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Through them, the moderate Republican foreign-policy establishment endured. Schultz, in particular, helped convince Reagan to embrace the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and—while conservative politicians and pundits screamed appeasement—to negotiate the most far-reaching arms control ...
The worst moment for Reagan, for example, was the Iran-Hezbollah-Contra scandal, originating from the fact that the administration had to find a way to circumvent the limits and prohibitions imposed by Congress on the financing of anti-Sandinista guerrillas: a completely illegal intercontinental fraud ...

AMY GOODMAN: Before you go on, Stephen, I wanted to go to a part of a trailer from an upcoming documentary titled Coup 53 about the 1953 British-American coup in Iran and the overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh, directed by the Iranian physicist-turned-award-winning-documentary-filmmaker Taghi ...
The first thing to note is that Bolton would, according to a trio of foreign policy experts from different political affiliations that I spoke to, be a disastrous choice. ... op-eds and public speeches all suggest that he would push Trump to take extremely dangerous positions on issues like North Korea, Iran, and ISIS.
When the exchange was revealed in a Lebanese newspaper in November 1986, Reagan initially denied the report, but later admitted it was true. He justified his about face by claiming that he wanted to appeal to moderates within the Iranian government in order to undercut support for the Ayatollah ...
By the 1960s, according to I.M. Destler, Leslie Gelb, and Anthony Lake, “a revolution was taking place in the structure of America's foreign-policy leadership. ... And let's not forget one of former President Ronald Reagan's national security advisors, William Clark, who never completed college at all.

Jimmy Carter tried to end the Iran hostage crisis shortly after the Iranian revolution in 1979 with a daring and misguided rescue attempt, leading to a failed ... Reagan's watch the Iran-Contra affair cast a pall over what at the time was perceived to be his administration's overall effective foreign-policy record.
Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Reagan administration hoped to sell $8.5 billion worth of these planes to ... the proliferation of conventional weapons in the Middle East, and even the belief that oil-for-arms is no sound basis for a coherent foreign policy.
His stands on Europe's contribution to NATO, on NAFTA, TPP, the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, and his confrontation with North Korea clearly cast him as a realist. But as 2018 begins, we see signs that Trump's top foreign policy team — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense ...
Elephants in the Room asked a number of its regular contributors to name one good thing and one bad thing about Trump's foreign policy in 2017. .... However, given the recent demonstrations in Iran, perhaps Israel will receive unexpected help from the Iranian people intent on reining in the costly military ...
Just as the dissidents behind the Iron Curtain knew Ronald Reagan was a true ally and sincere believer in human rights, so in Iran today the Iranian people sense that President Trump is on their side and that President Obama was on the side of the mullahs. The Iranian people are also aware that ...
Iran ranks only fourth — a judgment call of prioritization most strategy exercises shy away from, which is why most strategy exercises aren't very helpful. ... Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
But notwithstanding his tweets and rhetoric, analysts say, Trump's foreign policy has turned out to be mostly conventional. “Despite all the ... In a well-received national security speech last month, he laid out a strategy reminiscent of Ronald Reagan's “peace through strength” policy. He emphasized his ...
Carter's foreign policy team completely misinterpreted the Iranian revolution of 1979. ... Also on Reagan's watch took place the Iran-Contra affair of 1985-86, a plan to arm the Contras fighting the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, and to ransom Americans held hostage by Iranian jihadist proxies in Beirut ...
Reagan was ridiculed for that statement by the media and by the foreign policy establishment of the day. ... Constant broadcasting should be aimed at Iran in Farsi, dedicated to informing the Iranian people honestly and truthfully what the world, regional and local situations are, and always demonstrating ...
Although the emergence of a popular uprising against the Iranian regime undoubtedly complicates the politics of Trump's decision, the president should ... 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 ...
Trump's policy is not only not isolationist — as many of his opponents (and a few misguided supporters) contend — his pursuit of Ronald Reagan's ... For many of those who pursue “Global Zero,” the real target is not rogue states like Iran or North Korea, or strategic threats like Russia or China, but the ...

