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Virtually every U.S. military action since President Harry Truman went to war in Korea has been undertaken without explicit congressional assent. President Ronald Reagan sent Marines to Lebanon in 1982, invaded Grenada in 1983, and bombed Libya in 1986 without a vote of support from Congress.
Former President Carter has urged the United States not to use military force in pursuing America's foreign-policy, especially with respect to the use of ... President Reagan, for example, used his military buildup sparingly, but because he spoke strongly and clearly about U.S. interests, our adversaries took ...

The U.S. Senate's consideration of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for confirmation as secretary of state is a critical inflection point for U.S. foreign policy. ... of state to undo the damage that the Trump administration's travel ban and slashing of refugee admissions have done to Reagan's vision of the United ...
One of the most overused cliches in contemporary U.S. diplomacy is Ronald Reagan's invocation of a Russian proverb: “Trust but Verify. .... How long before other important states decide they cannot base their foreign-policy decisions on expectations or assurances from the United States because ...
Robert “Bud'' McFarlane occasionally served as President Ronald Reagan's transmitter to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger of presidential ... what had previously been White House-level decisions down the chain of command and seems to have no formal foreign-policy-making process whatsoever.
Lindsey Graham gave President Donald Trump some harsh pointers on his foreign policy approach on Sunday and offered a veiled attack on Trump's ... Former President Ronald Reagan has been hailed for setting the groundwork for the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the eventual end of the Cold War.

He's under 40% approval on several important issues, including how he's handled foreign policy and gun policy. But he's at 48% approval on the ... Another historical note is that before they went on to re-election, Obama and Reagan suffered huge losses in midterm elections. Obama's Democrats lost 63 ...
During President Ronald Reagan's administration, Redfield guided the military's public health response to HIV infections within the armed forces and also its pursuit of a vaccine against the virus. In both tasks, Redfield proved extremely controversial. Among the Defense Department policies that Redfield ...
The decline of the GOP — now barely a quarter of the state's electorate — has been a precipitous one in this formerly deep-red redoubt, a decline all the more striking given the provenance of figures like Earl Warren, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Between them, they represented California on the national ticket in 8 ...
At this stage of his presidency, Reagan had completed 49 percent of the Heritage policy recommendations. ... What's more, he said, Trump hasn't just focused on one agenda area, but he and his team has pushed through administrative moves on foreign policy, deregulation, immigration, tax reform and ...
Elliott Abrams, who worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, has argued that Trump has adopted a “fairly familiar Republican approach to foreign policy.” Matthew Kroenig, who advised the Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio presidential campaigns, contends that the administration has “the ...
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election heats up with guilty pleas and plea bargains, there is growing speculation about where this will all end. It might be time to start thinking more about Ronald Reagan than Richard Nixon, and that should give ...
And let's not forget one of former President Ronald Reagan's national security advisors, William Clark, who never completed college at all. The point is not that these people were necessarily incompetent; it is that they all acquired extraordinary foreign-policy responsibilities despite a lack of serious ...
The United States is back to defense spending, in constant dollars, that is higher than the peak spending levels under Ronald Reagan. Only in 2010, at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was defense spending higher. It's worth thinking about why defense spending is about to explode. It's not ...
At the end of his address, Reagan turned toward national issues – in particular, foreign policy -- and homed in on Vietnam. During the time period from July 1965 through his election and inauguration, and well afterwards, Reagan had been mentored privately on politics and world affairs by former President ...
He didn't have any fear of the limelight — Reagan's team actually asked if he planned to run for president — and took the job with promises that we would be the dominant force in foreign policy, a self-anointed “vicar.” Haig's tenure was marked by internal squabbling and overreaching, culminating in his ...
There is always a middle path to discover in foreign policy—and, in this case, a path that can uphold American values, defend our national security and keep our commitments to close allies. This basic idea is not ours alone; it can be credited to President Ronald Reagan, who successfully negotiated a ...

