Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is The Cold War 'Gentlemen’s Agreement' Between Russian And U.S. Spies Now Over?

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Jonathan Masters, Council on Foreign Relations: Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

A growing list of brazen foreign operations signals that there are few constraints on Russian intelligence under Vladimir Putin’s leadership.

The poisoning of a Russian former double agent, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter with a rare nerve agent in England has raised new concerns in NATO capitals about Russia’s willingness to escalate intelligence operations beyond established norms. The British and U.S. governments have blamed Russia for the attack, which follows a series of unexplained deaths of Russians in the United Kingdom in recent years. For longtime CIA veteran Jack Devine, it appears that some of the unwritten conventions of spy-craft with Russia no longer apply. “Russia today seems unconstrained by any norms,” says Devine in a written interview, citing assassination campaigns, meddling in foreign elections, and bombing civilians in Syria.

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WNU Editor: A lot of things have changed in the past few years .... so why not an understanding on how spies operate.

President Trump And The Pentagon Do Not See Eye-To-Eye On Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2018.

VOA: Trump Hints He May Break With His Generals on Iran

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump appears increasingly willing to defy some of his top generals, as his administration grapples with how best to deal with Iran.

Trump is facing a May deadline to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, and signaled again Tuesday that he is not afraid to pull the U.S. out of the agreement unless other signatories are willing to make major changes.

"A lot of bad things are happening in Iran," the president said during a visit to the White House by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"The deal is coming up in one month, and you will see what happens," he added.

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WNU Editor: Absent a better alternative .... I am willing to bet that President Trump will recertify the Iran nuclear deal, albeit reluctantly.

Tweets For Today

Commander of U.S. Strategic Command: Would Not Recommend An Immediate Response If Russian Nukes Were Heading To The U.S.

Gen. John Hyten, Head of the U.S. Strategic Command. C-Span

Washington Examiner: Top US commander says he would not recommend an immediate response if Russian nukes were heading to US

If the U.S. detected one or two incoming ballistic missiles that could be nuclear-armed, the Air Force general in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal told Congress Tuesday that he would recommend the U.S. hold its fire until the missiles landed or were shot down.

Gen. John Hyten, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, was answering a question during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee about whether a low-yield weapon launched from a U.S. submarine might spark an all-out nuclear war because an adversary would not be able to tell if it was carrying a larger warhead.

Hyten said an adversary would have only 30 minutes to react, and would likely not launch an immediate counterstrike.

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WNU Editor: Gen. John Hyten qualifies his answer by saying that it is only if there is one or two missiles heading to the U.S. that he would not recommend an immediate response. Hmmm .... if there is a missile or two coming from Russia directed at the U.S., I can say with confidence that in the next few minutes there will be a few dozen and then a few hundred heading to the U.S.. This talk of a limited nuclear war is a dangerous path to believe in .... because it will not be limited.

Picture Of The Day

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad, April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Retrospective: Fifteen years in Iraq (Reuters).

Commander of U.S. Strategic Command: U.S. Doesn't Have Defenses Against Russia's And China's Hypersonic Weapons

U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Yuri Gripas, Reuters

CNBC: China and Russia are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons, and the US can't defend against them, top nuclear commander says

* America's top nuclear commander said the U.S. doesn't have defenses against hypersonic weapons.
* "Both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities," said Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.
* Earlier this month, Russia announced a slew of new nuclear weapons as well as hypersonic missiles.

America's top nuclear commander described a grim scenario for U.S. forces facing off against a new breed of high-speed weapons that Russia and China are developing.

"We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us," Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. This means that, as of now, the U.S. has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons, he said.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., then asked the general to explain what a hypersonic weapon is and what it does.

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More News On Today's Testimony From U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command

Stratcom Chief Testifies on Command’s Readiness to Deter, Respond -- US Department of Defense
StratCom Chief Worries Amid Claims of 'Unstoppable' Russian Missile --
Nuclear commander says Russia and China are developing high-speed hypersonic weapons and the US can't defend against them -- Daily Mail
China and Russia are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons — and the US doesn't have any defenses -- Business Insider
U.S. Says Russia Increasing Deployment Of 'Banned' Cruise Missile -- RFE
StratCom commander backs deployment of low-yield nukes on submarine-launched ballistic missiles -- Omaha World-Herald
US Strategic Command Supports Need for Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons - Commander -- Sputnik
Top general: Now not the 'right' time to create a 'Space Force' -- The Hill
US military should step up cyber ops: general -- AFP

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Warning Shot From U.S. Secretary Of Defense James Mattis

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was not surprised by Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election

David Barno and Nora Bensahel, War On The Rocks: Jim Mattis Fires a Clear Warning Shot

In case you missed it, here’s the most important sentence in the recently released National Defense Strategy: “America’s military has no preordained right to victory on the battlefield.” These blunt words from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis encapsulate the key theme of the document, which conveys a powerful sense of urgency about what it will take to fight and win the nation’s future wars. The strategy sends an important inside message to the Pentagon, identifying what the services need to do in order to be fully prepared for the next big war. But it also sends an important outside message, to the American people, about the challenges that the nation may face in the future — and every person serving in uniform needs to help spread that message as widely as possible.

