Giving Trump Carte Blanche For War

Authored by John Kiriakou via ConsortiumNews.com,

Have you ever heard of Senate Joint Resolution 59 (S.J.Res. 59)? Neither had I. A friend of mine saw a blurb about it on an obscure national security blog and brought it to my attention. At first glance it didn’t seem to be any big deal. It’s inelegantly named the “Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2018.” It was introduced on April 16, 2018 by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), and Tim Kaine (D-VA). Officially, the bill would “Authorize the use of military force against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and designated associated forces, and provide an updated, transparent, and sustainable statutory basis for counterterrorism operations.”

It’s hard to oppose a bill that would “keep Americans safe,” as Corker said in the SFRC hearing. But this bill is so bad, such an affront to our freedom, such an attack on our civil liberties, that we should be compelled to oppose it.

S.J.Res. 59 is bad for a number of reasons.

First and most importantly, it would provide blanket permission for the president to launch a military attack of literally any size and intensity whenever he wants without specific congressional approval.

That seems obviously unconstitutional to me, although I’m not a constitutional scholar. Still, the constitution says in Article I, Section 8 that only Congress shall have the authority to declare war, among other things military. It does not allow the president the ability to launch a war.

Congress alone has the power to declare war. Article 1, Section 8.

Secondaccording to Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, it also would write the president a “blank check to lock up Americans who dissent against U.S. military policy.” That’s right. If you oppose U.S. military policy, the president would have the right to lock you up indefinitely without charge.

Certainly, our government already does that. But we’re told that this happens to the worst of the worst—those terrorists who happen to be American, but who also have planned large-scale terrorist attacks against the country or its citizens or who have taken up arms against the United States. Think “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla or the a-yet-unnamed Saudi-American currently being held somewhere and being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

This is different. This would mean everybody would be at risk. It would mean you could be held in a gulag, incommunicado, if the White House doesn’t like your politics.

The reason this could come to pass is that, third, the bill is (probably unconstitutionally) broad. It says that the president may, “use all necessary and appropriate force” against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, and their “associated forces” anywhere in the world and without limitation. But it doesn’t define what “associated forces” means, nor does it define a “co-belligerent,” someone acting in support of one of these countries or groups. It allows the White House to do that for us.

Fourth, unlike almost every other bill in Congress, this one doesn’t have a sunset clause, meaning it never expires. Congress, to remain relevant, almost always includes a sunset clause so that, if a law is working, it can be renewed. If it isn’t, it can expire. And if it’s flawed, it can be fixed. This one would just go forever.

Several weeks after the bill was introduced, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote a letter to Corker and to SFRC ranking member Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), another S.J.Res. 59 supporter. CCR said that it had “grave doubts” about the appropriateness and the constitutionality of the bill, and that the bill would “hand over broad authority to expand war—that should reside with Congress—to the executive.” CCR continued that passage of the bill would “complete the erosion of congressional war-making authority set in motion by the 2001 AUMF” passed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued a letter to the SFRC saying that, “The Corker-Kaine proposal would further limit congressional oversight of our perpetual wars. Replacing one blank check with another even broader one is a recipe for disaster.” While conceding that some sort of military authorization is probably necessary, Jones and Lee added that any new bill must include a sunset clause; it must repeal the AUMFs of 2001 and 2002, which also had no sunset clauses; it must be mission-specific; and it must be transparent.

This terrible bill is stuck in the muck of the congressional process right now. As the months tick by, there’s a greater and greater likelihood that it will simply die. But that doesn’t solve the problem. The problem is that Congress is generally made up of lemmings and cheerleaders for the military/industrial/intelligence complex. They do as they’re told, whether it’s by their leadership or whomever happens to be sitting in the White House. That’s bad for the country. It’s bad for the constitution. And it’s bad for future generations.

There’s an old saying in Washington. “Don’t kick a man when he’s down. But if he’s already down, don’t stop kicking him.” Now is the time to kick this bill until it’s dead.

Comments

FBaggins GoFuqYourself Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:34 Permalink

After thirty years of planning, spending hundreds of billions, and filling key positions all around the world, the globalists and their One World Government have not disappeared. They are now using their puppet President Trump to continue their regime-change and nation-destruction operations against any nation asserting  financial independence and sovereignty from the globalist cabal. That work has continued uninterrupted from one puppet US administration to the next, now with Iran, Yemen and Russia in their crosshairs.