Just like Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon frequently did in the 1980's, he shaped the sections of his speech that deal with foreign policy around ... In his State of the Nation address, Trump sought to overdramatise his stance on Korea, Iran, and ISIL, and praised himself for speaking against Iran's "corrupt ...
He's been hitting the road, constructively engaging with allies on thorny diplomatic problems like North Korea and Iran ... 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.
... Jr. National Holiday Law, which was authored and sponsored by his colleague, former U.S. Representative Katie Hall representing Indiana's First Congressional District; and signed into federal law by U.S.
Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday (Tuesday AEDT), a family spokesman said.
Stone, a brash, super-confident dynamo at 64 and a Reagan Revolution veteran, is in many ways the anti-Schlafly: a pro-choice, pro-gay, feminist Republican harshly critical of GOP orthodoxy on social issues.
21, Kelly Magsamen, who served at the State Department, National Security Council Staff and Department of Defense, published a piece for Foreign Policy titled, "Trump's NSC, State Department, and Pentagon Need to Play Together. ... with what Israeli ...
There are real reasons to worry about President Donald Trump's foreign policy, including his casual belligerence toward Iran and North Korea and his failure to rethink U.S. alliances with Saudi Arabia and Israel, but The New York Times obsesses on ...
Here's what you'll find if you glance at the "America First Foreign Policy" page on the White House's website: "The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. ... more than 100 ...
McFarland has heavily criticized then-President Barack Obama's approach to combating terrorism, as well as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, in which the country restricted its nuclear weapons program so the U.S. and five other countries would remove ...
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.
Following the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986, nearly one in three Americans thought Reagan should consider resigning before his term ended.
The USS McCampbell and aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Persian Gulf. (Wikimedia Commons) ... Fifty days into his term, Trump's foreign-policy course remains an enigma. He swears "all options" remain on the ... Defense Secretary James Mattis ...
Tillerson's predecessor devoted his time and attention to a few high-profile negotiations (such as the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace gambit and the too-soon-to-tell Iranian nuclear deal) at the expense of both managing the department and tending to ...
Harassment of U.S. Naval forces by Iranian forces in international waters of the Persian Gulf reveals that Iran's leadership is prepared to test the new administration: on its publicly stated commitment to confront Iran when it fails to meet its ...
... (whose name was always below the fold while Kissinger grabbed the headlines) and President Jimmy Carter's Secretary of Defense, one who served a president with an abysmal foreign-policy record culminating in the failed Iran hostage rescue mission ...
This madcap foreign policy can be traced back to the Iran Contra affair and Ronald Reagan's presidency to the first Bush administration to Obama's.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower "kept the peace by using our own strength" - a sentiment shared by President Ronald Reagan whose foreign policy was summed up with the familiar phrase: "Peace through Strength." I believe the same approach is needed ...
"States like these, and their terrorist allies," he said, referring to Iran, Iraq and North Korea, "constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.
ReasonTwo panels on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) dramatically underscore the tensions over foreign policy among conservatives in the Donald Trump era. The first was ... Ruger pointed out that had President Reagan made ...
Covertly he denied knowledge of the Iran/Contra scheme that helped privatize our foreign policy. Domestically Reagan began to blur the lines between fantasy and fact as repeatedly used an apocryphal story about a "welfare queen" in Chicago to slash ...
The Trump administration is tasked with a number of issues on the foreign policy front, perhaps none more nuanced and challenging than formulating a policy toward Iran. The regime in Tehran continues to present policy dilemmas with ... Such ...
Bush inherited a large federal budget deficit, as well as the fallout from the Iran-Contra scandal, the biggest foreign policy blunder of the Reagan administration. In his first address to a Democratic-controlled Congress, Bush struck an optimistic ...
Yet no one denies that the meeting Silberman was at took place, and although Silberman has said the Iranian's offer was immediately rejected, none of the three Reagan operatives ever told the Carter administration what had happened. ... In his book ...
Muslim or Arab scholars, who express anti-imperialist sentiments in order to challenge U.S. foreign policy, have their loyalty to America openly called into question.
Trotting out themes last heard in earnest in the Reagan and Bush eras (the first Bush, George H.W.), Hurt calls himself a "compassionate conservative" and strongly believes in a foreign policy built on "peace through strength." He opposes the current ...
Let's start with Iran. They mistook a nationalist revolution and subsequent civil war within Islam for a singular attack on the U.S.
A critic of Donald Trump and a longtime member of the GOP foreign-policy establishment is poised for a senior position at the State Department absent a last-minute veto from the White House, Foreign Policy has learned. Brian Hook, a former assistant ...
Trump wants Kushner to handle the Israeli-Palestinian issue too, and Tillerson reportedly wasn't consulted before Trump changed US policy from a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace and put Iran "on notice" via Twitter. Tillerson's pick for ...
There are many such exasperating moments in Andrew Scott Cooper's "The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran," an amazing new account of how a modernizing monarch of 37 years led his country from impoverished obscurity into ...
One suspects that, from Bannon's standpoint, Abrams had multiple strikes against him: Not only is he Jewish and a "neocon," hence hostile to isolationism and nativism, but he has vast policymaking experience stretching back to the Ronald Reagan ...
He also embroiled himself in the Iran-Contra scandal later on, securing the release of seven American prisoners for the low price of destabilizing the Middle East for decades.
His groundbreaking healthcare law may be dismantled and his greatest foreign policy accomplishment (the Iran deal) may also fall apart.


 

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