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Trump's Supposed Foreign Policy "Pivot"


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#141 LFC

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 12:18 PM

A psychopath like Trump doesn't value any life but their own. His foreign policy pronouncements show his mental illness in all its glory gory. People might say it's all just bluster but you'd have to be a fool to trust that analysis. He's dangerous, untethered, has full backing of Republicans no matter what, and may become increasingly desperate as the elections approach.

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In the years since, those Afghan scrap collectors have been joined by more than 157,000 war dead in that embattled land. That’s a heavy toll, but represents just a fraction of the body count from America’s post-9/11 wars. According to a study by the Costs of War Project of Brown University’s Watson Institute, as many as 801,000 people, combatants and noncombatants alike, have been killed in those conflicts. That’s a staggering number, the equivalent of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. But if President Donald Trump is to be believed, the United States has “plans” that could bury that grim count in staggering numbers of dead. The “method of war” he suggested employing could produce more than 20 times that number in a single country — an estimated 20 million or more Afghans, almost all of them civilians.

It’s a strange fact of our moment that President Trump has claimed to have “plans” (or “a method”) for annihilating millions of innocent people, possibly most of the population of Afghanistan. Yet those comments of his barely made the news, disappearing within days. Even for a president who threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea and usher in “the end” of Iran, hinting at the possibility of wiping out most of the civilian population of an ally represented something new.

After all, America’s commander-in-chief does have the authority, at his sole discretion, to order the launch of weapons from the vast U.S. nuclear arsenal. So it was no small thing last year when President Trump suggested that he might unleash a “method of war” that would kill at least 54% of the roughly 37 million inhabitants of Afghanistan.

And yet almost no one — in Washington or Kabul — wanted to touch such presidential comments. The White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department all demurred. So did the chief spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. One high-ranking Afghan official apologized to me for being unable to respond honestly to President Trump’s comments. A current American official expressed worry that reacting to the president’s Afghan threats might provoke a presidential tweet storm against him and refused to comment on the record.

Experts, however, weren’t shy about weighing in on what such “plans,” if real and utilized, would actually mean. Employing such a method (to use the president’s term), they say, would constitute a war crime, a crime against humanity, and possibly a genocide.

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 04:39 PM

Trump is digging in against the International Criminal Court.

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The Trump administration was dealt a major blow in the International Criminal Court Thursday when senior judges authorized an investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. The ruling—which overturned a previous rejection of the inquiry—will infuriate the Trump administration, which has repeatedly attacked the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who has said that U.S. troops may have committed war crimes. Last year, the Trump administration revoked Bensouda’s U.S. visa citing “unjust investigation and prosecution.” On Thursday, the ICC’s appeals chamber said previous rejection of the inquiry was based on a misunderstanding of the court’s rules, and said that the investigation should go ahead. According to The Guardian, the chair of the appeals tribunal said: “The prosecutor is authorized to to commence investigation in relation to events dating back to 2003 as well as other alleged crimes [related to] Afghanistan.”

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 04:52 PM

View PostLFC, on 05 March 2020 - 04:39 PM, said:

Trump is digging in against the International Criminal Court.

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 04:53 PM

Of course the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the U.S. because we never signed on.





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