Ambassador Darroch is No More

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I think that depends on what sort of victory Trump is looking for. I think we're getting past the days when the USA was the leader of the western alliance and had allies across Western Europe. Nowadays he's just one of a number of despots who want to divide the world up into spheres of influence and rule without bothering about human rights, international law, or any of the rest of the 20th century niceties. He sees the world in terms of the strong countries (Russia, China) he wants to suck up to, while also challenging for supremacy, and the weak ones (which is where he sees the European countries, particularly if the EU and NATO can be neutralized) which he can ignore or kick around. I'm not sure it's correct to call France, Germany, and the UK allies any more. France and Germany are foes and the UK is a vassal.
 

Davocrat

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Nobody had to be a spy in order to know that the Trump administration is inept, chaotic and amateurish. All they had to do was pay a little bit of attention.
BTW, Trump's butt buddy Brexit Boris says that Darroch is a superb diplomat and shouldn't have been forced to resign. So who knows if he would have been gone July 24th.
Exactly. It was a No Shit Sherlock moment.
 
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I think that depends on what sort of victory Trump is looking for. I think we're getting past the days when the USA was the leader of the western alliance and had allies across Western Europe. Nowadays he's just one of a number of despots who want to divide the world up into spheres of influence and rule without bothering about human rights, international law, or any of the rest of the 20th century niceties. He sees the world in terms of the strong countries (Russia, China) he wants to suck up to, while also challenging for supremacy, and the weak ones (which is where he sees the European countries, particularly if the EU and NATO can be neutralized) which he can ignore or kick around. I'm not sure it's correct to call France, Germany, and the UK allies any more. France and Germany are foes and the UK is a vassal.
What you just mentioned is probably the vision Trump has or wants to implement. Is it realistic ? Russia even with a strong ruler is economically a medium size power with declining prospects on a huge territory as far as population growth or competiveness concerned. China will have to face its own contradictions one day or another, repression being more a way to gain time than to solve problems etc... And because of what the USA is, it can hardly compete with dictatorships in terms or repression, people's control etc... it is not there that there is room for your country but more in offering an American Dream that others can share as it was in the past, which China or Russia can't...
 

kmiller1610

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I cannot believe Trump is reviving this ridiculous "Obama spied on my campaign" accusation.

There has never been any evidence of it. Darrouch's confidential memos to HIS government are not evidence of Obama spying.
Start here. It explains exactly why the press was going nuts over "contacts" pre-Mueller. If the corrupt officials in the FBI were releasing information to the press (and we know that they were), those contacts were the source of the political dirt they wanted for their daily attacks on Trump. Even if this is technically legal, it's not the kind of collusion the corrupt officials and their press allies would want revealed. Please note that the quote at the bottom is based on the Hillary email IG report. The IG has been digging further for more than a year and further analysis is OTW.

Whatever happened to the 'unmaskings' probe?

U.S. citizens who aren’t accused of crimes are entitled to strong constitutional privacy protections. So, to alleviate worries that citizens’ rights might be violated through “incidental” spying on foreign targets, the intel agencies adopted strict rules. At first, they promised to destroy any “incidental” intelligence they collected. Later, they decided to store it — for a short time — but promised that the names of the U.S. citizens would be “masked,” or hidden, even internally.

Then, they argued that they needed to store the information on U.S. citizens a little longer, and might occasionally need to “unmask” or reveal their names. Still, “unmasking” was supposed to be extraordinarily rare, requiring a high-ranking official’s approval accompanied by a strong legal argument that the citizen’s name is crucial to addressing some national-security threat.

But several years ago, intel insiders tell me, the process was corrupted. Here’s how:

An official who is a bad actor may want to monitor a U.S. citizen — say, a political enemy or a journalist — but knows he could never get wiretap approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). So he develops a pretext to wiretap a foreigner or a target in contact with that citizen. He then “incidentally” captures the citizen’s information, too. Later, he builds a case for “unmasking” the U.S. citizen’s name, supposedly for national security or other crucial reasons.

Here’s the best part — for the bad actors. The U.S. citizens are usually none the wiser. The surveillance isn’t intended to build a criminal case; it’s to collect dirt or political intel or blackmail material. So the corrupt process is never scrutinized in a U.S. court.

Think of it as reverse engineering of intel.

IG report faults fired FBI official McCabe for leak to media

The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz is remarkable for its level of detail, casting McCabe as a man who repeatedly lied to investigators and his own boss about his role in a disclosure of information, even while he lashed out at others who he thought might be responsible for leaks.

It accuses McCabe of lying at least four times, three of them under oath, and says that while he had the power to approve disclosures of information to the media, his doing so in this instance violated policy because it was done “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership.”
Rice told investigators why she unmasked Trump aides - CNNPolitics
 
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CtC

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The Brits usta own half the World.Now just one small Island. If Darroch is an example of what they are now ,it is no wonder. Liberalism and GLOBALISM ruin everything.
 

CtC

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That is, of course, factually inaccurate. Par for the course.
Let us see. They no longer own Canada and Australia. No longer own US. No longer own India.Colonies in Africa gone. Colony in South and Central America gone. So ,next time , try to be factually accurate. (hehe)
 
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Let us see. They no longer own Canada and Australia. No longer own US. No longer own India.Colonies in Africa gone. Colony in South and Central America gone. So ,next time , try to be factually accurate. (hehe)

You might want to do some research of your own, lest you keep embarrassing yourself with ignorant statements.