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Kasey Pipes: Trump is Nixon’s foreign policy heir

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Donald Trump seems like a president without a party. But on at least one issue, he does not operate without a precedent.

President Trump defies conventional ideological descriptions. On domestic policy he has governed not as a conservative but as a populist — leaving untouched popular safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare and pursuing tariffs to protect American manufacturing jobs.

But perhaps Trump’s biggest departure from Republican orthodoxy has been on foreign policy. And the president he most resembles is a man still respected for his achievements on that front — Richard Nixon.

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President Nixon was perhaps the most famous presidential practitioner of realpolitik — the idea that American policy should be based entirely on protecting American interests. Nixon’s brand of realism led him to pursue détente with the Soviets, an open door to China and an end to the Vietnam War.

And Nixon’s foreign policy efforts did not end with his presidency. As I document in my new book, “After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon,” the former president used his intellectual prowess to advise three presidents as they conducted foreign affairs.

Drawing on some never-before-seen documents held by the Nixon family, what I found was a man even more engaged than previously realized, and who was even more successful in shaping world events than previously imagined.

The jury is still out on Trump’s foreign policy. But Trump could do a lot worse than the Nixonian realism he is pursuing.

One of the best examples came during the Reagan-Gorbachev negotiations of the late 1980s. In some ways, President Reagan represented a return to Wilsonian principles in foreign policy — he believed in idealism and wanted to make the world a better place. And so he became obsessed with the Strategic Defensive Initiative, an idea that he believed could make the world safe by providing a shield against offensive nuclear weapons.

But by this point in his presidency, Reagan was routinely seeking advice from his old friend Richard Nixon. Nixon himself had met with Gorbachev and sensed an opening. But he approached the negotiations not with Reagan’s soaring idealism, but with his own deep-rooted realism. Nixon doubted such a technology could work. Yet he never doubted the value of SDI as a bargaining chip. In SDI, Reagan saw a solution; Nixon saw a strategy.

In a 1984 memo to National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane, Nixon suggested that Reagan could “pull a real coup by formally offering at a summit meeting to mutually share with the Soviet Union the results of our research in our defensive outer space programs. This would undercut the position of the critics who claim that we want a shield so that we can use the sword of our offensive capability.”

Nixon believed that Reagan should leverage SDI for negotiating “massive reductions in not only Soviet nuclear forces but conventional forces.”

It worked. Still, the result — the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) — went beyond Nixon’s realism. It essentially eliminated all nuclear and conventional missiles with short-range and intermediate-range capabilities for both the Soviets and America. Nixon thought Reagan gave up too much in the negotiations. He had wanted the treaty to reduce the nuclear power of the Soviet Union, not of the United States.

With the exception of President George H. W. Bush, the presidents since Reagan have mostly pursued idealistic foreign policies. For largely humanitarian reasons, President Clinton took action against the Serbs, President George W. Bush sought to build a democracy in Iraq, and President Obama waxed poetic in his efforts to encourage the Arab Spring.

Enter Trump — a very different president with very different foreign policy ideas. He criticized the Bush Doctrine during the 2016 campaign, and he has governed as a realist in the Nixon mold on foreign policy.

When evidence emerged that the Saudis had murdered an American journalist, the Trump administration was careful not to sever relations with a Middle East ally. He overruled military leaders (including his secretary of defense) and announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria. And he even announced he was withdrawing the United States from the INF Treaty — the same treaty that Reagan signed and Nixon worried about.

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Successful or not, Trump’s forays on the world stage represent a clear return to the realism of Nixon. And the similarities are not lost on the current president. One of the first items he placed in the Oval Office in January 2017 was a framed letter written to him by one his favorite presidents — Richard M. Nixon. Nixon’s letter said that Pat Nixon had seen Trump on television and predicted “whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!”

The jury is still out on Trump’s foreign policy. But Trump could do a lot worse than the Nixonian realism he is pursuing.

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Donald Trump, Jr.: Democrats’ petty obstruction of ambassadorial confirmations must end now

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These days, obstruction by the Democrats grabs the biggest headlines when they prevent solutions to the biggest issues – immigration, Supreme Court appointments, infrastructure, and so on – but their obstruction is actually the most egregious when it’s at its most petty.

