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John Sitilides Geopolitical & Geo-Economic Strategist - Expert in Global Affairs and American Politics
The appointment of Robert O'Brien, a skilled negotiator and non-ideological foreign policy professional, to succeed John Bolton as national security adviser marks a significant turning point in the White House's national security strategy to confront and prevail against robust adversaries, especially China and Iran, in an increasingly complex and dangerous international landscape.
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes Moscow’s newfound regional power status, buttressed by 49-year leases to maintain and expand Russian naval and air bases on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. Moscow is now positioned to project greater military power and diplomatic influence throughout southeastern Europe and the Middle East than at any time since it was expelled from Egypt in the early 1970s.
President-elect Donald Trump has proposed as one of his legislative priorities a $1 trillion national infrastructure program (“Trump’s infrastructure program,” Nov. 28). His goal of upgrading and modernizing America’s highways, airports, harbors, inland waterways, railways, electric transmission lines and water pipes and treatment plants — creating two million jobs in the process — is receiving broad bipartisan support.
The Trump administration — especially under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — and the Congress together have an exceptional opportunity to protect these law-abiding citizens, uphold the Constitution, and restore the trust in government that is so important to the dignity of everyday American citizens.
New Delhi’s independent foreign policy includes close commercial relations with Russia and Iran, and a strategic naval bulwark against Chinese power. Pakistan is integral to Beijing’s colossal infrastructure network to European, Indian Ocean and African ports. Its nuclear arsenal could be overtaken by radical Islamists, the major reason U.S. forces remain engaged in neighboring Afghanistan. Balancing relations with both India and Pakistan is a constant White House priority.
Russia is building an unprecedented powerful military complex in Syria, making it possible for the first time for Russian land-based aircraft and naval forces to patrol the eastern Mediterranean without requiring support from distant home ports.
Washington Times, June 5, 2016