22 July 2015   Leave a comment

Israeli Prime Minister had made it very clear that he regards the nuclear agreement with Iran as an “historic mistake.”  There is also considerable evidence that many supporters of Netanyahu are gearing up to oppose the deal in Congress.  However, it is a serious mistake to regard Israeli views on the agreement as monolithic.  Israel is an incredibly diverse country, and there are many there who regard the agreement as consistent with Israeli national interests. 

The US, Japan, and India are planning joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, a move that will likely antagonize China.  Such exercises are designed to familiarize the militaries of the different countries with weapons capabilities and the compatibilities of communications.  India has been reluctant to host such activities in the recent past, but the Chinese have docked their submarines in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and India apparently believes it needs to demonstrate its alliances to maintain its independence.

In 2009, US President Obama promised to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.  Those plans have never been realized because the US Congress refused to have any of the prisoners sent to US jails and many countries refused to take in their citizens.  It appears as if Obama is finally going to honor his promise and close the facility that has been a terrible stain on the honor of the United States.


Posted July 23, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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