U.S. Embassies Were Never Told of Supposed Soleimani Threat Because It Didn’t Exist

U.S. Embassies Were Never Told of Supposed Soleimani Threat Because It Didn’t Exist: Officials

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Graham, Paul rift deepens over Trump’s war powers

 Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) emerged from Wednesday’s classified briefing deeply critical of what they characterized as a warning from senior administration officials against debating Trump’s war authority

…Lee called the presentation “the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue.”

Paul added that he found the briefing “less than satisfying” and that it was “absurd” and “insane” to use the 2002 Iraq war authorization as the basis for an air strike against an Iranian general.

“I see no way in the world you could logically argue that an authorization to have war with Saddam Hussein has anything to with having war with people currently in Iraq,” Paul told reporters.

Graham, Paul rift deepens over Trump’s war powers | TheHill

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Fifth Pentagon official announces resignation in seven days

Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, a longtime State Department official who began working in her Pentagon role in September 2018, resigned on Dec. 16, the Pentagon confirmed. Defense News first reported her departure.

…“The department will not provide anything further on this personnel matter,” the spokesman added.

…Kaidanow’s resignation follows four other announced departures within a week.

…Top Asia policy official Randall Schriver would leave after two years on the job, 
…[The] top official in charge of personnel and readiness Jimmy Stewart had resigned after taking the role in October 2018
…Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency leader Steven Walker
…Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Kari Bingen

…[Kaidanow] worked with top weapons buyer Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency to boost weapon sales with partner and ally countries. 

Fifth Pentagon official announces resignation in seven days | TheHill

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