Confirming U.S. ambassadors should be one of the least political things the U.S. Senate does. For most of the country’s history, the process was a mere formality – a president would pick people to serve as America’s chief representatives to countries around the world, and those nominees would almost always be confirmed by voice votes, with little if any debate. It’s a basic courtesy to the president, but, more importantly, it’s a simple recognition that America should be represented by a duly-appointed ambassador in every country with which we have a formal diplomatic relationship.

As it turns out, one of the unifying principles for the Democratic minority in the Senate under Chuck Schumer’s leadership is its obstruction of ambassadorial appointments employed in frustration over the fact that Hillary Clinton isn’t the one making those nominations. Therefore, they’ve made even this basic, uncontroversial duty into a political football by subjecting the nominees to the tedious and time-consuming process of holding individual votes, delaying some appointments for more than two years.

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America’s diplomatic objectives – including those in some of the regions most critical to our foreign policy – are being hampered so that Chuck Schumer and the other Democrats can impress far-left donors and activists with how well they’re “resisting” President Trump.

Schumer and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., one of his fellow Democrat obstructionists, worked overtime to delay for eight months the confirmation of Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Within three months of assuming his post in Berlin, on orders from the president, Ambassador Grenell secured Germany’s consent to accept the deportation of the last known Nazi war criminal living in the United States. Menendez, with Schumer’s support, effectively bought eight months of precious American freedom for a Nazi war criminal.

You would think that situation alone would be enough to cause the Democrat “resisters” in the Senate to rethink their petty tactics. Sadly, though, their embarrassing obstruction has not only gotten worse but has become a direct threat to our national security.

Take, for instance, Libya, a country that has been chaos for years now, is currently without an ambassador, a role that is crucial to bringing stability to the war-torn nation. We are also without ambassadors in Morocco, Egypt and the UAE, three countries that are vital to helping resolve the current conflict in Yemen. The lack of American diplomats in these countries could have truly dire consequences in the region.

Even right in our own backyard, the U.S. embassies in Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas all lack Ambassadors from the United States.

When you dig into the data, the game Schumer is playing looks even more recklessly irresponsible. The last four U.S. ambassadors to Morocco were confirmed in an average of about three months. David Fischer, who received President Trump’s nod to take up that post in December 2017, is still waiting. He didn’t even get a hearing for the first 10 months, and since then, Democrats have continued to delay a confirmation vote, even as our friends in Morocco bemoan being relegated to a mere charge d’affaires for more than two years.

Even a former member of Congress such as Kenn George of Texas has been denied confirmation as out ambassador to Uruguay since April 2018 – a longer wait than the last five nominees to that post combined.

The most outrageous delay of all, however, has been the one imposed on Doug Manchester, the eminent businessman and philanthropist my father nominated to serve as our ambassador to the Bahamas more than two years ago, in May 2017.

In some ways, this sort of seemingly-petty obstructionism is even more nefarious than the big-ticket stuff, such as shutting down the government to prevent funding for a border wall or slandering Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a failed effort to keep him off the U.S. Supreme Court. Those ploys, because of their importance, entailed a serious political cost. They dominated the headlines, which in turn got Americans to become aware, involved, and outraged.

Ambassadorial nominations are different. They are so historically uncontroversial and figure so little into the major political narratives in our country, that very few people even pay attention to them. Chuck Schumer knows that he can clog up the legislative agenda by forcing unnecessary individual votes, and he doesn’t care how much damage his obstruction of these vital appointments might do to American diplomacy.

This Senatorial pettiness is yet one more example of presidential harassment by the Democrats. Their obstruction, in this case, may not capture as many big headlines, but it is nonetheless harming U.S. relations with nations around the world.

Gone are the days of Senatorial courtesy. Democrats today have held up numerous qualified nominees simply because they were nominated by President Trump. It is up to Republicans to realize that we aren’t dealing with people willing to negotiate in good faith, but are rather dealing with stone-cold obstructionists hell-bent on “resisting” the president at every turn.

