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June 4, 2024

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Israel

By publicly airing a peace plan to settle the war in Gaza, President Biden is hoping to box both the Israeli government and Hamas into talks on halting a war that neither side seems in any rush to end. The question now, though, is whether they will stay in the box. – Wall Street Journal

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed cautious support for an initiative by President Biden to end the war in Gaza, with the Israeli leader saying on Monday that he is open to a temporary cease-fire to release hostages but wants a free hand to resume fighting Hamas. – Wall Street Journal

Eight months into Israel’s war in Gaza, a string of standoffs, schisms and ultimatums have brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency war cabinet to the brink of collapse and raised the prospect that his own coalition could follow, possibly leading to new elections. – Washington Post

Palestinian authorities have filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to join South Africa as a party in its Gaza genocide case against Israel, the court said on Monday. – Reuters

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) major democracies “fully endorse and will stand behind the comprehensive” ceasefire and hostage release deal for the Gaza war outlined by U.S. President Joe Biden and call on Hamas to accept it, a statement said on Monday. – Reuters

Israeli security forces killed a wanted Palestinian militant during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Israel’s border police said. – Reuters

A group of United Nations experts called on Monday for all countries to recognise a Palestinian state to ensure peace in the Middle East. – Reuters

The Israeli military said another four Israeli hostages abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7 had died in captivity and that their bodies are being held by the Palestinian Islamist group. – Reuters

A far-right Israeli coalition partner accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday of trying to “whitewash” a deal to wind down the Gaza war that is being advanced by U.S. President Joe Biden, and repeated a threat to quit the government. – Reuters

The Palestinian people do not need wars that do not serve their ambitions for freedom and independence, the Palestinian presidency said on Monday in response to remarks by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. – Reuters

Large swaths of northern Israel were engulfed by wild fires set off by rockets launched from Lebanon by the militant group Hezbollah, with rescue teams battling on Monday to get them under control. – Reuters

The main opposition party in Slovenia on Monday filed a motion demanding a referendum on the government decision to recognize a Palestinian state, which could delay the formal recognition vote in parliament. – Associated Press

While President Biden’s characterization of an Israeli roadmap to ending the war may fail to free hostages or lead to a Gaza cease-fire, it is succeeding in deepening Israeli political enmities and strengthening Hamas’s prospects of survival. – New York Sun

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) thwarted a terror attack that Hamas had planned to carry out in Israel under the direction of one of its headquarters in Turkey, the organization said on Monday. – Jerusalem Post

Editorial: As for Biden’s airily tossed off claim that Hamas is no longer capable of another Oct. 7, color us skeptical: How does he (or anyone) know what the terrorists still have in their underground lairs? And even if it’s true now, Israel letting up before the terror group is totally defeated would mean only a few years until it rebuilds enough to launch more such attacks (as its leadership has promised). In other words, the move is signature Biden: as stupid as it is mendacious. Israel needs to finish the job. And Biden and his flunkeys need to get out of the way. This isn’t a game for Dem votes or warm fuzzies from Tehran. It’s literal life and death. – New York Post

Michael Freund writes: The fact remains that in 1949, even America understood that Gaza’s rightful place is as part of Israel, something that is still true today. With a little foresight and a lot less rigidity on the part of the Arabs, the question of Gaza could have been settled long ago, and countless lives might have been saved. Just another missed opportunity in the Middle East, one that continues to haunt us all. – New York Sun

Lee Michael Katz writes: As for Norway, Spain and Ireland, they once again find themselves on the wrong side of history; all these nations were at least once officially neutral during World War II in the fight against Holocaust Nazi Germany. These nations, along with the U.N. and the international courts, also have ignored far worse international tragedies than Gaza. Their claims to Mideast moral superiority sit on very shaky high ground. – The Hill

