Tag: Barack Obama

Bernie Sanders’s War on War

In 2008, Barack Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination arguably based on a single policy position that distinguished him from his chief rival: his opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq from its outset. Twelve years later, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has the chance to capture the party’s nomination because of that same stance on that same war. At tonight’s Democratic debate in Iowa, Sanders had his best chance yet to remind progressive primary voters that on the most consequential foreign-policy decision of the 21st century, he stood alone among the six candidates onstage in clearly opposing the Iraq ... Read more

Iran Gives Bernie Sanders Something New to Talk About

Sanders is already putting more of an emphasis on his foreign-policy platform. Last Saturday, the senator kicked off a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, by calling for immediate action from Congress to prevent a war with Iran. He’s especially contrasted himself with Biden, his biggest 2020 rival, who, notably, did vote to support the Iraq War. The former vice president, Sanders argued in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, “helped lead the effort for the war in Iraq, the most dangerous foreign-policy blunder in the modern history of this country.” Voters should expect Sanders to stay on this ... Read more

Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings

A group of 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran says it ‘unintentionally’ shot down Ukrainian plane Puerto Rico hit with another major earthquake as aftershocks continue Trump empathizes with Queen Elizabeth II after Harry and Meghan’s royal exit MORE’s current press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamAuthors Stephen King, Don Winslow promise over 0K to charity if White House holds press briefing Appeals court lifts order blocking Trump from using military funds for border wall The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump says Iran ‘standing down’ after missile strike MORE to restart regular ... Read more

Texas tells Trump it won’t participate in refugee resettlement

Jan. 10 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott informed the U.S. State Department that Texas will not participate in the refugee resettlement program this fiscal year. The decision comes after more than 40 governors, including several Republicans, have said they would opt in to the federal refugee resettlement program. Resettlement agencies needed written consent from states and local governments by Jan. 21. The deadline was imposed in a September executive order by the Trump Administration that requires written consent from states and local entities before they resettle refugees within their boundaries. The news was first reported by The Daily Wire ... Read more

How Trump Deals With Iran and What It Tells Us

Two days later, facing opposition that stretched from the Pentagon to his own party’s leadership on Capitol Hill, Trump folded. “I like to obey the law,” he told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday. Kelly Magsamen, a national-security official in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, told me that Trump’s interest in targeting Iranian cultural sites did not come from the Department of Defense. “Where is that coming from? Is that coming from a political adviser? From the latest person he spoke to at Mar-a-Lago?” she asked rhetorically. “I worked at the Pentagon. Any U.S. soldier—all the way ... Read more

The 2010s Were a Decade of Imperial Overreach. Trump Is Making It Worse.

The US military has ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group, pictured here in a March 28 file photo, to move toward the Korean peninsula, amid growing concerns about North Korea’s missile program. (Sipa USA via AP) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspEach week we cross-post an excerpt from Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column at the WashingtonPost.com. Read the full text of Katrina’s column here. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue ... Read more

What War Powers Does President Trump Have?

After President Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force and one of the most notorious and feared figures in the Middle East, Iran’s government vowed revenge. Trump responded by threatening further military action, and even went so far as to say that Iranian cultural sites could be targeted. In addition to drawing the United States closer to war with Iran, the President’s actions have raised important legal questions, starting with whether the strike itself was within the bounds of the law. To better understand the legal issues involved, I spoke by phone ... Read more

Why Kill Soleimani Now? – The Atlantic

Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic representative and former CIA analyst focused on Shia militias, said in a statement that she’d seen friends and colleagues killed or hurt by Iranian weapons under Soleimani’s guidance when she served in Iraq. She said she was involved in discussions during both the Bush and Obama administrations about how to respond to his violence. Neither opted for assassination. “What always kept both Democratic and Republican presidents from targeting Soleimani himself was the simple question: Was the strike worth the likely retaliation, and the potential to pull us into protracted conflict?” she said. “The two administrations I ... Read more

How Trump Beat Impeachment – The Atlantic

Last July, King took his 11-year-old granddaughter to the White House to watch Trump sign a health-care bill for the first responders to the September 11 terrorist attacks. After the ceremony, Trump scribbled his spiky signature on the speech he had just delivered; gave it to the girl; “put on this angry, stern look; and said, If I find this on eBay tonight, I’m coming after you,” King recalled. “He’s down-to-earth, easygoing, friendly,” King told me of his interactions with the president. “He can be pretty profane about this guy or that. I have to remind myself that I’m with ... Read more

In Iraq, the U.S. Gets Hit Where It Hurts

When Iranian student revolutionaries seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and took dozens of American diplomats hostage, it destroyed U.S.-Iranian relations and ruined Jimmy Carter politically. When Islamist militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012, killing several Americans including the U.S. ambassador, it became the rallying cry for Republicans (including Donald Trump and his current secretary of state, Mike Pompeo) who accused Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of malpractice in their handling of national security. So when hundreds of supporters of Iranian-backed militias breached the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday—setting fires, chanting “Death to America,” ... Read more