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WNU Editor: This is a must read. A summary of the National Defense Strategy is here.

Update: He should have also included China in today' remarks .... Mattis points to UK poisoning, calls Russia 'strategic competitor' (AFP).

U.S. Senate Rejects War Powers Resolution For Yemen. U.S. Military Support For Saudi Arabia's War In Yemen Will Conitnue

Sens. Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders introduce a joint resolution to remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities in Yemen.

New York Times: Senators Reject Effort to Cut U.S. Support for Saudi-led Campaign in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a bipartisan effort to halt American military support for the deadly Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, as lawmakers from both parties declined on Tuesday to support a rare attempt to limit the president’s war powers.

The resolution, which brought together a handful of Republicans and liberal Democrats, provided a venue for a highly unusual debate on the Senate floor, on the 15th anniversary of American forces entering Iraq, over the extent of the use of force abroad and Congress’s role in doing so. But by a vote of 55 to 44, the measure was ultimately referred back to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for further debate without a final vote.

In a show of opposition, the Trump administration sent Pentagon and State Department officials to Capitol Hill last week to make the case in a classified briefing that the measure was misguided and could do lasting damage to the United States’ relationship with a key Arab ally, Saudi Arabia. Tuesday’s debate played out as President Trump met with the influential young Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at the White House.

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WNU editor: The vote was bipartisan (from Defense News) .... The vote to table the measure was mostly partisan, as 10 Democrats voted with the Republican majority, including the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Ranking Democrat Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. Five Republicans joined the mostly Democratic minority who voted in vain to keep the measure alive.

More News On The U.S. Senate Rejecting A War Powers Resolution For Yemen

Senate rejects bid to end U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen -- Reuters
Senate turns back resolution limiting US military in Yemen -- AP
US Senate blocks move to end involvement in Yemen -- Defense News
Senate Scuttles Yemen Measure as Saudi Prince Meets With Trump -- Bloomberg
Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support -- The Hill
Senators block Yemen war powers resolution -- CNN
Yemen war: Senate rejects ending US support of Saudi-led campaign -- The Guardian
Senate blocks Bernie Sanders-led push to end U.S. assistance in Yemen civil war -- Washington Times
Lawmakers just tried — and failed — to end US support for the Saudi war in Yemen -- VOX

The Venezuelan Government Has Started To Purge The Military

Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, talks during a military parade next to Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez (right), in La Guaira, Venezuela, on May 21. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Miami Herald: U.S. sanctions and worries of a coup erode Maduro's control of Venezuelan military

When military counter-intelligence officers went to Fort Tiuna in Caracas on May 2, they found the Ayala Battalion's Russian-made armored vehicles loaded with ammunition, in violation of regulations.

The battalion's commander was arrested and now faces charges of treason, as do five lieutenant colonels.

That same day, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez went to Fort Tiuna and ordered all Military Academy cadets to leave immediately. His extraordinary visit was sparked by fears of an insurrection, military sources told el Nuevo Herald.

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Update: Venezuela's Maduro Ramps Up Arrests to Purge Dissenting Military (Bloomberg)

WNU Editor:  As long as the elite in the military and the intelligence services stay loyal, along with the die-hard Chavistas on the street .... Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is safe.

The Exodus Of Thousands From Venezuela Continues

Miami Herald: Venezuelans flee Maduro regime seeking freedom and safety — but asylum is elusive

BOGOTA, Colombia - When Venezuelan authorities arrested her mother in 2014 on thinly veiled political charges, her brother went into hiding and Mery Muñoz was left alone.

Just 16 years old, she lived by herself in a house that was regularly ransacked by police and armed, government-backed groups known as colectivos. She was attacked and threatened as they destroyed furniture, doors and even a wall — just to prove they could.

Her front door had been broken down so many times she had to wire it shut at night — a flimsy barrier between her and one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

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WNU editor: This number says it all (from VOA) .... At the Simon Bolivar International Bridge that spans the border, officials say 25,000 Venezuelans cross the bridge into Colombia every day.

