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26 мая, 06:56

Двести десантников против НАТО

В последнее время принято считать, что именно в Мюнхене Путин показал всему миру, что Россия не согласна с мировым порядком и намерена прикладывать усилия по изменению его в сторону многополярности. Это потом уже была дата 080808, а затем блестящая военная операция по освобождению Крыма, которая бесспорно стала примером для учебников по военной тематике. С этим никто не спорит, но я считаю, что первую звонкую пощечину Россия нанесла странам НАТО и самой Америке гораздо раньше – в далеком 99-м году.

23 мая, 01:59

Why Tillerson Needs the Media

The secretary of state seems to think the press is his enemy. He’s got it all wrong.

21 мая, 21:33

«Сегодня тяжело представить, что все министерство – чуть более 10 человек». История белорусской дипломатии в лицах и фактах

Новости Беларуси. 18 мая 25 лет назад Беларусь начала самостоятельно определять внешнюю политику. Поэтому на неделе белорусская дипломатия отметила четвертьвековой юбилей. Историй, которые стали уже общемировым достоянием по выстраиванию международных контактов и разрешению кризисов, уже накопилось не на одну книгу. Имидж Беларуси заставляет присматриваться к нашей стране как универсальной переговорной площадке, сообщили в программе «Неделя» на СТВ.

21 мая, 17:00

Америка в кольце врагов?

В последнее время мы вынуждены наблюдать как, в очередной раз, активизировалась «информационная война», нас вновь заваливают всевозможными провокационными жупелами, порой весьма агрессивными прокламациями (когда замаскированными подо что-то хитроумное, когда нет), бичующими негодную сущность «этой страны», её негодяйский «совковый корень», гадкие её устремления и мечты, всю её целиком, и отдельные её частности. Почти во всяком тексте, […]

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16 мая, 09:26

Заголовки утра. 16 мая

«Коммерсантъ» в статье «Цель поражена досрочно» пишет, что Минэкономики считает задачи ЦБ по инфляции выполненными, причем чрезмерно. В статье «Паспорта остаются на бумаге» утверждается, что переход на электронные ПТС могут все-таки перенести. «Избирателей извлекут из недр реестров»: Центризбирком технологизирует повышение явки. РБК: «Украинским банкам припомнили Крым». «Дочка» АСВ за месяц подала 12 тысяч исков к банкам, работавшим на полуострове до присоединения к России. От чего будет зависеть курс российской валюты на этой неделе, написано в статье «ОПЕК и Китай перетягивают рубль». «Вместо расследования все футболят»: прокуратура вернула СКР запрос о проверке обвинений Дмитрия Медведева в коррупции. «Известия»: «Хакеры переключатся на внутренние системы банков». В 2018 году в приоритете у кибермошенников будут автоматизированные системы кредитных организаций. «Каждое пятое осложнение от прививок — на совести медиков»: Роспотребнадзор рекомендовал регионам научить медицинский персонал правильно хранить вакцины и грамотно вводить их. «Госдума займется профилактикой "культурного экстремизма"»: при спикере Вячеславе Володине будет создан Совет по культуре, религии и межнациональным отношениям. «Газета.ru»: «Франция в руках центристов». Макрон назначил новым премьером Франции республиканца Эдуара Филиппа. «Бундесвер уберут из Турции»: Турция не пустила немецких депутатов на базу НАТО Инджирлик. «Дипломатия сквозь призму украшений»: Мадлен Олбрайт и ее дипломатический язык брошей. The Economist: «Эммануэль Макрон выбрал премьер-министра из правоцентристов» (Emmanuel Macron picks a centre-right prime minister). Новым премьер-министром Франции станет Эдуард Филипп, что соответствует ожиданиям о том, что правительство будет центристским. «Иран готовится выбирать нового президента» (Iran prepares to choose a new president). Иранские выборы будут представлять собой борьбу между изоляционистами и глобалистами. Bloomberg: «Меркель пообещала работать с Макроном над планом по укреплению ЕС» (Merkel Vows to Work With Macron on Road Map to Strengthen EU). Канцлер Германии Ангела Меркель и новый президент Франции Эммануэль Макрон договорились о сотрудничестве по укреплению ЕС и его экономики. «ЕС ужесточил язык переговоров по Brexit'у в связи с усугублением бескомпромиссности» (EU Tightens Brexit Negotiating Language as Positions Harden). Правительства ЕС ужесточили свою позицию в отношении отделения Британии от ЕС в преддверии переговоров с ней. The Wall Street Journal: «Глобальная кибератака ширится, эксперты пытаются ограничить ущерб» (Global Cyberattack Spreads as Experts Try to Limit Damage). Правительства и компании заявили о новых жертвах вируса, распространенного в ходе глобальной кибератаки. IT-отделы по всему миру пытаются оценить и сократить нанесенный ущерб. «Цены на нефть подскочили в связи с разговорами о продлении лимита на добычу» (Oil Prices Jump on Talk of Extending Production Cuts). Цены на нефть поднялись, после того как министры энергетики из России и Саудовской Аравии заявили о готовности поддержать продление глобального лимита на нефтедобычу.

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15 мая, 20:50

Дипломатия сквозь призму украшений

Сегодня, 15 мая, свой восьмидесятый день рождения отмечает первая женщина в должности госсекретаря США Мадлен Олбрайт. Броши Мадлен стали частью ее дипломатического арсенала - надевая тот или иной аксессуар, она выражала свои намерения и ситуацию на переговорах. В юбилей Олбрайт "Газета.Ru" вспоминает о самых важных украшениях бывшего американского госсекретаря.

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15 мая, 15:39

Железная мадам Брошкина

В понедельник исполняется 80 лет Мадлен Олбрайт - первой женщине, занимавшей пост госсекретаря США и одной из самых влиятельных американских дипломатов 1990-х. "Газета.Ru" вспоминает детали биографии одного из самых известных в России американских политиков.

15 мая, 13:25

THE TRUTH about Trump’s tapes -- POLITICO INVESTIGATION: Stock trades ‘leaves Congress rife with conflicts’ -- About that White House shakeup … -- ADRIENNE ELROD’s new firm -- B’DAY: Rachel Kelly

