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'In the field of diplomacy, he (Trump) is as ignorant as a child"

- from  Chinese state-run newspaper

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Thin-skinned, frail egomaniac elect, Donald Trump has ratcheted up his twitter war against China.  He continues to call China a currency manipulator though that is not the case.  The U.S. is actually the beneficiary of China's currency at the moment.

He hasn't even got started on Iran.  How long before he's tempted to push that nuclear button.  Thanks America.

Will Pence really have an office in the White House.  After all, Trump has all those unofficial advisors to make room for.

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Putin had a motive for helping put Trump in the White House--

 

"But if we accept the most obvious explanation as true, the issue of motive is the next question to consider in detail. It’s not enough to know Russia launched the attack; there’s value in knowing why.

 

One of the more common explanations is that Putin’s government recognized the geo-political benefits of having Trump in the White House: the more the United States looks ridiculous, having an unprepared and unqualified television personality leading a global superpower, the easier it will be for Russia to exploit America’s self-inflicted wound.

 

Putin’s intervention, in other words, created an opportunity for Russia to tell officials the world over, “You obviously can’t count on the United States to be a credible global leader anymore; just look at who the Americans chose as their president.”

 

And while there may be something to this, let’s not forget that Russia has a financial incentive as well.

The more Putin’s government became a source of hostility and instability in the region, the more President Obama imposed economic sanctions that did real harm to Russia. In fact, the combination of falling oil prices and U.S. sanctions have taken a severe toll on Russia’s economy.

 

What does this have to do with interference in the American presidential election? Perhaps everything: as Politico noted, now that Trump is poised to take office, the sanctions may be eased or eliminated.....

 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/putin-had-motive-helping-put-trump-the-white-house?cid=sm_fb_maddow

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Putin had a motive for helping put Trump in the White House--

 

"But if we accept the most obvious explanation as true, the issue of motive is the next question to consider in detail. It’s not enough to know Russia launched the attack; there’s value in knowing why.

 

One of the more common explanations is that Putin’s government recognized the geo-political benefits of having Trump in the White House: the more the United States looks ridiculous, having an unprepared and unqualified television personality leading a global superpower, the easier it will be for Russia to exploit America’s self-inflicted wound.

 

Putin’s intervention, in other words, created an opportunity for Russia to tell officials the world over, “You obviously can’t count on the United States to be a credible global leader anymore; just look at who the Americans chose as their president.”

 

And while there may be something to this, let’s not forget that Russia has a financial incentive as well.

 

The more Putin’s government became a source of hostility and instability in the region, the more President Obama imposed economic sanctions that did real harm to Russia. In fact, the combination of falling oil prices and U.S. sanctions have taken a severe toll on Russia’s economy.

 

What does this have to do with interference in the American presidential election? Perhaps everything: as Politico noted, now that Trump is poised to take office, the sanctions may be eased or eliminated.....

 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/putin-had-motive-helping-put-trump-the-white-house?cid=sm_fb_maddow

 

Once Trump's State Dept. team is confirmed, the sanctions will disappear.  And the Republicans in the Senate will confirm both Tillerson and Bolton.

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Apparently Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, will have an office in the West Wing and Ivanka will have one in the East Wing.  First Lady's office is in the East Wing.  Ivanka may share it with other Trump family members.

How will they remain separated from Trump business interests while occupying offices in the White House?

Not sure about the current distribution of offices in West Wing, but appears some current positions may not have room at the inn.

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“On Monday, Jack Kingston, a former Trump surrogate, briefed American businesspeople in Russia on what they might expect from the incoming administration,” NPR reports. “Lifting Western sanctions that were imposed on Russia because of its armed intervention in Ukraine has become the top priority not only for the Kremlin but for foreign companies working in Moscow.”

 

http://billmoyers.com/story/morning-reads-putin-hands-anti-hillary-hacks-trump-political-ally-shows-russia/

 

;)

 

Nice job, comrad!

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". Trump often compliments Putin for his “popularity”and throughout the campaign he has insisted, in spite of growing evidence to the contrary, that there is no reason to believe that the Russian government is responsible for the infiltration of Democratic Party and Clinton staffers’ computers.

 

Indeed, Trump is so adamant about this that he’s pretty much accused his own government of lying about it. That is an extreme reaction and one that seems inexplicable for an incoming president.

 

Trump’s attitude toward Putin has always been at odds with his usual style and tone. Because of that and the strange circumstances surrounding Trump’s hiring of Paul Manafort, a man with deep connections to Russian allies, the strange behavior of “Trump surrogates” at the Republican platform committee drafting sanctions policy toward Russia and Trump’s dismissive and often cavalier attitude toward evidence that Russia tried to interfere in the presidential election, serious questions are now being raised.....

