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  • The Evolution of Allies Wars and the UN

    1907-2018 Learning from World History?

    How one thing leads to another.

     I found this amazing quote, circa unknown?

    “THERE COMES A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER PUT OFF CHOOSING. YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE PATH OR THE OTHER. You can live safe and be protected by people just like you, OR YOU CAN STAND UP AND BE A LEADER FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. Always, remember this: People never remember the crowd;

    THEY REMEMBER THE ONE PERSON THAT HAD THE COURAGE TO SAY AND DO WHAT NO ONE WOULD DO.”

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    2017 Nov 2-8 DISSATISFIED WITH THE PATH AMERICA WAS ON 72%

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    AMERICA WAS DEFINITELY ON THE WRONG PATH

    America Citizens remembered  POLITICALLY INCORRECT Donald J. Trump, American Citizens voted, Trump was elected President of the United States on Nov 8, 2016 and sworn in Jan 20, 2017.

    INDEED, DONALD J. TRUMP WAS THE ONE PERSON THAT HAD THE COURAGE TO SAY AND DO WHAT NO ONE WOULD DO.

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    History of the United Nations | outreach.un.org.mun

    https://outreach.un.org/mun/content/history-united-nations

    THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER IS THE TREATY THAT ESTABLISHED THE UNITED NATIONS, IT WAS RATIFIED ON 24 OCTOBER 1945. …

    WHICH WILL AFFORD TO ALL NATIONS THE MEANS OF DWELLING IN SAFETY WITHIN THEIR OWN BOUNDARIES, AND WHICH WILL AFFORD ASSURANCE THAT ALL THE MEN IN ALL THE LANDS MAY LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT.

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    The United States is the largest provider of financial contributions to the United Nations, providing 22 percent of the entire UN budget in 2017 (in comparison the next biggest contributor is Japan with almost 10 percent, while EU countries pay a total of above 30 percent).

    Only five of NATO’s 28 members — the U.S., Greece, Poland, Estonia and the U.K. — meet the 2% of GDP spending target. The rest lag behind. Germany spent 1.19% of its GDP on defense last year, France forked out 1.78%. Canada, Slovenia, Belgium, Spain and Luxembourg all spend less than 1%.Mar 1, 2017

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    America Citizens remembered and chose Donald J. Trump, American Citizens  voted, Trump was elected President of the United States on Nov 8, 2016 and sworn in Jan 20, 2017.

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    ONE YEAR LATER….. President Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum in  Davos Switzerland.

    “But America first does not mean America alone,” he said. “When the United States grows, so does the world.”

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    Back to The Evolution of Allies, Wars and the UN

    Sorting out the allies, the good and the bad allied powers.

    World War I the War to End All Wars, was a WORLD  WAR originating in Europe it began in 1914 and lasted until 1918.

    During the conflict, GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY, BULGARIA AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE THE CENTRAL POWERS (bad guys)

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    THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE?

    TURKISH: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu) was an imperial power that existed from 1299 to 1923 (634 years), one of the largest empires to rule the borders of the Mediterranean Sea. AT THE HEIGHT OF ITS POWER, it included Anatolia, the Middle East, part of North Africa, and south-eastern Europe.

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    AND, THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE (REALLY BAD GUYS)  1914-1918  FOUGHT AGAINST GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, RUSSIA, ITALY, ROMANIA, JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES, THE ALLIED POWERS (good guys)

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    ANOTHER GLARING EXAMPLE OF WHY HISTORY MATTERS IN 2018

    ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS BY PEARL REVERE

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    The Evolution of Allies, Wars and the UN

    JAN 26, 2018 – PUTIN’S  RUSSIA IS A GLOBAL POWER TO BE RECKONED WITH.

    1945 THE UNITED NATIONS

    2018  (5) NATIONS WITH VETO POWER IN UNITED NATIONS, CHINA, FRANCE, RUSSIA (THE SOVIET UNION), THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES

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    A BRIEF HISTORY OF RUSSIA. Ancient Russia (800-1200). The Mongols and the Emergence of Moscow (1237-1613). The Romanovs (1613-1825). The Path to Revolution (1825-1920). The Soviet Era (1920-1991). Post-Communism to the Present

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    RUSSIA 1894 Franco-Russian alliance

    RUSSIA 1904 Entente Cordiale

    RUSSIA 1907 Anglo-Russian agreement

    RUSSIA 1907 THE TRIPLE ENTENTE WAS THE MILITARY ALLIANCE FORMED BETWEEN RUSSIA, GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE BEFORE WORLD WAR I.

