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I think they made that calculation that these sanctions would have heat and hurt the Russian economy very quickly, in ways they clearly misunderstood and overestimated, the sanctions certainly have made the Russian economy smaller, but not to the extent people had hoped. And certainly not to the point where the Russians were brought to the bargaining table.
All of the nuclear-armed states are increasing or upgrading their arsenals and most are sharpening nuclear rhetoric and the role nuclear weapons play in their military strategies -- this is a very worrying trend.
Found on CNN 5 months ago
This is a step that rationalizes what was essentially an irrational arrangement that we inherited, it was irrational because it created unnecessary and elevated risk to The US forces as they moved in and out of the country on a rotational basis, and it gave us less pay-off for incurring that risk because it disrupted their efficacy and consistency of their work with partners.
They want to live in the West because the richest countries in the world are in the West. The amazing centers of culture are in the West, but in addition, Western countries have a much more secure rule of law than Russia. So, if they're able to get a lot of their money into the West, they can feel more secure.
Found on CNN 8 months ago
We haven't seen a conventional move like this, nation-state to nation-state, since World War II, certainly nothing on this size and scope and scale, and if it unfolds the way that hereto we have come to believe that it will, it has every potential to be very bloody, very costly and very impactful on European security writ large, perhaps for a long, long time to come.
I wish our Government could have done more to stop this injustice and it should not have been down to us to have to fight as hard as we have had to.
Found on CNN 11 months ago
The US politicians keep hyping a' diplomatic boycott' without even being invited to Winter Games. This wishful thinking and pure grandstanding is aimed at political manipulation.
Found on CNN 12 months ago
The President is briefed every day by The President Covid team and will continue to assess, based on their recommendations, any additional steps that needs to be taken, putting in place these travel restrictions was intended to give us more time to do the necessary evaluation, data and testing required that our health experts are working around the clock to do. And they made this assessment and recommendation about the countries where we would put in place these travel restrictions in order to give us that time.
Although designated an' alien unprivileged enemy belligerent,' not technically afforded the rights of The US citizens, the complete disregard for the foundational concepts upon which the Constitution was founded is an affront to American values and concepts of justice, mr. Khan was subject to physical and psychological abuse well beyond approved enhanced interrogation techniques, instead being closer to torture performed by the most abusive regimes in modern history.
President Biden is going to continue doing things that...( create) more predictability for American industry and allows them to plan and grow, but unlike President Biden predecessor, President Biden is going to hold China to account where China is falling short of its commitments. President Biden also believes that we have to use all our tools to make sure China's economic trade policies do not hurt American workers and businesses.
Make no mistake, nobody is writing this off and saying :' Well, we got them, so we don't have to worry about ISIS-K anymore.' Not the case. As I said earlier, the threat stream is still active, still dynamic. We're still laser focused on that and force protection. We aren't thinking for a minute that what happened yesterday gets us in the clear. Not a minute, but do we believe that we hit valid targets, bad guys who can do bad things and plan bad missions ? Absolutely. Do we think that will have some impact on their ability going forward ? Absolutely.
I'm not going to talk about specific capabilities ISIS may have lost in this strike. They lost a planner, and they lost a facilitator. And they have one wounded. The fact two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the Earth, that's a good thing, it is a good thing for the people of Afghanistan, it's a good thing for our troops and our forces at that airfield.
But The President also made that decision because it was made clear, given the timeline set by the prior administration, that if we did not withdraw our troops, The US men and women would be facing fire on the ground, and that was not something, as the commander in chief, he felt was acceptable. And hence we are on this timeline we are on, by September.
I can confirm that we've completed our( Democratic People's Republic of Korea) policy review, which was thorough, rigorous and inclusive. We consulted closely with outside experts and our predecessors from several previous administrations, and our way forward draws from their lessons learned and shared.
Determinations like these are only meaningful insofar as they're supported by tangible, sustained pressure, the worst thing that the The US government can do, especially when we're in the midst of a transition of power, is to become self-satisfied with this powerful rhetorical statement about the crisis without following it up.
This Court... recognizes that the pandemic may require temporary, emergency modifications to the immigration system to enhance public safety, but that is no excuse for DHS to skirt the fundamental humanitarian protections that the Flores Agreement guarantees for minors in their custody, especially when there is no persuasive evidence that hoteling is safer than licensed facilities.
The United States is aware of Iran's request for financing from the IMF and, as in the past, we remain opposed to funding going to Iran that could be used to foster the regime's malign and destabilizing activities, unfortunately, the Iranian central bank, which is currently under sanction, has been a key actor in financing terrorism across the region and we have no confidence that funds would be used to fight the coronavirus.
There's no way also that the The US or any other foreign government can' singlehandedly' engage in a battle like Marawi because the Philippine Constitution forbids it, foreign troops and foreign military may help by providing intel, logistics, weapons but they can't, technically, actively participate in combat.
We have made our demands very clear to the ayatollah and his cronies : end Read MoreNoting pursuit of nuclear weapons, stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, stop sponsoring and committing terrorism, halt the arbitrary detention of The US citizens. Our pressure is aimed at ending these and others and it will continue to accelerate until Iran is willing to address them at the negotiating table.
There is a solid global understanding that Huawei Rotating gear is not only leading the industry, but is essential to the future of 5G, it seems that while there was initial acceptance of the The US warnings of' threats,' that as the campaign has worn on, there is more and more skepticism. And this has emboldened Huawei Rotating yet further.
We've continued to make progress. We're continuing to have conversations. The US is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea until we see fully and verified denuclearization. We've had very good steps in good faith from North Korea in releasing the hostages and other moves so we're going to continue those conversations.
Two The US service members, one Department of Defense( DoD) civilian and one contractor supporting DoD were killed and three service members were injured while conducting a local engagement in Manbij, Syria, initial reports indicate an explosion caused the casualties, and the incident is under investigation.
We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by The US at a minimum so they don't endanger our troops -- but also so that they meet the President's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered.
We call on( North Korea) to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill North Korea international obligations and commitments and return to serious talks, north Korea's unlawful weapons programs represent a clear, grave threat to The US national security.
Found on CNN 5 years ago
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