Or Shoshani writes: Overall, the interests of the three leaders intersect: MBS seeks to portray himself as a leader confronting the region’s challenges while heavily relying on the United States […] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees an opportunity to advance Israel’s economy and strengthen its long-term security. Netanyahu must make tough decisions and take appropriate steps for the diplomatic and security development of Israel, the Middle East, and potentially the whole Western world. – Jerusalem Post

David M. Weinberg writes: Finishing-off Hamas and maintaining long-term control of a security envelope including Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is an essential goal that justifies Israeli defiance of the world. The State of Israel does not shrink from long and knotty journeys. – Jerusalem Post

Iran

A draft resolution European powers submitted to the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s Board of Governors on Monday for a vote this week presses Iran again to explain uranium traces found at undeclared sites and also covers issues such as its barring of inspectors. – Reuters

Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards commander, on Monday announced he would run for president to succeed Ebrahim Raisi who died last month in a helicopter crash, state media reported. – Reuters

Iran’s acting foreign minister dismissed a Gaza cease-fire deal proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden and warned Israel against launching an all-out war on Lebanon during a visit to Beirut Monday, his first official diplomatic visit since his predecessor died last month. – Associated Press

The United Nations atomic watchdog warned Iran against inflammatory rhetoric after some politicians in the country said engineers could quickly militarize its nuclear program if instructed to do so. – Bloomberg

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday praised Hamas’s unprecedented October 7 attack against Israel and predicted the “destruction” of their common enemy. – Agence France-Presse

Hamdi Malik and Michael Knights write: Yet the less visible but still prestigious placement of “resistance” leaders such as Kaabi, Abu Fadak, and Husseini underlines the vital roles they play in Iran’s threat network in Iraq. In particular, Khamenei’s office seems to be quietly crediting players like Husseini and Haidari for their critical roles in the “soft war” efforts of the “axis of resistance.” – Washington Institute

Russia & Ukraine

When an associate of one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies launched a pro-Kremlin media outlet here in May 2023, Czech counterintelligence officers began keeping careful watch. – Washington Post

In Georgia, protesters waving European Union flags have rallied against what they see as their pro-Russia leaders. Moldova’s government is pushing to join the western bloc, enraging citizens hoping for closer relations with Moscow. Armenia, too, has reached out to Europe, angered that Moscow, a longtime ally, is courting its enemy, Azerbaijan. – New York Times

А group of Russian women staged a small but rare protest outside the Defence Ministry in Moscow on Monday to demand the return of mobilised soldiers from the front in Ukraine. – Reuters

It will be unsafe to restart the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine as long as war rages around it despite Moscow’s hopes to fire up the complex, U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday. – Reuters

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday the United States could face “fatal consequences” if it ignored Moscow’s warnings not to let Ukraine use weapons provided by Washington to strike targets inside Russia. – Reuters

One person died and two were injured in an overnight Russian attack on Kharkiv, the governor of the eastern Ukrainian region said on Monday. – Reuters

Russia is seeking to take over uranium assets in Niger held by a state-controlled French company, according to people informed about the matter, in a further challenge to Western interests in Africa. – Bloomberg

NATO plans to offer Ukraine a security package when the alliance convenes its annual summit this summer in Washington, though it’s expected to stop short of accepting the nation’s long-standing request for membership amid Russia’s invasion. – Defense News

Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro write: And someday, one side or the other might finally stumble over an actual red line, which could lead to exactly the major escalation the Biden administration has been trying to avoid. In the meantime, Ukraine will continue to suffer and the costs of the war to the West will continue to mount. There has to be a better way to manage the most consequential military conflict in a generation. – Washington Post

Egypt

For weeks, talk show hosts and newspaper columnists across Egypt’s government-managed media spoke with one voice: Any Israeli “occupation” of a buffer zone on the Egypt-Gaza border could violate Egypt’s sovereignty and national security. – New York Times

The Rafah border crossing critical to aid deliveries into Gaza from Egypt cannot operate again unless Israel relinquishes control and hands it back to Palestinians on the Gaza side, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday. – Reuters

