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November 25, 2022 – Israeli Military Chief Says Joint Activity With US to ‘Significantly Expand’

Israeli Military Chief Says Joint Activity With US to ‘Significantly Expand’

November 25, 2022 – Poland Rebuffs Germany’s Offer to Deploy Patriot Missiles

Poland Rebuffs Germany’s Offer to Deploy Patriot Missiles

November 23, 2022 – White House Says Turkey Has ‘Right to Defend Itself’ From Kurds

White House Says Turkey Has ‘Right to Defend Itself’ From Kurds

November 23, 2022 – Lloyd Austin Holds In-Person Talks With Chinese Counterpart

Lloyd Austin Holds In-Person Talks With Chinese Counterpart

November 22, 2022 – US Warship Conducted Taiwan Strait Transit in Early November

US Warship Conducted Taiwan Strait Transit in Early November

November 22, 2022 – Germany to Deploy Patriot System to Poland After Ukrainian Missile Incident

Germany to Deploy Patriot System to Poland After Ukrainian Missile Incident

 

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November 23, 2022 – Who Do We Blame?

Who Do We Blame?

November 23, 2022 – We Can’t Expect America to Take Its Economic Medicine

We Can’t Expect America to Take Its Economic Medicine

November 23, 2022 – Vote Buying Surges in Advance of Georgia Runoff

Vote Buying Surges in Advance of Georgia Runoff

November 22, 2022 – NATO Doesn’t Supersede the U.S. Constitution

NATO Doesn’t Supersede the U.S. Constitution

November 22, 2022 – Search for Easy Money Fueled FTX-Crypto Collapse

Search for Easy Money Fueled FTX-Crypto Collapse

November 22, 2022 – Is Washington’s Aid Spigot to Ukraine About to Dry Up?

Is Washington’s Aid Spigot to Ukraine About to Dry Up?

November 22, 2022 – Cop Shoots Unarmed Man in Head, Gets Slap on Wrist

Cop Shoots Unarmed Man in Head, Gets Slap on Wrist

November 21, 2022 – William McKinley Was One of America’s Worst Presidents

William McKinley Was One of America’s Worst Presidents

November 21, 2022 – ‘Greedflation’ Is a Red Herring

‘Greedflation’ Is a Red Herring

November 21, 2022 – Resisting Tyranny, Colonial Style

Resisting Tyranny, Colonial Style

November 21, 2022 – Donald Trump Reveals His 2024 Presidential Platform

Donald Trump Reveals His 2024 Presidential Platform

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Israeli Military Chief Says Joint Activity With US to ‘Significantly Expand’

The head of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) returned to Israel on Thursday after five days of talks with US officials in Washington that were focused on Iran and said joint military operations between the US and Israel will be “significantly expanded.”

“In order to improve our capabilities in the face of challenges in the region, joint activity with the US Central Command will be significantly expanded in the near future,” IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said, according to The Times of Israel.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi’s trip to the US came amid soaring tensions with Iran as the US is ramping up sanctions on the Islamic Republic and expressing support for protesters inside the country. Kohavi said that Israel will “continue to act at an accelerated rate against the entrenchment of the Iranian regime in the region.”

Earlier this week, Kohavi held talks with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and CIA Director William Burns. Kohavi said that he stressed to the US officials that the US and Israel should step up planning for joint attacks on Iran.

Israel frequently carries out covert attacks inside Iran, but it’s unclear if the IDF could pull off airstrikes in Iran without support from the US. Striking Iranian nuclear facilities that have been built underground in response to Israeli sabotage would require bunker-busting bombs that Israel doesn’t have.

The US acknowledged in its recently released nuclear posture review that Iran has not decided to build a nuclear weapon, but that hasn’t stopped the hype and threats from both Israeli and US officials.

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

Poland Rebuffs Germany’s Offer to Deploy Patriot Missiles

The Polish government has rebuffed an offer from Germany to deploy Patriot air defense missiles to Poland by suggesting that they should be sent to Ukraine instead, which would significantly escalate NATO involvement in the war with Russia.

Sending the Patriots to Poland would require deploying German troops to operate them, which would mean direct NATO intervention in the war. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht rejected the idea on the grounds that Ukraine is not a NATO member.

“These are Patriot systems that are part of integrated NATO air-defense planning. That’s why it was possible to make this offer to Poland,” Lambrecht said. “Any proposal that deviates from that must now be discussed with NATO and with our allies.”

Germany made the offer after a Ukrainian air defense missile landed in Poland, killing two people. Poland initially suggested that it would accept Germany’s offer for the Patriot deployment, which would also involve German warplanes flying near the Ukrainian border.

The Polish rejection of the German offer highlights the tensions between the two NATO members. Poland has been a major supporter of Ukraine, having sent hundreds of Soviet-era tanks to the country, and has criticized the German government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz for being too hesitant to arm Kiev.

The Polish government faced domestic criticism for its suggestion that the Patriots should be sent to Ukraine. Rzeczpospolita, a Polish daily newspaper, said the decision was “shocking” since it “would involve NATO in a direct clash with Russia, something the alliance has been trying to avoid from the beginning.”

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

White House Says Turkey Has ‘Right to Defend Itself’ From Kurds

The White House said Tuesday that Turkey has the “right to defend themselves” from Kurdish militant groups in northern Syria and Iraq following massive Turkish airstrikes in the region.

“Turkey does continue to suffer a legitimate terrorist threat, particularly to their south. They certainly have every right to defend themselves and their citizens,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Turkey launched the strikes in response to a bombing in Istanbul that killed six people, which it blamed on the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates, including the US-backed SDF. The operations killed members of the SDF, and they reportedly responded by firing rockets into a Turkish district near the Syrian border.

Kirby’s only warning was that the Turkish assault could impact US and SDF operations against ISIS. He said the Turkish operation “might force a reaction by some of our SDF partners that would limit and constrain their ability to fight against ISIS…and we want to be able to keep the pressure on ISIS.”

The statement from Kirby marks a shift in the US approach to Turkey’s operations against Kurds in Syria. The US typically condemns them but is not doing so now, likely because it wants Turkey to approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids.

The State Department issued a short statement on the fighting between the two US allies on Monday that called for de-escalation. “We urge de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common goal of defeating ISIS. We continue to oppose any uncoordinated military action in Iraq that violates Iraq’s sovereignty,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

Lloyd Austin Holds In-Person Talks With Chinese Counterpart

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, in Cambodia on Tuesday as the US and China continue to maintain high-level dialogue following the meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping.

Austin and Wei agreed to resume military communication channels that Beijing suspended in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan, but the meeting was still tense.

A Pentagon official said after the meeting that despite the increase in communication, the US still believes “competition remains the defining feature of the relationship between the two nations.”

Austin and Wei delivered warnings over Taiwan, the most sensitive issue between the two powers. In recent years, the US has been increasing support for Taiwan, which China views as moving away from the one-China policy that was agreed on when Washington and Beijing normalized relations in the 1970s.

The Pentagon said in a readout of the meeting that Austin “underscored his opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo” across the Taiwan Strait and called on China to “refrain from further destabilizing actions toward Taiwan.”

According to The South China Morning Post, Wei told Austin that it was the US, not China, that is looking to change the status quo. Wei reiterated that the “Taiwan issue is the core of China’s core interests” and a “red line” that must never be crossed. Xi delivered a similar warning to Biden during talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit last week.

Xi’s message to Biden was that the current state of US-China relations was not in either country’s interest and called to put the relationship back on track. But Biden approached the talks as a managing of tensions rather than a serious rapprochement.

This article was originally featured at Antiwar.com and is republished with permission.

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