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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Trump administration will be hawkish. Benjamin Friedman explains [1] why Trump’s rhetoric and advisers indicate that he’ll have a generally hawkish foreign policy.

Trump needs good advice. Phil Giraldi sounds the alarm [2] about some of Trump’s likely appointees.

Flynn is lobbying for company tied to Turkish government. Chuck Ross reports [3] on Flynn’s consulting firm, its ties to Ankara, and his advocacy on behalf of the Turkish government.

What could Trump’s Russia policy look like? Matthew Rojansky considers [4] some of the available options and the domestic and international constraints on improving relations between the U.S. and Russia.

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#1 Comment By a spencer On November 18, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

Adventures in Cognitive Dissonance:

Check out the State Dept’s current Travel Warning for Yemen, updated last month:


“In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition initiated an air campaign in support of the exiled Yemeni government.”

“The military conflict has… significantly damaged infrastructure, limiting the availability of electricity, clean water, and medical care, and causing travel by internal roads to be dangerous. This instability often hampers the ability of humanitarian organizations to deliver critically needed food, medicine, and water.”

“In addition, the threat posed by violent extremist groups in Yemen remains high. Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) expanded its influence in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict. While a Coalition-led operation in April ejected AQAP from its safe haven in Mukalla in Yemen’s east, AQAP remains a significant threat. ISIL also has established a presence in Yemen, and has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in the country.”

tl;dr: the US admits what was self-evident from the beginning – this is a humanitarian disaster that has emboldened AQ and IS.