More News On The Growing Exodus Of Venezuelans From Their Country

Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans -- AP
U.S. gives $2.5 million emergency aid for Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia -- Reuters
US offers $2.5m in aid to Venezuelans in Colombia -- BBC
US to supply emergency food, medicine to Venezuelan migrants -- Washington Post
Tuberculosis Rates Spike Amid Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela: 'It's Hitting Us Hard.' -- People
The bridge of last hope is a window on modern Venezuela -- Euronews
This Refugee Crisis Happening Now in America’s Backyard -- VOA

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 20, 2018

South Korean and US tanks fire live rounds during a joint military exercise near the DMZ on April 21, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Andrew Salman, Asia Times: Major diplomatic game afoot as Korean war games cut short

South Korea and the US say annual military drills will start on April 1, as a flurry of multilateral diplomatic activity lays the groundwork for summits to be held in April and May

Washington and Seoul have announced that their annual joint military drills will commence from April 1, while a massive diplomat effort is underway to lay the foundations for two summits designed to resolve issues on the troubled peninsula.

The military drills, involving over 300,000 troops, were delayed because of the 2018 Winter Olympiad, which finished when the Paralympics concluded on March 18. An intensive inter-Korean dialog on the sidelines of the Games resulted in plans for an inter-Korean summit and – according to a South Korean delegation which went to Pyongyang – a promise from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to suspend nuclear and missile tests and to convene a summit with US President Donald Trump.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 20, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit Is No Game Changer -- Steven Metz, National Interest

300,000 Troops Will Soon Train for War With North Korea (But There's A Big Catch) -- Andrew Salmon, National Interest

Will North Korea's Kim meet with Japanese PM Abe? -- Julian Ryall, DW

Why Crown Prince's US visit is hugely significant -- Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, Arab News

Britain and the US must stop fuelling the bloody Saudi war on Yemen -- Patrick Wilcken, The Guardian

AP Explains: What’s next after Turkey seizes Syria’s Afrin -- Zeina Karam, AP

15 Years in Iraq: A Shameful Anniversary -- Daniel R. DePetris, The American Conservative

China Upgrades Diplomacy While the U.S. Pulls Back -- Helena Legarda, The Diplomat

African Continental Free Trade Area: What you need to know -- Loes Witschge, Al Jazeera

What hurts Putin? Germany’s defense minister wants to find out -- Sebastian Sprenger, Defense News

UK is infused with Russian money, making a crackdown hard -- Danica Kirka, AP

Mexican leftist's 'big tent' pitch puts presidency in sight -- Dave Graham, Reuters

The Problem Is Facebook, Not Cambridge Analytica -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook -- AFP

Facebook, Uber and the end of the Great American Tech Delusion -- Spengler, Asia Times

World News Briefs -- March 20, 2018 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Trump praises U.S. military sales to Saudi as he welcomes crown prince

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday and credited U.S. defense sales to the Saudis with boosting American jobs, even as Riyadh’s involvement in Yemen’s civil war faced criticism.

In the Oval Office, Trump and the crown prince praised the strength of U.S.-Saudi ties, which had grown strained under the Obama administration in part over differing views toward Riyadh’s regional rival, Iran.

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Senate rejects bid to end U.S. support for Saudi campaign in Yemen.

Rocket attack on Syrian capital kills 35 people.

Turkey detains more than 100 suspected PKK members ahead of Newroz spring festival.

Erdogan vows to extend Turkey's operation to Syria's northeast. Turkey threatens to attack Syrian town held by US troops.

Erdogan tells US to end 'deception' on Syria.

Syrian government demands Turkish troops leave Afrin.

Eastern Ghouta: Despite bomb hail, Tariq resists evacuation. Syria's war: 16 children killed in strike on Ghouta school.

Syria forces battle to secure Damascus.

Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza attack on PM's convoy.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince arrives in Washington on official visit.

Iranian leader says Tehran has defused regional threats.


Islamabad still mulling Kabul’s offer of talks, overtures.

China’s Xi strikes nationalistic tone, vows to protect ‘every inch’ of China. Xi Jinping lays out vision for China in nationalistic speech to parliament. Xi Jinping warns he is ready to 'fight bloody battles' against China's enemies.

Xi gives stark Taiwan warning in hands-off message to Trump.

Kim Jong Un keeps out of public eye following summit announcements.

Finnish FM: Koreas, US talks won't include denuclearization.

K-pop stars to perform in North Korea for first time since 2005.

Maldives to lift state of emergency, charge ex-president, chief justice with bribery.

Japan prepares to execute up to 13 members of Aum Shinrikyo cult.

Chinese authorities use facial recognition, public shaming to crack down on jaywalking, criminals.


Mali PM to visit restive north for first time since 2014.

