American Foreign Policy

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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Australia Blocks North Korea From Re-Opening Embassy, Citing North Korea’s Nuclear Test

March 7, 2013

“Australia, a close U.S. ally, is one of a few Western countries to have diplomatic ties with North Korea, which first opened a Canberra embassy in May 2002. It closed the embassy six years later and then sought this year to reopen it.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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North Korea Warns United States of a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

March 7, 2013

“An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.”

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Who is Colonel James Steele? 1980s Central American Insurgency, Iran-Contra, and the Iraq War

March 7, 2013

“Colonel James Steele, then 58, was a retired special forces veteran nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, according to an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic.”

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Documents: U.S. Allowed Iraq’s Special Police Commando Unit to be Primarily Violent Shia Iraqis Beginning in 2004

March 7, 2013
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Documents: General David Petraeus and Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

March 7, 2013

“The Guardian/BBC Arabic investigation was sparked by the release ofclassified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres run by the police commandos across Iraq.”

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Obama Administration Weighing Loopholes in Authorization for Use of Military Force to Expand War on Terror

March 7, 2013

“A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to [al-Qaeda].”

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U.S. General James Mattis Confident in Middle East Presence Despite Sequestration Budget Cuts

March 6, 2013

“Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.”

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North Korea Threatens to Nullify 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korean War

March 6, 2013

“The threat came on Tuesday as the United States, with Chinese backing, introduced a draft UN resolution to punish North Korea for its nuclear test on February 12.”

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Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) Praises Hugo Chavez via Twitter

March 5, 2013

“”Jose E. Serrano @RepJoseSerrano Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”"

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Chinese General Who Threatened the United States With a Nuclear Strike Visits the Pentagon

March 5, 2013

““If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons,” Zhu told a Financial Times reporter in 2005.”

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British Envoy: United Kingdom Will Publish Parts of Reports on Role in U.S. Rendition of Terrorist Suspects

March 5, 2013

“The British announcement came after a demand from the UN investigator that the US and Britain reveal their finding on rendition, according to Reuters.”

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Two U.S. Embassy Officials Expelled from Venezuela Shortly Before Announcement of Hugo Chavez’s Death

March 5, 2013

“The news comes just hours after Mr Maduro announced that two U.S. Embassy officials were expelled for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilise the country.”

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U.S. Central Commander Gen. James Mattis: Iran Nuclear Weapon Would Drive At Least One More Sunni-Arab State to Develop Nukes

March 5, 2013

“MATTIS: At least one other [Sunni-Arab] nation has told me they would do that, at a leadership level, they have assured me they would not stay without a nuclear weapon if Iran armed.”

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