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reappointed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Monday to form a new government after the latter submitted his cabinet’s resignation, following Sisi’s reelection for a third term last year, the presidency said in a statement. – Reuters

Middle East & North Africa

Yemen’s Houthis say they targeted a military site on Israel’s port city of Eilat with a new ballistic missile, the Iranian-backed group’s military spokesperson Yahya Saree said on Monday. – Reuters

Iraqi security forces cracked down on rioters in Baghdad who were attacking a KFC on Monday, wounding three with live fire and detaining at least 12, security and medical sources told Reuters. – Reuters

Police detained a pro-Kurdish party mayor in southeast Turkey on Monday over alleged militant links and he has been replaced by the state governor, the interior ministry said, two months after the mayor won power in local elections. – Reuters

Lebanese official media said Israeli strikes on a car and a motorcycle in the country’s south killed two people Monday, with cross-border clashes intensifying in recent days. – Agence France-Presse

A prominent Hezbollah operative was killed in an Israeli airstrike in southern Lebanon on Monday morning, the military said, as the Lebanese terror group continued rocket and explosive-laden drone attacks on northern Israel. – Times of Israel

Korean Peninsula

South Korea plans to convene in mid-June a public United Nations Security Council meeting on human rights abuses in North Korea, Seoul’s U.N. envoy said on Monday, a move that is likely to anger Pyongyang and face opposition from Russia and China. – Reuters

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Tuesday the country will step up cooperation with African nations to secure a stable supply of critical minerals and speed up negotiations to promote economic partnerships and trade. – Reuters

Tanzania and Ethiopia said they had signed accords with South Korea for loans of billions of dollars, part of broader deals that will give the Asian nation access to Africa’s crucial mineral resources and vast export market. – Reuters

China

Cheap Chinese high-tech goods have flooded the global economy this year, raising alarms in Washington and Brussels as Western businesses complain about what they see as a new round of unfair competition. – Wall Street Journal

China believes all efforts should be recognised in supporting peace measures around the Russia-Ukraine war, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday. China has never “fanned fire or fuelled the flames”, said Mao Ning, addressing a question on a peace summit. – Reuters

Security was tight and access restricted to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Tuesday, the 35th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown, while Hong Kong also increased policing as activists in Taiwan and elsewhere prepared to mark the date with vigils. – Reuters

China held its stance on three disputed islands in the Gulf on Monday despite Tehran’s anger at Beijing for describing the Iran-controlled islands as a matter to be resolved with the United Arab Emirates. – Reuters

Taiwan President Lai Ching-te on Tuesday said he will work hard to make historical memory last forever and reach out to everyone who cares about Chinese democracy, on the 35th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. – Reuters

China hopes Spain will push the European Union to support and encourage the new energy industry to deepen cooperation and create a fair and predictable development environment, according to its commerce ministry. – Reuters

Hong Kong artist Kacey Wong is striving to keep alive the memory of China’s June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators from his adopted home of Taiwan, as Chinese authorities again bar all public commemoration or discussion of the killings in 1989. – Reuters

Karishma Vaswani writes: Thirty-five years ago, Chinese people died protesting for freedom. For a brief moment, they dreamed of a different country. We should remember Tiananmen, not just to honor their sacrifices but to make sure the CCP doesn’t get to forever dictate what kind of country China could be. – Bloomberg

South Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party appeared to be set for a severe setback amid a strong fight from a revived opposition, early Indian election results showed. – Wall Street Journal

International courts are still investigating the Myanmar military’s slaughter of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that the United States has called a genocide. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh and those who stayed faced persecution from the junta. Now a new threat to the group is looming, this time at the hands of a powerful rebel force. – New York Times

Political debates remained largely free, and the powerful could easily be questioned. That openness, in a poor country emerging from centuries of monarchical suppression and decades of insurgency, showed that democratic expression need not necessarily be correlated to economic status. – New York Times

