Bogie56

Trump's Biggest Whoppers

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Just now, NipkowDisc said:

a great sensible post.

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Beats that Rex Reason thread. :ph34r:

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1 hour ago, jakeem said:

Mueller team has *had it* with Paul Manafort's bid to delay his July 25 trial. In new doc, they cite recorded jail phone call where M says he is being treated like a "VIP", doesn't have to wear prison uniform and gets his own laptop to review discovery materials.

Special Counsel's Office says Manafort has been surreptitiously sending emails from jail... https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4594533/7-11-18-US-Oppo-Manafort-Motion-to-Continue.pdf 

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9 minutes ago, jakeem said:

JUST IN: Senate confirms Trump Justice Dept nominee with ties to Russian bank http://hill.cm/4UptX0V 

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Dems rip Trump DOJ nominee who represented Russian bank

Will Senate Republicans simply rubber stamp this nomination? The Benczkowski vote could mark a pivotal moment in the Russia investigation. The warning signs are clear. Read my letter here: pic.twitter.com/I3FbK26ZMJ

— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) July 10, 2018

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement that Benczkowski’s nomination “presents glaring conflicts of interest” with regard to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election. 

“Despite repeated requests from Judiciary Committee Democrats that he recuse himself from any matters involving the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign, Benczkowski has refused to commit,” she said.

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/396441-dems-rip-into-trump-doj-nominee-who-represented-russian-bank

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6 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

I doubt Manchin's re-election would hinge on voting for this supreme court choice.  He should grow a spine and do the right thing by his OWN party for once.

Dems control the governor's office, both legislative houses, one US senate seat and all three US house seats.  Trump carried it by 42% over Clinton - highest percentage in any state.  Losing the seat to a Republican will not help the Dems.  Bottom line is that it won't matter anyway-Kavanaugh will be approved.  Why risk it?

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Trump scolded Germany for buying gas from Russia. Here’s what we know-

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Trump said. “They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline.”

While Russia will be able to increase the amount of natural gas it sells to Germany through the pipeline, Russian gas will only provide a sliver of the overall energy Germany needs. Germany’s energy comes from a diverse mix of oil, coal and renewables.

Less than one fifth of the country’s power is powered by natural gas; at the moment, just 9 percent of the country’s power is generated by Russian gas. .....

 

There is a lack of consistency in Trump’s view on energy and allies. Just a short while ago, Trump officials asked Russia (and Saudi Arabia) to produce and sell more oil to help bring down global prices.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will find things to like in Trump’s comments. His comments buttress the argument that Russia and the U.S. make up a bipolar world (of course, this leaves out the world’s second-largest economic power: China).......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/trump-scolded-germany-for-buying-gas-from-russia-heres-what-we-know

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4 hours ago, jakeem said:

Trump today suggested a defense spending goal of 4% of GDP for NATO allies.

Per the figures NATO released yesterday, the U.S. currently devotes 3.5% of its GDP to defense spending. The next-highest country: Greece, at 2.3%. https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2018_07/20180709_180710-pr2018-91-en.pdf …

 

The key is how much US spends on "defense" vs what is actually to support NATO.  HUGE difference.  The US has chosen to maintain bases in NATO countries so that it can project its power into the Middle East, Africa and many other places.  These are not NATO commitments.  The US Sixth Fleet is assigned to the Mediterrean and only part of its missions are for NATO support.  No other nation has or wants to have a comparable "fleet" there.

In addition, and this is key, the US has determined that it will be a militaristic nation and field the world's most capable military.  Our actual expenditures dwarf the rest of the world.  Part of our "defense" spending is spent in Asia, the Pacific and many other places.  Not to mention the tremendous number of bases and facilities the US supports in the US alone.  As well as the world's largest (and most profitable) military corporations. 

Lest we forget, NATO is a creation of the United States.

Oh, and don't forget, the US government, military, Congress and the people decided that the Soviet Union (and communism) was our number one enemy.  Then it decided we would prefer to fight our war with them in Europe (or Southeast Asia, etc.) than to fight it on American soil.  Better hundreds of thousands of Europeans die than some Americans.  Better European cities and factories are destroyed instead of American ones.

The sad thing is that Trump does not and will never understand.  Nor does he really care.  Apparently his advisors are totally incapable of explaining the real world to him.

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