Do Democrats even understand how bad this looks?I think it's time to settle once and for all whether the Logan Act is constitutional (I don't think it is) by putting these guys on trial. Like Michael Flynn, the process is the punishment.
Two former Obama administration officials suggested that America’s European allies should punish President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Iran deal and levying additional sanctions on the Islamic republic.In order to defend a bad deal negotiated by President Obama, they are advocating hostile diplomatic actions against their own country?
The European Union and individual European countries are obligated to take aggressive steps to preserve the Iran deal, in order to avoid becoming Trump’s “doormat,” Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson argued in an op-ed that ran in The New York Times Thursday. Both Simon and Stevenson were directors on former President Barack Obama’s National Security Council (NSC).
“The European Union could, for instance, announce the withdrawal of member-states’ ambassadors from the United States. Isn’t this what states do when diplomatic partners breach solemn agreements, expose them to security risks and threaten to wreak havoc on their economies? That is, after all, what the administration is threatening to do by courting the risk of a Middle Eastern war and applying secondary sanctions to European companies,” they argued. “Depending on the American response, European capitals might even follow up with expulsion of American ambassadors.”
Not all Europeans are going along; just the ones you'd expect. Revolt: Three EU Nations Block Resolution Meant To “Embarrass And Isolate” The White House
Preparations are underway for the grand opening of the new United States embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. While the President won’t be able to attend as he prepares for his summit with North Korea, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have arrived to do the honors along with a number of other delegates. But not everyone is quite so thrilled with this development, particularly in some parts of the European Union. They were preparing to put forward a resolution condemning the embassy move, delivering a statement which was explicitly designed to “embarrass and isolate the Trump administration” ahead of the ceremony.CDB at Ace's: National Suicide 101: Alienate your strongest ally while simultaneously inviting your enemies into your country
That nasty little poison pill fell apart this weekend, however, when three member nations blocked the resolution. The objection was led by Hungary, which was quickly joined by Romania and the Czech Republic. (Axios)
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania, in coordination with Israel, today blocked a joint EU statement criticizing the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli officials and European diplomats told me.It turns out that the driving force behind the original resolution was French President Emmanuel Macron. Nice ally, eh? And it was only a few weeks ago that he was over here getting all touchy-feely with Trump amid speculation that he was playing some sort of flattery game to advance his position with the United States.
Behind the scenes: The initiative to publish the statement was led by France and several other EU member states. Israeli officials say the goal was to present to the U.S. a common position against the move by all 28 member states, and to embarrass and isolate the Trump administration ahead of Monday’s ceremony.
The United States spent trillions of dollars defending Western Europe from the Soviet Union, while Germany rebuilt its infrastructure and economy and society. A simple "thank you" would have sufficed. Instead, they are careening headlong into another existential crisis, again of their own making. This time it is national suicide by Islam, and we won't save them.
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There is a small part of me that wants to see Russian tanks rolling through the Fulda gap and the Meiningen Gap unopposed, while the German air force frantically tries to figure out how to kill tanks without American A-10s.
Once Germany is paying for its military protection, then I'll listen. Until then? Do. not. Care. https://t.co/bLWkdYj2Ai— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) May 12, 2018