreement is being negotiated to raise the $ 549 billion ceiling on base defense spending by 2018, although Democrats have indicated that an agreement is not yet within reach.

An agreement to lift the caps, McCarthy said it could cover next year as well, would allow Congress to finally pbad legislation that funds the National Defense Authorization Act pbaded in November that proposes $ 634 billion in basic expenses. "I can not tell you there will not be another CR, because there will be another CR next week," McCarthy said in the Reagan forum. "But this is the difference: it will be a CR of two weeks, so we can stop having CR in the future."

POMPEO SAYS TRUMP TWEETS HELPS, DOES NOT HURT: Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo [19659002] and former CIA director Leon Panetta had a very different view of ] the recent extreme right and anti-Muslim tweets of President Trump as Pompeo insisted that the president's tweet does not make him work harder. "In fact, I've seen it help us, I've seen things that the president has put on his Twitter account that really have a real-world impact on our ability to understand what's happening in other parts of the world. our adversaries responded to those tweets in a way that helped us understand the problems of command and control, who listens to what messages, how these messages resonate around the world, "said Pompeo. Although it allowed that the social networks were not an "unequivocal good".

Panetta, who also served as secretary of defense and former White House chief of staff, said it was "dangerous" for Trump to retweet videos that allegedly show Muslims committing violence. "Once it goes out, what it does is inflame the people who are outside," Panetta said. He counted the burning of the Koran that triggered a backlash in the Muslim world during the Obama administration. "When those burns of the Koran were extinguished in a video, it resulted in several demonstrations that took place in several embbadies, the problem is that lives can be put in jeopardy, I think it's really important that the president understands and I'm not sure I understood the implications well when I was doing it, but it's clear that it's not something I should do. " Panetta said he could not imagine himself as a president's chief of staff with Trump's Twitter habits. "Frankly, if I got away with mine, I would take that tweeter and throw it out the window," he said.

PETRAEUS: THE ACTIONS SPEAK MORE THAN THE TWEETS: Another former director of the CIA had a tip for US Allies. UU They want to understand Trump's approach to defense and foreign policy in the United States during its first year: pay more attention to what his administration does than to tweets, said the retired army Gen. David Petraeus

"What I often offer to foreign leaders and others is that you have to read the tweets, but do not get hypnotized by the tweets," Petraeus said during a Saturday session. Trump has questioned and criticized veteran allies and military alliances, often on Twitter, and has shaken US policy. UU Like few presidents before him. "But if you follow the troops, follow the money and follow the essence of the policy, in fact you will come to the conclusion that we are following a national security policy that is characterized more by continuity than by change, despite the occasional lack of message, discipline, "said Petraeus.

ABOUT THE REAGAN FORUM: Perched on a peak in the arid, sunny hills of Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan National Library has become the premier meeting place for the best figures in the last five years. in the world of defense. Senate lawmakers still tired of the vote on the night tax reform, the hawks of defense of the House, the military and civil leadership, the CEOs of the industry, the tankers and the national security lights of the past Governments spent Saturday and Sunday on panels and on the sidelines 19659008] Reagan National Defense Forum discussing the biggest security issues of our time. "We have a great responsibility and opportunity and this forum today is about how well we are going to fulfill that responsibility to defend our country and protect our people," he said Rep. Mac Thornberry the chairman of the Armed Services Committee who chairs the forum's steering committee, standing on a stage below the Reagan Air Force One plane, now a museum piece.

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HAPPENING TODAY: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in Pakistan, third stop on a five-day trip that he took to Egypt, Jordan and ends tomorrow with a visit to Kuwait. In Pakistan, Mattis seeks compromises to end the shelters used by the Taliban and other groups along the border with Afghanistan. But Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he was not going to arm himself with the head of Pakistan's army Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa . "That's not the way I treat problems, I think we work hard to find common ground, and then we work together, so that's the approach I want to take," Mattis said before landing in Islamabad. "They lost hundreds, thousands of their soldiers killed and wounded by terrorists." They have lost hundreds, thousands of innocent people killed and wounded by terrorists, so we know there is common ground, "Mattis said, adding that Bajwa has said he does not want terrorist shelters anywhere, so the two will work together [19659011] VIGILANT ACE, IN YOUR FACE: Ignoring North Korea's warnings that a major exercise planned between the United States and South Korea could bring the region "to the brink of nuclear war," EE Dispatched half a dozen F-22 poachers into South Korea for a new round of war games dubbed "Ace Vigilante." The four-day joint military exercise comes a few days after North Korea tested a missile. intercontinental ballistic that seems able to reach the east coast of the USA

"It will be the first time that six furtive fighter aircraft F-22 fly over South Korea at the same time," according to News Agency Yonh ap . "The US also plans to send furtive fighter planes F-35A and F-35B, F-16C fighter jets and others, including an unspecified number of B-1B bombers." The South Korean Air Force will send fighter jets F-15K, KF-16 and F-5 and other aircraft for exercises with approximately 230 aircraft in eight mobilized US and South Korean military installations. "

The Chinese foreign minister said it was" regrettable "that all parties have not "seized the opportunity" presented by two months of relative calm before the most recent test of the North, according to Reuters .

