With the country left leaderless, Senator Jeanine Añez Chavez said she was taking power. But ousted President Evo Morales vowed to fight on.
Ben FriedmanIf you look at the situation in Bolivia and think, both sides seem bad, and I don’t know enough to choose, then you’re doing better than most US pundits, who claim to know how to run most countries. You don’t have to choose. We don’t own Bolivia.
President Trump’s decision to clear the way for a Turkish military operation drew criticism from top Republicans. The president pivoted Monday morning, saying he would prevent Turkey from going too far.
The American hesitation to take military action may signal a weakening of its commitment to protect the Arab Persian Gulf and could embolden Iran.
Ben FriedmanLook, an entire article from the @nytimes on the “U.S guarantee” to defend Saudi Arabia that never points out that there no such guarantee—no treaty or public promise, just policies creating dependence and expectations.
The president’s repeatedly stated desire in private to withdraw from the alliance has raised concerns among officials who fear he may revisit the threat.
Ben FriedmanThings left out of the @nytimes story on Trump's musings about quitting NATO: experts who don't think leaving NATO is a crazy or inherently treasonous idea, mention of the Cold War and the end of the geopolitical circumstance NATO was created to address.
American and Russian forces have clashed a dozen times in Syria — sometimes with exchanges of fire — a U.S. envoy told Russian journalists in a wide-ranging interview this week.
Ben FriedmanShouldn’t the revelation that “US and Russian forces have clashed repeatedly in Syria,” often with exchanges of fire, according to the US envoy to Syria, be a huge news story in every outlet, given the risks involved? Was he misquoted?
Ambassador James Jeffrey told Russian media that some of the clashes had involved shooting and some had not.
Ben FriedmanIt’s hard to imagine a bigger failure of oversight. We’re told US and Russian troops have clashed a dozen times in the unauthorized war in Syria. The public hasn’t heard that before because Congress doesn’t even ask for a public accounting of the war.
China’s Navy is now the world’s largest. It has altered the military balance in Asia in ways the U.S. is only beginning to digest.
Ben FriedmanThe Times breathlessly hypes China's naval buildup. It doesn't say how having more (small) ships than the US doesn't help much in taking Taiwan or winning a war with the US, where most of those ships get sunk. It doesn't mention how nukes deter that war.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday rebuffed a proposal to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and replace them with private security forces.
Ben FriedmanBad reason to be against a dumb idea from Mattis: "When the Americans put their nation's credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea." If we're fighting for credibility in Afghanistan, we'll never leave.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that although the U.S. strategy in Syria is to defeat ISIS and “not engage in the civil war itself,” some things, like the use of chemical weapons, are “simply inexcusable beyond the pale” and “in the...
“Forged by the Sea” – the Navy’s new recruiting tagline – is being unveiled Saturday in a commercial set to air during the annual Army-Navy football game.
Ben FriedmanIt's belatedly come to my attention that the Navy's new recruiting slogan is "forged by the sea," which sounds like the tagline for organic seaweed, doesn't make sense and is somehow worse than "global force for good."
Montenegro, a country slightly smaller than Connecticut located in southeastern Europe, joined the NATO alliance during the Trump administration.
Ben FriedmanI was against expanding NATO to Montenegro, but having done so and agreed to defend them, it’s stupid to say we won’t. Saying so undermines our word and invites destabilizing misperception if we do get involved in a conflict after enemy assumes we won’t.
The bill boosts funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, built in the Fort Worth district of Defense Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger.
Ben FriedmanThe $675 billion 2019 defense budget that the House passed yesterday is larger in real terms than what we spent in any Cold War year. That’s in spite of the tax cuts that sped the growth of our $20 trillion+ debt and the remoteness of security threats.