Meanwhile and in effect Trump is identified as a betrayer of the world sovereignty movement by destroying with sanctions or military conquest any nation which opposes US dominance and asserts its own independence. The message is that the Rule of Law is for dreamers and that the only law is that of raw power - the law of the jungle.

Identifying his administration as anti-globalist he now asserts a Nationalism and aggression which is the same as Zionist Israel and little different from the late Nazi Germany, isolating the US more and more from global commerce and civility in creating one economic war after another, and leading us the brink of another world war.

Populist Americans who support Trump do not seem to realize that his militaristic foreign policy, is not only killing the sovereignty of nations movement, but in fact is serving the globalist cause. The same cabal of elite families and banksters which gave the US the Federal Reserve, are the puppet masters for the proposed One World Government and the Rothschild-desired One World Bank. Their major selling points for their new-world-order is global peace, free trade, and economic stability, which undoubtedly they now will find much easier to sell and impose in the US and throughout the rest of the world after letting Trump really fuck things up in his four years of being President with his empire-building US nationalism.     

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OverTheHedge Element Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:03 Permalink

Actually, the is a genius (genious?) move:

 It says that the president may, “use all necessary and appropriate force” against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, and their “associated forces” anywhere in the world and without limitation. 

 

Their "associate forces" is the USA. This allows the US military to attack itself! Think of the implications for the MIC! Profits will rocket, new technology can be tried out in the safety and comfort of a "safe" war zone, and, and most importantly the fuel costs for travelling to foreign nations to kill people will be drastically reduced. Perhaps the first offensive should be in down-town Chicago.

 

 

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FBaggins Element Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:38 Permalink

People don't get it because they either cannot or do not want to connect the dots. 

1. The major goal of globalists who run Western finances, multinationals, the media, AND THE US, is a One World Government and a One World Bank.

2. They and their cause just because of the election of Trump have not changed. They are still in charge. 

3. The main historical argument to justify a One World Government motivating major Christian denominations and many left wing organizations is the prospect of world war and economic exploitation because of NATIONALISM. They teach that Nationalism caused WWI an WWII and is responsible for economic exploitation of weaker nations. They never blame the international banksters and elite oligarchs who have no real firm national ties.  

4. The recent globalist NATION deconstruction in Europe and in the US (the last 15 years) did lead to the present populist backlash, but the main obstacle to GLOBALISM (to a One World Government) remains nation building and national barriers, i.e. Nationalism. 

5. Trump is elected and reasserts national borders and trade restrictions to reestablish balance and national integrity, but in foreign relations is made a complete instrument of the US military and deep state, the controls of which organizations remain entirely in the hands of the  global-elite Western establishment.  Except for one who is now in jail, every single one of the military brass who have surrounded Trump are first of all shills of the global elites who made them and secondly of the Ziocon enclave which is also just as much an instrument of the same global elites who controlled the Obama regime. 

6. Trump in his administration is pushed by his puppet masters to go way beyond nation rebuilding and balancing trade. His militaristic threats and imposition of crippling sanctions against any nation asserting independence from US control leads to extreme polarization - Iran and Turkey for example, but in particular against Russia which under Putin is the arch foe of the Western-establishment-proposed One World Government.  

7.  Soon the world is a hot bed of hostilities between? .... between? ... yes .. NATIONS and within four years of Trump's election because of the polarity, the heightened threat of nuclear war, economic restrictions, cutbacks and crashes, NATIONALISM the chief obstacle to GLOBALISM is blamed for all of the havoc.

8. By 2020 the world is so polarized, hostile, economically threatened, and screwed up, that even in the US most of the people pray for the imposition of a sane One World Government, regulating finances, trade and the military.  

9. The Trump administration is now proving itself to be the blind bitch of the globalists. Under him the US is not serving to protect national sovereignty and self-determination of weaker nations against the aggressions either of globalism or of richer and stronger nations. It is reverting to more imperial exploitation and unwittingly serving the globalist cause in the havoc.  