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2qIO6jZ ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfTHE TRUTH ABOUT THE TAPES -- President Donald Trump’s quip that he might be taping conversations in the White House -- and Sean Spicer’s follow up that he had nothing more to say about it -- could have a real impact for his agenda in Washington. Democrats are already whispering about trying to slow legislation unless the president hands over tapes, or certifies he doesn’t have them. Democrats can force procedural votes on this topic, which could prove to be tough for Republicans. Who would vote against legislation to get to the bottom of whether the president is surreptitiously taping conversations? Democrats are looking for a quick and easy message. Many think this is it. Good Monday morning. ONE THOUGHT ON THE PROSPECT OF A WHITE HOUSE SHAKEUP: If Trump fires a bunch of staffers, he has to replace them with other people. And K Street and Capitol Hill are filled with aides and operators who took a pass in joining the administration. We’ve heard countless stories about people saying “thanks, but no thanks” to queries about joining the Trump team. The administration has little structure, the president refuses to adhere to decades-old conventions and prides himself on doing things his way. People fall in and out of favor daily. Finding people to work for a White House like that won’t be easy. **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhINSIDE THE ROOM -- “How Trump gets his fake news,” by Shane Goldmacher: “White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Trump. Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.“Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it. The episode illustrates the impossible mission of managing a White House led by an impetuous president who has resisted structure and strictures his entire adult life.” http://politi.co/2pBAff2 MUST-READ -- POLITICO INVESTIGATES -- “Reckless stock trading leaves Congress rife with conflicts: After the furor over Tom Price’s investments, four more members quietly bought shares in the same firm,” by Maggie Severns: “On the very day that [Sen. Ron] Wyden was decrying [Tom] Price’s bad judgment, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Republican of Colorado, bought shares of the same tiny Australian company, Innate Immunotherapeutics. Within two days three more members also bought in — Republicans Billy Long of Missouri, Mike Conaway of Texas and John Culberson of Texas. Conaway added more shares the following week.“These brazen decisions to gobble up shares of a little-known firm at the very moment when such trading was being decried as an abuse of power reflects Congress’ anything-goes culture around stock investments. In the pursuit of wealth, even obvious conflicts of interest are routinely ignored by members who feast on daily trades. Long, for instance, serves on a committee overseeing Obamacare, and Conaway is a deputy House whip. The health care lawmakers who invested in Innate Immunotherapeutics are hardly alone in trading in companies that have a major interest in federal legislation, according to a three-month investigation and examination of all stock trades by members of Congress.“POLITICO found that 28 House members and six senators each traded more than 100 stocks in the past two years, placing them in the potential cross hairs of a conflict of interest on a regular basis. And a handful of lawmakers, some of them frequent traders and some not, disproportionately trade in companies that also have an interest in their work on Capitol Hill.” http://politi.co/2qlWJOlHEADS UP! -- “Cyberattack Aftershock Feared as U.S. Warns of Its Complexity,” by NYT’s David Sanger, Sewell Chan and Mark Scott: “The components of the global cyberattack that seized hundreds of thousands of computer systems last week may be more complex than originally believed, a Trump administration official said Sunday, and experts warned that the effects of the malicious software could linger for some time.“As a new workweek started Monday in Asia, there were concerns the malicious software could spread further and in different forms, with new types of ransomware afflicting computers around the globe. There were initial reports of new cases found over the weekend in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. President Trump has ordered his homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, who has a background in cyberissues, to coordinate the government’s response to the spread of the malware and help organize the search for who was responsible, an administration official said Sunday.” http://nyti.ms/2qiEACV -- HELP FROM FRIENDS: In addition to three authors, this story has nine contributors: Austin Ramzy, Motoko Rich, Keith Bradsher, Joe Cochrane, Steve Lohr, Paul Mozur, Richard C. Paddock, Ceylan Yeginsu and Choe Sang-Hun.THE BIG PICTURE, WAPO A1 -- “Political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow,” by WaPo’s Greg Miller: “Russia has yet to collect much of what it hoped for from the Trump administration, including the lifting of U.S. sanctions and recognition of its annexation of Crimea.“But the Kremlin has collected a different return on its effort to help elect Trump in last year’s election: chaos in Washington. The president’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey last week was the latest destabilizing jolt to a core institution of the U.S. government. The nation’s top law enforcement agency joined a list of entities that Trump has targeted, including federal judges, U.S. spy services, news organizations and military alliances.” http://wapo.st/2qlY1sD -- DARREN SAMUELSOHN: “Is it time for Trump staff to lawyer up?: Veterans of Washington’s scandals say that with subpoenas coming from Congress and an FBI investigation still active, staffers would be wise to seek counsel.” http://politi.co/2pMSES1 FOR YOUR RADAR -- “North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke,” by AP’s Foster Klug in Seoul, South Korea: “North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of ‘medium long-range’ ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile. Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, a jubilant North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that his country’s weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings.“North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness -- Pyongyang has threatened for decades to reduce Seoul to a ‘sea of fire,’ for instance -- but Monday’s claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North’s goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that Sunday’s launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest in Pyongyang’s arsenal.” http://apne.ws/2rgYo7dTRUMP’S WASHINGTON -- “Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin: “The Trump administration has removed or tucked away a wide variety of information that until recently was provided to the public, limiting access, for instance, to disclosures about workplace violations, energy efficiency, and animal welfare abuses. Some of the information relates to enforcement actions taken by federal agencies against companies and other employers. By lessening access, the administration is sheltering them from the kind of ‘naming and shaming’ that federal officials previously used to influence company behavior, according to digital experts, activists and former Obama administration officials.” http://wapo.st/2qjcvuUTHE LATEST ON THE TRAVEL BAN -- “Mosque snooping suit could impact Trump travel ban case,” by Josh Gerstein: “The stage is set Monday for another major legal showdown over President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban executive order as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in Seattle on whether to keep in place an injunction against key parts of that directive. What’s less well known is that for nearly a year and a half, the 9th Circuit has already been wrestling with one of the core issues in the travel ban dispute: whether and when it’s legal for the government to target Muslims on the basis of their religion. …“Because of the precedent-setting nature of appeals court rulings, the timing of the release of the long-awaited decision in the Southern California suit could impact the 9th Circuit’s travel ban case. If the ruling emerges in the coming weeks, it would amount to a precedent the three-judge panel considering the travel ban would be obliged to follow where it’s relevant.” http://politi.co/2qIsAM2THE JUICE … -- ADRIENNE ELROD’S NEW FIRM: Former Hillary Clinton aide and Capitol Hill alum Adrienne Elrod is launching a new communications firm called Elrod Strategies. Elrod Strategies will specialize in online engagement and strategic communications for corporate and non-profit clientele, as well as progressive organizations involved in “the resistance.” Elrod worked with surrogates on the Clinton campaign, and built a network of progressive "influencers." She most recently served as director of strategic communications for Hillary for America and is a former Hill chief of staff, DCCC alum and served in President Bill Clinton’s administration.-- DIPLOMACY WORKS, an organization aimed at saving the Iran deal, is launching today with the backing of John Kerry, Anthony Blinken, Nick Burns, Jon Finer, Jen Psaki and other top national security experts. Iranian elections are Friday, and a deadline for sanctions waivers is Thursday. http://bit.ly/2pNNgNK -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: The Hollywood Reporter’s new cover, “SNL’s Yuuuge Year -- 21 stars and creators take THR backstage on a wild-and-crazy season: Lorne Michaels’ post-election pep talk, Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spicey’ secrets, Alec Baldwin’s future as Trump and the drama behind the biggest ratings in decades: ‘You almost feel like war profiteers’” http://politi.co/2pOd78d TRUMP’S MONDAY -- He’s on the Hill for remarks to the Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. He then has Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi at the White House.SENATE WATCH -- “Rep. Mo Brooks expected to announce Senate run,” by Daniel Strauss: “Rep. Mo Brooks is teeing himself up to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday. On Sunday evening, Brooks’ congressional office released a set of four media availabilities for Monday, all in Alabama. The move, according to top Alabama operatives close to the congressman or other declared or likely candidates for U.S. Senate, is Brooks’ plan to announce that he's running for the Senate seat now held by Luther Strange. Strange was appointed to the Senate by former Gov. Robert Bentley after Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general earlier this year. Strange, a Republican, is now running for the seat. Brooks' office would not say whether the media events indeed meant he was running for Senate, only that more information would be available tomorrow.” http://politi.co/2pMweQZTOP-ED -- “Preet Bharara: Are there still public servants who will say no to the president?” in WaPo: http://wapo.st/2r7ZrcWON THE WORLD STAGE -- “BRODY FILE EXCLUSIVE: Trump Administration to Significantly Expand Pro-Life Mexico City Policy,” by CBN News’ David Brody: “‘The Brody File’ has learned that the Trump Administration will significantly expand the pro-life Mexico City Policy by drastically increasing the amount of global health assistance funds and government programs that will be covered under the policy. A White House official tells The Brody File that on Monday, they’ll announce a policy called, ‘Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,’ in which $8.8 billion dollars will be appropriated through various federal agencies and departments. In essence, President Trump is taking the pro-life policy to a whole different level. This is much more extensive than when President George W. Bush reinstated it back in 2001.” http://bit.ly/2pO4LO8THE GLOBAL POLITICO PODCAST -- CONDOLEEZZA RICE sits down for an interview with Susan Glasser for this week’s Global Politico podcast. The former secretary of state acknowledges her concerns about a president accused of eroding democracy at home and ignoring it abroad and says Trump, a novice in world affairs, has a “steeper learning curve than most” presidents. Rice also offers her personal revenge theory of Vladimir Putin’s 2016 U.S. election hacking, says she’s not going to serve as Trump’s FBI director, and tells the backstory of how she met Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. http://politi.co/2pMRI07 … Transcript http://politi.co/2pO75EJ ... Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2kJ9q1U … Sign up for our Monday morning Global Politico newsletter http://politi.co/2qI9JQVVALLEY TALK -- “Apple’s New Headquarters Is a Sign of Tech’s Boom, Bravado,” by WSJ’s Tripp Mickle and Eliot Brown: “[T]he 2.8-million-square-foot circular building ... resembles a spaceship. It features a seamless, curved-glass exterior and a theater that architects said was designed to look like a MacBook Air. ... Apple Park is the most lavish in a spate of glitzy new architectural projects by tech titans at a time when their businesses are booming and market valuations are soaring to new heights. Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. have tapped top architects Frank Gehry and Bjarke Ingels for expansions, Amazon is building giant glass globes containing an indoor forest in Seattle, and business-software company Salesforce.com Inc. paid to put its name on a new, 61-story tower that will be the tallest building in San Francisco.” http://on.wsj.com/2rhAn0AFUTURECAST – NYT Business Day front, “Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars,” by Mike Isaac: “As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players are teaming up. Waymo, the self-driving car unit that operates under Google’s parent company, has signed a deal with the ride-hailing start-up Lyft ... The deal calls for the companies to work together to bring autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream through pilot projects and product development efforts ... The partnership highlights the fluid nature of relationships in the self-driving-car sector. From technology companies to automakers to firms that manufacture components, dozens of players are angling for a slice of an autonomous vehicle market that many believe will ultimately be a multibillion-dollar industry.” http://nyti.ms/2qjnyErMEDIAWATCH – GABE SHERMAN in NYMag’s work issue, “Women Can Wear Pants on Fox News Now, But Not Much Else Has Changed”: “The Murdochs are quietly looking for a new programming executive to run the network. ... James wants to recruit David Rhodes from CBS News (Rhodes is under contract). Rupert is interested in Wall Street Journal editor Gerry Baker, or Rebekah Brooks. One source said Rupert’s daughter Elisabeth is also being discussed as a candidate. ... A seasoned television executive in her own right, Elisabeth has positioned herself as a firm critic of the scandals that have resulted from her father’s management choices.” http://nym.ag/2pOc88l ... See the cover http://bit.ly/2qn2ziC-- “Lawrence O’Donnell’s Future At MSNBC Is Unclear,” by Yashar Ali in HuffPost: “O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word,’ has just four weeks left in his contract, and the cable network does not appear to be interested in renewing his deal. Four well-placed sources tell HuffPost that MSNBC has not been in contact with O’Donnell’s team of representatives to negotiate a new deal. The absence of active negotiations weeks before a contract expires is highly unusual and often a sign that a contract won’t be renewed. ... According to three sources, Trump has pressured MSNBC President Phil Griffin to fire O’Donnell on multiple occasions.” http://bit.ly/2qIoFPCSPOTTED: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao boarding a Southwest Airlines flight Sunday afternoon from Louisville to BWI. “She boarded like any other passenger in Louisville with a carry-on bag and found a seat in the rear of the aircraft.” … Former CIA director John Brennan in first class on a late-night United flight from Dulles to LA. Also on the flight: a bunch of congressional staffers headed to LA for the Internet Association staff trip … Jason Miller brunching yesterday at the Trump Hotel. At another table: Josh and Ali Rogin. TRANSITIONS -- Rachel Millard has been named communications director for the House Agriculture Committee ahead of the upcoming 2018 farm bill. She most recently worked on public affairs and corporate communications strategy at the Glover Park Group and is a John Thune alum. ... Miles Halpine is starting today as communications coordinator for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Daniel Vajdich, a Republican national security strategist who previously worked for Bob Corker, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz and now runs political risk consultancy Yorktown Solutions, married Brittany Howard, who works at S&P Global in their public affairs shop, on Saturday. They met 25 years ago in second grade and got married in Napa Valley at Carneros Resort and winery. Pics http://bit.ly/2qmvYcs ... http://bit.ly/2qiB6AC SPOTTED: groomsman Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), Kori Schake, Robert O’Brien, Courtney Geduldig, Jessica Elledge, Igor and Theda Khrestin.-- Taylor Barden, former scheduling director for Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), married Ian Golden, former personal aide to Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Maryland campaign staffer and Iraq veteran at the National Museum for Women in the Arts on May 6. They both have stopped working in politics. Taylor is now a real estate agent at The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates and Ian is operations lead at REI. The two met on a blind date six years ago at the now-closed Utopia. Pic http://bit.ly/2rgZ38y --James (Jamie) Durnil, got married on Saturday to Lindsey Schaefer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School chapel in Austin, Texas. The multi-denominational ceremony was performed by both an Episcopal priest and Jewish Rabbi. A black tie reception followed at the new Archer Hotel. Jamie is a Bush 43 advance, Presidential Inaugural Committee, and Department of Commerce alum. Following the administration, he moved to Austin to become an entrepreneur, opening Austin Terrier restaurant and startup Covieme innovative automobile seat covers. Pics http://bit.ly/2pBkdli ... http://bit.ly/2qII8zoWELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Kate Weinograd, associate at Mapetsi Policy Group, and Charles Weinograd, associate at Arnold & Porter, welcomed Jacob Ryan Weinograd to the world on Friday at 4:12 a.m.BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times D.C. bureau chief and columnist – how she’s celebrating: “Where: In Santa Monica, Calif. With: My high school buddy Judy and other Los Angeles pals. What: I’ll start Monday with a five mile-plus speed walk on a path along the Pacific Ocean. Then a hike up in the Los Liones trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. Dinner with friends. In between, likely file a column.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2qirOED BIRTHDAYS: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 8-0 (hat tip: Alexis Krieg) ... Roger Ailes is 77 ... NYT’s Elisabeth Bumiller, Mark Mazzetti, and Nick Confessore ... former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius is 69 ... Giselle Fernandez is 56 … Rachel Kelly of Rep. Jim Himes’ office ... Ruth Marcus, the pride of Livingston, N.J. (h/t Jon Haber) ... The Washington Post’s Lisa Dubler is 3-0 -- she and Grant celebrated Saturday night at Tiger Fork in Blagden Alley, followed by a private cocktail tasting at the Columbia Room (h/t Lisa’s new hubby of two weeks) ... WaPo’s Eli Saslow is 35 ... Chloe Schama, senior editor at Vogue Magazine ... Jim Connaughton, president and CEO at Nautilus Data Technologies ... Nick Papas, director of public affairs PR at Airbnb ... Jen Stout ... Eileen McMenamin ... Toni Bouchard ... Jenna Mason …... Walter Dellinger, a partner at O’Melveny and Myers ... Anne Marie Malecha ... Holly Fournier ... EE News’ Hannah Hess ... Hillary Flynn ... Zach Ratner ... Jacqueline Cortese ... Scott Montgomery … Jay Hulings … NRCC’s David Watts ... Elliot LaVera ... Alejandro Gonzalez-Stewart ... Aaron Morrissey … Dan Rothschild, executive director at GMU’s Mercatus Center … Pamela Reeves ... James Glueck ... Philo Hall ... Kristine Simmons … Jennifer Jose ... Terry Godfrey ... Shira Phelps ... Mimi Castaldi ... Jessica Grounds (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Diane Cullo ... Mason George … Brittany Hackett … Tom Sneeringer … Mary Lucia Di Martino ... Daniel Carlson ... Tariq Mir ... Steve P. Goldenberg ... Jason Bogovich ... JoDee Winterhof ... Sanjay Bhutiani ... Jean Hessburg ... Debbie Tinnirello ... Juan Altamirano ... tennis player Andy Murray is 3-0 (h/t AP)