    TO OFFSET THE ALLIANCE FORMED BETWEEN IMPERIAL GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY AND ITALY.

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    RUSSIA 1917 THE ALLIED POWERS

    THE POWERS KNOWN AS THE ALLIES IN WORLD WAR I WERE PREDOMINANTLY: GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, RUSSIA AND ITALY.

    THE US JOINED THE WAR IN 1917 At almost the same time, THE RUSSIANS WERE FORCED TO DROP OUT of the war due to The Soviet government signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on March 3, 1918, ending four years of aggression between Russia and Germany.

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    1920 THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS

    THE UNITED STATES DID NOT JOIN THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS

    RUSSIA USSR , RUSSIA joined  the League of Nations September 18, 1934

    1939  USSR  RUSSIA WAS EXPELLED BY THE LEAGUE NATIONS

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    RUSSIA 1942 THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION

     U.S. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, UK PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL, MAXIM LITVINOV, OF THE USSR (RUSSIA), AND T. V. SOONG, OF CHINA

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    RUSSIA 1945 THE UNITED NATIONS

    CHINA, FRANCE, RUSSIA (THE SOVIET UNION), THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES

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    RUSSIA 2018  (5) NATIONS WITH VETO POWER IN UNITED NATIONS

    CHINA, FRANCE, RUSSIA (THE SOVIET UNION), THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES

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    How complicated is it Jan 26, 2018?

     Identifying and sorting out the fickle allies flip flopping frequently, with regards to their loyalties, interests.

    Identifying and sorting out the enduring allies.  Enduring,  Besides meaning long-lasting, enduring sometimes means long-suffering as, during World 1 and World War 2. 

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    1907- 1920 THE ALLIED POWERS

    THE ALLIES OF WORLD WAR I, or Entente Powers, (good guys) were the countries that opposed the CENTRAL POWERS (bad guys) in the First World War. The members of the original TRIPLE ENTENTE OF 1907 WERE THE (good guys) FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE.

    The United States joined THE ALLIED POWERS IN 1917 after the country could no longer stay neutral, as Woodrow Wilson had planned in the Proclamation of Neutrality.

     The Allies, the Allied Powers, were ultimately comprised of 25 nations

    The US joined the war in 1917, which changed everything. … At almost the same time, the RUSSIANS were forced to drop out of the war due to the Russian Revolution and their inability to fight both the German Army and the communist rebellion….

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    JANUARY 10, 1920, THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS FORMALLY COMES INTO BEING WHEN THE COVENANT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, RATIFIED BY 42 NATIONS IN 1919, TAKES EFFECT.

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    ALLIES  AND ALLIED POWERS 1894 -1907

    TRIPLE ENTENTE, association between GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND RUSSIA, THE NUCLEUS OF THE ALLIED POWERS IN WORLD WAR I. It developed from the Franco-Russian alliance that gradually developed and was formalized in 1894, the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale of 1904, and an Anglo-Russian agreement of 1907, which brought the Triple Entente into existence.

    THE TRIPLE ENTENTE WAS THE MILITARY ALLIANCE FORMED BETWEEN RUSSIA, GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE BEFORE WORLD WAR I.

     AN EXAMPLE OF TRIPLE ENTENTE IS RUSSIA, GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE’S FORMAL BOND WHICH WAS FORMALIZED IN 1907 TO OFFSET THE ALLIANCE FORMED BETWEEN IMPERIAL GERMANY, AUSTRIA-HUNGARY AND ITALY.

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    THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS JANUARY 10, 1920 -1946

    Between 1920 and 1939, a total of 63 countries became member states of the League of Nations. The Covenant forming the League of Nations was included in the Treaty of Versailles and came into force on 10 January 1920.

    THE UNITED STATES DID NOT JOIN THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS

    Despite Wilson’s efforts to gain public support for the League of Nations, the United States government failed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, the final agreement of the ending of World War I, and therefore, did not join the League.