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Enough is enough. There is a near-term solution, but it will require a display of political courage equal to the magnitude of the issues that we face as a nation. The Senate is getting ready for its annual August recess. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should cancel the recess until every one of the president’s ambassador nominees are brought to a voice vote, as has been the custom in America for over 200 years.

Leader McConnell and the Republican majority in the Senate must stand up to the rampant obstruction coming from the resistance Democrats and fight to ensure that my father’s nominees are all given an up or down vote immediately. Then we can move on to address the next round of obstruction from the Democrats.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry to travel to Middle East next week

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will travel to Israel and Egypt next week to hold meetings about regional energy and cybersecurity issues, according to an Energy Department official.

Perry will meet with government officials and energy stakeholders in the region during his trip, the official added.

After meeting with members of the Israeli government, Perry will travel to Cairo where he will represent the United States at the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum.

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The Forum is being used to create a regional gas market that ensures supply and demand while improving trade relations. Other countries that are scheduled to attend include Jordan, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Italy, and the Palestinians.

The visit comes amid rising regional tensions between the U.S. and Iran as the Islamic Republic continues to break key parts of the 2015 nuclear agreement in response to sanctions reimposed on the country by Washington. Earlier this month, Iran surpassed the Uranium enrichment and stockpile thresholds laid out in the deal.

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As Europe looks for ways to deescalate the situation and relieve economic pressure on Iran, U.S. allies in the region fear the eruption of a military conflict.

“It seems that there are those in Europe who won’t wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. “And then, of course, it will be too late.”

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Trump fires back at UK ambassador who attacked him: ‘We are not big fans of that man’

President Trump pulled no punches in condemning Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Sunday, saying “we are not big fans of that man” and asserting that he has “not served the U.K. well,” after a leaked diplomatic cable showed the ambassador secretly slamming the White House.

Ambassador Kim Darroch described the Trump administration as “diplomatically clumsy and inept” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal,” according to the cable.

The memo was one of several documents published by the Mail on Sunday in which Darroch apparently made highly negative statements about the government of Britain’s closest ally.

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“We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries, and I would say that the U.K. — their ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters. “We are not big fans of that man, and he has not served the U.K. well. So, I can understand it and I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”

The Trump administration has broken from Britain on key issues such as climate change and preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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Britain’s Foreign Office did not challenge the authenticity of the leaked documents, which covered the period of 2017 to the present, and came to Darroch’s defense. It called the leak “mischievous behavior” and said the public has expected diplomats to provide honest assessments of the politics in the countries where they’re posted.

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British Ambassador Kim Darroch, seen here in October 2017, described President Trump’s administration as “clumsy and inept” in a leaked diplomatic cable. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

The Foreign Office said the leaks would not harm the productive relationship between the British government and the Trump White House. A formal investigation of the leak may be set in motion in the coming days.

The State Department declined to comment on the ambassador’s comments.

It is customary for senior British diplomats posted overseas to file straightforward memos to senior ministers and security services analysts back home so political trends and possible threats to British interests could be gauged, but it’s unusual for a large number of them to be made public.

“We are not big fans of that man.”

— President Trump on UK Ambassador Kim Darroch

Justice Secretary David Gauke called the leak “disgraceful” but said Britain “should expect our ambassadors to tell the truth, as they see it.”

The memos also characterized Trump’s policy on Iran as “incoherent, chaotic.” Trump has frustrated European allies by withdrawing the United States from the Obama-era multinational nuclear deal designed to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Trump White House has said the deal only enriched a known state sponsor of terror.

Relations between Iran and U.S. allies deteriorated markedly in June, following the downing of a U.S. drone that the U.S. and its allies said was in international airspace and the apparent bombing of two tanker ships near Iranian territorial waters.

Last week, Iranian leaders summoned the British ambassador as Tehran fumed over Britain’s Thursday seizure of an Iranian tanker believed to be violating the European Union sanctions by providing crude oil to the Syrian regime.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listening to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark “National Nuclear Day,” in Tehran earlier this year. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

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Meanwhile, Iran President Hassan Rouhani warned European nations last week that Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, in flagrant violation of the nuclear deal.

