Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.

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Top General Declines to Endorse Trump’s Afghan Withdrawal Timeline

The comments from Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came after the White House tripped over itself on the issue of Afghanistan troop levels in recent days.

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Trump’s Return Leaves White House in Disarray as Infections Jolt West Wing

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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Trump’s Return from Walter Reed Leaves White House in Disarray

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.

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Milley Calls for ‘Hard Look’ at Renaming Bases Honoring Confederates

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House hearing that “there is no place in our armed forces for manifestations, or symbols of racism, bias or discrimination.”

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General Milley Apologizes for Trump Photo Op Role

President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.

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Milley, America’s Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle

The military that Gen. Mark A. Milley represents is facing what could be the worst schism with the American public since the fractious Vietnam War years.

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Trump Agrees to Send Home Troops From Washington, Easing Tensions With the Pentagon

But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.

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Trump and the Military: A Mutual Embrace Might Dissolve on America’s Streets

“There is a thin line between the tolerance we have witnessed from the military for three years and the point where it becomes intolerable,” said Douglas Lute, a retired three-star Army general.

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Mark Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protestors

Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions.

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Former Commanders Fault Trump’s Use of Troops Against Protesters

Military helicopters sought to discourage protesters, and retired senior military leaders condemned their successors for deploying such tactics.

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An Accidental Navy Chief Steers His Service Through a Storm

Adm. Michael M. Gilday appears determined that his recommendations on the Roosevelt case will be made based on Navy principles and not on fears of what the White House might want.

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