A high court in Pakistan overturned jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s conviction on charges of leaking state secrets, his lawyer and his party said on Monday, but Khan will remain in prison for now due to a conviction in another case. – Reuters

Myanmar’s junta is cracking down on gold and foreign exchange traders and agents selling foreign real estate, with 35 arrests announced in the last two days as part of efforts to stabilise its rapidly depreciating currency. – Reuters

Praveen Donthi writes: Modi does not want to get caught in a prolonged crisis with a more powerful neighbour that would impede his domestic and global ambitions. Returning stability to the border between China and India falls short of rapprochement, but it would be a far better outcome than overt war. – Foreign Affairs

Asia

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is making final arrangements not to call a snap election during the current parliament session ending June 23, the Asahi daily reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources in his administration. – Reuters

Japan and the European Union on Monday agreed to work together on policies related to creating demand and supply for clean hydrogen as well as to cooperate in advancing technologies to develop the new fuel, a joint statement said. – Reuters

Georgia’s parliamentary speaker signed into law on Monday a bill on “foreign agents” that has caused a political crisis in the South Caucasus country and drawn sharp criticism from its Western allies. – Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday for a brief visit aimed at reversing some of the gains China has made in the country amid increasing concern about Beijing’s growing presence at a key Cambodian naval base. – Reuters

The Philippine military on Tuesday rejected Chinese allegations that troops stationed on a warship grounded on a disputed South China Sea shoal had pointed guns at its coast guard, insisting its personnel maintained professional conduct. – Reuters

New Caledonia’s pro-independence political party has told French President Emmanuel Macron it can’t persuade protesters to remove roadblocks across the French Pacific territory because activists aren’t convinced Macron will drop a contentious electoral reform. – Reuters

Australia’s military is loosening recruitment criteria to enable non-citizens to join its ranks and help address a personnel shortfall in the defense forces. – Bloomberg

Europe

Nationalists are surging and expected to make big gains when voters from 27 nations cast ballots starting this week for the European Parliament. But the prospect of success is already raising the question among far-right parties of how far is too far. – New York Times

A foreign citizen was detained in Romania’s capital Bucharest on Monday after throwing a Molotov cocktail outside the Israeli embassy, causing no damage or casualties, police said. – Reuters

Portugal announced on Monday a new plan that will toughen some immigration rules, following in the footsteps of other EU countries and days before Europeans head to the polls in an election set to tilt the bloc’s politics to the right. – Reuters

Spanish and French farmers blocked roads along the border through the Pyrenees mountains on Monday ahead of European Parliament elections to protest against what they say is unfair competition from outside the European Union. – Reuters

The U.S. Treasury Department’s top international official will meet with Italian officials in Rome this week to discuss Russia’s frozen assets ahead of the G7 leaders summit, and speak on developing country debt issues at a Vatican-led event, a Treasury spokesperson said on Monday. – Reuters

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen isn’t on the ballot at the weekend’s European Parliament election, but she’s likely to emerge as one of its biggest winners. – Associated Press

The head of Greece’s extreme far-right Golden Dawn party will return to prison after a council of judges rescinded his early conditional release on Monday. – Associated Press

Norway’s chief of defense said the NATO alliance has a window of two to three years to prepare before Russia has rebuilt the ability to carry out a conventional attack. – Bloomberg

Lee Hockstader writes: Reports suggest Macron could announce his plan to send military trainers on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, on Thursday, when Biden and other Western leaders will join him to commemorate the landings in Normandy. In a ceremony marking Allied unity, the French leader risks highlighting his isolation — and with the prospect of precious little benefit. – Washington Post

Eliot Wilson writes: The challenge for British political leaders is identifying where it can offer most value, whether that is contributing to areas on which the U.S. is focused, or “minding the shop” elsewhere and easing America’s commitments. But then, if foreign policy were easy, everyone would be doing it. – The Hill