Darroch, though, seemingly harbored more doubts about the White House’s credibility. In one leaked memo, he said he did not believe Trump’s public explanation for calling off a planned military strike against Iran last month because of concern about possible civilian casualties. Instead, Darroch asserted it was more likely the strike was canceled at the last minute because Trump felt it would be a liability in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Darroch said there were doubts about whether the White House “will ever look competent” and that the only way to communicate with the president was by being simple and blunt.

He said that while Trump had been “dazzled” by British pageantry on a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in June, the successful visit would not lead to a fundamental shift in Trump’s priorities.

“This is still the land of America First,” he wrote.

Former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind said in an interview Sunday that the contents of the leaked cables were not surprising or troublesome but that he was concerned such a large cache of embassy documents had been made available to the newspaper.

“I’m not remotely concerned by what the ambassador said,” Rifkind said. “He was doing his job properly and for the most part, I agreed with his comments.”

Since the memos and telegrams dated back only to 2017, “not that many people will have had access to all the documents and that might help them trace who was responsible,” he said.

Darroch’s views may lead to some awkwardness, especially since Trump said shortly after his election in 2016 that Brexiteer Nigel Farage would make an excellent British ambassador to the United States.

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Trump has not hesitated to inject himself into Britain’s political fray, repeatedly criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy and praising both Farage and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a strong contender to become the next prime minister.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump fires back at UK ambassador who attacked him: ‘We are not big fans of that man’

President Trump pulled no punches in condemning Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Sunday, saying “we are not big fans of that man” and asserting that he has “not served the U.K. well,” after a leaked diplomatic cable showed the ambassador secretly slamming the White House.

Ambassador Kim Darroch described the Trump administration as “diplomatically clumsy and inept” and said he doubted it would become “substantially more normal,” according to the cable.

The memo was one of several documents published by the Mail on Sunday in which Darroch apparently made highly negative statements about the government of Britain’s closest ally.

HAPPIER TIMES: RECAPPING TRUMP’S VISIT WITH THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND IN JUNE

“We’ve had our little ins and outs with a couple of countries, and I would say that the U.K. — their ambassador has not served the U.K. well, I can tell you that,” Trump told reporters. “We are not big fans of that man, and he has not served the U.K. well. So, I can understand it and I can say things about him, but I won’t bother.”

The Trump administration has broken from Britain on key issues such as climate change and preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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Britain’s Foreign Office did not challenge the authenticity of the leaked documents, which covered the period of 2017 to the present, and came to Darroch’s defense. It called the leak “mischievous behavior” and said the public has expected diplomats to provide honest assessments of the politics in the countries where they’re posted.

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British Ambassador Kim Darroch, seen here in October 2017, described President Trump’s administration as “clumsy and inept” in a leaked diplomatic cable. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

The Foreign Office said the leaks would not harm the productive relationship between the British government and the Trump White House. A formal investigation of the leak may be set in motion in the coming days.

The State Department declined to comment on the ambassador’s comments.

It is customary for senior British diplomats posted overseas to file straightforward memos to senior ministers and security services analysts back home so political trends and possible threats to British interests could be gauged, but it’s unusual for a large number of them to be made public.

“We are not big fans of that man.”

— President Trump on UK Ambassador Kim Darroch

Justice Secretary David Gauke called the leak “disgraceful” but said Britain “should expect our ambassadors to tell the truth, as they see it.”

The memos also characterized Trump’s policy on Iran as “incoherent, chaotic.” Trump has frustrated European allies by withdrawing the United States from the Obama-era multinational nuclear deal designed to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Trump White House has said the deal only enriched a known state sponsor of terror.

Relations between Iran and U.S. allies deteriorated markedly in June, following the downing of a U.S. drone that the U.S. and its allies said was in international airspace and the apparent bombing of two tanker ships near Iranian territorial waters.

Last week, Iranian leaders summoned the British ambassador as Tehran fumed over Britain’s Thursday seizure of an Iranian tanker believed to be violating the European Union sanctions by providing crude oil to the Syrian regime.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listening to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark “National Nuclear Day,” in Tehran earlier this year. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

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Meanwhile, Iran President Hassan Rouhani warned European nations last week that Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, in flagrant violation of the nuclear deal.