    RUSSIA (USSR) joined the League of Nations. September 18, 1934  general meeting of the League of Nations adopted a resolution on the admission of the USSR into the League and the inclusion of its representative to its Board as a permanent member.

    1939 THE USSR  RUSSIA was expelled by the league nations.

    Of the 42 founder members of the League of Nations,  only 23 remained members until the league of nations was dissolved in 1946. 7 left, withdrew or were expelled before 1946.

    The complete list can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Nations_members

    IN 1946, THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS WAS OFFICIALLY DISSOLVED WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

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    THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION Allies 1942?

    On New Year’s Day 1942, U.S. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, UK PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL, MAXIM LITVINOV, OF THE USSR (RUSSIA), AND T. V. SOONG, OF CHINA, signed a short document which later came to be known as THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION AND THE NEXT DAY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF (22) TWENTY-TWO  OTHER  NATIONS ADDED THEIR SIGNATURES.

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    THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER Allies 1945?

    The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by CHINA, FRANCE, RUSSIA (THE SOVIET UNION), THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES and by a majority of other signatories.

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    History of the United Nations | outreach.un.org.mun

    https://outreach.un.org/mun/content/history-united-nations

    THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER IS THE TREATY THAT ESTABLISHED THE UNITED NATIONS, IT WAS RATIFIED ON 24 OCTOBER 1945. …

    WHICH WILL AFFORD TO ALL NATIONS THE MEANS OF DWELLING IN SAFETY WITHIN THEIR OWN BOUNDARIES, AND WHICH WILL AFFORD ASSURANCE THAT ALL THE MEN IN ALL THE LANDS MAY LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT.

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    JAN 26, 2018 HOW COMPLICATED IS IT?

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW…READ MORE  STUFF ON The Evolution of Allies Wars

    Who were the allied and central powers in WWI? – Quora

    https://www.quora.com/Who-were-the-allied-and-central-powers-in-WWI

    Apr 17, 2016 – Allied Powers: * The United Kingdom (including colonies and affiliated states) (1914) * France (1914) * Russia (1914) * Serbia (1914) * Belgium (1914) * Romania (1915) * Japan (1914) * Italy (1915) * United States (1917) * Brazil (1917) * Montene…

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    OVER 1500 WORDS AND I HAVEN’T EVEN TOUCHED ON THE WORLD WAR 2 ALLIED POWERS.

    The main Allied powers were Great Britain, The United States, China, and RUSSIA (the Soviet Union). The leaders of the Allies were Franklin Roosevelt (the United States), Winston Churchill (Great Britain), and Joseph Stalin (the Soviet Union).

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    2018 FALSE NEWS ONLINE  MEDIA REWRITING WORLD HISTORY.

    The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War BY 51 COUNTRIES committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

     


  • America First Charity Begins at Home

    America First Charity Begins at Home

    I got an email…. CHRISTMAS IS COMING -…

     So while I am trying to decide what?  DONATING ITEMS OR MONEY to WHICH GROUP of

    non-profit to support “FOR ONLY $19.00 A MONTH”.

    I’m sure you have seen this before so it is just a reminder as the appeals flood the mailbox. 

     AMERICA IS MY COUNTRY, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION IS COMING

    TRUMP SAID “WHAT A MESS” Several times in his campaign rallies.

    THE US GOVERNMENT UNDER BUSH (R) AND OBAMA (D) PAID 70% OF NATO TO FIGHT THE 16 YEARS OF WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, USING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY, THE OTHER 28 COUNTRIES PAID 30%.

    THE US GOVERNMENT UNDER BUSH (R) AND OBAMA (D) HAS SPENT $6,000,000,000,000.00 SIX TRILLION DOLLARS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY FOR 16 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS WAR AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

    OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT SENT $1.7 BILLION $$$$ IN CASH TO IRAN.

    2014 THE STATE DEPARTMENT CAN’T ACCOUNT FOR $600 BILLION DOLLARS

    2016  www.cnn.com/2016/08/23/politics/us-army-audit-accounting-errors/ $6.5 TRILLION.

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    TRUMP SAID “WHAT A MESS” Several times in his campaign rallies.

    TRUMP SAID “AMERICA FIRST WILL BE THE OVERRIDING THEME OF MY ADMINISTRATION,”

    “UNDER A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, NO AMERICAN CITIZEN WILL EVER AGAIN FEEL THAT THEIR NEEDS COME SECOND TO THE CITIZENS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES,” TRUMP SAID.

    TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT BY THE VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR HIS UNILATERALLY “ONE SIDED” COMMITMENT TO AMERICA FIRST.

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A NEW FOREIGN POLICY,

    AMERICA FIRST  AND, IT’S Soooo… ONE SIDED….

     IT COULD BE CONSIDERED A  UNILATERALLY ACT, OF AND FOR, THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS, OF AND IN, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    TRUMP SAID “AMERICA FIRST WILL BE THE OVERRIDING THEME OF MY ADMINISTRATION”

    A timely definition before your generous spirits open your wallets.

    DEFINITION OF “CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME” FROM THE Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

    You should take care of your family and other people who live close to you before helping people who are living further away or in another country.

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    TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT BY THE VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR HIS UNILATERALLY “ONE SIDED” COMMITMENT TO AMERICA FIRST.

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    TRUMP SAID “UNDER A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, NO AMERICAN CITIZEN WILL EVER AGAIN FEEL THAT THEIR NEEDS COME SECOND TO THE CITIZENS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES”

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    Congressional Budget Justification Foreign Assistance Summary …

    https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/252735.pdf

    Country/Account Summary FY 2015 & FY 2017 Overseas Contingency …. Table 3a reports the FY 2015 allocations of Foreign Assistance and Food for Peace, …

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    Fiscal Year 2017  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION

    (a 115 page document)

    FOREIGN ASSISTANCE

    the total proposed federal budget for 2017:

    $50.1 BILLION DOLLARS

    $50,100,000,000.00

    SUMMARY TABLES

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    Aug 30, 2012WHILE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FOREIGN AID REMAINS UP FOR DEBATE, THE UNITED STATES RECENTLY HAS CONTINUED TO PUMP AROUND $50 BILLION IN AID TO OTHER … www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/usforeignaid-by-country_n_1837824.html

    FOREIGN AID IN 2014, U.S. SPENT ROUGHLY $35 BILLION

    NOV 11, 2015 U.S. SPENT $35 BILLION

    ON FOREIGN ECONOMIC AID LAST YEAR. THE $5.9 BILLION FOR MILITARY FUNDING REPRESENTS 17% OF THE ROUGHLY $35 BILLION THE U.S. SPENT ON FOREIGN AID IN 2014, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.NOV 11, 2015

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    2017 changing the name FROM FOREIGN AID to FOREIGN ASSISTANCE does not change the game.

    the total proposed federal budget for 2017:

    IS  $50.1 BILLION DOLLARS

    $50,100,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLARS

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    The U.S. foreign-aid budget, visualized – The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/…/2016/09/…/the-u-s-foreignaid-budget-visualiz…

    Sep 26, 2016 – Most of us gawked at the U.S. promising Israel $38 billion in aid. But what does America’s foreignaid budget actually look like?

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A NEW ADMINISTRATION AND A NEW FOREIGN POLICY,

    AMERICA FIRST  AND, IT’S Soooo… ONE SIDED,

     IT COULD BE CONSIDERED A  UNILATERALLY ACT, OF AND FOR, THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS, OF AND IN, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    THE $1.7 BILLION $$$$ IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL WAS OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT

    TRUMP SAID “WHAT A MESS” and he promised to fix it.

    Mr. Trump called the agreement reached with Iran in July 2015, “one of the most incompetent deals of any kind I’ve ever seen,” and he promised to fix it.

    BECAUSE THE IRAN DEAL IS AN EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT, NOT A TREATY, THE NEW PRESIDENT TRUMP, HAS GREAT LATITUDE TO ALTER OR SCRAP IT.

    IN  “AMERICA FIRST” TERMS, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DECISION ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE IRAN DEAL WILL BE AN EARLY TEST OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO ACT UNILATERALLY.

    UNILATERAL MEANS “ONE-SIDED, UNDERTAKEN OR DONE BY OR ON BEHALF OF ONE SIDE, PARTY, OR FACTION ONLY; NOT MUTUAL:

    UNILATERAL UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW FOREIGN POLICY “AMERICA FIRST” THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ROLL OVER ON IT’S BACK TO GROUPS LIKE THE UNITED NATIONS etal. UNLESS IT IS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL.

