31 March 2017   1 comment

The Military Timesas many as 10,000 US troops in Iraq and Syria is reporting that there may be , a number that seems to be significantly higher than that which has been publicly reported.  At the same time, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Pentagon is considering not making available information about the number of troops involved in Iraq and Syria.  The ostensible reason for the information blackout is to preserve the element of surprise against Daesh (the Islamic State).  Unfortunately, it also means that the American people and the world will not have a substantive information on the American commitment to combat. In 1961, the US had 3,200 military “advisors”to Vietnam; by 1963 that number had grown to 16,000.

US Military Advisors in Vietnam

One hundred and fifty years ago, the US purchased Alaska from Russia.  The Russians and the British were in competition for the region as a consequence of the Crimean War and the press of Canadians who were pushing north and west into a region with very few Russians.  Russia also needed the money.  The US purchased the territory in hopes of ultimately securing the entire West Coast from California all the way to Alaska, an aspiration which was never realized.

The Treasury Warrant for the Alaska Purchase

US President Trump signed two executive orders initiating close reviews of US trade policy and he vowed:

“Thousands of factories have been stolen from our country. But these voiceless Americans now have a voice in the White House.”

“Under my administration the theft of American prosperity will end.”

“We’re going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker, finally.”

It is not clear what actions President Trump has in mind, but the orders come just a week before he is  scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  These discussions will likely be quite contentious and it would be a mistake to think that the Chinese would not respond to any actions it feels are unfair or uneven.

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Posted March 31, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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