Darroch, though, seemingly harbored more doubts about the White House’s credibility. In one leaked memo, he said he did not believe Trump’s public explanation for calling off a planned military strike against Iran last month because of concern about possible civilian casualties. Instead, Darroch asserted it was more likely the strike was canceled at the last minute because Trump felt it would be a liability in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Darroch said there were doubts about whether the White House “will ever look competent” and that the only way to communicate with the president was by being simple and blunt.

He said that while Trump had been “dazzled” by British pageantry on a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in June, the successful visit would not lead to a fundamental shift in Trump’s priorities.

“This is still the land of America First,” he wrote.

Former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind said in an interview Sunday that the contents of the leaked cables were not surprising or troublesome but that he was concerned such a large cache of embassy documents had been made available to the newspaper.

“I’m not remotely concerned by what the ambassador said,” Rifkind said. “He was doing his job properly and for the most part, I agreed with his comments.”

Since the memos and telegrams dated back only to 2017, “not that many people will have had access to all the documents and that might help them trace who was responsible,” he said.

Darroch’s views may lead to some awkwardness, especially since Trump said shortly after his election in 2016 that Brexiteer Nigel Farage would make an excellent British ambassador to the United States.

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Trump has not hesitated to inject himself into Britain’s political fray, repeatedly criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy and praising both Farage and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a strong contender to become the next prime minister.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Harry Kazianis: Iran and America are headed for a showdown. And no, it’s not Trump’s fault

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While national security experts will debate the merits of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration for years to come, one thing is clear: the pact always ensured Washington and Tehran were headed towards a nuclear crisis. The only question was when it would happen—not if.

And none of that is President Trump’s fault. In fact, we can thank President Obama for this growing international crisis – one that could even balloon into a shooting war.

IRAN ANNOUNCES IT WILL ENRICH URANIUM BEYOND NUCLEAR DEAL LIMITS

The devil is in the details of the deal itself. How it was structured, and the items that were omitted, by President Obama, Ben Rhodes and their allies, ultimately sowed the seeds of its own self-destruction.

But before I get to the deal’s flaws, I must give credit where credit is due: The deal itself was not a complete failure, in that it does do one thing quite well (albeit temporarily), and that is it does, for a long stretch of time, keep Iran’s nuclear bomb aspirations locked down. Tehran agreed to, among other things, intrusive international inspections, a cap on its uranium stockpile to 300kgs (a 98 percent reduction) and limits on uranium enrichment far below anything that can be used to make a nuclear weapon. Additionally, the path to a plutonium-based nuclear weapon is largely eliminated as well.

That’s all for the good. Before the 2015 accord was signed, Iran had enough centrifuges and nuclear material to build as many as 8 to 10 nuclear weapons, perhaps creating the first one within three months—with the potential of sparking what could be a nasty regional war with large losses of life.

Today, that timeframe has been pushed back to a year. For that, the Obama administration surely deserves praise.

Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends, in large part because the agreement itself has several massive problems that turn it from a historic and transformative accord into a giant band-aid that ensures a crisis, sooner or later.

For starters, the deal clearly leaves intact large sections of Iran’s civilian nuclear program—with the ability to still enrich nuclear fuel—intact. While credit should be given for the large restrictions put in place by Obama’s negotiating team, the problem is never truly eliminated, just scaled back.

History will show that it was President Obama’s band-aid approach to foreign policy that deserved the credit for this disaster.

And that problem will surely get worse over time, as the poison pill in the deal was always that almost all its restrictions, designed to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb, expire within 12-15 years after the deal was signed. That’s right, in a little more than a decade, Iran would have been free to do whatever it wanted with its nuclear program, unless a new accord was signed.

And that’s not all. The deal itself never addresses the ways in which Iran could deliver a nuclear weapon. That means no restrictions on Iran’s quickly growing capabilities to research and develop ballistic and cruise missiles. That’s like taking a criminal’s ammo away but allowing him to keep the gun, and worse still, allowing him to build better and better guns—think long-range missiles like ICBMs that could hit the U.S. homeland or allies like Europe—while waiting to get his ammo back.

