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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

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The Trump administration sought to rush the transfer of American nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the law, a new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee alleges.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings' staff issued an "interim staff" report Tuesday, citing "multiple whistleblowers" who raised ethical and legal concerns about the process.
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One reason this is coming out so quickly since the committee turnover is that Cummings was complaining about this needing an investigation for quite some time. The Republicans refused to move forward on it. Party over country every damn time.

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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

Post by Holman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:47 am

[moved to North Korea thread]
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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:51 am

Pence vs. Cheney
A chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Richard B. Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering Saturday, with Cheney comparing the president’s instincts to those of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post.

At the closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Ga., Cheney respectfully but repeatedly and firmly pressed Pence on a number of the president’s foreign policy moves. Cheney expressed concerns at such actions as taking a harder line toward U.S. allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria during what he fretted was “the middle of a phone call.”

Cheney also worried aloud to Pence that “we’re getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us” and then offered a blunt criticism of the current administration’s response to foreign policy challenges.

“I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan,” he said.
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After dispensing with the traditional niceties — joking about the vice presidency being “the worst job in Washington”— Cheney expressed alarm over news reports that Trump “supposedly doesn’t spend that much time with the intel people, or doesn’t agree with them, frequently,” as well as the high staff turnover rate at the intelligence agencies.

The former vice president then turned his attention to the situation in North Korea. He worried about Trump’s decision to cancel the decades-long U.S. military exercises with South Korea and referenced a recent Bloomberg News report about the president’s directive “to pursue a policy that would insist that the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for our deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.”

“I don’t know, that sounded like a New York state real estate deal to me,” Cheney quipped.

Pence defended the administration’s decision to halt the bi­annual “war games” with South Korea, saying the Defense Department had assured the administration that the decision “will not affect our readiness in South Korea.”
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:12 pm

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When Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, and Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last October for their work to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, there was widespread praise from all parts of the world, including the United States.

But when the Trump administration was asked this month to do its part, and to pass a U.N. resolution to end sexual violence in war, things suddenly looked a bit more complicated.
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On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council finally passed that resolution, but only in a watered-down version, diluted by the Trump administration.

European allies are furious.

France’s U.N. ambassador, François Delattre, lashed out at the United States for what he called an “intolerable and incomprehensible” stance.
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The move to water down Tuesday’s resolution followed weeks of U.S. objections to remove all references in that paper to reproductive and sexual health, which the U.S. delegation feared would be understood as support for abortions. Like prior Republican administrations, the Trump administration has rolled back much of the support granted to nongovernmental organizations for projects that support or facilitate abortions.

In the Security Council, the United States wasn’t alone in its opposition to the original resolution: Potentially encouraged by the U.S. move, China and Russia threatened to join the protest, even though both had previously supported or abstained from similar resolutions in the U.N. General Assembly.

In the Security Council, China and Russia also opposed parts of the resolution that would have made it easier for international organizations to track perpetrators of sexual violence in war.
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The approved resolution still supports measures to end the use of sex as a weapon of war, and Maas, the German foreign minister, carefully worded his response on Tuesday. “The resolution calls on all U.N. member states to support victims through better access to justice, medical and psychological assistance and reintegration into society,” he said.

But other U.S. allies were more blunt in their responses, suggesting that the U.S. objections were threatening the dignity of women worldwide.
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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

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OK. We're going to war with Iran because Trump can't stop McGahn or Mueller from testifying.
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Wag that nuclear dog!
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Mon May 06, 2019 9:41 am

False flag attack incoming....
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Post by Kraken » Mon May 06, 2019 10:09 am

It was a big weekend in Trumpland, spanning at least three threads:

1. NK launched a bunch of short- and medium-range missiles, specifically to tweak Trump, so
2. The US sent a carrier group to intimidate Iran, based on probably fictitious threats, and
3. Trump threatened to escalate the trade war with China, leading to a stock sell-off this morning (as the markets were expecting a deal to be announced this week).

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Post by malchior » Mon May 06, 2019 10:13 am

Everything above including ignoring NK has to be seen in the light that Trump:

1) believes that he has free range of motion now that the Mueller report is behind him

2) everything he does is attention seeking, especially if it he thinks it helps him with the re-election

3) he doesn't care about the systemic risks he is introducing or not addressing, more he doesn't understand them

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Post by LawBeefaroni » Mon May 13, 2019 5:04 pm

I mean it's cool to hate on them but honestly, who wouldn't want absolute and total control in exchange for what amounts to little more than your eternal soul?
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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

Post by Holman » Mon May 13, 2019 5:12 pm

Imagine the temptation that authoritarianism must hold for a pathological narcissist. You almost can't blame him.

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Holman wrote:
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Imagine the temptation that authoritarianism must hold for a pathological narcissist. You almost can't blame him.

As someone who lived in Hungary for a bit longer than half a year in 1991 (at the time of final Soviet troop withdrawal and right in the heart of the golden age after communism) I saw the incredible promise of democracy and excitement for the future of Hungarians at that time, and it is heart-wrenching to see how far they have fallen from that early promise. Orban is a great example of how power corrupts.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified lawmakers Friday that President Trump is invoking his emergency authority to sidestep Congress and complete 22 arms deals worth approximately $8 billion that would benefit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries, despite lawmakers’ objections to the transactions.

Both Republicans and Democrats urged the Trump administration this week not to take the rare step of declaring an emergency to push through arms deals that lawmakers have blocked, including a controversial sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia that some lawmakers fear may be used against civilians in the war-torn country of Yemen.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri May 24, 2019 3:02 pm

Title 22. FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSE
Chapter 39. ARMS EXPORT CONTROL
Subchapter III. MILITARY EXPORT CONTROLS
Section 2776. Reports and certifications to Congress on military exports
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Isgrimnur wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified lawmakers Friday that President Trump is invoking his emergency authority to sidestep Congress and complete 22 arms deals worth approximately $8 billion that would benefit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries, despite lawmakers’ objections to the transactions.

Both Republicans and Democrats urged the Trump administration this week not to take the rare step of declaring an emergency to push through arms deals that lawmakers have blocked, including a controversial sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia that some lawmakers fear may be used against civilians in the war-torn country of Yemen.
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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

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Isgrimnur wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 3:02 pm
Title 22. FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INTERCOURSE
Chapter 39. ARMS EXPORT CONTROL
Subchapter III. MILITARY EXPORT CONTROLS
Section 2776. Reports and certifications to Congress on military exports
Title Trump. HOW I DO NOT HAVE TO ASK PERMISSION BECAUSE I AM PRESIDENT
Chapter 27. NO NO NO MINE MINE MINE
Subchapter IV. I AM PRESIDENT
Section 1129. I promised the Saudis and they're good people, the best people. Have you seen their cars? Wonderful cars.
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Re: The Trump foreign policy thread

Post by Holman » Fri May 24, 2019 4:42 pm

Guys. Be nice. Jared has had a tough time, and this is a big day for him.
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