Ghost of Trump stalks Nato HQ as defence ministers meet

US leader’s plan to pull troops out of Germany is latest decision to trouble European allies

Donald Trump won’t be at the high-level Nato meeting that starts on Wednesday in Brussels — but he will loom over it as he has many others.

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TRUMP HAS ARRANGED FOR A MILITARY MULLIGAN. WILL HE MAKE THE MOST OF IT?

By: PETER FEAVER

President Donald Trump is surely familiar with the concept of the mulligan — a chance to take another golf swing after shanking the ball in the hopes of making a better shot. Golf purists frown on the mulligan, but it is the duffer’s friend, and can save a round if used judiciously.

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Biden’s Bad Foreign-Policy Ideas

The former vice president lacks a consistent philosophy of when and how to use military force.

Joe Biden has been wrong a lot on foreign and defense policy. A lot. This year’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee voted against the 1991 Gulf War, in which the United States and a broad multinational coalition quickly achieved their goals, and in favor of the 2003 Iraq War, and regretted both votes. Years into hostilities, he opposed the troop surges that brought some stability to both Iraq and Afghanistan and even insisted that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” He argued for carving Iraq into sectarian statelets even as Iraqis voted for cross-sectarian political lists. And he opposed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. These stances suggest not only that he lacks a philosophy of how to use military force effectively, but also that his instincts on when to use it are often faulty.

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