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HE ALREADY IS – Joe Biden Has Only Days to Avoid Becoming Jimmy Carter. By Niall Ferguson. Rampant inflation, foreign policy fiascoes and failed sanctions — is America back in a national malaise? It is just over a year since some eminent historians were comparing Joe Biden to Franklin Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson and hailing the advent of a “transformative” presidency. My response at the time was that it was more likely to be a reprise of Jimmy Carter’s. This is starting to look as good a prediction as my Jan. 2 call that war was coming to Ukraine.
This week in Congress: Biden’s State of the Union amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. White House officials have not offered any public previews of the speech yet, but Biden is expected to discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer, the recent Russian military offensive in Ukraine, and the incomplete fiscal 2022 federal budget still pending before Congress.
Round-up of major international news amid Russia-Ukraine crisis. Here are some major stories you might not have seen because of the breaking news out of Russia and Ukraine.
China’s reaction to Ukraine could be putting its citizens in danger. Chinese citizens in Ukraine find themselves in a tense situation as plans for an evacuation from the war-torn country — set in motion weeks after Western nations urged their citizens to leave — have stalled, leaving those who remain wary about potential backlash over China’s reaction to the Russian invasion.
Navy remains mum on Project Overmatch details, so China won’t steal them. The U.S. Navy is releasing little information about its Project Overmatch progress or upcoming milestones, and it’s purposefully remaining mum so China can’t steal its work. The sensitive effort plans to link the sensors of its surface combatants and aircraft with guided weapons throughout the fleet to create an expansive tactical battle network and for all the services to quickly communicate and share information across all platforms and domains.
New NATO multinational battlegroup in Slovakia will include Patriot missile air defense system. A new NATO multinational battlegroup that includes the Patriot missile air defense system will be set up in Slovakia, officials announced Saturday.
Which countries are sending military aid to Ukraine? More than a dozen countries have pledged or provided the invaded country with various forms of military aid, with more expected to chip in as the conflict continues.
Will Russia’s Ukraine invasion drive Sweden, Finland to NATO? After Finland’s prime minister noted that the Ukraine invasion may energize public interest in joining NATO, a Russian spokeswoman threatened “military and political repercussion” if Sweden or Finland join the alliance.
NORTH KOREA THREAT
North Korea fires ballistic missile in resumption of testing. The missile launch was the eighth of its kind this year.
North Korea says it held test for spy satellite launch. North Korea said Monday that it had conducted a test for a reconnaissance satellite system on Sunday, when a missile launch in the country was detected by neighbors.
Iran says three key issues remain unresolved in Vienna nuclear talks. Iran said on Monday that reviving a 2015 nuclear deal is possible if Western powers take a political decision to resolve three remaining issues, as indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington enter a crucial stage.
Sailor accused of torching USS Bonhomme Richard will go to court-martial, Navy decides. According to the sailor’s defense attorney, the legal officer who presided over the preliminary hearing recommended that the case not go to trial.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T DEPEND ON RUSSIAN WEAPONS – What weapons has Russia sent to India? India’s prime minister on Thursday spoke with the Russian president and called for an immediate end to the violence in Ukraine and a return to the diplomatic path.
The battle for the world’s most powerful cyberweapon. A New York Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.
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