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Ace006 FBaggins Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:01 Permalink

Nationalism and aggression are not joined at the hip.  The problem posed by National Socialist Germany was not its "nationalism."

"Empire-building US nationalism" should be "Empire-building US imperialism."

Consider a nation with massive,  centralized power that its voters no longer can influence. What is the real problem posed by that nation? That it's nationalistic rather than globalist? 

Otherwise a righteous comment. 

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not dead yet tmosley Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:57 Permalink

Yeah and Barry butt boy never started one until he was in office. He even bragged to the media about how good he was at killing people.

Actions peak louder than words and trojan horse Trump with his actions could give a shit about peace. My money says he is destroying the new world order and it's one world government that was to be made up with intellectuals and the rich from around the world and replacing it with a one world government led by the creatures of the DC swamp. His cabinet and advisors are an assortment of neocons, Israeli firsters, military warmongers, and economic hitmen.

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tmosley not dead yet Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:33 Permalink

>My money says he is destroying the new world order and it's one world government that was to be made up with intellectuals and the rich from around the world and replacing it with a one world government led by the creatures of the DC swamp

That's the dumbest shit I've ever read.

Just kidding. It's not even the dumbest shit I read today, and it's only 6:30 in the morning. But still really, really fucking dumb.

It was George Fucking Bush Sr that declared the NWO as ruler of the world after the collapse of the USSR.

How could you possibly be so fucking stupid?

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NidStyles BaBaBouy Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:58 Permalink

Sounds like something I will pass on. Being a straight man and not a nigger.

Going by the modern colloquial as it being a slave, not a Black person. Black people stopped being slaves a long time ago. 

 

Don’t be a slave. 

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falak pema NidStyles Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:04 Permalink

"Being a straight man and NOT a nigger"...

What has being "straight" gotta do with color of skin... ?

Being a straight man and not a gold digger; being a straight man and not a racialist clown; being a straight man and not a sexist dick; being a straight man and not a  phony libertarian; ... I could go on... the list is sooo long.

An epitome of America gone mad. Logic is not your strong suit.

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Winston Churchill Falcon49 Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

Mendenev's speech was a double warning, even some old friends of mine are truly worried about its implications.

The message and the messenger are crucial.It will be war if DJT imposes the proposed sanctions.

Maybe not ICBMs flying, but those will only kill you, you may wish for that before this is over.

There are many ways to skin a cat, even a live one (use earplugs).

The Russian patience is over, as is the Chinese from what I'm hearing.

Even they know what an October surprise is.

 

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Jack Oliver Keyser Sat, 08/11/2018 - 04:44 Permalink

The countries mentioned ALL have OIL ! 

The US economy would be brought to a standstill without OIL !! 

This is what they are so afraid of - they have geared themselves up for ‘never ending OIL ‘ ! 

The world is about to change direction and leave the US in their wake !! 

The ‘protectors’ of the ME have arrived and it’s pretty obvious the Zio/US hates them !! 

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Kefeer Keyser Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

When does Congress exercise oversight of anything?  The American middle-class and US Constitution must and are being dismantled in order to usher in the Satanic New World Order...it is happening!  

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Radical Marijuana Keyser Sat, 08/11/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

"The problem is that Congress is generally made up of lemmings and cheerleaders for the military/industrial/intelligence complex."

After the international bankers, as the best organized gangsters, the banksters, recaptured control of the American money supply, everything automatically got worse, faster. The vicious feedback spirals of the funding of the political processes have driven those sociopolitical situations where almost all the successful politicians are the banksters' puppets, who are voted for by enough of the masses of muppets, who were brainwashed to believe in the banksters' bullshit for generation after generation.

As far as I can tell, every war that the government of the USA engaged in was to some significant degree started by false flag attacks, which were strategies common throughout warfare for thousands of years, that were extrapolated into America using technologies which became many orders of magnitude more powerful and capable than previously possible in human history.

That is the context inside which one should ask:

"How many decades have presidents been ignoring the constitutional rights for going to war?"

If one includes that the history of successful warfare was ALWAYS based on deceits and treacheries, then there was NEVER a time when "constitutional rights"  were respected.

Certainly, the "War on Terror" was originally made and then maintained by series of false flag attacks. However, it was also the case that the activities regarding the "War on Drugs" were actually also other kinds of false false attacks.

