South Korea pays for vast US Army base expansion, but Trump wants it to pay more
By David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times The new golf course and clubhouse will open next month. Along MacArthur Circle, 23 stone-clad villas reserved for American generals are finished, as are five apartment towers for military families. Over by an airfield that buzzes day and night with Blackhawk and... Read more
Trump says it’s time for US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights
By Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a fertile expanse of land Israel seized from Syria decades ago, handing the government of Benjamin Netanyahu another prize and angering the international community. In a... Read more
Pompeo denounces Iran in Lebanon, even as he meets with its ‘proxies’
By Nabih Bulos and Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times One day after President Donald Trump signaled a change in U.S. policy certain to alienate Arab allies, America’s top diplomat traveled to Beirut on Friday to denounce Iran and urge that its “proxies” be removed from the Lebanese government. Secretary... Read more
Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’
By Molly O’Toole Los Angeles Times The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president’s emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” In two internal memos, Marine... Read more
Funds to deter Russia, build base schools in Europe could go to US-Mexico border wall
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. military’s buildup along NATO’s eastern flank, stretching from the Baltics and Poland down to Romania and Bulgaria, could be curtailed if the Trump administration elects to delay or cancel scores of planned construction projects to fund a border wall. The Pentagon on... Read more
Trump hints at bringing Brazil into NATO after meeting with Bolsonaro
Nelson Oliveira New York Daily News President Trump is operating in the wrong hemisphere. Trump raised eyebrows Tuesday after he suggested “possibly” making Brazil a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made up of North American and European countries. The apparent off-script remark took place during a... Read more
Trump officials chafe at second-guessing of North Korean missile sites
By David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times When workers at North Korea’s Sohae rocket facility began rebuilding the dormant site’s launch pad and engine test stand this month, U.S. spy satellites orbiting overhead quickly detected the construction. So did Joe Bermudez, a freelance North Korea military expert who keeps... Read more
Taiwain is buying jets from the U.S. in exchange for strategic help against China
The island nation of Taiwan has requested a new batch of fighters from the USA- and the United States gets to advise on the type and number of aircraft they believe could best serve Taiwan. Constantly under threat of invasion by the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan has long... Read more
China looks to the stars to steal more power away from the U.S.
There are around 1,957 satellites in orbit around our planet. 849 of them belong to the United States- and out of those, only one of them -launched late last year- is resistant to jamming by foreign powers. While this should be alarming to the United States of America, it... Read more
Senate votes to defy Trump on Yemen, setting up eventual veto
By Daniel Flatley Bloomberg News The Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen as some Republicans joined Democrats in a rebuke of President Donald Trump over his response to the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The administration has threatened a veto. The resolution, approved... Read more
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