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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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

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

The secretary of state’s acknowledgment came as a new detail surfaced about the intelligence that led to the C.I.A. assessment.

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

Washington’s police chief took the blame. But Nixon was behind the decision.

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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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Congress Presses Military Leaders on Suspected Russian Bounties

Two House hearings grappled with a C.I.A. assessment that Russia offered payments to kill American troops in Afghanistan — and White House inaction on the months-old judgment.

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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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Trump’s Tulsa Rally Endangers His Supporters

His made-for-TV rallies can be matters of life and death.

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Graduating West Point Cadets Isolate for Two Weeks Ahead of Trump Speech

The address comes as the coronavirus spreads — and during a breakdown in relations between the president and the nation’s top military leaders.

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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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Trump Rejects Renaming Military Bases Named After Confederate Generals

By dismissing an idea under consideration by the Pentagon, the president positioned himself firmly against the movement to remove racist symbols and combat racism touched off by George Floyd’s death.

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Aggressive Tactics by National Guard, Ordered to Appease Trump, Wounded the Military, Too

Some members of the D.C. Guard — comprising more than 60 percent people of color — have not told family they were part of the crackdown. Guard leadership, concerned about public opposition, even warned against buying food from vendors.

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The Army Was Open to Replacing Confederate Base Names. Then Trump Said No.

“My Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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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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Trump Uses the Military to Prove His Manhood

The president’s response to the coronavirus that killed more than 100,000 people was lethargic and ineffective. But when it came to anti-racism protesters, it was time to call in the troops.

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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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Navy Secretary Orders Deeper Inquiry Into Coronavirus-Stricken Ship

The investigation delays a decision on whether to reinstate the captain of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt, Brett E. Crozier, who has assumed the role of an unlikely hero.

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Navy Secretary Orders Deeper Inquiry Into Virus-Stricken Ship

The investigation delays a decision on whether to reinstate the captain of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt, Brett E. Crozier, who has assumed the role of an unlikely hero.

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Navy May Reinstate Fired Captain to Command of Roosevelt

Adm. Michael Gilday has indicated that he may reinstate Captain Crozier, who was removed from command after pleading for more help fighting a coronavirus outbreak on his ship.

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How the Theodore Roosevelt’s Coronavirus Outbreak Became a Moral Crisis for the Military

In a profanity-laced reprimand, the acting Navy secretary criticized sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt for cheering their fired captain, who had requested more assistance to fight the infection.

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid

“It is hard to put fully into words what we are all grappling with as we navigate our way through this pandemic,” a hospital official said.

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Pentagon Takes Restrained Role in Coronavirus Response, Despite Calls for Help

Officials are trying to determine the military’s role in safeguarding the United States from a new enemy within its borders, even as commanders fear infection across the ranks.

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A Secret Accord With the Taliban: When and How the U.S. Would Leave Afghanistan

The Taliban have read the secret annexes of the recently signed peace deal. But most Americans haven’t, nor have many of their elected representatives.

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