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    HOW ONE SIDED WAS OBAMA’S $1.7 BILLION $$$$  IRANIAN EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT?

    SEP 7, 2016 OBAMA ADMITS HIS ADMINISTRATIONS SECRET IRANIAN $1.7 BILLION $$$$ DEAL (KEPT SECRET FROM OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE)

    WHICH GROUP INDEED……

    THE UNITED NATIONS HAGUE COMMISSION GROUP decided to demand payment and OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GROUP (kept SECRET from our elected representative) decided to donate $1.7 BILLION American cash money…

    US made $1.7 billion transfer to Iran in foreign cash, Treasury says …

    www.foxnews.com/…/us-made-1-7-billion-transfer-to-iran-in-foreign-cash-treasury-says…

    Sep 7, 2016 – THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ACKNOWLEDGED TUESDAY THAT A $1.7 BILLION TRANSFER TO IRAN EARLIER THIS YEAR WAS PAID ENTIRELY IN FOREIGN HARD CURRENCY. AN INITIAL $400 MILLION DELIVERY WAS SENT TO TEHRAN JAN. 17, the same day Iran agreed to release four American prisoners.

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    The $400 million payment to Iran was American diplomacy at its finest …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…paymentiranamerican…/2d1e6d5a-5f3c-11e6-af…

    Aug 11, 2016. THE PAYMENT, (BY OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT) THEN, REFLECTS THE UNITED STATES’ COMMITMENT TO RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW, …(OF THE UNITED NATIONS)

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    PRESIDENT TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO AMERICA FIRST

    TO “AMERICAN LAW AND ORDER” FIRST.

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    HOW HAS U.S. FOREIGN AID-ASSISTANCE BEEN HELPING FOREIGN PEOPLE?

    You should take care of your family and other people who live close to you before helping people who are living further away or in another country.

     HOW HAS U.S. FOREIGN AID-ASSISTANCE BEEN HELPING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME period

    TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT BY THE VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR HIS UNILATERALLY “ONE SIDED” COMMITMENT TO AMERICA FIRST.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A NEW FOREIGN POLICY, AMERICA FIRST

     AND, IT’S Soooo…

    ONE SIDED, IT COULD BE CONSIDERED A  UNILATERALLY ACT, OF AND FOR, THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS, OF AND IN, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    To be continued… Congress justifies….

    Obama and Kerry’s 2017 Budget Assumes $50.1 Billion?

    FY 2017 Congressional Budget Justification – Department of State …

    https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/9276/252179.pdf

    FEB 9, 2016 – FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AS PART OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, NOT SOMETHING SEPARATE, NOT CHARITY. … THE FY 2017 PRESIDENT’S BUDGET ASSUMES THAT FURTHER.

    ACCORDING TO OBAMA(D) AND KERRY $50.1 BILLION DOLLARS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY PAID TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE IS NOT A CHARITY


  • The Situation Room NATO Responds To Trump

     The Situation Room NATO Responds To Trump

    Wolf Blitzer, TONIGHT, April 6, 2016, IN A RARE INTERVIEW, NATO’S SECRETARY-GENERAL IS HERE LIVE IN THE SITUATION ROOM. HE WILL RESPOND TO DONALD TRUMP.

    Below is the full unedited text of Wolf Blitzer’s April 6, 2016 The Situation Room  program

    Interview With NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg;

    Aired April 6, 2016 – 17:00   ET

    Also, NATO response. Donald Trump calls the alliance protecting Europe obsolete and says member nations have left paying the bills to the United States, all that as the organization faces criticism it’s not doing enough to fight ISIS right now. Tonight, in a rare interview, NATO’s secretary-general is here live in THE SITUATION ROOM. He will respond to Donald Trump.

    Also tonight, the secretary-general of NATO joins us here in THE SITUATION ROOM after meeting with President Obama. I will ask him about Donald Trump’s recent comment that NATO is obsolete and is not doing enough in the war against ISIS. Our correspondents, analysts and guests are all standing by with full coverage of all of these developing stories.

    [18:17:33]

    BLITZER: We’re following new developments in the war against ISIS right now and key questions about a key U.S. ally.

    In just a few moments, I will be speaking live with the NATO secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s here in THE SITUATION ROOM.