14 мая, 17:12

How American Special Operators Gradually Returned to Somalia

A U.S. soldier was killed in the country this month for the first time in more than two decades. What was he doing there?

12 мая, 19:44

Россия-Грузия: Гиви все еще боится русского Ивана

Американский институт убеждает, что 60% населения Сакартвело видят в РФ врага

11 мая, 20:43

Американские СМИ: Российский фотограф мог пронести «жучок» в Овальный кабинет

Бывшие высокопоставленные сотрудники американской разведки назвали потенциальным нарушением безопасности присутствие фотографа российского информагентства в Овальном кабинете во время встречи президента США Дональда Трампа с российскими дипломатами. Чиновники заявили, что в Овальный кабинет могло быть подслушивающее устройство или другое оборудование для наблюдения. Прятать шпионскую технику россияне могли в в фотокамерах или другой электронике, передает The Washington Post. Представитель администрации США заверил, что российский фотограф и его оборудование были подвергнуты досмотру, прежде чем он и вошел на территорию Белого дома. Однако опрошенные изданием экс-сотрудники разведки говорят, что обычная проверка может и не выявить «жучки». Также издание приводит слова неназванного чиновника Белого дома, который заявляет, что американская сторона была введена в заблуждение ролью российского фотографа. «Мы не были предупреждены о том, что их официальный фотограф собирался публиковать фотографии на информационном агентстве», - приводит издание слова чиновника. Анонимный представитель Белого дома заявил, что там были удивлены, увидев фотографии Трампа не только с главой МИДа Сергеем Лавровым, но с послом России Сергеем Кисляком. Чиновник из американской администрации сказал, что «это стандартная практика для послов, чтобы сопровождать главу своей делегации, и смешно предполагать, что [во встрече Трампа с Кисляком] было какое-то нарушение». Он добавил, что кабинеты Белого дома регулярно проверяются на предмет прослушивающих устройств. Издание напоминает, что в прошлом в высоких кабинетах США находили «жучки». Так, в конце 1990-х годов скрытый микрофон был найден в здании госдепа – в кабинете, где тогдашняя глава ведомства Мадлен Олбрайт часто проводила конференции. Фотограф ТАСС Александр Щербак, сделавший скандальные снимки, рассказал, что на входе в Белый дом его тщательно досмотрели, а в Овальном кабинете он произвел лишь протокольную съемку. Официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова заявила, что американская сторона не обращалась с просьбой не публиковать фотографии со встречи.

11 мая, 13:40

COMEY tick-tocks galore -- NEW Quinnipiac Poll: Trump’s near-record low approval rating -- WAPO: ROD ROSENSTEIN threatened to quit -- TRUMP may go to FBI Friday -- SUSAN GLASSER on Russia’s ‘Oval Office victory dance’

