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This fecker. Duterte. Remember Noriega?

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Saturday to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines, saying "bye-bye America" as he reacted with rage to what he thought was a U.S. decision to scrap a major aid package over human rights concerns.

A U.S. government aid agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, said earlier in the week that its board deferred a vote on a renewal of the development assistance package for the Philippines "subject to a further review of concerns around rule of law and civil liberties." ...

"I understand that we have been stricken out of the Millennium Challenge. Well, good, I welcome it," Duterte said with apparent sarcasm.

"We can survive without American money," he said....

In November, Duterte said he wanted U.S. troops out of his country in the next two years.

"I want in the next two years, to be freed from the presence of foreign military troops. I want them out," Duterte told reporters Nov. 1. "And if I have to revise or abrogate agreements, executive agreements, I will." ...

While calling Americans "sons of b------" and "hypocrites," Duterte praised China as having "the kindest soul of all" for offering what he said was significant financial assistance. "So, what do I need America for?" he asked.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/17/philippines-duterte-us-over-aid-bye-bye-america/95557384/

Remember what happened to Manuel Noriega, Big Man of Panama?
And what happened to Sadaam Hussein, Big Man of Iraq?

Obama - Won't say it's time to dump the Electoral College

A good man. But the wrong man for our time.

He says that when Democrats' message is strong and speaks to where the people are, the popular vote and the Electoral College vote will tend to align.

Feckless.

We have needed/need a fighter, not someone who is the perennial optimist.
We need another FDR.

Prof Stephen F. Cohen on Russian hacking - WTF??

Anyone been listening to Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen over the past few days? He's been going out of his way across various media sites to defend Putin against allegations that Russia, on Putin's orders, interfered in the US election to help Trump.

He spins it as being a skeptic on the widespread uncritical acceptance, as he sees it, of alleged reports from anonymous sources that the Russian government was behind the hacking. He claims that with this "new McCarthyism," in which anyone who questions the allegations for lack of evidence is essentially branded a traitor, we are at risk of provoking an all-out hot war with Russia. He says we should be having a debate about what America's stance toward Russia should be right now, but we aren't because everyone is jumping on the bandwagon attacking the Russians.

DEMOCRACY NOW Weds
STEPHEN COHEN: Weíre in the most dangerous confrontation with Russia since the Cuban missile crisis. It needs to be discussed. And at the moment, it canít be discussed because of these charges that everybody is a client of Putin who disagrees with the mainstream opinion. And itís coming from the Senate. Itís coming from The New York Times. Itís coming fromóand I wish we had a second to say what the motives are. But one motive is to keep Trump from going to the White House. Another is to delegitimize him before he gets there. But the main motiveóand you can hear it clearlyóis Trump has said he wants cooperation with Russia, and the war party here thatís against that is determined to stop it. And the way you do it is level against Putin the kinds of accusations that Mr. Roth uncritically levels, so the rest of us will say we canít have any cooperations with Putin because heís a war criminal.

AMY GOODMAN: Twenty seconds, Ken Roth.

KENNETH ROTH: Well, Iím all for talking with Putin, trying to cooperate with him. In fact, my New York Review piece argues that the key to Syria is for Trump to put pressure on Putin, because Assad wouldnít be able to commit these atrocities without Putinís active support. So, Iímó

STEPHEN COHEN: Thatís not talking with Putin; thatís putting pressure on Putin.

KENNETH ROTH: And talk to him, too. And we never objected to the ongoing debate, the ongoing conversation, but it shouldnít be in lieu of the kind of pressure, which is all that Putin listens to these days.

STEPHEN COHEN: Oh, for Godís sake. Thatís all he listens to. And you base that on what? Your careful studyó
https://democracynow.org/shows/2016/12/14

^ This exchange was on Democracy Now, in which Ken Roth of the Human Rights Watch accused Russia, and Putin specifically, along with Syria's Assad of commiting war atrocities in Syria.


CNN Thurs
Stephen Cohen: I think we're in uncharted, perilous territory. Even before this began--the hacking allegations--we were in a Cold War with Russia fraught with hot war from the Baltics to Ukraine to Syria.... Now we're accusing the Russians ... of attacking us. Cyberattacking. And now we have a President of the United States suggesting that he's gonna counterattack. We're talking about war between nuclear powers! And overlaying it all is this story about what the Russians did in our election for which we have yet to be presented a single piece of empirical evidence.....

Here's my point, and what I've never seen in my life: that we have ratched it up to a moment so dangerous, at least as dangerous with Russia since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962--normally we have a national debate about what to do.... What are we talking about? It could be fiction. We don't know.


CNN last night
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