There was also no attempt in this agreement dealing with Iran’s thug-like behavior internationally. Tehran has been causing problems throughout the Middle East for decades. From screaming “death to America” and threating Israel for decades, to arming terror groups around the region and more, Iran is perhaps the ultimate of rogue nations. It is hellbent on dislodging America from the Middle East for good. And yet, none of this was addressed in the nuclear accord, nor was Iran held accountable for any of its aggressive acts throughout the region.

Taking all of that into consideration, the Trump administration was put in a terrible bind upon taking office.

Staying in the deal meant the threat posed by Iran would only grow over time, and would leave an economically powerful and rich Iran—thanks to its sales of oil and gas—with the ability to develop a nuclear arsenal shortly after Trump left office.

The other option—which it seems Trump has chosen—was to take on Tehran now, when it is much weaker, rather than leaving the problem to a future U.S. president to deal with (much like Obama did to Trump on North Korea). That meant pulling out of the deal, imposing sanctions and trying to force the issue to a head now, when America’s position is much stronger.

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What happens next is anyone’s guess. At least for the moment, Iran seems to be pushing for talks with Europe. Tehran threatened 60 days ago to abandon many of its commitments under the deal if Europe didn’t meet a deadline this weekend to somehow relieve sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Only a week ago, Iran exceeded the cap on its stockpile of low-grade uranium. Then, to make matters worse, it said it will resume purifying uranium beyond the 3.67 percent enrichment allowed under the agreement. While it would need to get to 90 percent enrichment in order to build a nuclear weapon, all of this put together means only one thing: a showdown is coming.

Whatever happens now – whether it is a regional war in the Middle East, or a time of tense negotiations that lasts for years – it makes no rational sense to blame President Trump for a crisis with Iran. History will show that it was President Obama’s band-aid approach to foreign policy that deserved the credit for this disaster.

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KT McFarland says Trump meeting Kim is like Nixon-Mao statecraft, dismisses critics

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President Trump’s ongoing diplomatic efforts with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are reminiscent of former President Richard Nixon opening a channel with China, according to K.T. McFarland.

The president’s handshake with Kim is similar to Nixon’s iconic photograph with China’s Communist then-leader Mao Zedong, McFarland claimed Monday on “Fox News @Night.

“In 1972, there was a picture of Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, who was president of China, and the two of them by shaking that hand, it gave the signal to all the Chinese people that things have changed — we now have a good relationship with America — they’re now our friends and we’re now going to have peace and prosperity,” she said.

“I think the pictures of Kim shaking Trump’s hand… they’re sending that signal to the North Koreans.”

The former Trump deputy national security adviser added Kim is also “invested” in his relationship with Trump.

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“What Trump’s done is he’s gotten leverage,” she said.

“When you talked about the pictures and some of the people who have criticized Trump and say he’s giving him status. He’s respecting him on the world stage. That’s exactly right.

“Kim is now seeing life in Singapore, he’s now seeing life in Vietnam, he’s now seeing what the future might hold for him — not just for Kim, but his leadership.”

At the same time, Trump has little to lose by engaging with Kim.

“If nothing happens, Trump walks away,” she said. “He calls him Rocketman again.”

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“If Kim doesn’t deliver on this, I think he may have potential problems within his own leadership cadre.”

McFarland said former President Barack Obama’s strategy did not accomplish any progress with North Korea, and criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for attacking Trump on the issue.

In a tweet, Biden reacted to Trump’s visit to the Demilitarized Zone.

“Not one missile or nuclear weapon has been destroyed, not one inspector is on the ground,” he wrote.

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“If anything, the situation has gotten worse. North Korea has continued to churn out fissile material and is no longer an isolated pariah on the world stage.”

McFarland said the former Delaware senator should look to his former boss’ actions on the matter before critiquing the current president.

“That’s coming from a vice president whose president had a strategic doctrine with North Korea which was strategic patience — in other words to not do anything.”

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Tucker Carlson says Trump ‘dominated’ Kim as ‘wheezing’ North Korean dictator struggled

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson witnessed the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Sunday, and shared his thoughts on “Fox & Friends.”

Carlson said Kim was “wheezing” in an unhealthy manner and sounded like an “emphysema” patient, whose health was rapidly deteriorating.