SOMETERSE & MAD: # [19659002] Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McMaster rejected the idea that the Cold War doctrine of "MAD", mutually badured destruction, could be used to deter Korea North to use their nuclear weapons once they are operational. "I do not believe that you or anyone else is willing to bet on the farm or a US city for the rational and rational decision making of Kim Jong Un ," McMaster told the host Chris Wallace ] "This is a regime that was never found with a weapon that has not proliferated." It's a regime that has clearly stated what its intentions are … using that weapon for nuclear blackmail, and then, to quote, you know, & reunite & # 39; the peninsula under the red banner. "

McMaster appeared on Fox from the Reagan Library, where he told the forum that the US is evaluating the reports that although the last ICBM test of North Korea was a success of the At the launch, the simulated warhead on top of the missile did not survive reentry, a key requirement for a functional nuclear weapon. "Whether it is a success or a failure, it is not as important as understanding that over the years it has been learning from failures, improving and, therefore, increasing its threat to all of us, "said McMaster.

TIME TO LEAVE DODGE: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham – who He continues to talk about the nightmarish scenario of a total war on the Korean Peninsula as if it were going to happen – he is suggesting that it is time to get the families out of the service members of the South Korean US.

we approach the military conflict because the North Korea's march towards the technology of [an intercontinental ballistic missile] with nuclear weapons at the top can not only reach the United States but deliver the weapon, "said Graham on the CBS show" Face The Nation. "

"We're running out of time, General McMaster said that yesterday, I'm going to urge the Pentagon not to send more dependents to South Korea, South Korea must be an unaccompanied tour, it's crazy to send thousands of children to South Korea, I want you to stop sending dependents, I think it's time to start getting American dependents out of South Korea. "

RUSSIAN AID: North Korea is ready to negotiate with the United States on its nuclear program, provided that Russia plays a role in these talks, according to a Russian lawmaker. "North Korea is currently prepared to conduct negotiations with the US With the participation of Russia as a third party" Vitaly Pashin member of the Russian legislature, told state media after a trip to Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has indicated that the United States is not ready for direct talks with Pyongyang until the Kim regime stops testing ballistic missiles and accepts that the negotiations would lead to denuclearization of the peninsula .

EVERY QUIET IN THE FRONT REXIT: Speaking of Tillerson, after a series of reports predicting his imminent departure, which were fed by leaks from the White House, Tillerson himself dismissed the speculation as "laughable" . After initially refusing to tear down the story, first reported by the New York Times, Trump tweeted on Friday: "He does not leave and, although we do not agree on certain issues, (I call the final shots) very well together and America is very respected again! "adding" FALSE NEWS! "

UNEMPLOYING THE LEGISLATION: The House Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Friday that renews a controversial provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act used to gather foreign information abroad, with a new language meant to make it difficult for the government to "unmask" the Americans trapped in that surveillance.

That language is a Republican response to the unmasking of several Trump administration officials, which led many Republicans to worry that the Obama administration had politicized the program. The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 was pbaded along the party lines, as all Democrats voted against. Reauthorize the surveillance provision, Section 702, for four years.

BOEING TANK DELAY: Bloomberg News reported last week that Mattis sent a note to his staff saying he was "not willing, (totally)" to accept KC-46 oil tankers that did not meet all specifications of the contract. The directive follows serious delays in the program of $ 44.5 billion, according to which it was expected that Boeing delivered the first 18 resuppliers in August, but now it is not expected until next October.

Bloomberg has a reporter traveling with Mattis, who asked about the delay. "I reinforced that the Air Force was not going to accept tankers that did not fully comply with the contract," Mattis said, adding that the promise to deliver tankers by the end of the year was a "self-imposed goal" by Boeing. Mattis said Boeing is working to fix things. "We need the oil tankers, but I want the oil tankers to be well, the Air Force needs well-made oil tankers, the US taxpayer expects the tankers to do well, and Boeing is committed to delivering tanks that are done well," Mattis said.

BETTER THAN THE SECURITIES MARKET: Investments that pay 1,200 percent interest are unknown, but the last report For Congress, the Pentagon's Office of the Inspector General states that it is the return to taxpayers as a result of your investigations, audits and reviews. "For every dollar in our budget, we return almost $ 12 to the taxpayer," said Bruce Anderson a spokesman for the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense.

The semiannual report of the surveillance agency to Congress that runs from April 1 to September 30 is replete with examples of clbadic Pentagon waste, fraud, abuse and general incompetence, representing a return of $ 2.14 billion investment "once the budget for the office is subtracted.


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