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Thankfully, Trump was unable to completely dismantle NATO !

By islander
April 27, 2022 5:03 am
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This is an excerpt from Heather's post today, although it takes a few minutes to read the whole letter, please do...It is well worth it and you'll be glad you did. 👍

"Blinken was understating things. The administration’s bolstering of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other allies and partners, along with its strong effort to keep various nations on board with economic sanctions, has been key to supporting Ukraine. Today, news broke of just how extensive U.S. sharing of intelligence has been with Ukraine, enabling Ukraine not only to protect its own weapons from attack, but also to shoot down a Russian plane transporting troops. Indeed, U.S. intelligence has helped prevent Russia from getting control of the airspace over Ukraine.

And now the administration has expanded that cooperation to include intelligence sharing to enable Ukraine to take back territory Russia has captured, including in Crimea or the Donbas. This reflects Austin’s statement today that Ukraine can not only survive against Russia, but can “win.” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby elaborated: “winning is very clearly defined by a Ukraine whose sovereignty is fully respected, whose territorial integrity is not violated by Russia or any other country for that matter.” Kirby also explained Austin’s comment that the U.S. wants “to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” Kirby said: “We don’t want a Russia that’s capable of exerting…malign influence in Europe or anywhere around the world.”
* HRC

See link for complete letter.


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Comments on "Thankfully, Trump was unable to completely dismantle NATO !":

  1. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 5:31 am

    To find anything at all praiseworthy in the State Department run by "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" is absolute lunacy.

    Remember Afghanistan!

    LET'S GO BRANDON!


  2. by islander on April 27, 2022 6:16 am

    This from the BBC:

    "President Putin has been stunned by the scale of the Western response to his invasion - and he is furious. Not only has Ukraine been supplied with weaponry but a wide array of sanctions threaten to contract Russia's economy by 10% this year.

    The EU, US, UK and other Western nations have targeted Russia's economy in a variety of ways:

    Russia's central bank has had its assets frozen and major banks are shut out of the international SWIFT payment transfer network.

    The US has banned imports of Russian oil and gas; the EU aims to cut gas imports by two-thirds within a year; and the UK aims to phase out Russian oil by the end of 2022

    Germany has halted approval on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a major investment by both Russia and European companies

    Russian airlines have been barred from airspace over the EU, UK, US and Canada

    Personal sanctions have been imposed on President Putin and his daughters, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and many other individuals

    No peace deal with Ukraine will bring these sanctions to an end, and Vladimir Putin knows that. Instead he has turned on Russians who have opposed the war. "The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors," he said."

    More than 15,400 anti-war protesters have been detained and virtually all independent media have been silenced.

    There is no meaningful political opposition left as they have either fled the country, or in the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, jailed for years in a strict-regime penal colony.


  3. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 6:38 am

    Absolutely, isle. True enough.

    What's not there is that "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" has been following along all of our allies, heck, even Dems in Congress.

    From the moment that the US entered World War II, the President of the United States has been the leader of the West...

    ...until "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" placed his hand on the Bible and took the oath of office.

    He's been a historic disaster. Thank God that other heads of state have stepped in to fill the vacuum Joe's empty brain created.


  4. by Donna on April 27, 2022 7:28 am
    Hts: Have you ever sought professional help for your OCD?


  5. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 8:02 am

    No. What's OCD about observing that Joe's been placid and and hesitant about Russia's attack on Ukraine?


  6. by Donna on April 27, 2022 8:15 am
    Nothing


  7. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 9:30 am

    pb reminds you all that, from the beginning, he called Joe out for being reactive and defensive to Putin's outrages.

    pb said that "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" will be responsible for every Ukrainian death and all of the suffering. pb was right. Our Former Truck Driver is Putin's number one enabler.

    Joe Biden has been a disaster.

    LET'S GO BRANDON!


  8. by Donna on April 27, 2022 9:58 am
    You can't shake off that OCD monkey, can you?



  9. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 10:00 am

    I admit to BDS. I don't get what the OCD link is.


  10. by Donna on April 27, 2022 10:08 am
    Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions? Wiw, that's a surprise. I'm glad you're onboard.

    A month or two ago I remember you admitting that you were OCD.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on April 27, 2022 2:40 pm

    I am OCD. I just don't see what that has to do with this.


  12. by islander on April 27, 2022 4:38 pm
    Hate wrote:"pb said that "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" will be responsible for every Ukrainian death and all of the suffering. pb was right"


    I think you are paying far too much attention to the stuff pb is whispering to you. I think you need to question what pb says once in a while, you know, learn to think for yourself! 👍


  13. by Donna on April 27, 2022 4:50 pm
    Hts, your OCD is so engrained that you don't even recognize it when you display a symptom. How do you think I guessed that you have OCD?


  14. by HatetheSwamp on April 28, 2022 7:57 am

    Donna,

    I carry a lot of emotional and psychological baggage. I think that these issues come from other maladies.

    What I can't figure out is how to splain you. Bahahahahahahahahahaha.


  15. by Donna on April 28, 2022 8:29 am
    I think most people carry a lot of emotional baggage, and it comes out in different ways. I'm a little OCD myself. Maybe we would have more interesting and constructive conversations if we talked about those things on this forum instead of politics.


  16. by HatetheSwamp on April 28, 2022 9:37 am

    Possibly.

    Temperamentally, I'm very much like my father was. He was unabashed in his OCD. When I was old enough to understand what it was, I was able to be amused by it and chagrin when I see it in myself.

    Seeing it for what it is has helped me not drive Evie crazy...at least, too much.

    And, it's not all bad. My dad was a good man. Were I all he was, I'd be better off all things considered.


  17. by Donna on April 28, 2022 10:06 am
    I wonder if it runs in families. My OCD takes the form of checking things over and over to make sure I did them right, like locking doors and turning off things that could potentially start fires. I'm so obsessed with it that I'm often late because of it.

    Now some might say that it's good that I double-check things like that. It is. But triple or quadruple-checking things?That's when it becomes burden.

    I do the sane thing checking my spelling and gramnar. The funny thing is that despite my efforts, I don't always catch them all.

    To help overcome my irrational need to check things 3 or 4 times, I try to remember before I leave to go through a mental check list, and as I check each one, say out loud "The stove is off" or "I'm finished checking the living room".


    As for checking spelling and grammar too many times, I think I need to let go of the idea that everything I write has to be perfect. Or maybe slow down and make sure I get it right the first time. It's a work in progress.




  18. by HatetheSwamp on April 28, 2022 10:51 am

    I have the checking things over and over thing. But, I'm obsessed with being on time for things. Dad had the make us ALL late thing going on.

    I get caught up with things like there's only on right way to load the dishwasher and squeeze the end of the toothpaste tube. I've come to be able to laugh at myself, but it was a looooooooong journey.


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