6 October 2017   Leave a comment

The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, indicated today that President Trump will give a speech this week addressing what he perceives as the threats from Iran.  Sanders said:

“The president isn’t looking at one piece of this. He’s looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran. Not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilizing of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear program”.  Sanders added that Trump “wants to look for a broad strategy that addresses all of those problems, not just one-offing those.  That’s what his team is focused on and that’s what he’ll be rolling out to address that as a whole in the coming days.”

That list is long and apparently Mr. Trump will start out by refusing to certify that the Iranian nuclear deal does not serve the US national interest.  There were no clues about what the new policy toward Iran will consist of.


New polls suggest that Americans increasingly believe that global warming is actually occurring.  For the first time in many years, even a majority of Republican voters believe that global warming is occurring.  But the split between Democrats and Republicans on the issue remains quite large.




A Russian official, Anton Morozov, said today that North Korea intends to test a long-range ballistic missile capable of reaching the American homeland sometime in the very near future.  Morozov is a member of the Russian Parliament and his party is known for its intense nationalism.  North Korea has tested 14 missiles this year, and a missile aimed at the US would have to fly over Russian territory, a trajectory which would complicate American efforts to shoot down the missile.  The Russians have recently stepped up efforts to strengthen North Korean military defenses.

Posted October 6, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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