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16 декабря 2016, 22:59

Investor McCormick, Flournoy emerge as contenders for Pentagon No. 2

Investment banker David McCormick, a former Treasury and Commerce Department official, is now the leading contender to be deputy secretary of defense, according to multiple sources familiar with Donald Trump's transition planning.

18 ноября 2016, 23:45

White men dominate Trump’s early staff selections

The all-white, all-male lineup comes amid a major initial test of Trump’s pledge to be a president for 'all Americans.'

13 октября 2016, 00:28

Clinton camp held conference call about Chelsea's mother-in-law

In an email thread from 2014 unearthed by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, senior Clinton staffers deliberated about a particularly sensitive topic: how to manage a complicated relationship with Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law. First, the backstory. Marjorie Margolies was a Pennsylvania congresswoman long before Chelsea Clinton married her son, Marc Mezvinsky, in 2010.First elected to the House in 1992, Margolies lost her job after just one term when then-President Bill Clinton persuaded her to vote for his 1993 budget bill — a costly vote given the makeup of her suburban district at the time. After unsuccessful attempts to restart her political career with runs for lieutenant governor in 1998 and Senate in 2000, Margolies declared bankruptcy along with her husband, Edward Mezvinsky (who was himself a former Iowa congressman). Soon after, authorities became aware of more than $10 million in illegal financial transactions that ultimately landed Mezvinsky in jail in 2000, and raised questions about Margolies’ own judgment and involvement. In 2014, Margolies sought to resurrect her career in Congress by running in a crowded Democratic primary for the seat left open by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who was running for governor. Naturally, Margolies was hoping for some support from her well-connected in-laws.Aides in Clinton’s inner circle grappled with how to handle the delicate situation, according to the newest batch of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account. A public show of support for Margolies would have required taking sides in a contested Democratic primary election in a politically important state — and Chelsea's mother-in-law was, a decade earlier, the subject of unflattering media attention surrounding her family's finances.An email on April 28, 2014 from Huma Abedin lays out the predicament.“Can you get a conference call at 2pm this Wednesday to discuss Margorie's [sic] primary in PA? We were hoping to avoid getting involved but now that it is less than a month out, and her campaign is not doing as well as she had hoped, we are getting increasing pressure to help,” Abedin wrote to top aides, including Podesta, longtime adviser Cheryl Mills, Philippe Reines, Minyon Moore, Tina Flournoy and Clinton traveling press secretary Nick Merrill.“I can get on for a short time,” Podesta said. Abedin raised concerns about an upcoming New York Times article about the Clinton family and Margolies’ campaign. “The NYT (Amy Chozick) is about to write a story and is specifically asking if Clintons plan to provide additional help and her story may run soon,” she wrote. Brynne Craig, an adviser for states and political engagement, alerted colleagues to Margolies’ first television campaign ads, as well as news clips outlining attacks levied against her by Democratic rivals. “Margolies and Arkoosh have released their first TV ads. I've included them below as well as in an updated memo,” Craig wrote. One month after the email among aides circulated, Hillary Clinton held a fundraiser in New York supporting Margolies’ campaign on May 17, which Margolies herself did not attend. She ultimately finished second in the 2014 primary, losing to now-Rep. Brendan Boyle.

12 октября 2016, 21:38

Wiki hack reveals Bill Clinton’s role in campaign

He’s eager to dive in but her staff worries about mistakes and distractions.

20 сентября 2016, 17:40

How Much Would A Clinton Administration Spend On The Pentagon?

