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The Speech Of Speeches

Trump made his much anticipated speech to the Islamic Conference…and I have two questions.

One, Who the Hell wrote this speech?

Two, Was this a campaign speech? 752 more words

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The Speech Of Speeches

Trump made his much anticipated speech to the Islamic Conference…and I have two questions. One, Who the Hell wrote this speech? Two, Was this a campaign speech? First, the speech was not a Middle East reset….it is business as usual since 1943 Second it sounded more like an American campaign speech than one for an international audience. I can say with some certainty that Mr. Trump delivered a speech and it was subdued and as respectfully as he can be.  The one problem is he said he was not there to lecture the region and then set about doing just that. As for it being a “game changer”….I think not. IN case you would like to read the speech for yourself……(please do especially if you think you have something to offer) Source: Full transcript of Trump’s Riyadh speech, as released by White House – He gave some big lines as he worked his way around the room…..

President Trump addressed the Muslim world on Sunday, taking a more moderate tone than he did as a presidential candidate, when he declared that “Islam hates us,” reports the New York Times. On Sunday, in his speech in Saudi Arabia to Muslim leaders from around the world, he said that the US is “not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship.” Instead, he added, “we are here to offer partnership—based on shared interests and values—to pursue a better future for us all.” The Washington Post has a transcript. Highlights:

  • Trump also made headlines for what he didn’t say, specifically the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Story here(It will be interesting to see if Trump as much grief as Obama for NOT using the term)
  • “A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this earth. (See this clip here.)
  • “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion—people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
  • “The nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them.” They “will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries and, frankly, for their families and for their children.”
  • The US will “make decisions based on real-world outcomes, not inflexible ideology,” and “wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms, not sudden intervention.”
  • He called Islam “one of the world’s great faiths.”
  • Trump criticized Iran for spreading “destruction and chaos” throughout the region.
  • There is one point he neglected to point out……The Saudis export an extremist interpretation of Islam, Wahhabism, around the globe. Over the past three decades, Saudi Arabia has spent about $4 billion per year on mosques, madrassas, preachers, students, and textbooks to spread Wahhabism and anti-Western sentiment. Let’s not forget that 15 of the 19 fanatical hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks were Saudis, as was Osama bin Laden himself.
  • The Saudis fund terrorism worldwide. A Wikileaks-revealed 2009 cable quotes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying, “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide … More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar e-Tayyiba and other terrorist groups.”
Keep in mind he made a speech last year about fighting terrorism (if you would like to compare the two)….. Source: Full text: Donald Trump’s speech on fighting terrorism – POLITICO All in all it was a good speech…not a great one but adequate and no bonehead slogans or diatribes…..but the speech was written by someone with very little knowledge of the Middle East…..did I expect more?  No pretty much what I though it would be…… I am waiting to see if there is any blow back from those half witted supporters…..(of course there won’t be)……he refused to use “radical Islamic terrorism” and a more damnable sin was he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia….will these get him criticized? (Don’t hold your breath) “Hypocrites get offended by the truth” “Hypocrites are those who apply to others the standards that they refuse to accept for themselves” Need we say more?

Chinese Media Warns US Social Division Shows "Western Democracy Is Crumbling"

“The US model represents Western democracy, but it is crumbling, and the resulting social division has become more and more serious…”

Source: Chinese Media Warns US Social Division Shows “Western Democracy Is Crumbling” | Zero Hedge… 588 more words

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Chinese Media Warns US Social Division Shows “Western Democracy Is Crumbling”

“The US model represents Western democracy, but it is crumbling, and the resulting social division has become more and more serious…” Source: Chinese Media Warns US Social Division Shows “Western Democracy Is Crumbling” | Zero Hedge http://www.zerohedge.com Well known government mouthpiece, The China Global Times, published an op-ed overnight that was shockingly frank about the state of America (in their eyes) and did little to confirm President Trump’s opinion that he and Premier Xi are best-buddies…
 President Trump’s Troubles Are Not Going Away
US President Donald Trump appears to be in big trouble. A memo by former FBI director James Comey exposed by The New York Times shows Trump had asked Comey to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in a meeting on February 14. US mainstream media and the Democratic Party accused Trump of obstruction of justice. Earlier, US media had reported that Trump leaked highly classified intelligence on the Islamic State to visiting Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, yet Washington failed to share the same information with its allies to protect the source. As the attacks on Trump ramp up, many are now calling for him to be impeached. According to one poll, 48 percent supported impeachment, while 41 percent opposed. The numbers don’t bode well for Trump. The American elite still refuse to accept Trump after his 100 days in the Oval Office. He is at odds with the mainstream media; insiders have constantly leaked information to the media. Now some commentators have compared the exposure of the Comey memo to the Watergate scandal. As Congress is under Republican control, few believe there will be a move to impeach the president, but these latest revelations will certainly further erode Trump’s presidential authority. At the beginning of the corruption scandal, few believed that South Korean president Park Geun-hye would be impeached either. Could this be a reference for Trump’s case? But evidence of Park’s illegal activities was solid, while it will be more complicated to make determinations over whether Trump obstructed justice and leaked classified intelligence. To impeach Trump will need more evidence from further investigation. To completely discredit Trump among voters, the present scandal is not enough as it does not add to the negative image of Trump. Many just think Trump often speaks off the cuff, which ends up in silly blunders. If there is a major substantive scandal over and above him speaking out of turn then that will be another thing. But this is not the case at the moment. Every country has its own troubles. The US model represents Western democracy, but it is crumbling, and the resulting social division has become more and more serious. The US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into link between Russia and the 2016 US presidential election and related matters on Wednesday. More juicy details will continue to appear and the rifts may become wider. Trump will become one of the most frequently accused Americans. The US won’t be engulfed by chaos if its president is caught in a lawsuit. Someone has pointed out that no matter how chaotic the White House and Capitol Hill are, the overall operation of the US will not be a major problem as long as the enterprises and social organizations in the country are stable. This is seen as an advantage of the American system. Although American society is relatively stable, the political tumult can’t be taken as an advantage of the US system. The fact is that US politics is in trouble, and the benefits brought by its system are being squandered.
With friends like that, who needs North Korean enemies?

Im-Politic: Trump's Accusers on Mishandling Intelligence Have Lots to Explain Themselves

There was a funny article in today’s Washington Post Outlook section – not “ha ha” funny but funny in the sense that life serves up some coincidences that the adjective “embarrassing” doesn’t come close to covering. 563 more words

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Chinese government 'systematically dismantled' CIA operations from 2010 to 2013

The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, … 284 more words

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