@formerguest said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:
@Tiger5150 said in Politics Super Thread - keep it all in here:
He has been clearly the best president in my lifetime when it comes to foreign affairs, something that I heard that notoriously right wing (sarcasm) head of Foreign Affairs at the ABC, Stan Grant endorse yesterday. When he came to power, ISIS had grown under Obamas term to a large power with an actual country, Syria civil war, Russia had annexed Crimea under Obama’s term and were fighting with Ukraine, OBama war in Yemen etc etc etc. Trump killed Baghdadi, ended the Syrian War (with Allies), removed troops from Iraq & Afghanistan, ended the Iran Nuclear Deal which was funnelling billions from the US into the biggest state sponsor of Middle Eastern terror and war. Trump negotiated the deal between Israel & UAE which is a massive moment in middle east peace. Saudis start letting Israelis fly over their airspace. Trump is the first President since Carter not to start a war. Less Americans died overseas in conflict since Carter.
Second reason I would vote for Trump is that I genuinely see the Democrats as a significant risk to the US institutions and this has an obvious impact down the line on Australia. Biden not answering the question on Court stacking is not just a cute “campaign trick”, it means that he is either going to stack the court which would immediately end the principles that the US Constitution is set up on, or it means that he does not want to alienate the extreme left of his constituency that wants to tear down these institutions. Both options are bad for the US and us.
I genuinely see this moment of time in history as an “End of Empire” moment which in my opinion is not a good thing. The US has many flaws but nature abhors a vacuum and I dont think we would like what fills that void.
Certainly don’t see it as being anywhere near as rosy as you do, particularly as Obama took deployed troop numbers down by some 90% and cannot recall him starting a war, plus the betrayal of the Kurds and Russian influences in Syria are of great concern. The recent increasingly expanded use of gamer like operations of drones from sheds in Nevada must also be taken into account, particularly the role they have in curtailing further deployment of feet on the ground.
Ummm yeah nah. Obama took troops down by 90%? When he came to power there were 25k troops in Afghanistan. Within 2 years this had exploded to 100K troops in Afghanistan alone. 4 times the troop numbers!!! 4 x as many troops in Afghanistan as that warmonger Bush. He promised to reduce the numbers to zero by 2014 but this never happened. At the end of his second term he decreased the numbers significantly to around 50% of when he came in but significantly increased the numbers of Troops in Iraq and Syria.
Cannot recall him starting a war? You need to research Yemen & Libya (Obamas worst mistake, his own words…while you are at it research Benghazi).
And I would not raise Drones as a feature of Obamas term with 10 times as many strikes as Bush, up to 807 civilians killed. It has continued on under Trump and reporting has ceased so there is no way of knowing of more or less than Obama but its not a strong point of Obamas term. Obama himself even in his own words admits that he tried to get it under control at the end of his term when he realised that they were happening uncontrolled. In fact Obama used drone strikes to murder a US citizen without trial or any judicial process. Two weeks later he murdered that guys 16yo son, again with a drone, also a US citizen again without trial or judicial process. Can you imagine the uproar if Trump did that…seriously!!!
There is some merit with the middle east agreements and the fly zone, though they are certainly not peace deals. The almost complete siding with Israel, with the Embassy move in total disregard for the Palestinians as their land was being continually encroached, was for me, a terrible decision.
I am not pro Trump but occasionally he does something brilliant. This is bordering on genius. For mine, credit where credits due to him and apparently (according to Sheik Mo and Bebe) Jarrod Kutchner (who I had written off as nepotism). EVERY President has had a crack at Middle Eastern peace but every one of them have made the same mistake as you did, as I would and as the whole of the western media has. That mistake is thinking the key to Middle Eastern Peace is resolving Israel v Palestine. Whilst Palestine is in the thrall of Hamas & Hezbollah, this issue is intractable. The genius of Trump is realising (in a typical business sense) that whilst the arab world has an ideological objection to Israel, the Arab world (other than Palestine) are not physically or existentially threatened by Israel. The majority of Middle Eastern Countries (predominantly Sunni) are directly threatened by Iran and their proxies. Iran is the big threat in the middle east and not Israel to most ME nations. Trump has been able to leverage this to land this deal and the movement from Saudi Arabia indicates a greater acceptance of the Sunni Arab world of Israel’s existence. If the larger issues in the ME can be resolved, in the end Israel & Palestine will solve itself but it isnt the biggest problem in the middle east. Palestine has effectively been left out in the cold.
The court is already 5 to 3 balanced in conservative favour, so I put it that separate to the hypocrisy elements, appointing someone that has expressed very clear views on issues, some that have already been decided by SCOTUS, then taking the powerful body to a two thirds majority viewpoint on societal issues is dangerous, particularly so when out of step with the community as a whole.
Was it dangerous when SCOTUS was predominantly liberal? Please point me to an article where ACB expresses her clear views on issues. Yes she is catholic and clearly pro life but every interview I have seen with her she has expressed a clear view that she is an originalist, a literalist and will uphold precedence. She has clearly expressed in a number of interviews that she puts her personal views behind the need to uphold the law and precedence. Your POV on SCOTUS IMO points out an fundamental philisophical difference between the left and right on SCOTUS. The left see SCOTUS as a super legislature to impose law (ACB has clearly spoken out against this in her hearing) whereas the conservatives see it as the constitutional check and balance against the other two arms of Government (Legislature & Executive). This is of course its constitutional role.
As for the end of empire, they have been interfering way too much internationally since Vietnam. Like there fellow oppressed before them, China were always going to rise from their occupied ashes at some point, as is their neighbour in India. I certainly don’t agree with things like the South China Sea bases, but things like their political influence through funding of poor nations is to expected after the well off western nations left a void, some of it post colonial (as of course the creation of Israel was).
Occupied Ashes? The Maoist revolution forced out which colonial empire? Let me get this straight, the same guy who hours ago was lionising anti Trumpers as having “core values” of honesty, racially equality, RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS and treatment of refugees, is now advocating that CHINA would be a good fit to fill the void of the US as a world superpower? Because China has a well know worldwide reputation for honesty, openness, transparency. Their views on free speech are lauded worldwide…uh huh. Racial equality and religious freedoms…mmmhmm. I recently saw footage of the CCP “encouraging” Uighurs onto trains, no doubt off somewhere to extol the virtues of the CCP’s human rights to the wider world.
I see your point now more clearly, The US empire must be torn down because of Trump and its systemic dishonesty, racism, religious intolerance and restrictions on free speech and who better to replace Trumpian US than China. We could have meetings to discuss this grand occassion in Tibet, Taiwan & Hong Kong, served by Uighurs no doubt.
Cultivating the beginnings of a cold war style atmosphere in the shadow of a pandemic with terms such as “China plague” and the like is good for no one, including and especially us if our leaders stand alongside Trump.
Uh huh…Trump is cultivating a “Cold War” atmosphere by using “bad words” such as China Virus. Meanwhile China builds islands within other nations territorial waters, brutal crushes democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan, packs millions of Uighurs into trains to send to labour camps, threatens to stop imports of coal from Australia…but Trump said China Virus.
Basically didn’t bother reading past that after you argued that he didn’t reduce deployed numbers by 90% odd and carried on as if I had stated increased drone use in place of troops on the ground was an Obama strong point. I don’t call the US entering existing conflicts as starting a war, as they have long been and little doubt on this very day are again interfering militarily in multiple countries.
I will leave at, isn’t it great that some leaders can realise and admit mistakes.