“Our president met with the North Korean leader, basically, with relatively few people watching. They kind of almost, like a movie scene, met after walking toward one another — actually to the border. They shook hands … then both of them came back and kind of stood there, about three feet away from us and talked,” he said.

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“Kim struck me — he’s a hard character. there’s no question about that — maybe a little off his game,” Carlson continued. “I don’t think he’s surrounded by people he doesn’t control very often – wheezing like an emphysema patient, not a healthy guy. But, basically, he struck me as kind of self-contained. Trump was about as happy as I’ve ever seen him because it really is something that hasn’t been done before — and probably would not have been done without him and his very different style of governing and thinking.”

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Carlson, who said the DMZ felt like “the end of the earth,” continued to describe Kim’s apparent poor health and labored breathing.

“It really felt like we were at the end of the earth, the middle of nowhere, with kind of not many people around, standing in the middle of the street. It was very odd. And, I mean, right next to Kim. I mean could have touched him, that close,” he said.

“And, he was breathing like an emphysema patient. I’m not saying that to be insulting but he was breathing in a labored way like he was out of breath. And even allowing for the historic nature of it, which I’m sure played a role in his breathlessness, but my take as a non-physician was — this is a very unhealthy guy. I mean, maybe I’m wrong… but that was the first thing I thought. This guy was in very bad health.”

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Carlson also said he believed Trump has been genuine in his relationship with Kim and claimed the president “dominated” and “towered over” the rogue state leader.

“I think it’s heartfelt and he’s not an admirer of the atrocities [Kim’s] committed obviously, but Trump thinks he’s a competent scrappy guy … and it can’t be easy to hold on to third generational power in a country like that where the ruling class is filled with 80-year-old generals … it takes a pretty hard man to keep a hold on power in a place like North Korea, so I think Trump respects his toughness,” he said.

“My sense … just standing there for an hour watching — I think he was probably a little bit overwhelmed by Trump who towers over him and who is a very large man,” Carlson added. “He seemed to kind of dominate him and there was a kind of magnetism and real aggression to Trump, so it didn’t feel exactly like peers. It felt like maybe an older brother-younger brother kind of situation.”

Carlson said it’s impossible to defend North Korea’s horrible track record on human rights and called it a “disgusting place,” but also offered the realist flip-side of the coin.

“There’s no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime. It’s the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It’s a disgusting place, obviously, and so there’s no defending it,” he said.

“On the other hand, you’ve got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. Not on the scale that the North Koreans do, but a lot of countries commit atrocities including a number that we’re closely allied with.”

“You know, I’m not a relativist or anything, but it’s important to be honest about that,” Carlson added.

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“And, it’s not necessarily a choice between the evil people and the great people. It’s a choice most of the time between the bad people and the worse people. That’s just kind of the nature of life, and certainly the nature of power, and I do think that’s how the president sees it. He’s far less sentimental about this stuff and maybe, I think, more realistic about it.”

Carlson’s one-on-one interview with the president is set to air Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel.

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Maduro government claims plot to assassinate Venezuelan leader thwarted

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An assassination attempt against Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, which Maduro claimed was a part of a “fascist” plot to overthrow the government, was thwarted, officials said.

Maduro spokesman Jorge Rodriguez said on state television a network of mostly retired police officers and soldiers planned to bomb a key government building, seize a Caracas airbase and loot the country’s central bank.

Rodriguez said the alleged network planned the attack for June 23 and wanted to kill Maduro, his wife, and several high-ranking government officials.

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He also claimed the plot also involved opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is backed by the United States’ government and several dozen countries who recognize him as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

Guaido, who said members of his own political team were confronted by armed men from Maduro’s security forces early Wednesday, dismissed the latest claim as yet another attempt by the government to distract from Venezuela’s real problems.

“Let it be clear to the regime that they will not intimidate us,” Guaido said at a news conference, urging members of the police and military to stop taking orders from Maduro’s regime.

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Maduro, in a nationally televised address, said later the plotters were cowards backed by the United States.

“That’s not called politics,” Maduro said. “That’s called fascism.”

Meanwhile, Rodriguez appeared to suggest the alleged coup has been brought down by informers within the group.