Africa

Jacob Zuma’s political career could have ended when he was forced to resign six years ago as South Africa’s president over corruption allegations. Or it could have ended when he was criminally charged for taking bribes, or when he was indicted on rape charges, or when he went to jail for contempt of court, or when he was suspended from the African National Congress, South Africa’s long ruling governing party. But Mr. Zuma, 82, has improbably bounced back after every threat to his political survival, and now has significant power to determine who will lead the country. – New York Times

Nigeria’s main labour unions on Monday shut down the national grid and disrupted flights across the country as they began an indefinite strike over the government’s failure to agree a new minimum wage. – Reuters

Somalia will expel thousands of Ethiopian troops stationed in the country to help with security by the end of the year unless Addis Ababa scraps a disputed port deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland, a senior Somali official said on Monday. – Reuters

The U.S. Embassy in Congo said Monday that Congolese authorities have not shared details or provided access to the Americans who were arrested following a coup attempt last month, following pleas for help from one family trying to confirm whether their son is alive. – Associated Press

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived Monday in Guinea on his latest visit to West Africa, where coups and growing discontent with traditional allies like France and the United States have contributed to some countries’ shift toward Moscow. – Associated Press

Sudan’s deputy leader is traveling to Russia for talks, days after the North African nation’s army said it may get weapons in exchange for letting the Kremlin establish a military fueling station on the Red Sea coast. – Bloomberg

Editorial: But that’s a big political gamble, and meantime an ANC government with the EFF or MK would likely deepen South Africa’s ties with Russia and China. South Africa has the human capital to be a thriving example on the continent. What it needs is a government that liberates its people to flourish. Perhaps this ANC defeat will be a jolt that leads to better governance. – Wall Street Journal

Azeem Ibrahim writes: As a consequence, the international community is compelled to act, including potentially by states instituting proceedings before the International Court of Justice under Article IX of the Genocide Convention. The international community should also take steps to secure an international, impartial, and independent criminal investigation, exercise universal jurisdiction where practicable, and thus ensure that justice for the numerous human rights violations is finally done in Tigray. – The National Interest

The Americas

The Canadian government and negotiators for the union representing border agents started a new round of talks Monday in a bid to avoid a labor disruption that could stymie cross-border commercial-truck traffic and tourist entry. – Wall Street Journal

Mexico’s President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum is set to take office Oct. 1 from her predecessor and political mentor, nationalist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He leaves a stable economy reflected in a strong currency, and challenges including a security crisis and a widening budget gap. – Wall Street Journal

Haiti’s new interim Prime Minister Garry Conille said on Monday members of the new administration were setting aside their differences to work for the good of the country, which is battling a devastating crisis fuelled by gang wars. – Reuters

Mexican Finance Minister Rogelio Ramirez de la O accepted President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum’s invitation to stay on in the role, she said in a video shared on social media on Monday. – Reuters

Editorial: The U.S. has a huge stake in a stable, prospering Mexico that continues to expand its middle class. The drug trade won’t subside as long as demand in the U.S. stays high, but neither country can afford to let trans-national cartels dominate the border and murder with impunity. Americans wish the new President well for the sake of her country and our own. – Wall Street Journal

Ioan Grillo writes: On the other hand, judging from the violence in Mexico over the past two decades, things could easily get worse. And if Mexico’s reformist presidents continue to fail to fight crime, a more radical contender could come along, promising security at a very high cost, including a total decimation of human rights. – New York Times

Ben Rothove writes: For Argentina, it took an astounding degree of incompetence and a near-total collapse of the country’s economy to reach the point where someone as conservative as Milei could be elected. The U.S., however, is barreling toward a similar point of no return. American politicians would be wise to listen to Milei’s message before it is too late. – Washington Examiner

United States

President Biden plans to issue an order Tuesday that would shut off access to the U.S. asylum system when illegal border crossings exceed a daily threshold, according to four administration officials and people with knowledge of the plans. – Washington Post

The U.S. said on Monday it wants the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution backing the proposal outlined by President Joe Biden to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas in the Gaza Strip. – Reuters