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2qv5Cbm ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Thursday morning from San Francisco. And welcome to day three of “ComeyGate.” The past 48 hours has been a political and P.R. disaster for President Donald Trump and the White House. By all accounts, Trump’s decision to dump FBI Director James Comey wasn’t based on a methodical review of the facts. Instead, it appears like many of Trump’s more controversial decisions to be a gut driven response based purely on personal animus in this case -- Comey wasn’t loyal enough, didn’t support Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him and wasn’t moving fast enough to find those responsible for leaks about Trump. NEW QUINNIPIAC POLL -- “American voters, who gave President Donald Trump a slight approval bump after the missile strike in Syria, today give him a near-record negative 36 - 58 percent job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released [Wednesday]. Critical are big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters. … Today’s job approval rating compares to a negative 40 - 56 percent approval rating in an April 19 survey ... American voters’ opinions of several of Trump’s personal qualities are down: 61 - 33 percent that he is not honest, compared to 58 - 37 percent April 19.” http://bit.ly/2r4DTLx -- THOSE NUMBERS are brutal for Trump, particularly the losses among key demographics of the Trump coalition. It’s important to note: the poll was commissioned before Comey’s firing, so Trump’s approval is unlikely to rebound anytime soon. REPLACEMENT WATCH -- Top Republicans on Capitol Hill tell us that Trump has been soliciting suggestions on who should be the next FBI director. The fact that Trump went ahead with firing Comey without a replacement in mind is stunning. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – who played key roles in Comey’s ouster – are reportedly moving quickly to find a replacement, possibly coming up with a choice in the next few days, ABC News reports. However, that person will face a potentially brutal nomination hearing, as many Republicans and Democrats will use the hearings to vent their frustration over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.-- BUZZ -- KELLY AYOTTE FOR FBI? Ayotte, the former New Hampshire Republican senator who helped shepherd Neil Gorsuch through his Supreme Court confirmation process, would make sense: she’s a former state attorney general. Her confirmation would sail through the Senate. IT’S NOT JUST DEMOCRATS -- who are frustrated with Trump. Sen. Richard Burr has been one of the most upset by Comey’s dismal. This could be a big problem for Trump. The North Carolina Republican is leading the Senate probe into Russia. Burr and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) invited Comey to testify in private before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week.SOMETHING TO WATCH -- The Senate Intel Committee subpoenaed former national security advisor Michael Flynn – fired by Trump after being caught lying about his discussions with Russian officials – demanding any Russia related documents he has. See Ali Watkins’ piece http://politi.co/2qW4aP9 Flynn, who is under investigation over his failure to disclose Turkey lobbying, has refused to appear before the panel unless granted immunity.DEMOCRATS may be outraged by Comey’s firing, but there’s very little they can do about it except protest, for now. Democrats’ calls demanding a select committee and special prosecutor to look into Russia aren’t likely to happen at this point. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan have made that clear. But that isn’t stopping them from pushing to expand the Russia probe. (Big thanks to Bres for sending his late-night thoughts on the view from Capitol Hill)WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED -- “Pete Sessions: Comey should have been removed ‘in a more gracious way,’” by Dallas Morning News’ Keven Ann Willey: “Texas GOP Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas, whose father was the last FBI director ousted by a president, said Wednesday that ... the president, in a face-to-face meeting, should have given Comey the opportunity to step down. That would have avoided the issue of ‘a firing.’ That word, Sessions said, is ‘a tag on a man who ... performed reasonably well and it got out of hand.’” http://bit.ly/2pl9oE6JIM COMEY’s farewell letter to F.B.I. staff: “I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. … My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.” http://bit.ly/2q5nEiZROGER STONE fires back at POTUS -- statement emailed at 5:47 a.m. this morning: “With all due respect to the President, I am not the source of the New York Times, Politico or CNN stories and have never claimed I convinced the President to fire FBI Director Comey. Both Politico and the Times claim to have multiple credible sources for their reports. I offered no comment. ... It has been my policy not to discuss the scope, subject or frequency of my occasional contacts with the President and I am not going to do so today.” http://politi.co/2q8bSmkCOMING ATTRACTIONS -- NYT’s Mike Shear, Jennifer Steinhauer and Matt Flegenheimer: “Mr. Trump is weighing going to the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington on Friday as a show of his commitment to the bureau, an official said, though he is not expected to discuss the Russia investigation.” http://nyti.ms/2quYD2f-- “Trump and Putin to meet in July, Russian state media says,” by CNN’s Ben Westcott and Tomas Etzler: “U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July as part of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian state media said Thursday. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the announcement after meeting with Trump in Washington Wednesday, according to Tass. If confirmed, it would be the two men’s first meeting since Trump took power in January. The White House has yet to confirm.” http://cnn.it/2q8gUPTA BIG THANK YOU to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for participating in our first Playbook Exchange in San Francisco.MCCARTHY, who has spoken to Trump about Comey’s firing, defended the president’s decision. Cristiano Lima reports: “McCarthy, broaching the subject for the first time since Comey’s ouster late Tuesday afternoon, said the director had drawn politics into the bureau by acting beyond the reach of his role. ‘I would argue that Comey made the FBI political,’ he said. ‘That’s probably not the place to be.’ McCarthy added that Comey had made himself ‘a household name,’ something he argued no FBI director should do.” http://politi.co/2q5eUK6 … The video http://politi.co/2q84szkCOMEY TICK-TOCKS GALORE – JOSH DAWSEY, “‘He got tired of him’”: “Telling Congress that he was ‘mildly nauseous’ at the thought of having influenced the presidential election may have won former FBI director James Comey plaudits among Democrats and within the bureau. But his choice of words may have doomed him with President Donald Trump. He found the testimony last week infuriating and griped about it extensively for at least two days, several associates and advisers said. ... [S]enior aides and other associates who know the president say the firing was triggered not by any one event but rather by the president’s growing frustration with the Russia investigation, negative media coverage and the growing feeling that he couldn’t control Comey, who was a near-constant presence on television in recent days. “Trump did not appreciate that Comey declared his campaign to be under investigation on live TV, said two people who know the president well. He didn’t like that Comey contradicted his unsubstantiated accusation that President Barack Obama tapped his phone line at Trump Tower. And Trump was displeased that the FBI seemed uninterested in pursuing investigations into the leaks he believes are weakening his administration.” http://politi.co/2r3LkTd-- “Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey,” by WaPo’s Phil Rucker, Ashley Parker, Devlin Barrett and Robert Costa: “By last weekend, he had made up his mind: Comey had to go. At his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., Trump groused over Comey’s latest congressional testimony, which he thought was ‘strange,’ and grew impatient with what he viewed as his sanctimony, according to White House officials. Comey, Trump figured, was using the Russia probe to become a martyr. Back at work Monday morning in Washington, Trump told Vice President Pence and several senior aides — Reince Priebus, Stephen K. Bannon and Donald McGahn, among others — that he was ready to move on Comey. ... “Rosenstein threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation, said the person close to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. … Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner — both of whom work in the White House — have frequently tried to blunt Trump’s riskier impulses but did not intervene to try to persuade him against firing Comey, according to two senior officials.” http://wapo.st/2pzuyti--“‘Enough Was Enough’: How Festering Anger at Comey Ended in His Firing,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush, Mike Schmidt and Peter Baker: “The chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has been sharply critical of the F.B.I., questioned whether the time was right to dismiss Mr. Comey, arguing that doing it later would lessen the backlash, and urged him to delay, according to two people familiar with his thinking. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, at one point mulled similar concerns, but was supportive of the move to the president.” http://nyti.ms/2pzj3lz-- “Comey’s Firing Came as Investigators Stepped Up Russia Probe,” by WSJ’s Shane Harris and Carol E. Lee: “In the weeks before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, a federal investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government was heating up, as Mr. Comey became increasingly occupied with the probe. Mr. Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation, beginning at least three weeks ago, according to people with knowledge of the matter and the progress of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Mr. Comey was concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion, according to these people.” http://on.wsj.com/2qVMkM8SUSAN GLASSER in POLITICO MAGAZINE -- “Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance: The cozy meeting between President Trump and Russia’s foreign minister came at Vladimir Putin’s insistence”: “When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into whether Trump’s team colluded the Russians, he was breaking with recent precedent at the specific request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.“The chummy White House visit -- photos of the president yukking it up with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak were released by the Russian Foreign Ministry since no U.S. press was allowed to cover the visit -- had been one of Putin’s asks in his recent phone call with Trump, And indeed the White House acknowledged this to me later Wednesday. ‘He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,’ a White House spokesman said of Trump’s Lavrov meeting. ‘Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.’” http://politi.co/2pyEV0A BACK IN THE FOLD -- “Sessions emerges as Trump’s most valuable ally,” by Eliana Johnson: “President Donald Trump was infuriated in early March when Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign. And yet, despite being legally sidelined from the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, the attorney general – the ultimate Trump loyalist — has now played an indispensable political role by helping slow it down. … At Trump’s request, Sessions and set forth their rationale in twin memos the following day. News of his meeting with the president – as well his memo, which advised Trump that ‘a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI’ – served as Trump’s first line of defense against accusations he had acted impetuously when he fired Comey without warning on Tuesday evening.“The drama was fresh evidence of Sessions’ role as a critical political player in the Trump cabinet. He has exhibited all the qualities of loyalty Trump most prizes: He was the first senator to endorse him, one of the only members of the upper chamber to embrace him enthusiastically during the presidential campaign, and, as his involvement in the Comey controversy demonstrates, has proved that he is willing to thrust himself into the breach and take political hits to advance the president’s interests. The president has rewarded that loyalty with trust. At the Department of Justice, he now enjoys full authority over the federal law enforcement apparatus.” http://politi.co/2q87HqqTHE APPRENTICE IN REAL LIFE -- “Trump holds auditions while Spicer’s away,” by Tara Palmeri and Hadas Gold: “Press secretary Sean Spicer’s absence from the briefing room on Wednesday comes at a tenuous time, as President Donald Trump has asked senior advisers for weeks if he needs to change the face of his administration, several White House officials and outside advisers to the president said. Trump was pleased with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ performance on Friday, when she first filled in for Spicer on camera during the midday briefing, three White House aides said, adding that he has talked about grooming her for Spicer’s more visible role. They said the press team’s much-criticized handling of Trump’s decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey may have further made the case to Trump that Sanders should take over the podium.“Trump has asked senior aides for their opinions about her performance since Friday. He thought she did well again on Wednesday when she had the difficult task of taking questions about Trump’s blockbuster announcement that he’d ousted Comey, one White House official said. Sanders will cover the briefings for the rest of the week, since Spicer is on Naval Reserve duty, as he was last Friday when she took the podium. Naval reservists are required to serve one weekend per month and 10 days per year.” http://politi.co/2q5fffxTRUMPCARE WHIPLASH -- “MacArthur endures town hall trial-by-fire,” by Ryan Hutchins and Katie Jennings in Willingboro, N.J.: “At his Wednesday night town hall, Rep. Tom MacArthur, one of the chief architects of the revamped GOP Obamacare replacement plan, was called a liar. A man who said his wife had battled breast cancer stood to say MacArthur was the ‘single greatest threat to my family in the entire world.’ Another demanded to know whether it’s ‘true that rape can be considered a pre-existing condition.’ “For nearly five hours, MacArthur faced an onslaught as he spoke here at a community center in the bluest town in this South Jersey-based swing district. Dozens of protesters gathered outside, some lying on the parking lot holding signs in the shape of tombstones. Inside, the congressman was shouted down by constituents and others in the audience of 250 people. It was a prime example of the anger, confusion and raw emotion surrounding the GOP’s replacement health care plan, and a glimpse at why the party’s House majority suddenly seems in jeopardy in 2018.” http://politi.co/2q5VoN3THE JUICE… -- SPOTTED: Steve Bannon at French bistro La Piquette last night in Cleveland Park … Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tupelo Honey in Arlington on Wednesday evening, getting dinner with her family, including husband and three kids.-- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- BLOOMBERG this morning is officially announcing the Global Business Forum, a one-day event at the Plaza Hotel in New York City this September hosted with the Alibaba Group, Dangote Industries Limited, EXOR, and the MiSK Foundation. The conference will convene global political leaders, CEOs and NGOs for conversations on global business and supporting economic prosperity. http://politi.co/2q8bxjH-- OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY will speak at 10:30 a.m. EST at the Light Forum at Stanford University on a panel called “What Happens Now? The Future of Healthcare Delivery.” Facebook livestream http://bit.ly/2r36ujoPLAYBOOK TRAVEL SECTION – “U.S. to Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe, Officials Say,” by The Daily Beast’s Clive Irving: “The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday. Initially a ban on laptops and tablets was applied only to U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East. The ban was based on U.S. fears that terrorists have found a way to convert laptops into bombs capable of bringing down an airplane. It is unclear if the European ban will also apply to tablets.” http://thebea.st/2q4hpMnFOR YOUR RADAR -- “Graduating seniors boo Betsy DeVos at commencement in Florida,” by Jessica Bakeman in Daytona Beach, Fla.: “Hundreds of graduating seniors of a historically black university here booed and turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she struggled to deliver their commencement address over the raucous crowd. ‘Let’s choose to hear each other out,’ DeVos said, straining to be heard at Bethune-Cookman University’s graduation in Daytona Beach. ‘We can choose to listen, be respectful and continue to learn from each other’s experience.’ But most of the students at the private university remained with their backs turned as the crowd applauded. A man pumped his fist in the air while he was escorted out by security, soliciting more cheers.” http://politi.co/2pyjUDbMAYOR OF THE WORLD – MIKE BLOOMBERG in Bloomberg View, “After Comey, Justice Must Be Served”: “If President Donald Trump thinks he can fire his way out of the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, he is sorely mistaken -- and attempting to do so makes him look weak and fearful, undermines the rule of law, and diminishes what little prospects there were for bipartisan legislation. ... [I]t’s time for Congress to get serious about performing its constitutional duties. ... First, the Senate must insist that Trump replace Comey with an independent and experienced new director, one who will commit to completing any investigations into the president now underway. No cranks, cronies or close relatives. ... When elected officials refuse to be bound by the ethical practices and norms that we have come to expect of them, it’s up to the public -- and their representatives -- to hold them accountable.” https://bloom.bg/2qsk6ITCOVERS DU JOUR – TIME’S new cover, “After Hours in the White House” http://bit.ly/2q4Knfw ... ECONOMIST’S new cover -- “Trumpnomics -- What it is, and why it is dangerous” http://politi.co/2quLjuI … Transcript of their Trump interview http://econ.st/2pAwyl0 … Their editorial http://econ.st/2q5QFLm FUN CLICK – “New F.B.I.-Director Job Application,” by River Clegg in The New Yorker in the “Daily Shouts” column: “Should a President’s Administration be suspected of having colluded with a foreign government to fraudulently win an election, the proper response by the F.B.I. would be to: a) Delay any investigation until the President has left office, thereby assuring smooth executive governance. b) Ask the President if this is true; accept the answer unquestioningly. c) Watch a little ‘Fox & Friends’ before making any big decisions. d) Such a scenario would not occur.” http://bit.ly/2r2hIEUSNEAK PEEK – SUSAN DOMINUS writes the cover of this Sunday’s N.Y. Times Magazine, “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage? What the experiences of nonmonogamous couples can tell us about jealousy, love, desire and trust” – Dominus spent a better part of a year on the story: “Open marriages — and to a lesser degree open but nonmarital committed relationships — are still considered so taboo that many of the people I interviewed over the last year resisted giving their names, for fear not just of social approbation but also of jeopardizing their jobs. It is no surprise that conservatives would perceive the concept as a degradation of marriage, of a key foundation of society. But even among progressives, the subject typically provoked, I found, a curled lip or a slack jaw. The thought bubble, or expressed thought: How? How could any married person be comfortable with, or encouraging of, a spouse’s extramarital sex?” http://nyti.ms/2q3U65K ... The cover http://politi.co/2q6LMA4VALLEY TALK – “Snapchat Co-Founders Take $2.4 Billion Hit on Earnings Miss,” by Bloomberg’s Justin Villamil and Jack Witzig: “Snap Inc. co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy lost more than $1 billion each after the company reported earnings for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Shares fell 25 percent ... before rebounding slightly when the social media company reported first-quarter revenue that was below analyst estimates. Snap said its Snapchat app added fewer users than projected and the business is struggling to expand its audience as Facebook Inc. copies its most popular features.” https://bloom.bg/2q4ewLCPOLITICO “PULSE CHECK” podcast — JON FAVREAU, the ex-Obama speechwriter-turned-Crooked Media cofounder tells POLITICO’s Dan Diamond that he now thinks differently about media coverage of issues like the health care debate. “I have a greater appreciation for journalists,” Favreau allowed. “When we were in the White House, we would always say, OK, we can’t let ourselves get stuck in the Washington media cycle … We can’t just wake up worried about what’s on ‘Morning Joe’ and what’s in the tipsheets … [But] when you’re in media … and you need stuff to talk about, I can see now how easy it is to fall into the trap of only being reactive.” Listen to the podcast http://bit.ly/2quLSVlHAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Robert Allbritton and Dr. Elena Allbritton ... Blake Hounshell and Sandy Choi. TRANSITIONS -- Ally Letsky, previously direct mail director for the Hillary campaign, has been hired by Berlin Rosen as a VP in its DC office. http://bit.ly/2pliOPL ... Elka Looks starts next week on the Facebook Messenger team doing communications for business and platforms. She previously did communications at Medium.OBAMA ALUMNI -- Nate Yohannes is moving to San Francisco to be a director of strategy and business development at Microsoft. He previously was senior advisor to the head of the Office of Investment and Innovation for President Obama.OUT AND ABOUT – POOL REPORT from a Bush Center event in Dallas last night: A “working group was convened to discuss a new Bush Institute-led project to reaffirm the core American principles of political democracy and free markets, with a special focus on younger Americans. The bipartisan group discussed why the liberal democratic order is at risk and why faith in democracy is waning -- and what, practically, what we can do about it. President and Mrs. Bush hosted the group for a working dinner following the roundtable. The details of the program will be rolled out at a conference in NYC in October.” SPOTTED: Madeleine Albright, Carlos Gutierrez, Elliott Abrams, Mike Abramowitz, William Galston, Tom Melia, Pete Gehner, Holly Kuzmich, Amanda Schnetzer and others.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Brandon Arnold, EVP at the National Taxpayers Union and a Playbook Power List honoree, and Robin Arnold, a CPA for a company in Baltimore, welcomed their second child to the world on Tuesday. Soon-to-be-named Baby Boy Arnold arrived on Tuesday at 11:06 am. He weighed in at 8lbs 12oz and measured 22 inches. “A lot of people have already dubbed him a member of the New New Guard,” Arnold wrote in. Pic http://bit.ly/2r2X8Fq--Gareth Lacy, deputy press secretary for California Gov. Jerry Brown, and Erin Lacy, alum of California Department of Public Health, have welcomed Wyatt Anderson Lacy was born on Tuesday in Roseville, California, at a healthy 9 lbs 2 oz. His big sister, Beatrix, is very excited to meet him. Pics http://politi.co/2qUmzM8 ... http://politi.co/2qUhYttBIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Fara Klein, manager of state government affairs at National Community Pharmacists Association, turned 29 (hat tip: Elizabeth Rojas Levi)BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr., professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Policy, is 47 – he’s celebrating with his “wife, Georgia (my 3 year old daughter) and Lovey (my 2 year old son whose actual name is Harold) over a big lunch right before they nap.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2q5pCjP BIRTHDAYS: Brian J. Walsh, partner at Rokk Solutions (h/t Ron Bonjean) ... DHS secretary John Kelly is 67 ... David Castagnetti ... Jamie Horowitz, president of Fox Sports National Networks ... Katherine Vargas … Nicole Landset Blank, partner at Walsworth Landset Research and DCCC alum ... Karen Skelton (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) is 49 ... GMMB’s Danny Jester, the pride of Bridgeville, Delaware (h/t Jack Smith) ... Theodore “Teddy” Braver Penn (h/ts Bob and Rita) ... Lauren Hernandez ... Brandon Lorenz, comms. campaign director at the Human Rights Campaign … Jo Ling Kent, NBC News correspondent, alum of Fox Biz and CNN, married to Scott Conroy (h/t Ben Chang) ... Time’s Olivia Waxman ... Sam Mulopulos, LA for Sen. Rob Portman, is 25 ... Bethany Little … Jess Maher ... Angie Alfonso-Royals ... José Cunningham, chairman of the DC Republican Party, celebrating at the RNC Spring meeting at the Del Coronado in San Diego (h/t Patrick Mara) ... ... Rich Bamberger, managing director at Kivvit (h/t Josh Dawsey) ... Logan Gibson, lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and Jim Webb alum … journalist Jeremy Paxman … Travis Lumpkin, COS for Sen. Cantwell (h/t Michael Meehan) ... Alex Dease, press assistant for Majority Whip Scalise, is 22 (h/t Lauren Fine) ... Larry Thomas ... Chris Landberg, a career Foreign Service Officer currently in charge of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, is 5-0, celebrating with a big embassy party being planned by his wife, Amanda … Garrette Turner … Pam Eichenbaum … John Weinfurter ... Alex Cahill … Marissa Astor … Shauna Daly, cofounder and executive director of Progressive Security Corps … Alex Wagner, former COS to the Secretary of the Army ... Alicia Thornberry ... Carla McDonald, spending her day salsa dancing (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... George Hadijski … Gannet Tseggai … Adam Fromm … WTOP’s Michael Jakaitis ... Matt Hu-Stiles ... Doug Graham ... political consultant Michael Arno ... Will Hart ... Alexander Powers ... Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is 84 (h/t AP)

