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5 days ago by sbmandal
הצמרת הביטחונית דוחפת לקו התקפי מול איראן בסוריה - מדיני ביטחוני - הארץ
צמרת המערכת הביטחונית תומכת בגישה התקפית ונחושה לבלימת ההתבססות האיראנית בסוריה. העמדה התקיפה, שמשותפת לכל זרועות הביטחון, הוצגה באחרונה לדרג המדיני. שר הביטחון אביגדור ליברמן והרמטכ"ל גדי איזנקוט הבהירו בחודשים האחרונים כמה פעמים כי העמקת הנוכחות הצבאית של איראן בסוריה תיתפס כקו אדום, וכי ישראל תפעל כדי להגן על האינטרסים הביטחוניים שלה.
Mar15  Israel  IDF  MoD  Iran  ForeignFighters  foreign_policy 
16 days ago by elizrael
Trump gets testy as national security team warns of risks of Syria withdrawal - CNNPolitics
In a sometimes-tense meeting of his national security team, Trump complained at length about the amount of American money being spent in the region, which he said had produced nothing for the US in return, according to senior administration officials.
And he continued to question why other countries in the region -- particularly the wealthy Gulf nations -- haven't stepped in.

Despite his annoyance and public statement to the contrary, Trump agreed to hold off on immediately pulling troops from the war-plagued nation, even after airing his displeasure with top national security officials.
CIA  Trump  decision_making  foreign_policy  TrumpAdministration  Mar15  ForeignFighters 
21 days ago by elizrael
Donald Trump’s Year of Living Dangerously - POLITICO Magazine, Jan 2, 2018
By the time the dinner was over, the leaders were in shock, and not just over the idle talk of armed conflict. No matter how prepared they were, eight months into an American presidency like no other, this was somehow not what they expected. A former senior U.S. official with whom I spoke was briefed by ministers from three of the four countries that attended the dinner. “Without fail, they just had wide eyes about the entire engagement,” the former official told me. Even if few took his martial bluster about Venezuela seriously, Trump struck them as uninformed about their issues and dangerously unpredictable, asking them to expend political capital on behalf of a U.S. that no longer seemed a reliable partner. “The word they all used was: ‘This guy is insane.’”

Seasoned diplomats who have seen Trump up close throw around words like “catastrophic,” “terrifying,” “incompetent” and “dangerous.”
foreign_policy  decision_making  Trump  TrumpAdministration  State_Department 
january 2018 by elizrael

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