South Sudan wants UN peacekeepers out.

Chad public sector back to work after seven-week strike.

Canada to send helicopters to U.N. Mali mission, allies relieved.

Nigerian army failed to act on warnings before schoolgirls abducted, Amnesty says.

Ethiopia's ruling party to choose new leader.

'I'm no puppet': The only candidate running against Sisi in Egypt's election.

On temporary islands in C.Africa, hundreds flee militia torture.

New S.African president suspends tax chief.

Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya.


Germany reassures Ireland over Brexit border impasse.

No new Russia sanctions seen at EU summit: official.

Slovakia crisis grows as president nixes proposed new gov’t.

French Police question Sarkozy over alleged Libyan campaign financing. French ex-president Sarkozy in custody over campaign funding.

Norway justice minister quits to avert government collapse.

Spy poisoning: Russian diplomats prepare to leave UK.

Boris Johnson: Russia's position in Skripal case is 'increasingly bizarre'.

Putin tells West he has no 'plans to accelerate an arms race'.

Russia will target European elections in 2019, former NATO boss says.

Mosque in Germany attacked with Molotov bombs.

Italy detains Spanish ship after picking up 218 migrants.

Macron unveils plan to boost French, 'language of liberty'.


Cambridge Analytica CEO claims influence on U.S. election, Facebook questioned.

Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans.

Another shutdown looms as US Congress haggles over spending. US Congress closes in on massive spending bill.

Texas explosions: FBI investigating new blast at FedEx plant. Fifth package bomb strikes Texas, at FedEx facility near San Antonio.

Trump congratulates Putin, gets backtalk from Republicans.

White House: No plan to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election victory. Kremlin says Trump's failure to congratulate Putin not 'unfriendly act'.

US Senators to force vote to redefine U.S. role in Yemen.

President Trump bans deals in Venezuela's crypto-currency.

Tuberculosis batters a Venezuela in crisis.

Cuba opens wholesale market to sell basic staples.

Californians fed up with housing costs and taxes are fleeing state in big numbers.

Crime spike prompts Canada to unveil tougher gun control steps.


Exclusive: U.S. advancing toward first Guantanamo repatriation under Trump.

Saudi crown prince: 'Iran is harbouring al-Qaeda' leaders.

Islamic State takes Damascus area after rebels pull out: monitor.

Iraq: India confirms killing of 39 workers abducted by IS.


Stock indexes end mostly higher, but Facebook sinks again.

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm’s CEO suspended.

US unafraid of trade war after G20 meet.

China urges US to not act 'emotionally' on trade. China's premier hopes trade war can be averted, pledges more open economy.

Facebook loses $40bn in share value over user data scandal.

Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy.

The U.S. Navy's Next Missile Submarines Are Not Cheap

Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray

Popular Mechanics: The Navy's Next Missile Submarines Will Have an 'Eye-Watering' Price Tag

The 12 Columbia-class submarines will replace the existing 14 Ohio-class subs in conducting nuclear deterrence patrols.

The Navy’s next generation ballistic missile submarine will cost $100 billion over the lifetime of the program, an amount Secretary of Defense Richard V. Spencer describes as “eye-watering.” The amount covers everything from research and development of the submarines to construction of the twelve submarines. The Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines will form the sea-based leg of America’s nuclear triad through the 2080s.

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WNU Editor: The cost of building two of them is the equivalent of building a Ford aircraft carrier. They are definitely not cheap.

While President Trump Supports Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, The U.S. Senate Moves To Cut Military Support

Newsweek: Trump Touts Military Cooperation With Saudi Arabia As Congress Pushes to Halt U.S. Aid Over War in Yemen

President Donald Trump met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the Oval Office on Tuesday, as he touted the strong relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and plans to sell military equipment to the Kingdom.

“The relationship is probably the strongest it’s ever been. We understand each other,” Trump said during the meeting. “Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation and they are going to give the United States some of that wealth hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment in the world.

“As I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment, there’s nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment. Saudi Arabia appreciates that. They’ve done tests of everything,” Trump continued.

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WNU Editor: I remember the day when it was Israel and their supporters in the U.S. Congress who were the main driving force that made sure Saudi Arabia was limited in the type of weapons it could buy from the U.S.. Today .... with Saudi Arabia committed to purchasing $400 billion in arms in the next few years .... those voices are now very quiet. This shows how much the Middle East has changed in the past 10 - 15 years, and how much tensions have increased in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran. As for the U.S. Congress stopping U.S. military support to Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen .... the US Senate is voting on that today (see links below).