Yesterday I wrote a piece that analyzed the potential cost of Donald Trump's Pentagon spending blueprint. The costs of Hillary Clinton's approach are less clear, but under her current proposals, Pentagon spending would definitely increase. As with my discussion of the Trump plan, it must be noted that the United States is already spending more than is needed to provide a robust defense of the United States and its allies. As my colleague Stephen Miles of Win Without War and I have noted in a piece written in advance of the "Commander-in-Chief "forum earlier this month, the Obama administration has spent more on defense than was spent during the George W. Bush years, and current levels exceed the peak level reached during the Reagan buildup. If the U.S. government can't defend the country on a budget of roughly $600 billion for the Pentagon and related agencies, something is seriously wrong. As the presidential race moves into its final phase, candidates should be asked why they think this massive figure is not sufficient, and pressed for details of how they could eliminate waste, fraud and abuse while crafting a realistic set of missions for the U.S. military. In fact, a recent analysis by Benjamin Friedman of the Cato Institute suggests that the Pentagon could scale back spending substantially if the United States were to pursue a more restrained defense strategy that focuses on core security interests. As for Hillary Clinton, her web site calls for "ending the sequester for defense and non-defense spending in a balanced way." This mirrors President Obama's position, as well as that of many Congressional Democrats. It should be noted that the sequester mechanism - the imposition of across-the-board cuts triggered by a failure to meet specific deficit reduction targets - has not been the real issue. What Clinton is probably referring to is a desire to eliminate the caps on Pentagon spending that were imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The budget caps have not been as onerous as their critics suggest. Congress has upped the caps twice, and the Pentagon and Congress have routinely used the war budget -- officially known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account -- as a slush fund to pay for tens of billions in expenditures that have nothing to do with fighting wars. But even with these loopholes, the caps have played a useful role, eliminating several hundred billion in excess spending that the Pentagon had hoped for over the next decade. An indication of how much a President Clinton might spend on the Pentagon may be determined in part by looking at how she decides to fill key cabinet positions. Michele Flournoy, the co-founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and an oft-mentioned candidate for Secretary of Defense in a Clinton administration, has staked out the most hawkish position, calling for increases that "at a minimum" track the levels set out in Secretary of Defense Robert Gates FY 2012 Pentagon budget. Fluornoy's position is based on the work of the National Defense Panel, a bipartisan body on which she served. As Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies has noted, going down this path could cost an additional $800 to $900 billion over the next decade. Doing so would seriously undermine any effort to impose budget discipline at the Pentagon, or to craft realistic missions for our military forces. Hopefully Hillary Clinton will not adopt this approach if elected president. There are a few signs of hope that Clinton might not go full speed ahead on a massive and unnecessary military spending surge. At the Commander-in-Chief forum earlier this month, she stated in no uncertain terms that U.S. allies in Iraq should not expect the U.S. to send ground troops there "ever again." She also stated that "we're not putting ground troops in Syria." The U.S. already has 4,000 troops in Iraq, so presumably what Clinton meant is that she would not sent large numbers of ground troops akin to the 160,000 that were there at the height of the Bush administration's intervention. If she holds to this promise, it could obviate the need for major defense increases and open the door to ending the use of the war budget as a slush fund. The Stimson Center has done an analysis of how the war fund could be phased out; candidate Clinton would be well-advised to take a close look at that proposal. Another big cost driver at the Pentagon is the ill-advised plan to spend $1 trillion on a new generation of nuclear-armed bombers, submarines, and land-based missiles. Asked about these expenditures in advance of the Iowa caucuses, Clinton said "I'm going to look into that. It doesn't make sense to me." If elected, she should take that pledge seriously and look for ways to scale back the trillion dollar nuclear buildup. The bottom line is that absent public pressure, a Clinton administration could raise Pentagon spending substantially. But there are elements of her plans that, if implemented, could eliminate the need for those proposed increases and begin to put the Pentagon on a real budget. In short, the level of Pentagon spending under a Clinton presidency could be up for grabs, with early decisions on personnel and the level of her first budget setting the trajectory for what might follow. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

13 июля 2016, 10:39

Клинтон может назначить вице-президентом экс-главкома НАТО в Европе

Кандидат в президенты США от Демократической партии Хиллари Клинтон в случае победы на выборах может назначить экс-командующего войсками НАТО в Европе Джеймса Ставридиса на пост вице-президента, передает Reuters со ссылкой на источник, знакомый с ситуацией. Как сообщил собеседник агентства, окончательный выбор Хиллари Клинтон будет объявлен перед съездом Демократической партии, который состоится в Филадельфии 25-28 июля. 61-летний Ставридис является деканом Школы права и дипломатии им. Флетчера при Университете Тафтса в городе Медфорде в штате Массачусетс. Экс-замминистра обороны США Мишель Флоурной, комментируя возможное назначение  Ставридиса, охарактеризовала адмирала как «одного из лучших военных своего поколения». По ее словам, экс-командующий является «исключительным лидером» и имеет «таланты, навыки, рассудительность и темперамент для того, чтобы служить американскому народу на самом высоком правительственном уровне». Ранее источники агентства сообщали, что кандидат в президенты США от Республиканской партии Дональд Трамп может назвать имя своего вице-президента 15 июля. В свою очередь, глава избирательного штаба Трампа Пол Манафорт допустил, что в случае победы его кандидата вице-президентом США может стать женщина.

10 июля 2016, 00:00

A 4-Point Strategy for Defeating ISIS

Flournoy & Goldenberg, Washington Post

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.

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.