A nearly $1 trillion defense budget faces headwinds at home and abroad

Sen. Roger Wicker came to a Heritage Foundation event in January with a big request. He wanted the conservative think tank’s help mustering public and congressional support for a $1.4 trillion defense budget, nearly 50% higher than fiscal 2023 spending levels. The Mississippi Republican said this figure, equal to 5% of U.S. gross domestic product, … Read more

Maggie Haberman Offers ‘Pretty Brutal’ Prediction For 2024

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Hungary opposes Mark Rutte’s bid to run NATO – POLITICO

“We certainly cannot support the election of someone to the post of NATO Secretary General who previously wanted to bring Hungary to its knees,” Szijjártó said. In 2021, Rutte denounced the new anti-LGBT legislation introduced by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor. Orbán said the country “no longer has any business in the European Union.” “The long-term … Read more

Ukraine’s in a dire position. Macron’s gaffe made things worse. – POLITICO

Moreover, only 31 percent of respondents overall indicated that they preferred that Europe support Ukraine until it regains occupied territory, while 41 percent preferred that Europe push Ukraine to negotiate a peace deal to negotiate with Russia. Strikingly, “people’s solidarity seems to be wavering in some of the country’s neighbors,” wrote Ivan Krastev and Mark … Read more

Putin’s bluffing on nukes (for now), says top NATO official – POLITICO

He added: “We see no immediate threat that Russia will use these weapons. But these statements in themselves are very dangerous because they undermine confidence. Russia knows the consequences of taking such a step.” Geoană, who could step down later this year to run in Romania’s presidential elections in September, also said NATO would “continue … Read more

Failure in Ukraine ‘will remake the world,’ UK and Poland warn deadlocked US – POLITICO

The joint plea comes as US Republicans continue to hold on to a new financing deal for the war-torn country, and as European capitals consider their options for reining in Moscow, amid signs of fatigue two years on. “This war is the greatest test of our generation,” the pair write. ‘A completely unprovoked invasion. A … Read more

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reinstated a U.S. legal finding from nearly 50 years ago that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “unlawful” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US believes the settlements violate Israel’s obligations a decision by his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, in the Biden … Read more

Romania president seeks to challenge Rutte for top job – POLITICO

A senior Eastern European diplomat said there was no intention to stand in Rutte’s way, saying: “There should at least be someone asking, ‘Okay, Mark, how do you deal with Russia?’ They also cite Rutte’s repeated failure to bring Dutch defense spending to the 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) level that all allies … Read more

Why the West is losing Ukraine – POLITICO

Not so dynamic duo In addition to fear, diplomats and experts pointed to the Scholz-Biden dynamic as a driving force behind the West’s overriding strategy of incrementalism and escalation management, rather than a focus on strategic results, in dealing with Ukraine. Despite a sixteen-year age difference, both men came of age politically during the Cold … Read more