10 мая, 04:21

If Trump Meets Kim, He Should Do It the Right Way

Daniel R. DePetris Politics, Asia Trump’s critics fail to note that he would only meet Kim “under the right circumstances.” President Trump has said a lot of questionable, unconventional—some would say borderline crazy—things over the first three months of his presidency. He’s hit America’s European allies hard on their sluggish defense spending (it’s about time), going to so far as to hint that the United States may no longer be there when the going gets tough. He’s blasted Saudi Arabia as a weakling that would have been taken over by radical jihadists were it not for the protection that the United States provides the royal family. And Trump has had a tendency to say nice things about authoritarians like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, praise that the human-rights community finds nauseating. But none of these statements have come close to his utterance to Bloomberg last week that he would consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un directly—a man commonly given the privilege of being considered the most despicable human being on the face of the earth. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him [Kim], I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg when asked about the prospect of a meeting. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.” It’s these kind of comments that cause high blood pressure in Washington, a town still trying to determine what Donald Trump, a riddle wrapped inside an enigma, is all about. Sen. John McCain flatly stated, “I don’t understand it, and I don’t think that the president appreciates the fact that when he says things like that, it helps the credibility and prestige of this really outrageous strongman.” Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright wasn’t happy that Trump used the word “honored” and “Kim” in the same sentence. And former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton thinks a Trump-Kim sit down would be an awful idea of epic proportions. Read full article

09 мая, 03:58

Heilbrunn Is Dead Wrong about Kim Jong-un

Denny Roy Security, Asia A meeting would boost Kim’s prestige while guaranteeing nothing for America in return. Superficially, National Interest editor Jacob Heilbrunn’s argument for President Donald Trump to personally negotiate a solution to the North Korean crisis with Kim Jong-un seems plausible. Heilbrunn is correct that the essence of this issue is regime security for the DPRK. By extension, this involves prestige for the Kim government, because being treated respectfully by the United States would immensely bolster the regime’s domestic legitimacy after decades of the government failing to deliver the prosperity its internal propaganda has promised. North Korea consistently responds very badly to criticism of the North Korean leadership—largely a function of individuals’ compulsion to demonstrate their loyalty to the guy who could order them promoted or killed on a whim. Conversely, Pyongyang has responded very well on those rare occasions where the U.S. government has given face to North Korean leaders. And it’s not impossible for the U.S. government to hold its nose and make nice with a despicable foreign tyrant. The United States even started down this road with North Korea itself near the end of the Clinton administration. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited North Korea, and there were plans for Bill Clinton to follow, but the clock ran out on his presidency. Many analysts think that was a missed opportunity to permanently improve bilateral relations before things deteriorated again under a Bush administration that was more skeptical about détente with Pyongyang. Any U.S. president who met with a North Korean paramount leader would face criticism for seemingly disregarding the liberal American values outraged by various aspects of the DRPK’s behavior: cruelly persecuting a large chunk of its population for political offenses, defying multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions forbidding its development of ballistic missiles, and routinely threatening neighboring South Korea with destruction—not to mention broadcasting an apparent eagerness to nuke the U.S. homeland. Read full article