With only five months before voters head to the polls, the U.S. may be more vulnerable to foreign disinformation aimed at influencing voters and undermining democracy than it was before the 2020 election, the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday. – Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert until leaving the government in 2022, was back before Congress on Monday, calling “simply preposterous” Republican allegations that he’d tried to cover up origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. – Associated Press

After Donald Trump’s felony conviction last week, commentators in China and Russia wasted little time in trumpeting the failure of American democracy. – Bloomberg

China is taking its domestic economic problems and exporting them to the rest of the world, the US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said, adding this strengthens the resolve of America and its partners to stand together. – Bloomberg

Vice President Kamala Harris will represent the US at the Ukraine summit in Switzerland later this month, confirming President Joe Biden’s plan to skip the gathering. – Bloomberg

New documents filed to a New York court claim thousands of transactions worth more than $100bn were carried out by the bank from 2008 to 2013 in breach of sanctions against Iran. – BBC

Republican lawmakers Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Mike Lawler are pressing the Biden administration to censure Iran at the next International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting due to its heightened nuclear activities and guarantee that steps are taken to thwart Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. – Fox News

Editorial: The people of Gaza have next to nothing in common with the people of the U.S. They would be much better off and more at home in one of the many Arab nations by which they are already surrounded in the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait all desperately need laborers. Gazans should go there. – Washington Examiner

Zachary Faria writes: It would be impossible to look at the number of border crossings when former President Donald Trump was in office compared to when Biden’s lack of enforcement started and conclude that the surge in illegal immigration was not self-inflicted. Rather than take responsibility and enforce existing border laws, Biden sabotaged the system, smeared Border Patrol agents, and tried to pawn the blame off on congressional Republicans. As Biden is admitting by pushing an executive order now, the scope of the crisis starts with him. – Washington Examiner

Nathaniel Powell writes: Instead, Russian activities are constrained by the political priorities of regional governments and Moscow has little leverage over their politics. Washington should recognize that its African counterparts would rather be dealt with on terms of equality and respect, rather than as pawns in a geopolitical contest. Treating them this way, as the visiting State Department delegation reportedly did in Niamey, will only generate resentment and mistrust. – War on the Rocks

Cybersecurity

Poland will spend over 3 billion zlotys ($760 million) to boost cybersecurity, the digitalisation minister said on Monday, after state news agency PAP was hit by what authorities say was likely a Russian cyberattack. – Reuters 

As law enforcement agencies conduct global operations against ransomware gangs, the number of incidents continue to rise unabated, per a new report from the cybersecurity firm Mandiant. – CyberScoop

Members of Hungary’s ruling party were absent for an extraordinary parliament session devoted to a purported Russian cyberattack on the country’s foreign ministry, local media reported. – The Record

The filing is referencing a cybercriminal forum post where a notorious group of hackers named ShinyHunters claimed to have a 1.3 terabyte database of information on about 560 million Ticketmaster users that included names, addresses, emails and phone numbers as well as event details and information on specific orders. – The Record

Defense

The Defense Department has selected four companies to develop prototypes of a modular drone that can be used to test payloads, sensors and other technology, and be produced at high rates at an affordable cost. – Defense News

Senior Army leaders, from Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George to Futures Command head Gen. James Rainey, have talked about how the service needs to fix its network. Officials overseeing that transformation see progress being made, but much more work lies ahead. – DefenseScoop

Editorial: Despite budget caps and competition for resources, electronic warfare deserves more funding; there’s no sense in spending $100,000 per Excalibur shell if they can’t hit their targets. America’s adversaries recognize the value in such technologies. After Ukraine, the US should, too. – Bloomberg

Walter Russell Mead writes: Weapons that were irresistible a few weeks ago can be easily neutralized today. New threats appear overnight. The Pentagon and the American defense industry need to keep up. The old ways of doing business will soon be obsolete. – Wall Street Journal