House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.
In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and cruel regime will collapse. Meanwhile, the only solution is more and more pressure. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?
Donald Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, rests on a massive and apparently indestructible contradiction. Trump wants the United States to remain the “essential” nation, the best embodiment of Western ideals of freedom and democracy, while at the same time deliberately alienating many of our traditional “allies,” whose support the United States desperately needs. American leadership becomes difficult, if not impossible.
The release of the Iraqi city of Mosul and the death of the leader of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, could mean the weakening of the new Caliphate and the possibility of restoring peace in the Middle East in the near future.
A violent group stormed the National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, assaulting opposition MPs holding a special session in commemoration of Independence Day.
The Venezuelan Penal Forum (FPV), a defender of human rights group, reported Tuesday that 22 of the 27 students from the Libertador Experimental Teaching University (UPEL), arrested in Aragua state and tried by a military court, will be sent to two prisons in other states of the country.
During yesterday's afternoon, a helicopter of the scientific police flew over the Venezuelan capital, releasing two explosive devices on the Supreme Court, while armed groups of the government kidnapped opposition officials in the building of the National Assembly.
While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.
The White House accused Syria of preparing another chemical weapons attack, warning the government of Bashar al-Assad that it would “pay a heavy price” if one took place.
The 47th OAS General Assembly will be held on June 21 in Cancún, Mexico, convening the region's foreign ministers to continue the suspended consultation on the crisis in Venezuela during a previous meeting.