08 мая, 05:20

War And Empire: The American Way Of Life

Authored by Paul Atwood via The Strategic Culture Foundation, A few months ago I received a message from a professor at the Khomeini Institute for Education and  Research in Tehran, Iran, informing me that my 2010 book “War and Empire: The American Way of Life” (London, Pluto Press) had been translated into Farsi. He requested that I write an Introduction for Iranian readers. What follows is that Introduction. Two years ago the Xinhua Peoples’ Press in Beijing, China also published a translation in Mandarin. In the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s 1991 attempt to annex Kuwait the U.S. deliberately destroyed much of Iraq’s water and sewer infrastructure. The Pentagon even admitted on its website that these acts would lead to mass outbreaks of disease. These were certifiable war crimes under international law. After Saddam’s defeat the U.S. also imposed widespread sanctions on his regime that included preventing necessary medicines from reaching Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens perished as a result. In an infamous interview in 1996 Madeleine Albright, then the Secretary of State, was asked to justify the deaths of 500,000 children. She defended these atrocities by saying “I think this is a very hard choice but we think the price is worth it.” Twenty-one years have elapsed since Albright uttered her rationalization of this vicious barbarity and it has been virtually “disappeared” from the collective memory of Americans. But it is far from being the only one. Today much the same is being visited upon the children of Mosul, Syria and Yemen. Fifty thousand more marines are slated for deployment to Afghanistan and the new Defense Secretary’s bellicose rhetoric threatens Iran. When I undertook to write this book I could not imagine that it would ever be translated into Farsi or Mandarin Chinese. Over the course of my teaching career I had become increasingly concerned about the vacancy of knowledge about their nation’s past on the part of my students and by extension many millions of my fellow American citizens. This condition of ignorance is the effect of the incomplete and, too often, dishonest orthodoxy in required school texts and by the distortion of the real past by popular culture, Hollywood films and corporate controlled network television, especially the purported “news.” George Orwell was correct. “Who controls the present controls the past.” What the majority of Americans are conditioned to think they know about their past (and that of many other peoples) is myth, and too often, sheer illusion. Misdirection and manipulation about proclaimed threats from abroad since 1945 has led directly into wars and unjust armed interventions and coups in many other nations. The results are always tragic on a colossal scale. None of this is accidental or new. Since the end of World War II the U.S. ruling elites have set forth an agenda claimed to foster what they call a “liberal world order” in which democracy and human rights for all are the declared goals. But little about real U.S. actions in the world supports these claims. Washington has overthrown elected governments and waged catastrophic war upon helpless civilians in many nations since 1945. The public is told that national security and “vital interests” are at stake and the corporate controlled media ensure that key realities are omitted, or distorted. It is no secret that today much of the human species is living in existential crisis-whether from war, economic exploitation or dire effects of climate change- and  the profound ignorance about how the past shapes the present is a major factor in our failure to fashion a more peaceful and beneficial future. This volume is simply an attempt to illuminate much of the hidden history of the United States in the hope that more citizens in the United States will realize that we cannot continue on this destructive path and must find a way to cooperate with other nations instead of seeking to dominate them or outcompete them in a self-defeating contest for diminishing resources. Many American officials pay lip service to international cooperation but they really mean collaboration with the overarching American agenda. The words of those who have formulated the grand strategy for American global dominance since the U.S. emerged as the most militarily dominant nation after WWII must be taken seriously but desires for global dominance were evident long before. Consider the oft-quoted language of George F. Kennan, the U.S. State Department’s architect of the Cold War with the Soviet Union immediately after World War II. In a top secret document circulated only to other key officials he took notice of the fact that the American population was (in 1948) only 6.3% of the world’s but that the U.S. effectively controlled about 50% of the world’s resources. The object of U.S. policy, he declared, should be to maintain that disparity and employ “straight power tactics” to enforce this global inequality, while avoiding all rhetoric about commitment to human rights, raising other peoples’ living standards, democratization and the like. Kennan’s vision, coupled with the U.S. creation of the World Bank and International Monetary fund, anticipated a globalized economy under firm control by American and allied European banks and industries, and backed by American firepower. Much closer in time to the present is the comprehensive plan for complete American dominance of the planet projected in brutally frank and exacting detail by former national security chief Zbigniev Brzezinsky in his book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geo-strategic Imperatives. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Asia would dominate two of the three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa’s subordination…About 75 percent of the world’s people live in Eurasia and most of the world’s wealth is there as well…Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world’s energy resources. Upon assuming the presidency of the U.S. in 2001 George W. Bush filled his administration with so called Neo-Conservatives, members of the Project for a New American Century, who, with their allies in the Pentagon, called for nothing less than “full spectrum dominance” of planet Earth. Exploiting the hysteria mounted in the U.S. after the events of September 11, 2001 Bush II then proceeded to call for all-out war against what he termed the “axis of evil.” General Wesley Clark, a 2004 Democratic Party candidate for president, later revealed that the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Administration had secret plans all along to overthrow the governments of Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan, and “finish off” Iran. All that was needed was a “new Pearl Harbor” and the events of September 11, 2001 provided that pretext, launching a state of permanent war primarily against the Muslim world. Citizens of the U.S., like myself, who have long studied these matters and have opposed our nation’s imperial policies know that what these men, and many others like them, have proposed is exactly what they accused Nazi Germany and Communist Russia of attempting. Of course, proponents of what the first Bush deemed the “New World Order” in 1991 allege that this American imperium will constitute a radical departure from past empires and will instead usher in and guarantee a new age of democracy and human rights for all humanity. They assert this even as their bombs and those of their allies shatter the lives literally of millions in the Islamic world. The U.S. began its history as a colony of the early British Empire and an outpost of nascent capitalism though this essential fact is de-emphasized in standard accounts in favor of the claim that the primary incentive for the colonial project was “freedom of religion.” The earliest British colonies in North America, Virginia and Massachusetts, were established as joint-stock companies, precursors of the modern corporation, to return profits to the mother country from resources of fish, game, furs, lumber and later, tobacco, cotton and the industries that followed. Acquisition of these valued assets required the conquest, displacement or extermination of the native populations already living here. The name, Massachusetts, for example, the state where I live, is all that remains of the people who once inhabited the area of what is now Boston. Later, the profits derived from forcible acquisition of the land, and the slave labor to cultivate it underwrote the industrial revolution and this catapulted the United States into position as the richest nation on earth and soon the militarily most powerful. Only a century after breaking away from British rule the United States itself leapt upon the stage of empire to compete with other Europeans for dominance in the world, taking the former Spanish colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam by force, and annexing Hawaii. Brooks Adams, the descendant of two presidents, exulted that “this war is the first gun in the battle for ownership of the world.” In the Senate Albert Beveridge proclaimed that “The power that rules the Pacific rules the world.” U.S. entry into both World Wars and all subsequent armed interventions is almost always mystified and characterized as a defense of democracy and human rights. In no case was American national security remotely threatened if by that we mean the vulnerability to invasion and military defeat. Since the end of World War II the United States has waged numerous full scale wars and many smaller conflicts in the name of national security and claims of principle and high ideals. Americans are unremittingly habituated to believe  Madeleine Albright’s all-encompassing contention that the United States is “the indispensable nation.” The end result of our actions has been many millions dead, maimed, reduced to penury, and desolated with grief. Americans are encouraged to see ourselves as humanitarians yet the widespread denial of our collective responsibility for the raw misery for those on the receiving end of our military firepower is nothing less than indefensible. Until WWII the U.S. was perceived, if not exactly as a benevolent friend of Muslim peoples, at least it was not yet seen as one more imperial power set upon exploiting the greater Middle East. This positive estimation changed virtually the moment that war ended and the regional shift toward virulent anti-Americanism originated in Iran. During World War II Iran had been co-occupied by Soviet, British and American troops. The Allies violated Iran’s declared neutrality because they thought that the country’s ruler, Reza Shah, was too friendly with Nazi Germany and they wished to use Iranian territory to transship supplies from the Persian Gulf to the USSR. The British owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now British Petroleum) had virtually monopolized production and profits from the industry and the Allies also wanted to prevent the country’s oil reserves from potential access by Germany. The three nations had agreed to withdraw from Iran within six months after the war’s end. In March of 1946 Soviet troops had still not withdrawn and Washington claimed that this was evidence of Stalin’s desire to expand communism and threaten the entire region. The reality was that the Soviet Union had suffered immense damage from the war and needed energy supplies to rebuild. Russians wanted some guarantee from Iran that they could purchase a certain quota of Iranian oil for this purpose and sought to gain an oil concession in the Azerbaijani region of Iran, which bordered the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. Washington and the Iranian government feared that the Soviets might act to annex the territory when Iranian Azerbaijanis declared a separate republic. President Truman later claimed that he threatened the USSR with American military intervention. The U.S. State Department advised the Iranian prime minister, Ahmad Qavam, to negotiate and when Iran accepted the oil concession the Red Army withdrew. However, the Iranian parliament, the Majlis, later disavowed the agreement. These actions undertaken by Washington constituted the first direct American intervention in the Middle East as well as the first skirmish of the post-WWII Cold War. Anti-Soviet rhetoric claimed that the Soviet Union was bent on “world conquest” and pointed to the occupation of Eastern Europe by the Red Army. Omitted was all mention of the fact that as Nazi Germany had marched through the nations of Eastern Europe it had subjected their governments and made them allies. Then many waged war themselves against the USSR. Thus, the Red Army was occupying those nations for the same reason the United States and Britain were occupying Germany, Austria and Italy. American elites had plans for the reconstruction of Europe that would reintegrate the entire region into a revived capitalist order under American authority and communist Russia’s occupation of Eastern Europe was seen to obstruct those goals. No consideration was given to the very real security concerns that the Soviets had, especially about their eastern borders from whence twice in the early 20th Century they had been invaded. In fact, Russian non-actions at the time, not only with respect to Iran, indicated exactly the opposite of what Washington wanted the world to believe. The Red Army could easily have re-entered Iranian territory after the Majlis reneged on the oil concession and there was nothing, short of the atomic bomb that could have dislodged them. But it did not. Within a few years Soviet troops also withdrew from Austria and Manchuria quite in contradiction to the American assertion that they were intent on global conquest. There was no evidence whatever of Soviet designs to expand beyond what it declared to be its security zone in Eastern Europe. The U.S. had committed itself to an adversarial relationship with its former ally, in the absence of which the Nazis would never have been defeated, and it had initiated its long-term intervention into the internal affairs of Iran and many other nations, which, of course, continue to this day. When the Shah was overthrown in 1979 few Americans had any sense of why this occurred, especially because most journalists supinely omitted any reportage of crimes committed by the “king of kings” against the Iranian people. The public had been conditioned to believe for decades that Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi was a benevolent sovereign, beloved by his people, a staunch ally of the United States, and a pillar of stability in the region. Most had no sense that the Shah was installed by the Central Intelligence Agency when it conspired with other Iranians to topple the elected government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953 because he had the temerity to insist that the oil resources of his nation were the birthright of the Iranian people rather than the property of western oil companies. The public had no understanding of how brutal the Shah’s dictatorship was in fact and no comprehension of the role Washington had played in enabling his feared secret police, the SAVAK, to terrorize all Iranians who objected to his policies. To the extent that the general public took any notice at all of Iran they accepted the claim that the Shah was America’s “policeman in the Gulf,” aiding the United States in its efforts to “contain” the threat of the Soviet Union. The real menace to the interests of American corporate elites emanated from the upsurge in nationalism among all peoples around the globe who had been victims of western colonialism. World War II effectively finished Europe’s empires and nations from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, to  Kenya, Congo, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile and many others were rising in the post-war period to obtain independence, and who, like Iran in the early 1950s, sought to nationalize their resources. From the perspective of the would-be American overlords this was their cardinal sin. Such appropriations of national reserves like Vietnam’s independence movement, Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal, Mossadegh’s actions, or Qassim’s appropriations of oil in Iraq in 1956, if successfully carried out and allowed to stand, would have thwarted the grand strategy of the U.S. to exert American corporate control over such assets, markets and cheaper foreign labor and the immense profits that would acrue to American industrial and banking giants. Since communist ideology also promoted national independence for western colonies intense government and media propaganda convinced the American citizenry that resistance to the American agenda and global turmoil was all the work of the Soviet devil. Even before WWII ended key members of the ruling elite sought preventive measures against a return to depression and mass unemployment. Sixteen million veterans were returning to civilian life. Would they face renewed unemployment and soup kitchens as so many had in the Great Depression of the 1930s? The director of war production, who had formerly been chief executive officer of the General Electric Company, a giant in what President Dwight Eisenhower would later designate the “Military-Industrial Complex,” argued that the U.S. needed a “permanent war economy.” Many of the massive corporations that now dominate the American political economy either grew exponentially during WWII or got their start as a result of government contracts financed by new taxation and borrowing. Only such massive government intervention put citizens back to work or in the military regiments. Given the nature of capitalism few among elite decision makers in the postwar could imagine restructuring such production to meet purely domestic purposes primarily because there was less profit to be made. War or the manufactured threat of war is the lifeblood of the military corporations and their financiers. Thus the ally that had been indispensable in the defeat of Nazism overnight became the new menace to American national security, despite the fact that the USSR had suffered upwards of 30 million deaths and its principal cities lay in ruins. From that moment on the “Cold War” became the ideological organizing touchstone of American society. Even then many citizens resisted the new precepts. Henry Wallace, who had been vice president under Roosevelt, led the popular movement for cooperation between the two post-war giants but he was reviled by the high priests of political orthodoxy as a “fellow traveler” of the communists, as were any who dissented from the new agenda. Inside the inner sanctum of the new “National Security State” a top secret document, NSC-68, specified a comprehensive blueprint to militarize American society, called for a tripling of taxation to expand the military budget and achieve nuclear supremacy by creating the hydrogen bomb. Even so the populace resisted until in the words of Secretary of State Dean Acheson “Thank God Korea came along.” Though Acheson himself had declared that Korea was outside of America’s “defensive perimeter,” warhawks in Washington and on Wall Street declared that the civil war between Korean factions on the other side of the planet imperiled the “free world.” What actually was at risk was the new militarized superstate, and the tax guaranteed profits to the corporations embedded in the war economy. The war that followed left 3 million Koreans and 37,000 US soldiers dead, threatened China with nuclear destruction, leading the Chinese to deploy their own nukes in short order. To cite only some cases, from 1947 to the present the United States has intervened politically or violently in Iran, China, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Vietnam, Guatemala, Indonesia, Congo, Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Laos, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and most recently has intruded brutally in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Syria. Though internal domestic opposition to American interventions and wars has always surfaced the majority of the public historically succumbs to the incessant propaganda projected by U.S. governments of either party and their corporate allies and the media that military action is necessary for reasons of national security or to protect favored allies. Recently “humanitarian intervention” has surfaced as justification for American deployments in Muslim countries. The doctrine’s principal exponent, former UN ambassador Samantha Power, was instrumental in toppling the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi, with catastrophic results for innumerable civilians. Along with her boss Hillary Clinton, and National Security adviser Susan Rice, these “gentle” women also encouraged the Obama administration to support and arm the rebellion against the Assad regime in Syria leading to today’s incessantly violent chaos, uncountable deaths, the outflow of hundreds of thousands of refugees and the destabilization of numerous nations from Africa to Europe. In 1991 the pretext of the communist menace disappeared with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. That brief window of peaceful cooperation closed rapidly and Russia was soon demonized again as the principal menace to “liberal order.” The Trump Administration won election in great part because it promised a more cooperative relationship with Russia, one of the only ray’s of light in that dismal campaign. But what is now termed the American “deep state” is fostering a renewed condition of militarized tension with that nation. Trump also promised millions that he would renew the American economy and bring back jobs for millions who feel betrayed and impoverished by the flight of investment capital overseas in search of cheaper labor and the robotization of such industries that remain. “America First” is Trump’s watchword. Yet he has turned management of the U.S. economy over to the very bankers who orchestrated the swindles that led to the near collapse of the world economy in 2008. As I write these words Trump has launched missiles at a Syrian airfield, employed the U.S.’s deadliest weapon short of nukes in Afghanistan, bombed Yemen, and sent troops to Somalia. His Secretary of Defense, former General James Mattis, affectionately called “mad dog” by his troops, threatens Iran, falsely accusing it of violations of the recently signed agreement on nuclear proliferation. Trump is recklessly threatening North Korea, potentially creating an extreme risk of a nuclear event that would certainly also engage China. He has called for an increase in military spending that by itself is almost larger than the entire military budget of any other country. Despite promises of prosperity for all the taxes to fund all this will fall on the shoulders of the broad American middle class and generations to come, not on the giant corporations that are all but tax exempt- as it appears Trump himself has been for decades. Rather than sanely reducing the risk of war as he promised his presidency looks increasingly worrying. As his foreign policies take shape they are indistinguishable from those of his Democratic Party opponents and the global dominance doctrines of Bush’s neo-conservatives. They are all fated to fail and unless derailed ensure yet more widespread war and suffering.