    There are new criminal now — criticisms emerging from Donald Trump, worldwide questions about NATO’s relevance and the role of NATO in the war against is. He’s been here in Washington this week. He’s personally thanking U.S. troops for their help, holding important discussions with President Obama about the alliance’s future.

    But, first, let’s go to our Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr.

    Barbara, what have U.S. leaders been saying about NATO’s future and its role in fighting ISIS?

    BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, right now, Wolf, administration officials are adamant that NATO is good value for the U.S. security dollar, even if the alliance itself is not yet all in on the fight against ISIS.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    STARR (voice-over): With members of an ISIS terror network at large across Europe, new security worries for President Obama as he meets with his commanders.

    BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As we have seen from Turkey to Belgium, ISIL still has the ability to launch serious terrorist attacks. One of my main messages today is that destroying ISIL continues to be my top priority.

    STARR: The president hearing military recommendations on how to destroy key ISIS centers of power.

    OBAMA: We can no longer tolerate the kinds of positioning that is enabled by them having headquarters in Raqqa and in Mosul. We have got to keep on putting the pressure on them.

    STARR: While individual NATO member nations have undertaken military actions against ISIS, there are questions about whether the alliance itself should jump in. Great Britain, France and Turkey making some of the biggest contributions in personnel, aircraft and intelligence, but Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the U.S. is not getting NATO to shoulder its fair share. DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The people that study NATO,

    they’re so close to it. They don’t understand that it’s obsolete.

    STARR: Telling Wolf Blitzer in a recent interview the U.S. pays a disproportionate amount to NATO to ensure the security of allies.

    TRUMP: Frankly, they have to put up more money. They are going to have to put some up also. We’re not — we’re paying disproportionately. It’s too much. And, frankly, it’s a different world than it was when we really originally conceived of the idea.

    [18:20:01]

    STARR: NATO remains central to U.S. national security policy, though many small member nations are unable or unwilling to spend as much on defense as the U.S., even on a proportional basis.

    MAGNUS NORDENMAN, THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL: NATO is far from obsolete and is probably more relevant than it’s ever been before.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    STARR: So, is the U.S. paying too much for NATO? The latest calculations show under the U.S. defense budget about 11 cents of every $100 spent on defense goes to the alliance — Wolf.

    BLITZER: All right, Barbara, thanks very much.

    JOINING US NOW IN THE SITUATION ROOM, THE NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL, JENS STOLTENBERG.

    Secretary-General, thanks very much for coming in.

    JENS STOLTENBERG, NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL: Thank you very much.

    BLITZER: Go ahead and tell us why you disagree with Donald Trump when he says NATO right now is, in his word, obsolete.

    STOLTENBERG: Well, I will not be part of the U.S. election campaign, but what I can do is to tell what NATO is doing.

    And we are as vital for security both for the United States and for Europe as we have ever been, because we are living in a more dangerous world. NATO is responding to a more assertive Russia in the East, and we are playing a key role in fighting terrorism, ISIL on the southern flank…

    (CROSSTALK)

    BLITZER: But he makes the point and other critics of NATO make the point that many of the NATO allies, they don’t spend on defense what they should be spending, at least 2 percent of their GDP. The U.S. does, a few other countries, but they are what Donald Trump calls free-riders.

    STOLTENBERG: There are more European NATO allies who should spend more on defense.

    BLITZER: Why don’t they?

    STOLTENBERG: Because they haven’t, so far, implemented what we…

    BLITZER: Can NATO do anything to punish these NATO — there are 28 countries in NATO. They want the benefits, but they don’t want to share the burden.

    STOLTENBERG: Well, we decided in 2014 to stop the cuts in defense spending and then gradually increase toward 2 percent.

    And in the first year after that, in 2015, we have seen that the cuts have stopped. That’s the first step. Then we will continue to push for an increase, and last year, actually 16 NATO allies increased defense spending.

    BLITZER: But they’re still not at that 2 percent level.

    STOLTENBERG: The picture is mixed.

    Some NATO allies spend 2 percent or more, for instance, the United Kingdom, Poland and other — some other NATO allies in Europe. But too many are spending too little. So, that’s the reason we will continue to address these at all our meetings in NATO. And every time we meet leaders from NATO countries in the different capitals, I address this issue.

    BLITZER: Now, NATO countries individually are fighting ISIS, which is a grave threat, as you well know. But NATO as an organization has not gone in to fight ISIS as it did to fight the Taliban, for example, in Afghanistan.

