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    CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump’s Saudi speech

    Post  sinister_midget on Tue May 23, 2017 10:48 am

    CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump’s Saudi speech

    Uh huh. But he didn't.

    Here are some other things Obama could have done and either refused to do, didn't think of it (highly unlikely) or wanted the opposite:



    1. foster a pro-job-growth economy
    2. adhere to the rule of law
    3. disallow pro-terrorist immigrants
    4. crack down on illegal immigration
    5. promote racial harmony
    6. back law enforcement
    7. cut spending
    8. cut taxes
    9. show a strong presence to foreign leaders
    10. back Israel
    11. keep terrorists locked up in Club Gitmo
    12. let the military do their jobs
    13. track down and deport visa overstays
    14. reduce H1B visa numbers
    15. go after voter fraud


    There's more, for sure. A lot of it. But we all get the picture.

    So we agree, Fareed, that Obama could have been anything from an OK president to a stellar one, but he chose to go the other way.


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    Re: CNN's Zakaria: ‘Obama could have given’ Trump’s Saudi speech

    Post  sinister_midget on Wed May 24, 2017 5:09 pm

    Here's another thing Emperor Hussein could have done, Fareed. That is, he could have done it if he hadn't been a sissy.

    Trump has done what Obama didn’t: Scare NATO into closer tracking of defense spending

    President Donald Trump sent shock waves across Europe when he railed against the NATO alliance during his campaign and threatened not to defend those nations that hadn’t paid their share of defense expenses.

    He wasn’t the first to raise concerns: President Barack Obama had frequently lamented NATO members’ failure to spend enough on defense.

    But it was Trump’s undiplomatic rhetoric that got the issue to the top of the group’s agenda this week, when NATO’s members are expected to accept the idea of public report cards to make sure everyone’s meeting the requirements of the alliance.

    Obama complained three years ago at a gathering of European Union leaders that defense couldn’t be left just to the United States and Great Britain. Citing Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, Obama said the situation “reminds us that our freedom isn’t free.”

    Six years ago, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates went further, warning NATO leaders that younger U.S. politicians – “those for whom the Cold War was not the formative experience that it was for me” – might abandon the six-decade-old defense alliance if allies didn’t carry a greater portion of the load.

    But it was Trump who scared leaders into accepting closer monitoring of their defense spending when he called the 28-member organization “obsolete” and threatened to pull out or significantly cut funding.

    As Trump boarded Air Force One on Wednesday on his way to Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with reporters here in Brussels and commended the Trump administration for setting an example by presenting a budget that would increase military spending in Europe by 40 percent.

    “This is a commitment to our collective defense from the United States, not only in words but also deeds,” he said.

    Stoltenberg said he expects leaders to approve a new NATO initiative by which each member would submit detailed annual reports on their progress toward increasing defense spending to support the organization.

    “This will be a new tool to ensure we keep up the momentum and live up to our commitments,” Stoltenberg said.

    No matter what you think of the guy, he's getting a lot of things done that he has control over.

    It's the stuff we have to depend on the RINOs to do that are the real obstacle. Yeah, Trump says some things sometimes that are a bit off-putting. But a lot of that is based on leaks that are often are made up and/or twisted for effect, but turn out to be absolutely false. And some of the rest is cut and spliced by the media to make up stories that are false.


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