03 мая, 20:20

Беспрецедентный тет-а-тет: как может выглядеть встреча Трампа и Ким Чен Ына

В одном углу: непредсказуемый диктатор, чья страна имеет семидесятилетнюю репутацию непостоянной страны. В другом углу: острый на язык американский президент, чуть больше 100 дней на посту лидера свободного мира. Какой может быть встреча Трампа и Ким Чен Ына?

03 мая, 09:44

Трамп подготовил пряник Ким Чен Ыну

Президент Америки сделал заявления, показавшие, что его позиция в отношении Северной Кореи смягчилась. Глава Белого дома готов к переговорам с лидером КНДР, а его отговаривают от такой встречи

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03 мая, 09:29

Мадлен Олбрайт не советует Трампу встречаться с Ким Чен Ыном

Бывшая госсекретарь выразила уверенность, что на Пхеньян нужно не давить, а дать понять, что КНДР не будет ядерной державой

03 июля 2016, 13:10

Три гарпии вернулись!

Три гарпии вернулись! CounterPunchСША Автор: Пепе Эскобар Рубрика: След Анаконды Это были времена, когда Ливия («мы пришли, мы увидели, он умер») предложила миру кровавый гуманитарный империалистический спектакль, звездами которого выступили Три Американских Гарпии: Хиллари Клинтон, Саманта Пауэр и Сьюзан Райс; на самом-то деле их было четыре — если учесть наставницу и единомышленницу Хиллари, — Мадлен Олбрайт.

25 марта 2016, 08:03

«И нет особого смысла бояться смерти…» Приговор Радовану Караджичу

24 марта 2016 г. Международный трибунал по бывшей Югославии МТБЮ) вынес приговор бывшему президенту Республики Сербской Радовану Караджичу. (1) Он был признан виновным в совершении геноцида, военных преступлений и преступлений против человечности и приговорён к 40 годам лишения свободы.  После уничтожения Югославии Радован Караджич стал одним из первых обвиняемых МТБЮ. Впервые обвинительный акт против него был подписан 25 июля...

31 мая 2015, 21:16

Движущие силы в политике США

О скрытых и явных процессах, а также об изменениях в политической жизни США беседуют Дмитрий Перетолчин и политолог Константин Черемных

11 января 2015, 17:18

ЦНАБ (CNAS) – демократический оплот колониального империализма (Ястребы США против Обамы)

