Clear and present doomsday threat from Moscow puts U.S. on notice

Clear and present doomsday threat from Moscow puts U.S. on notice

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The Kremlin plans to deploy what may be the deadliest nuclear weapon ever aboard submarines by 2020, Russian state media reported, citing a Russian defense industry source. “Nuclear-tipped ending-all-life torpedoes launched from the deep are now the most pressing clear and present danger facing America,” Ed Timperlake, former Pentagon technology […]

Focus of Pentagon’s 2020 budget all about China: U.S. ignored mounting threat ‘too long’

Focus of Pentagon’s 2020 budget all about China: U.S. ignored mounting threat ‘too long’

by WorldTribune Staff, March 17, 2019 The Pentagon’s proposed $718 billion budget for 2020 is designed in large part to counter the threat from China and its rapidly advancing military technology, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said. In presenting the Trump administration’s proposed 2020 defense budget to the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 14, […]

Chairman of Joint Chiefs: Google won’t work with Pentagon but offers ‘direct benefit’ to China’s PLA

Chairman of Joint Chiefs: Google won’t work with Pentagon but offers ‘direct benefit’ to China’s PLA

by WorldTribune Staff, March 15, 2019 Though it ended its cooperation with the Pentagon, tech giant Google has no problem boosting China’s military, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military and I’ve been very public on this issue […]

High stakes Korean summitry, Act II, in formerly divided Vietnam

High stakes Korean summitry, Act II, in formerly divided Vietnam

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Sometimes you have to walk,” was President Donald Trump’s stunning conclusion to the U.S./North Korea Summit in Hanoi, where political great expectations seemed to get ahead of the hard reality that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program created an impasse to an expected diplomatic agreement between the […]

Trump walks away from fake promises, false summit expectations

Trump walks away from fake promises, false summit expectations

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk HANOI – Call the outcome of the second Trump-Kim summit disappointing or frustrating, but it was anything but a “failure.” The real failure would have been President Donald Trump’s signature authorizing concessions in return for promises made only to be broken. The North’s nuclear program is buried so deeply […]

Communist Vietnam versus communist North Korea: No comparison

Communist Vietnam versus communist North Korea: No comparison

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk HANOI ― The slogan, “Hanoi, City for Peace,” would have seemed unimaginable when I was a correspondent in Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War nearly half a century ago. This capital of what we then called “North” Vietnam was the heart of a desperate surge southward that […]

U.S. envoy, Taliban co-founder meet In Qatar for peace talks

U.S. envoy, Taliban co-founder meet In Qatar for peace talks

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with one of the Afghan Taliban’s co-founders in Qatar, in what was said to be the highest-level engagement between the two sides as part of Afghanistan’s peace process. “Just finished a working lunch with Mullah [Abdul Ghani Beradar] and his […]

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

A North Korean defector’s advice for Trump’s Korea ‘Doctrine’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Thae Yong-Ho, the former North Korean deputy chief of mission at their embassy in London, has come up with the term “doctrine” to describe Trump’s policy toward North Korea. He even compares the nascent “Trump doctrine” with the “Nixon doctrine.” That’s bad news. I was following President Richard Nixon […]

U.S. contingent to remain in Syria after delayed withdrawal

U.S. contingent to remain in Syria after delayed withdrawal

by WorldTribune Staff, February 22, 2019 The U.S. will maintain a “small peacekeeping group” of 200 troops in Syria following the withdrawal of most its forces from the country, the White House said on Feb. 21. U.S.-backed forces on Feb. 22 began to evacuate civilians from Baghouz, the last enclave of the Islamic State (ISIS) […]

Report: U.S., Taliban agree in principle to peace ‘framework’

Report: U.S., Taliban agree in principle to peace ‘framework’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the “framework” of a peace deal, The New York Times quotes U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad as saying after five days of talks between the militant group and the United States in Qatar. Both sides have said […]

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