    Why can’t NATO play a role as an organization in trying to crush ISIS?

    STOLTENBERG: As I said, all NATO allies participate, contribute to the international efforts to fight ISIS.

    BLITZER: But why can’t NATO do against ISIS what it did against the Taliban?

    STOLTENBERG: What NATO then does is that we have started to build local capacity to fight ISIL, because we believe that, in the long run, it’s better that we enable local forces to fight ISIL, instead of us deploying a large number of…

    (CROSSTALK)

    BLITZER: But NATO is headquartered in Belgium right now, outside of Brussels. We saw what recently happened. You would think that the NATO alliance would say, you know what? This represents a threat not just to the region, whether Iraq or Syria or elsewhere. It represents a threat to Europe. Most of the NATO allies are in Europe.

    So, why not get together and say, as an organization, we’re going to get the job done and crush ISIS? STOLTENBERG: Well, that’s the reason why we are stepping up our

    efforts, by, for instance, starting to train…

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    BLITZER: Who is resisting?

    STOLTENBERG: There’s no resistance that NATO shall support the efforts of the coalition.

    But we are doing that in different ways. NATO’s alliance has presence in Turkey, bordering Syria and Iraq. We have increased our presence there. We have started to train Iraqi…

    BLITZER: But Turkey is a member of NATO.

    STOLTENBERG: Yes. But it’s very important for us to be present in Turkey and to provide the assurance, military assurance to Turkey, because Turkey is so much affected of what’s going on in Iraq and Syria.

    Moreover, we have started the training of Iraqi officers, because we strongly believe that by building local capacity, by enabling forces in the region to fight ISIL, that’s a more sustainable solution in the long run.

    BLITZER: Is anyone proposing that NATO do to ISIS what it did to the Taliban?

    STOLTENBERG: Well, NATO and NATO allies are doing that, but…

    BLITZER: NATO — individual NATO countries are doing that, like the United States, the U.K., other countries, but, as an alliance, because that’s what the Americans, a lot of Americans want to hear, that NATO is getting its act together and going to crush ISIS, which is seen as a grave threat.

    STOLTENBERG: The important thing is that we are able together to fight ISIL in an effective way.

    And we have agreed that NATO shall do capacity-building, train, assist and advise. Then the high-end airstrikes shall be done by the coalition, and all NATO allies support those efforts.

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    Then, we have to remember that also what we do in Afghanistan is important when it comes to fighting terrorism.

    BLITZER: But NATO did get involved, and very impressively. A lot of NATO troops, unfortunately, died fighting in Afghanistan. More than 1,000 died in Afghanistan.

    NATO did not get involved as an organization in Iraq, and now it’s still not involved in this fight, as an organization, against ISIS.

    STOLTENBERG: Well, I think to help and train Iraq to fight ISIL, to train Iraqi officers is an important element in fighting ISIS.

    (CROSSTALK)

    BLITZER: How many NATO troops are in Iraq right now training Iraqi troops?

    STOLTENBERG: Well, we have — we do the training in Jordan. And we’re using also Jordanian forces, organized and financed by NATO to train Iraqi forces.

    BLITZER: So you’re training Iraqi forces in Jordan. Why not train them in Iraq?

    STOLTENBERG: Well, that may be the next step.

    But many NATO allies are already doing that. AND, AGAIN, THE WAY WE ORGANIZE THIS IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT NATO ALLIES IN DIFFERENT WAYS ARE PART OF THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS.

    BLITZER: One final question. How worried are you about your security, not just you personally, but NATO security in Brussels right now, given what’s going on? We saw the other week what happens.

    STOLTENBERG: What you have seen in Brussels is that no country is immune and no country is 100 percent secure against terrorist attacks.

    And that just underlines the importance of fighting ISIL in Iraq, Syria, but also to step up the work when it comes to intelligence in countries like Belgium. And NATO allies are doing exactly that.

    BLITZER: And you’re beefing up your security at your headquarters, I assume?

    STOLTENBERG: We are.

    BLITZER: Jens Stoltenberg is the NATO secretary-general.

    You got a huge mission ahead of you. Good luck to you. Good luck to all the NATO alliance.

    STOLTENBERG: Thank you.

    BLITZER: Thank you very much for coming in.