Вашингтон не проводит единую внешнюю политику - он действует противоречиво и лишь в ответ на внешние вызовы, а «либеральные ястребы» объединяются вокруг генерала Дэвида Петреуса и Центра новой американской безопасности (ЦНАБ). Тьерри Мейсан представляет нам этот мозговой центр, который сегодня играет ту же роль, что и Проект нового американского века при Буше – обеспечивать американскую экспансию и доминирование над всём миром. Сирийский кризис, выход из которого был предложен ещё во время первой конференции в Женеве в июне 2012 г., продолжается, несмотря на все соглашения, заключённые с США. По-видимому, администрация Обамы не подчиняется президенту, и она разделена на две политические линии: с одной стороны, империалисты, склонные к разделу мира с Китаем и, возможно, с Россией (это позиция президента Обамы), а, с другой стороны, империалистические экспансионисты, объединившиеся вокруг Хиллари Клинтон и генерала Дэвида Петреуса. Ко всеобщему удивлению, отставка директора ЦРУ и госсекретаря после переизбрания Барака Обамы не только не положила конец разногласиям в администрации, но и обострила их. Именно экспансионисты возобновили войну против Корейской народной республики под предлогом кибер-атаки против Sony Pictures, якобы предпринятой Пхеньяном. Президент Обама, в конечном счёте, согласился с их доводами и подписал декрет о «санкциях». Представляется, что сторонники имперской экспансии первоначально объединились вокруг Центра новой американской безопасности, который в Демократической партии играл роль ту же самую роль, что и Проект нового американского века (а сегодня также и Foreign Policy Initiative) в Республиканской партии. Важную роль они играли и во время первого мандата Барака Обамы, и по некоторым данным образовали «глубинное государство», откуда продолжают дёргать за верёвочки. Либеральные ястребы Центр новой американской безопасности был создан в 2007 г. Куртом Кэмпбеллом и Мишель Флурнуа. Ранее оба эти интеллектуала работали в Центре стратегических и международных исследований (ЦСМИ - Center for Strategic and International Studies). В нём спустя два месяца после событий 11 сентября они руководили публикацией книги To Prevail : An American Strategy for the Campaign Against Terrorism (Всё для победы: американская стратегия по борьбе с терроризмом) [1]. В книге развивалась идея о том, что необходимо атаковать не только террористические группировки, о чём говорил президент Буш, но и государства, если им самим не удавалось эти группировки уничтожить на своей территории. Вдохновившись работами оперативной группы по борьбе с терроризмом из ЦСМИ, они выступали за значительное увеличение разведывательных агентств для наблюдения за всем миром. Короче, Кэмпбелл и Флурнуа принимали официальные представления о терактах и оправдывали «войну против терроризма», которая на целое десятилетие погрузила в траур весь мир. В 2003 году Кэмпбелл и Флурнуа вместе с другими тринадцатью демократами-интеллектуалами подписали документ под названием Progressive Internationalism : A Democratic National Security Strategy (Прогрессивный интернационализм: демократическая стратегия национальной безопасности) [2]. Этот манифест поддерживал все войны после 11 сентября и критиковал дипломатическую слабость президента Буша. После выборов кандидата-демократа в 2004 г. подписанты намеревались продвигать американский имперский проект (сторонником которого был Джордж Буш-младший) при этом критикуя его за то, что он оказывал пагубное влияние на руководителей, и, в частности, сеял сомнения среди союзников. Всем подписантам тогда приклеили ярлык «либеральных ястребов». ЦНАБ Во время своего создания в 2007 г. ЦНАБ выражал стремление обновить американскую стратегическую мысль после Комиссии Бейкера-Гамильтона и отставки министра Обороны Дональда Рамсфельда. На открытии центра присутствовали такие лица как Мадлен Олбрайт, Хиллари Клинтон и Чак Хейгел. В ту пору Вашингтон пытался выпутаться из трясины, в которую он попал в Ираке. Кемпбелл и Флурнуа выступали за военное решение, которое позволило бы американским войскам продолжать оккупировать Ирак, не истощая при этом свои силы. Для продолжения имперской экспансии американский империализм должен был прежде всего выработать определённую антитеррористическую стратегию, которая позволила бы сократить численность американских войск в Ираке. Нет никакого противоречия в том, что Кемпбелл и Флурнуа работали совместно с генералом Дэвидом Петреусом, которого только что назначили командующим военной Коалицией в Ираке, потому что он был автором пособия по предотвращению смуты в сухопутных войсках США. Они склоняют на свою сторону австралийского эксперта Дэвида Кикуллена, который станет гуру генерала Петреуса и разработчиком плана Surge (Удар). Согласно этому плану переориентация иракских повстанцев должна осуществляться путём использования двух факторов (пряник и кнут): с одной стороны, платить деньги боевикам, которые перейдут на сторону агрессора и будут устанавливать порядок на своей территории, а, с другой стороны, оказывать на них принудительное воздействие путём временного усиления военного присутствия США. Эта стратегия будет успешно использована: страна вначале погружается в фазу интенсивной гражданской войны, а затем после глубокой разрухи она медленно возвращается в состояние покоя. Но на самом деле частичная переориентация иракского сопротивления стала возможной лишь потому, что оно было организовано на племенной основе. Весь этот период ЦНАБ и генерала Петреуса водой не разлить. Килкуллен становится сначала советником Петреуса, а затем госсекретаря Кондолизы Райс. Сплав этот настолько прочен, что полковник Джон Нейгл, советник Петреуса, станет президентом ЦНАБа после того, как Кемпбелл и Флурнуа войдут в администрацию Обамы. Особенность ЦНАК состоит в том, что он является мозговым центром демократов, но с ним сотрудничают и в него входят республиканские ястребы. Впрочем, он не отказывается от встреч и дебатов с членами Проекта нового американского века. Финансирование центра осуществляется производителями вооружений и компаниями, сотрудничающими с оборонным ведомством (AccentureFederal Services, BAE Systems, Boeing, DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman), финансовыми компаниями (Bernard L. Schwartz Investments, Prudential Financial), фондами (Carnegie Corporation of New York, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, PloughsharesFund, Smith Richardson Foundation, ZakFamily Charitable Trust) и иностранными правительствами (Израиль, Япония, Тайвань). Во время предвыборной кампании Кемпбелл и Флурнуа издают для будущего президента рекомендации The Inheritance and the Way Forward (Наследие прошлого и путь в будущее) [3]. Начиная с периода президентства Буша они ставят под сомнение принцип «превентивной войны» и использование пыток. Кроме того, они выступают за переориентацию войны с терроризмом с тем, чтобы избежать «столкновения цивилизаций», которое могло бы лишить Вашингтон его мусульманских союзников. Администрация Обамы После избрания президентом Барак Обама поручает Мишель Флурнуа контроль за перестройкой оборонного ведомства. По логике, она становится заместителем министра Обороны по политической части, то есть она должна вырабатывать новую оборонную стратегию. Она при этом считается вторым лицом в министерстве и распоряжается бюджетом в 200 миллионов долларов. Курт Кемпбелл, в свою очередь, назначается в госдепартамент и руководит в нём отделом по Дальневосточному и Тихоокеанскому регионам. И Кемпбелл, и Флурнуа придерживаются стратегии типа «оплот». Согласно этой стратегии США должны готовиться к будущему столкновению с Китаем. С этой точки зрения, они должны постепенно передислоцировать свои вооружённые силы из Европы и Большого Среднего Востока на Дальний Восток. ЦНАБ настолько популярен, что его сотрудники скоро войдут в состав администрации Обамы: Ренд Бирс станет секретарём госбезопасности, Эштон Картер, замминистра Обороны по закупкам, а затем министр Обороны, Сьюзан Райс, представитель ООН, а затем советник по национальной безопасности, Роберт Уорк, заместитель министра Обороны и далее: Шон Бримли, специальный советник министра Обороны, а затем директор по планированию в Совете национальной безопасности, Прайс Флойд, ассистент помощника министра Обороны по связям с общественностью, Элис Хант, специальный ассистент в министерстве Обороны, Колин Кал, ассистент министра Обороны по Ближнему Востоку, затем советник по национальной безопасности при вице-президенте, Джеймс Миллер, заместитель помощника министра обороны США по вопросам политики, Эрик Пирс, заместитель министра Обороны, ответственный за связи с Конгрессом, Сара Сьюэлл, назначена в 2014 году заместителем госсекретаря по вопросам демократии и прав человека, Уэнди Шерман, назначена в 2011 году заместителем госсекретаря по политическим вопросам, Викрам Сингх, специальный советник министра обороны по Афганистану и Пакистану, Гейл Смит, директор по развитию и демократии при Совете национальной безопасности, Джеймс Стейнберг, заместитель госсекретаря, Джим Томас, заместитель помощника министра Обороны США по финансам, Эдвард (Тед) Уорнер III, советник министра Обороны по контролю над вооружениями. В настоящее время ЦНАБ уже готовит программу для будущего президента США. Влияние ЦНАБ Мишель Флурнуа всё время стремилась занять пост министра Обороны, но не была допущена на эту должность в 2012 году, так как считалось, что она слишком тесно связана с Израилем. Однако сегодня она присутствует почти во всех инстанциях министерства Оброны, занятых планированием: она является членом научного Совета Обороны (Defense Science Board), политического Совета Обороны (Defense Policy Board) и консультативного президентского совета по разведке (President’s Intelligence AdvisoryBoard). Видно, что все её политические рекомендации учитываются как по «Большому Среднему Востоку», так и по Дальнему Востоку. ЦНАБ поддержал усилия Уэнди Шермана по возобновлению дипломатических отношений с Тегераном. Было отчётливо заявлено, что проблема Ирана в большей степени связана не с ядерным вопросом, а с экспортом иранской революции. Им была предложена серия чрезвычайно суровых мер по урезанию иранских трубопроводов в Африке, Латинской Америке и на Ближнем Востоке [4]. В отношении Сирии ЦНАБ считает, что невозможно свергнуть власть в республике в короткий срок. Поэтому он выдвинул «стратегию турникета» : использовать сложившийся против Исламского государства консенсус и принудить все вовлечённые в конфликт государства оказать давление на Дамаск и оппозиционные формирования для того, чтобы добиться военной деэскалации, при этом не вступая в коалицию с президентом аль-Ассадом против Исламского государства. Будут предприняты усилия по включению в состав правительства республики представителей проатлантической оппозиции и предоставлению гуманитарной и материально-технической помощи в районы, занятые повстанцами, с тем, чтобы привлечь к ним внимание. После того, как проатлантисты войдут в правительство, их задача будет состоять в том, чтобы распознать все секреты государственного аппарата, чтобы после этого уничтожить его. Но главная цель этого плана состоит в том, чтобы потребовать для повстанцев, которые отказываются войти в правительство, всю сирийскую пустыню. А эта пустыня представляет около 70% всей территории, и в ней расположены основные газовые месторождения [5]. Особое внимание в ЦНАБ уделяется Интернету. Речь идёт об ограничении правительственной цензуры с тем, чтобы облегчить контроль со стороны АНБ [6]. Вместе с тем там обеспокоены тем, что народный Китай защищает себя от шпионажа со стороны АНБ [7]. В тихоокеанском регионе ЦНАБ выступает за сближение с Индией, Малазией и Индонезией. С этой целью разработан план совершенствования механизма, направленного против Северной Кореи. Ответственные лица ЦНАБ из бывшего органа по сотрудничеству демократов с республиканскими неоконсерваторами постепенно превратился в главный исследовательский центр колониального империализма. Кроме Курта Кемпбелла и Мишель Флурнуа в состав администрации входят: генерал Джон Аллен, командующий Коалицией сил по борьбе с ИГИЛ, Ричард Эрмитейдж, бывший помощник госсекретаря, Ричард Данциг, вице-президент компании Rand Corporation, Джозеф Либерман, бывший пресс-секретарь израильского Сената, генерал Джеймс Маттис, бывший командующий ЦентрКома. ЦНАБ и в дальнейшем будет развиваться, потому что теперь он является главным мозговым центром, способным повлиять на оборонный бюджет и перевести экономику страны на военные рельсы. [1] To Prevail: An American Strategy for the Campaign Against Terrorism, Csis Significant Issues Series, CSIS, ноябрь 2001. [2] Progressive Internationalism: A Democratic National Security Strategy, Институт прогрессивной политики (Progressive Policy Institute), 30 октября, 2003 г. [3] The Inheritance and the Way Forward, Курь Кемпбелл, Мишель Флурнуа, ЦНАБ (CNAS), 2007. [4] Pushback Countering the Iran Action Network, Скотт Модель и Дэвид Ашер, Центр новой американской безопасности (Center for a New American Security), сентябрь 2013 г. [5] The Tourniquet. A Strategy for Defeating the Islamic State and Saving Syria and Iraq, Марк Линч, Центр новой американской безопасности (Center for a New American Security), октябрь 2014. А также How This Ends. A Blueprint for De-Escalation in Syria, Дафна Ранд и Николас Герас, Центр новой американской безопасности (Center for a New American Security), ноябрь 2014 г. « Американский «мирный план» для Сирии », Тьерри Мейсан, Перевод Эдуард Феоктистов, Al-Watan (Сирия), Сеть Вольтер, 1 января 2015. [6] Bringing Liberty Online. Reenergizing the Internet Freedom Agenda in a Post-Snowden Era, Ричард Фонтен, Центр новой американской безопасности (Center for a New American Security), сентябрь 2014 г. [7] Warring State: China’s Cybersecurity Strategy, Эми Чанг, Центр новой американской безопасности ( Center for a New American Security), декабрь 2014г. http://www.voltairenet.org/article186374.html