August 18, 2019

Trump Wants Out of Afghanistan by 2020 Election

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SecState Pompeo says President Trump wants troops out of Afghanistan before the 2020 election. Pompeo says “real progress” has been made with security in the area. “It won’t just be us. … we hope that overall, the need for combat forces in the region is reduced.”

Trump Overrides Congress on Arms Sales

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Despite Congressional objections, the Trump administration cleared $8.1 billion in arms sales for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates by invoking an emergency exemption.

US Warns of Sabotage in Persian Gulf

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US warns sailors that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf.

Morning Coffee: Blue Angels Open 20+ Billets

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The Blue Angels remain a revered public face of naval aviation, which alone among the services continues the F-35 cost debate even as developing future air warfare strategies.