 

http://www.salon.com/2016/12/15/what-did-donald-trump-know-about-vladimir-putins-attempt-to-hack-the-election-and-when-did-he-

 

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People trying to make rational sense of Donald Trump’s foreign-policy moves describe something like the following idea:

Donald Trump “is playing Nixon’s ‘China card’ in reverse,” Simon Tisdall wrote in The Guardian. “His approach can be summed up: make nice with Russia, talk tough with China” in a grand global realignment to strengthen America’s position against its leading geopolitical competitor....

 

But notice some important differences between the hypothetical Trump grand strategy and the Nixon strategy.

 

Nixon also took care that of the three great powers—the United States, the Soviet Union, and China—it was the United States that always enjoyed the most freedom of maneuver....

 

Meanwhile the Russia-China relationship remains as cordial as it was back when Chinese President Xi Jinping pronounced the two nations “friends forever” back in the summer of 2016.

 

Imagine for a moment how all this looks from Putin’s side of the table.

 

Does all this look like Trump is playing some brilliant gambit? Doesn’t it look rather more like that he is the one being played?

 

Russia has a GDP about the same size as Italy’s. It is weaker than any of its political competitors: the U.S., China, or a united Europe. Putin's best strategy is to divide each of those potential competitors from the others—and then to subdivide them against themselves. That strategy has been hugely advanced by the election of Donald Trump.....

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/12/trump-foreign-policy/511058/?utm_source=atlfb

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These are the international things that Trump knows about:

House of Pancakes

Loans to his companies

Places to have his products manufactured

Places to recruit low cost labor

Places to build hotels that somebody else pays for.

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Trump Goes On 5:37 Am Twitter Rampage Against U.S. Allies, Announces Israel Policy (TWEETS):
 
 
Donald J. Trump
9 hours ago

The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed.

As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.

This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.

 

"Trump’s opposition to this resolution is, basically, childishly out of place. Besides the lack of precedent for a president-elect to call for a specific action by an outgoing president — President Obama has veto power in the UNSC — Trump also ignores with his statement decades of precedent in America’s dealing with the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

Israel’s settlement building on land that it claims to support as being a part of a future Palestinian state flies in the face of already longstanding international precedent."

 

http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/12/22/trump-goes-on-537-am-twitter-rampage-against-u-s-allies-announces-israel-policy-tweets/

 

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"Let it be an Arms Race"

- DJ Trump

 

The most inexperienced moron Americans have ever elected will soon have his tiny fingers on the nuclear buttons.

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RUSSIANS LAUGHING AT US?

 

"Asked about Putin’s recent letter to Trump (that one that spurred Trump to say he is “so correct”), Russia expert Nina Khrushcheva told MSNBC Saturday that The Donald is playing “right into Putin’s hands.”

“I was just in Moscow and the Russians are saying ‘Look at those fools, look at their democracy.’ Absolutely,” she said. “‘How could America lecture us on any development, institutions, human rights, democracy, rhetoric when they just elected Donald Trump. He’s such a fool. He’s such a bully.

That’s what America deserves and we’re going to take advantage of it.’ And that’s how Russians feel about it, and now it’s taking shape with letters from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump with their exchange on potential nuclear armament and whatnot.”

 

http://addictinginfo.org/2016/12/24/analyst-visits-moscow-and-finds-russians-are-laughing-at-us-as-putin-manipulates-that-fool-trump-video/

 

-thanks, Chump!

-_-

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President Barack Obama © holds a multilateral meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (L-R), Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius alongside the G20 summit at the Kaya Palazzo Resort in Antalya, Turkey, in 2015.

 

"For eight years, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine has been rooted in a belief that while the United States can take action around the word on its own, it rarely should.

“Multilateralism regulates hubris,” Obama declared.

 

His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, has derided some of the same international partnerships Obama and his recent predecessors have promoted, raising the prospect that the Republican’s “America First” agenda might well mean an America more willing to act alone.....

 

When crises arise that do not directly threaten the U.S. but still demand action, Obama said, “We have to work with others because collective action in these circumstances is more likely to succeed, more likely to be sustained (and) less likely to lead to costly mistakes.”

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-signals-shift-obamas-focus-multilateralism/

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President Barack Obama © holds a multilateral meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (L-R), Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius alongside the G20 summit at the Kaya Palazzo Resort in Antalya, Turkey, in 2015.

 

"For eight years, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine has been rooted in a belief that while the United States can take action around the word on its own, it rarely should.