That "War on Drugs" which was about 75% "War on Marijuana" transformed hemp, the single best plant for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, into become marijuana that was alleged to be almost as bad as murder. Hemp was re-branded as being an addictive narcotic that drove people criminally insane and killed them. However, the only things which were actually criminally insane were the sets of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, manifesting through the ways that the "War on Drugs" led the way toward developing greater and greater exemptions of "constitutional rights."

The Shafer Commission found in 1972 that cannabis was as safe as alcohol, and recommended ending prohibition in favor of a public health approach. But by then the Federal Bureau of Narcotics had been removed from the Treasury Department and merged into the U.S. Department of Justice—where Nixon’s ally, Attorney General John Mitchell, placed cannabis in Schedule I in 1972; that same year he resigned to head Nixon’s re-election committee. (He later stood trial in 1974 over the Watergate scandal and served 19 months of a prison sentence for conspiracy, perjury and obstruction of justice.) “You want to know what this was really all about?”  Nixon aid John Ehrlichman told journalist Dan Baum in 1994, according to an article published in Harper’s Magazine in 2016. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

Before that, alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment in order to be done, which deliberately ignored that ethanol is the fundamental chemical of organic chemistry, and hence, to criminalize alcohol was yet another criminal insanity, which backfired badly enough to eventually require repealing the constitutional amendment which allowed that prohibition. Similarly to bogus "marijuana legalization," ending alcohol prohibition was actually done in ways whereby an insane social pendulum swung from one extreme to the other, because the huge lies continued to operate throughout. After systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, become deeply entrenched for generation after generation, those huge lies have thereby become deeply entrenched in the minds of many people.

Before that, for instance, one can look at the 1857 judgement in the Dredd Scott case, which rationalized the apparent contradictions between the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights with slavery by asserting that black people whose ancestors were from Africa were therefore not American citizens.

Before that, the systematic genocide of those who had been living in North America for tens of thousands of years before the European Invasions of the past five hundred years were done through similar rationalization and justifications, in ways which made a mockery out of the ideals of the American Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Basically, both in foreign affairs, as well as domestic affairs, as in both wars against other countries, as well as class warfare within the USA, there is an overall devolution due to being able to back up legalized lies with legalized violence, despite that being able to do so never stops those lies from still being fundamentally false. 

What one can most reasonably expect from that psychotic devolution of the "rule of law" are recapitulations of history in reverse. More and more American citizens are going to end up being treated like the black slaves were, and then, more and more American citizens are going to end up being treated like the first nations were.

The most important ways in which "constitutional rights"  were annihilated were those ways whereby the American people lost control over the American money supply. In a genuine democratic republic operating through the rule of law, "We the People," acting through their elected representatives, would control the public money supply. However, that is almost totally NOT the case NOW!

The government of the USA has almost totally become dominated by the excessively successful applications of the methods of organized crime, which are driving runaway criminal insanities. "Constitutional rights"  must become increasingly meaningless as the already entrenched debt slavery systems continue to generate numbers which are debt insanities.

Since the debt controls were backed by the death controls, the runaway debt insanities are set up to provoke runaway death insanities. The government of the USA has become too completely crazy and corrupt to the core to be able to pull out of the vicious feedback spirals of the funding of the political processes resulting in that government's about exponentially increasing collective psychoses.

The existing debt slavery systems,  which are based on the public powers of governments enforcing frauds by private banks, and the big corporations that grew up around those big banks, are necessarily based on the essential history of slavery systems stating "do what you are told, or you will be killed."

The government of the USA has almost totally become based on attempts to make that threat be credible, while that tragic trajectory is that about exponentially advancing technologies are making that threat about exponentially more credible (although also collectively suicidal at the same time.)

The USA led the way to become the most important component of globalized systems of electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic weapons. The American Dollar, backed by the American Military, became the single most significant manifestation of the combined money/murder systems, which were based upon enforced frauds being enabled by about exponentially advancing technologies to become about exponentially more fraudulent.

