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Trump’s Foreign Policy Will Be Put on Trial During Pompeo’s Confirmation

President Donald Trump has finally administered the long awaited coup de gras to his befuddled secretary of State, former oil executive Rex Tillerson. By all accounts, ex-Boy Scout and long-term Exxon chairman Tillerson was an honorable man. However, success in the private sector is not always followed by success in government. History will record Tillerson’s short tenure as unimpressive and, worse, as presiding over the demise of the State Department and the Foreign Service. Former Congressman and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, long rumored as Tillerson’s replacement, will take over—maybe. Now the fun and games begin. First, Pompeo must be confirmed by the Senate. This will offer the Foreign Relations Committee [...]

By | 2018-03-26T11:22:41+00:00 martie 26th, 2018|America, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

Gambitul pe sârmă sau Kim-Trump, jocul politic al secolului XXI

Rex Tillerson a părăsit Departamentul de Stat după 405 zile de activitate. Preşedintele Donald Trump l-a numit pe Rex Tillerson Secretar de Stat pentru că i-a plăcut modul de succes în care a condus compania Exxon, iar figura lui de texan îl impunea în faţa audienţei. Din păcate, Rex Tillerson nu a reuşit să dezvolte o relaţie constructivă cu departamentul pe care l-a condus. El nu a folosit resursele departamentului, bazându-se numai pe un mic grup de apropiaţi. Încercarea de a restructura o structură diferită de cea corporatistă, a dat greş. Nu este surprinzător faptul că mulţi diplomaţi experimentaţi au abandonat nava. De asemenea, Tillerson a fost în dezacord cu [...]

By | 2018-03-22T13:57:55+00:00 martie 22nd, 2018|Alexandru Grumaz, America|0 Comments

Iniţiativa de la Bucureşti, între Intermarium şi Incirlik

Iniţiativa Bucureşti 9 (B9), ca şi Iniţiativa celor Trei Mări, evidenţiază importanţa valorificării formatelor bilaterale, multilaterale şi regionale în definirea poziţiilor ţărilor membre NATO cu privire la gestionarea riscurilor la adresa securităţii. Rezilienţa pe axa Marea Baltică-Marea Neagră-Marea Adriatică este de o importanţă covârşitoare în condiţiile în care Rusia consolidează Districtul militar de Sud. Districtul militar Sud[1] este o unitate militar-administrativă a forţelor armate ruse în sud-vestul ţării, având comandamentul la Rostov pe Don şi fiind destinat să interzică accesul pe direcţia operativă de sud care pleacă din Mediterană şi se opreşte în Caucaz. Aria de responsabilitate se întinde din Caucazul de Nord până la frontiera cu Ucraina şi include [...]

By | 2018-03-22T14:01:27+00:00 martie 16th, 2018|Alexandru Grumaz, Europa/Rusia|0 Comments

Time to assess the second amendment

Re-assess the Second Amendment?  Most people would reject the notion at face value. Others would be more critical. After all, only one amendment, the 18th that prohibited the sale and use of alcoholic beverages, was ever repealed.  And most Americans believe that the right to bear and carry arms is sacrosanct. Yet, beyond the terrible toll gun violence is taking on the nation—-and the horrific killings in a Florida school last week are the latest outrage—-there is another fundamental reason for re-examining this amendment.  The amendment reads “A well regulated militia, necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear and carry  arms shall [...]

By | 2018-02-23T10:28:17+00:00 februarie 22nd, 2018|America, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments

Furore Over House Intel Memos Further Threatens Government

Release of the so-called Nunes Memo that challenged the integrity and objectivity of the FBI in securing a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to investigate Carter Page has erupted into a political firestorm and earthquake of at least 10 on the Richter scale. The tragedy is that this memo is further and redundant evidence of a government that is badly broken. Shame on both Republicans and Democrats who have wielded this memo as a blunt instrument to bludgeon the other side. The memo itself would receive a failing grade if it were submitted as a paper in any respectable law or graduate school. It asserts much and [...]

By | 2018-02-12T00:18:47+00:00 februarie 8th, 2018|Blog, Harlan Ullman|0 Comments
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