Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.
Peter BakerScoop: After Moscow intervened in Ukraine, Ash Carter ordered the first war plan against Russian since the Cold War. @sbg1
Peter BakerHas the US done enough to counter Russia? “Obviously not,” Ash Carter tells @sbg1, “because they’re still at it. It hasn’t changed the behavior of Vladimir Putin and that means neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration has done enough.”
Amid global anxiety about President Trump’s approach to global affairs, U.S. officials had a message to a gathering of Europe’s foreign policy elite this weekend: pay no attention to the man tweeting behind the curtain.
Russian meddling is laid bare by the special counsel. Does the president have a plan to counter the threat in the future?
Peter BakerNo one can say what motivated people in the end to vote the way they did. But Mueller’s indictments make clear that something happened that should alarm Americans, regardless of political allegiance, writes @danbalz
President Trump depicted indictments charging Russians with interfering in America’s politics as a vindication for himself rather than a threat to the United States.
Peter BakerIndictment makes clear Russia is waging a virtual war against the United States. But with Trump focused on what it means for him, the American side of the war seems to be without a commander in chief.
Israeli politics has always been noisily contentious, but with the prime minister facing possible bribery charges, the toxicity threatens to reach new heights.
Peter BakerThe next few months, as Israel awaits a decision on a Netanyahu indictment, are likely to be raucous with foes portraying him as a felon-in-all-but-fact and allies painting him as the persecuted victim of a left-wing conspiracy. @halbfinger@IKershner
By laying out in excruciating detail the evidence of Russian meddling spanning the last four years, the special counsel instantly created a new political reality for President Trump.
Peter Baker"I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump once said of Putin’s denial that Russia interfered in US election. Mueller, however, does not believe it and new indictments undercut the president’s “hoax” argument. @shearm