The government of the USA has become almost totally dependent upon continuing to be able to enforce frauds, despite that requiring endlessly increasing fraudulence. Indeed, the debt slavery systems which now dominate the USA, as well as the rest of the world, would require continuing to double total debts over and over again, forever ... However, since that money made out of nothing as debts was being used to "pay" for strip-mining the natural resources of a fresh planet, there are now more and more unavoidable manifestations of diminishing returns from endeavouring to continue doing that, as the limits to such exponential growth become more noticeable.

Before Congress became "lemmings and cheerleaders for the military/industrial/intelligence complex,"  Congress became the banksters' puppets. That also now manifests in the degree to which Congress votes with near unanimous approval of anything which "Rothschild Zionism" wants (for lack of a better term.)

The Anglo-American (Zionist) Finance Empire has captured almost complete control over the government of the USA, despite that doing so results in almost completely crazy governments being driven toward the ruling classes becoming increasingly psychotic psychopaths, while most of those ruled over match that by becoming increasingly impotent political idiots.

To the degree that the American peoples' lives are controlled by American Money (as backed by the American Military) there is an almost bottomless pit into which have fallen "constitutional rights."  For more than a Century, the American people have lost control over the American money supply, and so, simultaneously, have lost control over their lives, since their governments have been serving the interests of the Anglo-American (Zionist) Finance Empire, as integrated into the overall Globalized Neolithic Civilization.

Civilization based on runway slavery systems must be based on credible threats to kill slaves, which are the kinds of credible threats that the government of the USA have been developing more and more, for decade after decade, by every means possible. Indeed, those slavery systems go back in history of thousands of years, and were rather abruptly transferred from Europe to North America during the previous five hundred years.

"Giving Trump Carte Blanche For War,"  including class war against American citizens, is the "logical" extrapolation of debt slavery systems generating numbers which are debt insanities requiring those to be backed up by death insanities. At the present time, and for the foreseeable finite future of Globalized Neolithic Civilization, as now dominated by the Anglo-American (Zionist) Finance Empire, it is politically impossible to stop those systems, based on the excessively successful applications of the methods of organized crime through the political processes, from automatically becoming increasingly psychotic.

Some of the most important reasons for why it is politically impossible to effectively resist those trends toward "Giving Trump Carte Blanche For War,"  are that there is almost nothing but layers of various controlled "opposition" groups surrounding the central core of bankster dominated governments.

Clearly, the actual history of the USA has become the almost total failure of its Constitution and Bill of Rights to stop the best organized gangsters from capturing control over the public money supply, and then leveraging that to capture control over everything else which operated through that fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system. Therefore, anyone who recommends somehow going backwards to reinstate that Constitution and Bill of Rights is actually another manifestation of controlled "opposition."

In my view, it will be necessary to go forward, through the debt insanities provoking death insanities, in ways which might be able to catalyze new debt control systems backed by new death control systems. The only genuinely possible resolutions of the real problems would require better organized crime, because that is the only political system which could actually exist.

The American Constitution and Bill of Rights were based on the DUALITIES of false fundamental dichotomies and the related impossible ideals. The controlled "opposition" groups continue to propose and promote bogus "solutions" based on their favourite forms of those impossible ideals, despite that doing so continues to be based on misunderstanding the mechanisms of how things actually work in absurdly backward ways.

At some point, one should move beyond merely listing the accumulating apparent anomalies regarding the ways in which the government of the USA increasingly acts in ways which disregard its own supreme laws, as stated in its Constitution and Bill of Rights.  At some point, those accumulating apparent anomalies require resolutions through series of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts in the perception of politics. Mostly that means starting to use UNITARY MECHANISMS to understand how and why the government of the USA has more and more obviously become the biggest form of organized crime, as dominated by the best organized international gangsters.

There is NO doubt that for several decades various Presidents have more and more been able to deliberately ignore that Congress was supposed to approve wars. However, that was also based on more than a Century of Congress deliberately ignoring that Congress should control the public money supply.

MONEY IS MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER.

The controlled "opposition" tends to not understand THAT, as well as to not want to understand THAT. Meanwhile, THAT is automatically becoming about exponentially more PSYCHOTIC,  as the abilities to enforce frauds automatically become about exponentially more fraudulent.

