Category: National Security

NATO Increases Defense Spending, Yet Just Six Countries Meet Trump’s Targets


NATO members increased their defense spending over the course of 2018 following pressure from the United States, yet just six countries are meeting targets set last year by President Donald Trump. 

Obama Administration Refused to Declare Public Health Emergency for Fentanyl


The Washington Post on Wednesday published a searing indictment of the Obama administration for disregarding a plea from health experts to declare a public health emergency for overdoses from fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that was already racking up a body count in 2016 and would go on to kill thousands of people over the next three years.

U.S. State Department Compares China’s Human Rights Abuses to Stalin and Hitler


The U.S. State Department published its annual report on global human rights abuses on Wednesday, spotlighting China’s mass detention of Uighur Muslims in the rollout. The head of the State Department human rights bureau compared China’s actions to the horrors of Stalin’s Russia and Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Furious Chinese officials responded by accusing the United States of “prejudice” and a “Cold War mentality.”

Friendly Fire Investigation: Unclear if U.S. Strikes or Firefight Killed 5 Afghans, Wounded 9


A misunderstanding resulted in Afghan service members opening fire using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades on a patrol of their counterparts and American advisers in southern Afghanistan, triggering a battle and U.S. airstrikes that killed at least five Afghan soldiers and injured nine others, officials in Kabul revealed on Wednesday.

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