In an episode that his first national security advisor called “one of the great secret alliances of all time” — and was retold in detail by Carl Bernstein — Reagan and the Polish-born Pope John Paul II conspired to pull Poland from the grasp of the Soviet Union. Working together, the CIA and Vatican provided ...
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a national security strategy speech at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. The national security strategy, a document mandated by Congress, will describe the Trump administration's approach to a range of global ...
Given North Korea's blitz of ballistic missile and nuclear tests this year, “the security environment got more demanding,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told sails aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. “We need more naval power.” Richardson also said he plans to conduct more ...
James Traub is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, a fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, and author of the book "John Quincy Adams: ... What distinguishes the current round of cuts from those of either Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush is, first, the way in which they blatantly benefit the ...
Even Ronald Reagan — whom Americans rank as the best president since World War II — must be maligned if he is compared to Trump. When Mark Levin said Trump's foreign policy effectively represented "Reagan's third term," they pounced. "I listened to president Trump's speech today, it was an ...
U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images). Ideally, everyone in government would be graded as in Olympic diving — that is, ...
... the Vietnam War and antiwar protests for Richard Nixon, the fall of Saigon for Gerald Ford, the energy crisis for Jimmy Carter, the recession and assassination attempt for Ronald Reagan, the fall of the Berlin Wall and invasion of Panama for George H.W. Bush, the “Black Hawk Down” battle for Bill Clinton, ...
At an annual national security conference at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California this weekend, Pentagon and Congressional leaders said they don't see a path forward for President Donald Trump's promised military buildup. “The math just isn't there,” Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant ...
In his soon-to-be-unveiled national security strategy, President Donald Trump intends to claim the foreign policy mantle of Ronald Reagan and frame his presidency as a tribute to Reagan's worldview and an extension of his legacy. But Trump's words, actions and policies reveal how far we have drifted ...
Alexander Haig, Ronald Reagan's choice as secretary of state, made the mistake of thinking he should have a lead role in shaping foreign policy. Reagan, unlike Nixon, knew little about foreign policy, but his White House assistants knew what he wanted and used the NSC to ensure that his hard-line ...
... U.S. foreign policy from what they perceived as wimpy defense to aggressive and righteous offense. The heirs of rollback advocates in the Reagan, Bush and Trump administrations have continued to direct body blows at decades of U.S. practice of patient development, punctuated and limited intervention ...
Panetta and Pompeo were among scores of experts sharing sometimes-clashing views during a two-day conference on security and foreign policy at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. Along with cyber-threats, a recurring theme was the threat posed by North Korea, which ...
The transatlantic relationship has been a cornerstone of American foreign policy for two hundred years. Dubbed the “Special Relationship” by Winston Churchill in 1945, the ties between our countries are more than simply filial; they're economic and cultural, as well as defense and intelligence-focused.
Another Navy accident in the Pacific. A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying eleven people crashed in the Philippine Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said Wednesday. It was the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet in the ...
Similarly, there is a burgeoning literature that addresses the very close personal ties between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. The two shared a commitment to democracy and free markets that was both deep and genuine. It should therefore come as no surprise that it was the United States, ...
But here's something that I do know: If your objective is to maximize the effectiveness of American foreign policy, it's essential that the secretary of state be universally perceived as having the full backing of the commander in chief. That's the sine qua non of a fully empowered U.S. diplomacy. With it, all of ...
He focused intently on policy, especially foreign policy — and yet ... Ronald Reagan's sunny optimism contrasted sharply with Carter's “malaise.
Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" approach to ... New presidents almost always face a foreign-policy test.
OPINION | To overcome crisis, Trump can be like Nixon or Reagan ... the White House — pursued an independent and illegal foreign policy.
In light of his recent domestic and foreign policy blunders, ... Trump's "open letter" ridiculed the Reagan administration's Persian Gulf policy and ...
Similarly, Reagan's confidence rating in foreign policy has jumped from 41 to 60. On both issues, Carter's ratings remain in the mid-40s.
Few recall the details of these Reagan-era fights. But many remember that the 1980s ended badly for the Soviet Union. And that is the point: ...
... the country that Ronald Reagan used to call a shining city on a hill. ... President Trump has failed to meet his three big foreign policy goals.
Cal Thomas: A foreign policy win for Trump ... Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan's “peace through strength” approach to deterring ...
The idea of "peace through strength" can be traced back to at least Roman times and almost certainly goes back even further, but in U.S.
he asked. "I have a long history with agriculture," responded Lighthizer, who was deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan. "I assure you we will prioritize agriculture." For her part, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D.- Mich.) signaled her approval of ...
Voters wanted a president with a muscular foreign policy, but they did not want nuclear war. That shared desire allowed the Nuclear Freeze Movement, a grassroots protest against Reagan's defense policies, to organize a broad, nonpartisan coalition ...
The Ronald Reagan administration is our stark example that a disruptive U.S. foreign policy, breaking with the long-standing policies of its immediate predecessors, is not, in and of itself, a bad thing for America or the world.
... slow start" (the Washington Post's David Ignatius), that he has "all but covered himself in a cloak of invisibility" (the New York Times), and that he "might be the weakest Secretary of State ever," as a hysterical headline last week here at ...
23 to bring back the Reagan-era Mexico City Rule, also known as the Global Gag Rule. The original executive order prohibits any NGO that receives funding from USAID from using other sources of funding to provide abortions, or even give counsel and ...
For instance, in the 2016 presidential elections, the Pew Research Center poll revealed "the environment" was only twelfth in importance among registered voters, well behind the leading concerns about the economy, terrorism and foreign policy. Exit ...
Many of Reagan's foreign policy decisions hurt world relations in the long run, and arming and supporting the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan was perhaps his biggest mistake.
In 1990, former President Ronald Reagan gave a moving speech to mark the end of the Cold War. "I received a letter just before I left office from a man.


 

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