More News On The U.S. Senate Moving To Cut Military Support To Saudi Arabia For Its War Against Yemen

US Senate to Vote on Military Involvement in Yemen War -- Voice of America
US is resisting calls to end its support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war -- Washington Post
US Senate to Vote on Whether to End the US Involvement in Yemen War -- Al Bawaba/UPI
Senate votes on ending support for Saudi campaign in Yemen as crown prince meets Trump -- RT

President Trump Congratulates Russian President Putin On His Reelection

New York Times: Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for his recent re-election victory and said the two are likely to meet soon to discuss the arms race between the United States and Russia.

“We had a very good call,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he was meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. “We will probably be meeting in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”

Mr. Trump’s comments came a few days after the White House imposed sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and other “malicious cyberattacks,” and sharply criticized it for its apparent role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

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WNU Editor: Earlier today .... White House: No plan to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election victory. Kremlin says Trump's failure to congratulate Putin not 'unfriendly act'.

More News On President Trump Congratulating Russian President Putin On His Reelection

Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon -- Reuters
Trump calls Putin to congratulate him on re-election -- AP
Russia election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory -- BBC News
Trump breaks ranks to congratulate Putin on landslide election victory -- The Guardian
Trump Says He'll Meet With Putin in 'Not-Too-Distant Future' -- Bloomberg
Trump says he will meet Putin to discuss 'arms race that is getting out of control' -- RT

U.S. President Trump And Saudi Crown Prince Salman Discuss Iran And Yemen

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Reuters: Iran, Yemen in focus as Trump and Saudi crown prince meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday discussed tensions with Iran and a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen which has come under criticism in Congress.

Their talks at the White House were part of the first visit by the prince to the United States since he became the heir apparent last June to succeed King Salman. Prince Mohammed has consolidated power and is likely to rule for many decades if he succeeds his father.

Though the prince, 32, has won Western plaudits for seeking to ease Saudi Arabia’s reliance on oil, tackle chronic corruption and reform the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, the severity and secrecy of an anti-corruption crackdown last November has unnerved some investors.

The prince is on a public relations blitz while traveling in the United States, with stops in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston.

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WNU Editor: There is a push in the U.S. to stop U.S. support for Saudi Arabia on Yemen .... US is resisting calls to end its support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war (Washington Post). But I doubt that the U.S. will abandon this war. As for Iran .... both sides have some disagreements .... Saudi crown prince to push Trump for harder line on Iran (Financial Times).

Saudi Crown Prince Salman To Visit The White House Today

VOA: Saudi Crown Prince to Visit White House Tuesday

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday as part of a trip to the U.S that comes amid heightened tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A senior White House official said the meeting is a "tremendous opportunity to make progress" and discuss "Iran's destabilizing activities in the region."

Trump has explicitly sided with the Sunni monarchy in its rivalry with Shi'ite Iran.

The crown prince, known as MBS, seems eager to take advantage.

In an interview with CBS, he compared Iran's leader to Hitler and said if Iran gets nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia will follow suit.

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WNU Editor: The Trump - Salman meeting has just started .... Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump (New York Times).

More News On Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Visit To The U.S.

Saudi ‘prince of PR’ arrives in US, unleashing a royal media spin -- France 24
Saudi crown prince to meet with Trump amid marathon US tour -- Washington Post
Trump to Greet Visiting Saudi Prince with a Crowded Agenda -- Wall Street Journal
Saudi Prince To Stress Shared Goals Involving Iran In U.S. Visit -- RFE
US and Saudi trade at top of agenda on Crown Prince's trip -- The National
Saudi crown prince's visit to White House sheds light on pro-Saudi lobby -- Al Jazeera
The Saudi Crown Prince's visit to the US will focus on changing his image rather than policy -- Rosie Perper, Business Insider

15 Years After The U.S. Invasion Of Iraq, The U.S. Public Is Divided On The Decision To Go To War

PEW Research: The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began

Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.

Nearly half (48%) of Americans say the decision to use military force was wrong, while slightly fewer (43%) say it was the right decision, according to a Pew Research Center survey, conducted March 7-14 among 1,466 adults. Current opinions about the war in Iraq are little different than in early 2014, when 50% said the decision to use force was wrong and 38% said it was right.

Support for the decision to use military force in Iraq had declined considerably over the course of the war and its aftermath. In late March 2003, a few days after the U.S. invasion, 71% supported the decision to use military force, while just 22% said it was the wrong decision.

Just a year later, the share saying the war in Iraq was the right decision fell to 55%. By the beginning of 2005, opinion about the use of U.S. force was divided (47% right, 47% wrong). Two years later, public opinion about the war had “turned decidedly negative.”

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WNU Editor: The poll results have not changed much since 2005.