“We were in all the meetings to plan the coup,” he said. “We were in all the conferences.”

The government has claimed various plots have been averted over the years, generally offering little-to-no evidence to back its charges. The opposition contends Maduro uses such claims to justify his crackdown on dissent.

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Maduro came under attack in August 2018 by two drones loaded with explosives, which detonated near the president while he spoke at an outdoor military celebration. He was not harmed in the attack, which officials called an assassination attempt.

Rodríguez said the purported network wanted to steal a helicopter to liberate Raul Baduel, a former defense minister now in jail, and install him as president.

He also charged Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera backed the alleged thwarted coup plot, but he didn’t provide evidence.

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Venezuela was thrust into a political tug-of-war earlier this year when Guaido, the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly, invoked the country’s constitution and declared himself interim president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brett Velicovich: Iran now sees America as weak – That’s dangerous

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It’s not often I disagree with President Trump. But as someone who has witnessed the brutal actions of Iran firsthand, I believe the president’s decision to put new financial sanctions on the country in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone is simply not enough to deter Iran in the near term.

The U.S. has almost 1,000 separate sanctions levied against Iran already. There is no doubt the Iranians are being squeezed economically and their latest actions are a sign that they are feeling it. Targeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly with sanctions will likely exacerbate the situation and produce additional military strikes by Iran.

The latest attack on our own drone makes it clear to me that Iran’s hardliners currently believe we are at war with them. They have clearly been covertly at war with us for years.

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The hardliners were smart enough, until recently, to not directly target U.S. properties. That is why this Iranian strike on our surveillance drone last week represents such a serious change in the Iranian leadership’s calculus and an escalation that absolutely warranted a direct response from our military forces.

Yet we did nothing.

By not conducting even a limited military strike, we look weak in the eyes of the Iranian leadership.

My fear is that due to this perceived weakness, we will see another Iranian attack in the near term directed against our forces. The Iranians feel emboldened because they got away with their attack on our drone.

Trump’s decision to call off airstrikes and instead increase sanctions makes the Iranian leadership believe we are not ready to take the appropriate action necessary to defend ourselves.

If we did nothing when Iran took out a $130 million drone – one of the most expensive in our arsenal – what’s to stop the Iranians from striking our other assets in the region at even half the cost? If it happens another time and we don’t conduct a military strike, Iran will continue down the same path until we do, putting more and more innocent lives in danger.

To be clear, this isn’t about being in the business of revenge. It’s something that should have been done a long time ago to stop the Iranian reign of terror. A U.S. military strike on Iran is about stopping future attacks and American deaths. Iran’s leaders have American blood on their hands and they don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Iran has never been held accountable for its actions. I know this all too well because I’ve personally witnessed the brutality of the Iranian regime when U.S. soldiers were killed right in front of me as a result of Iranian actions.

I nearly lost my own life when the Iranians trained, equipped, and directed a proxy group to try and bring down a building where other soldiers and I lived in Iraq. A recent Pentagon study proved that over 600 American soldiers have died as a result of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps actions between 2003 and 2011.

When will it end?

When trying to ascertain why Iran is acting as it does, many people don’t take into account Iranian culture. This is a regime that only understands the concepts of power and strength. To negotiate right now would be to surrender.

The Iranian government will send its own people to their deaths instead of surrendering to U.S. sanctions pressure. Even this week, Iran’s parliament was seen collectively chanting death to America – a clear indicator that more aggressive action is imminent.

Could you imagine members of our own Congress being psychotic enough to stand up and start screaming death to another country?

While a limited military strike would do more harm to Iran than cyberattacks and increased economic sanctions in the near term, the only thing that will stop the Iranian regime over the long term is time. The truth is that Iran has the potential of being our biggest ally strategically in the Middle East.

With nearly 60 percent of Iran’s population under the age of 30, the youth and the majority of moderates in the nation want change. They want a better relationship and business with the West. They have no appetite for war.

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Unfortunately, the actions of Iran are due to a small group of hardliners hell-bent on protecting the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. They will only be stopped when their own people have had enough.

The best thing we can do now is put in place conditions to slow the Iranian regime down and allow the new generation of Iranians to correct the mistakes of the past.

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