Who signed off on Bagram? The hinge of fate

Who signed off on Bagram? The hinge of fate

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler The warning flags were clearly there but Team Biden chose not to heed them. A top secret State Department Memo in mid-July, cited by the Wall Street Journal, signaled swift advances of  the Taliban and the impending collapse of the Afghan military. Nobody seemed to notice? Let’s offer […]

European funk: Commissioned poll finds ‘crisis of confidence’ with U.S., EU

European funk: Commissioned poll finds ‘crisis of confidence’ with U.S., EU

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler European majorities seem troubled and deeply disillusioned over the ongoing COVID pandemic, which has turned into a crisis of confidence in the European Union, and equally stirred lingering doubts about the United States as a partner and ally. This gloomy assessment is reflected in a current poll which […]

A September 11 Afghan pullout: Should we celebrate?

A September 11 Afghan pullout: Should we celebrate?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Afghanistan’s forever war may finally be ending.  President Joe Biden announced the impending troop pullout from the South Asian country amid largely but not universal bi-partisan support for ending a conflict which started in the wake of Al Qaida’s terrorist attacks on America on September 11th, 2001. Referring to […]

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

‘America is back’ in ‘transatlantic alliance’ — Did we ever leave?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler “I’m sending a clear message to the world: America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back,” President Joe Biden affirmed to a high level assembly of European leaders.  I didn’t realize we had left. “The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation, the strong foundation, on which our collective […]

After troops reduction, Trump says U.S. won’t be Germany’s ‘suckers anymore’

After troops reduction, Trump says U.S. won’t be Germany’s ‘suckers anymore’

by WorldTribune Staff, July 30, 2020 President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he was shifting 12,000 troops out of Germany to other NATO allies and stateside. Trump said he would reconsider his position if Germany begins “paying their bills.” U.S. troops are “there to protect Europe,” the president said. “They’re there to protect Germany, […]

North Macedonia joins the NATO alliance

North Macedonia joins the NATO alliance

by WorldTribune Staff, March 27, 2020 North Macedonia officially became the 30th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on March 27. “As NATO welcomes its 30th member, we reaffirm our commitment to collective defense under Article 5, the cornerstone of the Transatlantic Alliance,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing North […]

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens Europe with open borders as crisis builds in Syria

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens Europe with open borders as crisis builds in Syria

FPI / February 21, 2020 By Paul Crespo Shortly after Turkey suffered its worst single-day military casualties at the hands of Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Idlib last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly stated he was opening Turkey’s borders to Syrian refugees fleeing into Europe. “We opened the doors. The flow of migrants may […]

Pompeo: Death of NATO over Huawei tensions ‘grossly over-exaggerated’

Pompeo: Death of NATO over Huawei tensions ‘grossly over-exaggerated’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 16, 2020 A rift that has opened between Europe and the United States over Europe’s use of China’s Huawei for 5G technology has led to concerns over the stability of the NATO alliance, reports say. Those reports are “grossly over-exaggerated,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in remarks on Saturday […]

U.S. military set for largest European war games since Cold War

U.S. military set for largest European war games since Cold War

FPI / February 4, 2020 Though U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized European countries for not contributing enough to NATO’s budget, in the Spring of 2020 the United States will signal its resolve to defend its NATO allies by deploying the largest number of troops to Europe since the Cold War. Resembling the NATO REFORGER […]

Looking ahead to 2020: Standoffs, abuse, hope

Looking ahead to 2020: Standoffs, abuse, hope

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Peering into the crystal snow globe, it’s time to predict, prognosticate and presage into the year ahead.  Without a pun we need the proverbial 2020 vision to decipher the political and security landscape that awaits us in the new year with both long running static […]

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