“Multilateralism regulates hubris,” Obama declared.

 

His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, has derided some of the same international partnerships Obama and his recent predecessors have promoted, raising the prospect that the Republican’s “America First” agenda might well mean an America more willing to act alone.....

 

When crises arise that do not directly threaten the U.S. but still demand action, Obama said, “We have to work with others because collective action in these circumstances is more likely to succeed, more likely to be sustained (and) less likely to lead to costly mistakes.”

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-signals-shift-obamas-focus-multilateralism/

 

the ceaseless carnage in syria is a testament to the obama way of doing things.

 

obama has excelled at nothing but a form of hands-off moral cowardice.

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the ceaseless carnage in syria is a testament to the obama way of doing things.

 

obama has excelled at nothing but a form of hands-off moral cowardice.

 

Hasn't R U M P promised to do the same thing?  I guess in his case it's called courage.

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RUSSIANS LAUGHING AT US?

 

"Asked about Putin’s recent letter to Trump (that one that spurred Trump to say he is “so correct”), Russia expert Nina Khrushcheva told MSNBC Saturday that The Donald is playing “right into Putin’s hands.”

“I was just in Moscow and the Russians are saying ‘Look at those fools, look at their democracy.’ Absolutely,” she said. “‘How could America lecture us on any development, institutions, human rights, democracy, rhetoric when they just elected Donald Trump. He’s such a fool. He’s such a bully.

That’s what America deserves and we’re going to take advantage of it.’ And that’s how Russians feel about it, and now it’s taking shape with letters from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump with their exchange on potential nuclear armament and whatnot.”

 

http://addictinginfo.org/2016/12/24/analyst-visits-moscow-and-finds-russians-are-laughing-at-us-as-putin-manipulates-that-fool-trump-video/

 

-thanks, Chump!

-_-

 

The Russian expert who gave her opinion above is none other than the great-grand daughter of the former Premier of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev. It was Nikita Khrushchev who backed down during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Kennedy Administration.

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The Russian expert who gave her opinion above is none other than the great-grand daughter of the former Premier of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev. It was Nikita Khrushchev who backed down during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Kennedy Administration.

First, Putin will never back down.

Second, he won't have to as Trump and his cabinet will cave first.

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The ceaseless carnage (which may be ceasing)

is mostly a testament to the brutality of Assad.

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The ceaseless carnage (which may be ceasing)

is mostly a testament to the brutality of Assad.

you are exactly right...and it was obama's task as the leader of the free world to stop it or at least greatly minimize it...has he?

 

he has failed because weakness does not stop despotism, it strengthens it! :angry: 

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you are exactly right...and it was obama's task as the leader of the free world to stop it or at least greatly minimize it..

 

I missed that part of the Constitution.

 

It's fun to remember that these same people that you are crying a river over every day lately are the same people that you want to ban from stepping foot in this country.

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you are exactly right...and it was obama's task as the leader of the free world to stop it or at least greatly minimize it...has he?

 

he has failed because weakness does not stop despotism, it strengthens it! :angry: 

So Obama should start another military engagement in the

Middle East with no end in sight and no sure outcome to

add to the other two? The U.S. cannot be the world's

policeman and get involved in every conflict that comes

down the pike. 

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I missed that part of the Constitution.

 

It's fun to remember that these same people that you are crying a river over every day lately are the same people that you want to ban from stepping foot in this country.

And don't forget, Trump does not want the US to get involved in foreign countries affairs.  Or was that yet another lie?

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And don't forget, Trump does not want the US to get involved in foreign countries affairs.  Or was that yet another lie?

 

Yes that is courageous on his part.  Taking the same stance is cowardly on Obama's part.

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"During the campaign Donald Trump declared his love for Israel, but as George Washington warned, such sentiments should have no place in statecraft.....

 

"However unwittingly, Netanyahu, Obama and Trump have thereby collaborated in radically reformulating the basis of US-Israeli relations. No longer does the relationship rest even nominally on a mutual commitment to a negotiated peace. For Netanyahu, power obviates the need for negotiations, an argument that prior US administrations including Obama’s contested, but one that Trump seems certain to endorse. No longer a partner in the quest for peace, Goliath becomes instead David’s unquestioning enabler.

 

In return for what? The assumed alignment of US and Israeli interests, so carefully nurtured over decades, has ceased to be self-evident. For an Israeli government that considers peace unachievable, unconditional US support may, at least in the short run, prove beneficial. Whether it will benefit the United States, imperiled by the absence of Middle East peace, remains to be seen....

 

http://billmoyers.com/story/loving-another-country/

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