Tag: Milley, Mark A

Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments. Oct. 16, 2020 Kathleen Kingsbury, acting editorial page editor, wrote about the editorial board’s verdict on Donald Trump’s presidency in a special edition of our Opinion Today newsletter. You can read it here. This month, with […]

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, added to the confusion around Mr. Trump’s plans for Afghanistan on Friday, reiterating an assertion that the United States will draw down to about 2,500 troops by early next year — and indirectly rebuking the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman for openly questioning that timeline. […]

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s surprise tweet last week that he would pull all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Christmas is not the only important military mission he may abruptly shrink or end as Election Day nears. Mr. Trump has told senior advisers that he also wants to see plans for withdrawing all American forces in […]

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Trump Insists He Is ‘Feeling Great’ as Most of Joint Chiefs Quarantine

WASHINGTON — President Trump continued to downplay the seriousness of his own coronavirus infection on Tuesday, seeking to project an image of vigor and normalcy even as the virus extended its rampage through official Washington, infecting another top White House aide, Stephen Miller, and reaching the highest levels of the Pentagon. “FEELING GREAT,” Mr. Trump […]

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

WASHINGTON — Russian fighter jets repeatedly veered 100 feet in front of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber over the Black Sea. Six Russian warplanes flew close enough to Alaska that Air Force F-22’s scrambled to intercept them. And seven U.S. soldiers were injured when a Russian armored vehicle deliberately rammed an American patrol in […]

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Pompeo Says He and Military Warned Russia on Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he warned Russia against offering bounties for killing American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, even as President Trump has denigrated as a “hoax” a C.I.A. assessment that Russia carried out such a covert operation. Mr. Pompeo’s remarks in an interview on Wednesday came as new details emerged […]

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

In the spring of 1971, Richard Nixon found himself in a situation not unlike President Trump’s. His approval rating was falling — in Mr. Nixon’s case, to a first-term low — just as an energetic social movement was hitting the streets. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Nixon was tempted to use military force to counter those […]

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