That is the context inside of which there are trends toward "Giving Trump Carte Blanche For War,"  which would write the president a “blank check to lock up Americans who dissent against U.S. military policy,”  in ways which doesn’t have a sunset clause, meaning it never expires.

The masters of the American (& mostly globalized) debt slavery systems intend to continue to operate those slavery systems at endlessly increasing levels of exponentially doubling debt insanities, as backed by matching levels of death insanities. All of the foreign and domestic wars started by series of false flag attacks, and so, carried through in profoundly unconstitutional ways, are going to painfully come home as more and more intense class warfare, which is the most important context inside of which Presidents primarily working for the Anglo-American (Zionist) Finance Empire may be granted Carte Blanche For War!

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Yen Cross Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

 The author is playing "fools games".

 If Trump was such a "war monger" then why are/is Sessions still on his Cabinet, and why is The ridiculous Russian farce still active?

  Trump could vaporize Mueller yesterday. Trump is going face plant Mueller, and restore the dignity of constitutional law.

  Rosenstein has been given his walking papers, and probably moving assets like a starving Hamster.

Yen Cross NidStyles Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:04 Permalink

  Trumps Achilles heel is Israel.

  I think he might be coming around though.

  There's decent jews, and ashkenazi jews.

  Maybe that asshole from England >Sunshine something is reading my post?

 Brexit should have happened already. It's the month end flows, that are holding things up.

  WTF does GB have to export, other than dwindling oil reserves, and a ponzi global exchange.

  Theresa May is the most hideous negotiator the fine Muslims of the greater Kingdom could have voted for.

  Nigel Farage would take care of business, in a few fortnights.

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WTFUD Yen Cross Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:28 Permalink

Agreed 90%+ of the Jews are screwed like the rest of us. Netanyahu received around 16% of the vote and rules the roost with his buddies in the US Congress. This said there are a few more fringe parties in Israel who make Netanyahu look almost human.

Regarding Farage, despite his heroic performances in Brussels, like Boris Johnson, he's just as captured by the City of London, if not more so. He'd be happy to see an attack on Iran tomorrow. In short, A PROPER CUNT.

Remember Farage was hoping that he'd (UKIP) form a decent opposition within the EU, an Alliance with the AfD, Le Pen (strangely for some reason considered too far right for the pallet of UK ) and more recently The Italians, who ALL, unlike City boy Farage , seek Warm Relations with Russia ( are not blindsided by NATO's Russophobia ). 

 

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medium giraffe WTFUD Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:39 Permalink

All politicians in the UK are in thrall to the city, for the simple reason that the UK is naught but a floating bank.  Even a politician of sound intention (if such a thing could exist) can only enact policy so far as the banks are in agreement.  Should the city financiers feel they are not getting their way, they simply threaten to move to Paris or Frankfurt - which would turn the UK into a third-world shithole overnight.  Luckily for the banks, UK politics boasts a seemingly endless supply of corrupt narcissistic incompetents.

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OverTheHedge medium giraffe Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:11 Permalink

This is interesting: https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/gbr/

The United Kingdom is the 10th largest export economy in the world. In 2016, the United Kingdom exported $374B and imported $609B, resulting in a negative trade balance of $235B. In 2016 the GDP of the United Kingdom was $2.65T and its GDP per capita was $42.7k.

The top exports of the United Kingdom are Cars($44.1B), Packaged Medicaments ($19.5B), Gold($14.9B), Gas Turbines ($13.1B) and Crude Petroleum ($12.6B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Gold ($50B), Cars ($47.5B), Packaged Medicaments ($19B), Vehicle Parts ($15.5B) and Refined Petroleum ($14.6B).

The top export destinations of the United Kingdom are the United States ($52B), Germany($35.5B), the Netherlands ($22.5B), France($22.4B) and Switzerland ($19B). The top import origins are Germany ($88.4B), China ($59.8B), the United States ($46B), the Netherlands ($44.3B) and France ($35.3B).

See the import/export discrepancy for gold? What it that? More importantly, which lake is the difference in?

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SergeA.Storms Fri, 08/10/2018 - 22:50 Permalink

Wouldn’t this actually have to be an amendment to the constitution?  Not just a bill signed into law?  To change ‘who declares war’ from Congress to the President?  I would think Congress wouldn’t want to transfer this power.