Saturday, September 10, 2016

We have been here before. Stop making the same mistake about American leadership.

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"I am the decider."

8 September 2016
By Daniel Drezner
It may not have been the choicest of venues (click here) for Donald Trump, as he disputes the charge that he is being played by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But there he was Thursday, being interviewed on Russia Today, the network funded by the Kremlin. Trump’s campaign said it was all a big mistake.
The interviewer was Larry King, whom Trump has known for years. Campaign officials said the candidate’s understanding was that the interview would be used only for King’s podcast.
Some were skeptical of that explanation.
Trump took the opportunity while being interviewed for Putin’s network to say he does not believe Putin is interfering in the American election.
“I think it's probably unlikely,” Trump said of findings by investigators that hackers working for Putin stole files from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and distributed them to Wikileaks....

June 29, 2010
By Tod Robberson
In 2001, President George Bush (click here) issued a truly astounding appraisal of Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent who has run Russia since replacing Boris Yeltsin in 1999. “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.” Bush got it half right. Putin was absolutely committed to Russia and Russia’s interests. But trustworthy? I think Bush’s own CIA and FBI specialists would have told him to read his intelligence briefs more closely before opening his mouth....

Basically, Bush and Trump like Russia. As an international Russia has been steadfast and powerful with exceptions such as Ukraine.

"I am the decider."

March 25, 2016
By Bernie Quigley

...On NATO, for instance: Trump is right about NATO. (click here)
"We certainly can't afford to do this anymore," Trump said. "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we're protecting Europe with NATO, but we're spending a lot of money."
Incomprehensible. Ask anybody. As Fortune commented, "he became the first mainstream candidate to ever suggest that the United States withdraw from NATO."...

October 2008
By Stanley R. Sloan  

"How and Why Did NATO Survive Bush Doctrine? (click here) 

The Republicans have it "W"rong. They have it wrong on domestic economic policy, they have it wrong on Zika, they have it wrong on a woman's rights and self-directed life, the Republicans have it wrong on NATO and they have it wrong on global stability.

Does anyone stop to realize how consistent the Republicans are in their hatred of the United Nations, NATO and any foreign relationship that has a permanent place in the USA national budget.

When are the American people going to jettison the Republican party once and for all. They are wrong about everything.

This is a map from Wikipedia. This is the post Soviet countries.
August 29, 2014
By Christopher Harress
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (click here) told the Ukrainian parliament Friday that his government is seeking to join NATO, more than two decades after the country became independent as the USSR dissolved. The move has already received strong condemnation from Moscow, but this isn’t the first time a former Soviet republic has turned to NATO for protection.
"The government is entering a bill to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) about the cancellation of Ukraine's non-bloc status and resumption of Ukraine's course for NATO membership,” said Yatsenyuk on Friday, as the country fights off what it called an invasion by Russia and seeks a path to gain the protection of the U.S.-led alliance.
The moves comes after NATO and Ukraine said that Russian troops had entered Ukraine in the east of the country. The invasion would be a breach of the Budapest Memorandum, a pact signed in 1994 by the U.S., Russia and the U.K. affirming that no signatory nation would threaten the territorial integrity of Ukraine, in exchange for the delivery to Russia or the destruction of the nuclear weapons that Ukraine had been left in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union.... 

In the years after the 2008 global economic collapse, NATO countries cut their contributions with a focus on austerity. That should be rebalanced and each member pay their rightful share to the alliance. 

$711.8 million to secure Europe. Not even a billion. The USA is still in Afghanistan and cannot afford to leave NATO. This entire focus by the Republicans in treating the USA budget as a business is nonsense. The USA needs Europe. Europe adds to American's quality of life. Who can do without the Irish or Paris or Big Ben.

Who is going to keep the Polish Americans on the straight and narrow when it comes to the season of Easter? Who can do without Traditional Polish custom of blessing food on Holy Saturday. This Święconka basket contains: kiełbasa, boiled eggs, salt, pepper and bread. Decorated with bilberry leaves. Blessed food is eaten at Easter breakfast.

From David S. Morgan
CBS News
In a speech in Brussels, (click here) outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that America’s military alliance with Europe faces a “dim, if not dismal” future, owing to what he characterized as the United States’ disproportionate funding of NATO operations, and of allies “willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume the growing security burden left by reductions in European defense budgets… .”
The United States contributes between one-fifth and one-quarter of NATO’s budget. In FY2010 that contribution totaled $711.8 million....

The Republicans are wrong about life and what defines the United States of America. 

End this mess and return sanity to American elections again!