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Lindsey Graham Stuns BBC Reporter By Telling Him The US Will Re-Invade Afghanistan

There’s an almost endless list of reasons that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has never and will never be president.

One of those reasons came from Graham’s mouth during an interview with BBC reporter Stephen Sackur.

The interview began with Graham kissing Donald Trump’s fat ass:

“He rebuilt the military. Whether you like Trump or not, whether you believe it’s Trump’s fault or Biden’s fault, here’s where we’re at as a world. The Taliban are not reformed, they’re not new. They have a view of the world out of sync with modern times.”

And then Graham suggested the United States would be invading Afghanistan again:

“But most importantly, they’re going to give safe haven to Al Qaeda who has ambitions to drive us out of the Middle East writ large. We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.”

That led the incredulous reporter to ask:

“Are you serious?. You think the United States will once again, in the foreseeable future, put troops back into Afghanistan?”

The South Carolina Republican responded:

“We’ll have to. Because the threat will be so large.”

Clearly, Lindsey Graham doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. The U.S. military now has capabilities with drones and other remote weapons to destroy any terrorist threat before it can launch an attack on us. We’ve been picking off Al Qaeda and ISIS members for years now with drone and missile strikes.

Poor Lindsey. He wants so badly to be relevant. But he’s nothing more than a Trump groupie who’s missing his sugar daddy.

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Turns Out Jared’s Middle East ‘Peace Plan’ Was All About Greed – Now The Region Is On Fire

Back in September of last year, just a couple of months before the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump bragged that he’d done the impossible: He’d created peace in the Middle East by facilitating a deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. He patted himself on the back and even gave some of the credit to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who had reportedly been a major factor in the deal.

Of course, the peace deal was little more than words on paper because it didn’t include the Palestinians, who were (and still are) demanding statehood, which truly would be a deal to celebrate.

Eight months after the so-called Abraham Accords, the Middle East is in flames yet again as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians flares up yet again and threatens to expand into a wider conflict.

What happened? Well, the simple way of putting it is that Jared made a deal premised on greed, wishful thinking, and the belief that his father-in-law would get a second term in office.

David A. Andelman notes in an op-ed he wrote for CNN, that the fragile idea of peace in the region is more threatened now than it has been in decades:

“The plan, in what has become known as Jared Kushner’s Vision for Peace — a tribute to the efforts by the former President’s son-in-law — spelled out in a detailed map for Israel to halt expansion of any new settlement activity on a large swath of the West Bank without American consent, which Kushner affirmed would not be given ‘for some time.'”

Translation: They kicked the can down the road. Israel agreed to stop building settlements, but not for “some time.” It was a deal, but not really.

Instead of actual peace, Bahrain, and the UAE inked deals to buy more military hardware from U.S. defense contractors and in exchange the White House would look the other way as Israel did whatever it damn well wanted.

Also, it should be noted that Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE weren’t at war when the “peace” pact was signed, so what exactly was the point? It was little more than political theater, meant to bolster Trump as polls showed Americans thought he had badly mishandled the COVID pandemic.

Where does the fake Trump-Kushner “peace” leave us? Quite simply, screwed. And if Israeli forces launch a ground invasion of Gaza in order to destroy Hamas, there’s a very real chance there can never be peace among Israel and its Arab neighbors.

With social media being such an essential part of the modern world (including in the Middle East), it’s only fitting that Twitter is alight with mockery and anger aimed directly at Jared, a man who has never accomplished a damn thing in his life, just like his father-in-law:

The Middle East is in complete chaos, and Jared Kushner is partially to blame. Is this asshole good at anything other than kissing ass and marrying a woman whose father became president?

 

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Tough Guy Lindsey Graham Is Now Threatening China With War

Now that he’s no longer on the White House’s speed dial and has become largely irrelevant, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is desperate to pretend he still has some modicum of power.

Proof of that was on display when Graham appeared on Fox News Monday, rattling the proverbial saber as he threatened China, even though he doesn’t make foreign policy.

Graham was asked this question by host Ben Domenech of The Federalist:

“What do you think we need to be doing in terms of sending China a clear message, given their increased military activity and all the different ways that they’re challenging us on the world stage?”

Graham responded:

“Stand up for the Uighurs. Your father-in-law is rolling over in his grave now, the America John McCain fought for and was willing to die for is changing in front of us. I like what Trump did, he stood up to the Chinese. You steal our stuff, you’re going to pay a price. Human rights still matters. Let the Chinese know that if you try to take Taiwan, we’ll have a war and you’ll lose it.”

Human rights still matter? Is that supposed to be a joke? Donald Trump never talked about human rights in China. He was far too busy starting a trade war that he lost and that may have also played a part in costing him a second term in office He even told Chinese President Xi Jinping that he completely approved of putting the Uighurs into concentration camps.

Now, however, we’re is supposed to listen to Graham the hypocrite and believe he’s earnest in his concern for minority groups in China? When will Lindsey do the same for minorities in his own country?

Sen. Graham needs to sit down and let the experts shape U.S. foreign policy, because it’s clear he’s auditioning for the 2024 GOP cattle call. As if he has a chance in hell of winning.

 

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WH Press Secy. Says Comparing Niger To Benghazi Is ‘A Cheap Attempt’ To Taint Trump (VIDEO)

As more details become available about the ambush in Niger which led to the deaths of four American special forces troops, more questions are being asked about the U.S. mission in the African country and what may have contributed to the loss of those four brave soldiers.

There is also talk on Capitol Hill of Congressional hearings on the ambush, and comparisons are even being made to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the ambassador and three Marines. Could Niger be Donald Trump’s Benghazi? Not to hear Republicans and the White House tell it.

Last week, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) said that equating Niger with Benghazi is ridiculous:

“Every time I hear people compare this to Benghazi, it makes me physically sick.”

Of course, Inhofe’s feigned sickness would probably clear up immediately if the ambush had happened on President Obama’s watch or if he thought he could blame it on Hillary Clinton.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a guest on Fox & Friends Tuesday, and she too said that the two incidents are in no way similar:

“Look, these are not comparable events. I know the Democrats want to make this a big negative attack piece against this president.”


Not comparable? Let’s take a closer look:

  • 4 Americans died in Benghazi; four Americans died in Niger
  • The details of the attack in Benghazi were murky; the details of the ambush in Niger remain unclear

And yet, Republicans were offended by what happened in Benghazi and demanded endless investigations which costalmost $7 million. But now they urge restraint when it comes to Niger.

Sanders went on to add this:

“But to try to compare the two is simply just a cheap attempt by the Democrats to try to taint this president.”

Apparently Ms. Sanders has forgotten that this president, who may well have committed treason with Russia, is already tainted. His personal behavior, his unchecked avarice, and his endless lies have left him with low poll numbers and the overall distrust of the nation. Donald Trump inflicted shame and dishonor on himself and the United States long before the attack in Niger ever took place.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Medal Of Honor Winner SHREDS Trump And John Kelly For Their Hateful Words (VIDEO)

During the back and forth this week between the White House and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), you may have asked yourself: How do veterans feel about the fact that President Trump and his Chief of Staff chose to attack a member of Congress at a time when they should have placed the focus on the four soldiers who were ambushed and killed in Niger?

If you’ve ever watched MSNBC, then you’ve seen Colonel Jack Jacobs, who serves as a military analyst for NBC News. Jacobs is also the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to military personnel. Colonel Jacobs earned this honor during his service in Vietnam.

Jacobs was a guest on AM Joy and was asked by host Joy Reid:

“Donald Trump likes to hide behind his generals, he likes to push them out front in order to give himself credibility. What do you make of General Kelly’s willingness to be used in that way this week and then to add this extraneous story that turns up not even to be true slamming the congresswoman?”

And it was immediately clear that Colonel Jacobs couldn’t understand why General Kelly chose to defend Donald Trump:

“Well, it’s quite surprising because I know — I don’t know him very well, I’m not that close to him — but I know General Kelly…I’m quite surprised. Attacks like this don’t make any sense from anybody.”


Then Jacobs said Kelly should call Congresswoman Wilson and apologize:

“I’d pick up the phone and say, ‘look, this has gone far enough, I apologize.’ But that should have been the case from the very beginning when whatever is emanating from the White House was inaccurate as well.”

Jacobs also had some criticism and advice for Trump:

“I can say this about Donald Trump, he’s not real good at talking. If I were Trump, I would have picked up the phone and said, ‘look, that was my ham-handed way of being sympathetic, I’m not good at that and I apologize.’ And all this stuff would have been over.”

But Trump won’t. He will never apologize, which tells you that he’s incapable of genuine sympathy or self-reflection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUD0XvctCSU

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org