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  1. Gezza

     /  September 11, 2018

    Aljazeera tv is reporting that the Trump Administration (via Trump’s odious National Security Adviser, John Bolton) is expected to very shortly threaten sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it proceeds with its investigation into war crimes committed by US military in Afghanistan. He is shortly to give a speech to The American Federalist Society – it seems likely it will happen there.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 11, 2018

      John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, will threaten the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions when he makes an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.

      According to drafts of his speech, Bolton will push for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He is also expected to announce on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel. [Aljaz reports this has now been announced – Gezza]

      “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton will say, according to a draft of his speech seen by Reuters.

      “The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” the draft text continues. It says the Trump administration “will fight back” if the ICC formally proceeds with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan.
      More …
      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/10/john-bolton-castigate-icc-washington-speech

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    • Gezza

       /  September 11, 2018

      The Trump Administration plans to adopt a hostile stance toward the International Criminal Court, possibly threatening sanctions if prosecutors proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Reuters reports. National Security Advisor John Bolton will assert U.S. opposition to the ICC probe in a speech, a draft of which was seen by the news agency.

      The aggressive rhetoric and tough posturing in Bolton’s draft echoes the kind of pushback the top tribunal has faced from alleged despots and war criminals the world over. In April, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to arrest prosecutors examining his war on drugs, which has killed thousands.
      More …
      http://time.com/5391289/john-bolton-icc-sanctions/

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    • Gezza

       /  September 11, 2018

      Aljazeera carrying the speech live right now. Christ this character’s a wanker.

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      • Gezza

         /  September 11, 2018

        The country that invades others’ airspace & kills innocent people with drones, having decided it can murder those it considers criminals, says the Court infringes US sovereignty.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 11, 2018

          It can find the US guilty of crimes of aggression. Not surprising they don’t like that.

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          • Gezza

             /  September 11, 2018

            If the court can find the US guilty of aggression it will intimidate US policymakers.

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            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              The hard men of history are not deterred by international law. Can you believe this dipstick? Which country invaded Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – leaving them & the Middle East in the shit state they’re all in now?

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              The apartheid Israel is a liberal democratic nation??

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              The American Federalist Society appears to be a group of reactionary-type conservatives – exactly the audience this war monger would love.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 11, 2018

    He’s an interesting character. Basically an Amerika uber alles, jingoistic, war-mongering, lying, bullying dirt bag type, it seems.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Bolton

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    • Gezza

       /  September 11, 2018

      During the 1969 Vietnam War draft lottery, Bolton drew number 185. (Draft numbers corresponded to birth dates.)[38] As a result of the Johnson and Nixon administrations’ decisions to rely largely on the draft rather than on the reserve forces, joining a Guard or Reserve unit became a way to avoid service in the Vietnam War, although 42 Army Reserve units were called up with 35 of them deployed to Vietnam shortly after the Tet offensive in ’68–’69. Before graduating from Yale in 1970, Bolton enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard rather than wait to find out if his draft number would be called. (The highest number called to military service was 195.) He saw active duty for 18 weeks of training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, from July to November 1970. After serving in the National Guard for four years, he served in the United States Army Reserve until the end of his enlistment two years later.

      He wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” In an interview, Bolton discussed his comment in the reunion book, explaining that he decided to avoid service in Vietnam because “by the time I was about to graduate in 1970, it was clear to me that opponents of the Vietnam War had made it certain we could not prevail, and that I had no great interest in going there to have Teddy Kennedy give it back to the people I might die to take it away from.”
      ….
      And one of those people inclined to want to send other people to fight his wars.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 11, 2018

        His criticism of the Vietnam war seems eminently sensible to me. And it seems to me Trump’s administration has been far less likely to send Americans overseas to die for it than its predecessors.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 11, 2018

          Yes well it would to you, wouldn’t it? Trump can do no wrong with you, can he?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 11, 2018

            I just call it as I see it, G. Do you disagree with my facts?

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            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              I think he’s another bone spurs warrior.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 11, 2018

              Anyone who thought the Vietnam war was worth fighting had no grasp of reality or morality. Aside from killing yourself you were killing Vietnamese who were just defending their country which was no threat to anyone else. You had to have bone spurs in your head to think that was a good idea.

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              Having no desire to die in it doesn’t seem to have prompted him to go there and help protect the kids from the poor families people like him happily send out as cannon fodder to die there. Don’t imagine he’d be on the picket lines protesting the war. The man’s a wanker.

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              Read his Wikipedia page. He’s just another arrogant double-standarded, bullying, selective dictatorship-supporting Ugly American, Al, like his boss. Reeks of hyposcrisy and Amerika Uber Alles syndrome. I think he’s going to be a good thing overall because he’s going to focus more people in the world on how much misery and strife America is actually responsible for. He made his announcement to these wankers on the eve of 9/11 – the direct result of American foreign policy supporting jihadis against the Russians.

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              In Afghanistan of all places – where there’s shit they’ve been up to they don’t want exposed.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 11, 2018

              I read a fair bit of your link which is obviously partly written by people who don’t like him but I don’t come to the same conclusions as you. Seems a bit like Kissinger to me but with a harder edge.

  3. MaureenW

     /  September 11, 2018

    Key figure in the Trump/Russia clown-show is missing – might be dead say DNC lawyers

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/10/dnc-says-papadopoulos-tipster-and-key-figure-in-russia-case-might-be-dead.html

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  4. Missy

     /  September 11, 2018

    Over the weekend a story broke that Boris Johnson and his wife were splitting due to his latest affair. The papers (for both days) were full of stories about Johnson and his infidelities, and yesterday the alleged latest mistress was named, she is a former communications director for the Conservatives (she left her job abruptly three weeks ago). Today the story has taken a new twist, supporters of Boris are saying that the stories are a hit job by 10 Downing Street. If this is true the timing is curious as the PM was at Balmoral updating the Queen on Brexit, and therefore conveniently out of London and the firing line.

    It is considered that this will put paid to any ambitions that Johnson had to be PM, and it is believed by his supporters that this is precisely why Downing Street are conducting the hit job, (though some have said a smear I don’t believe that is correct as the allegations are most likely true).

    I like Boris, he seems fun and he is incredibly intelligent, however, I don’t think he is PM material.

    One aspect of the reporting I am not happy with is how the media have turned his wife into a victim (referring to her as long suffering, and detailing his known affairs whilst he was married to her), however, what seems to be conveniently forgotten by many is that she was his mistress before she was his wife, and he left his first wife for her (some speculate it was when she became pregnant). As I heard said once, if that is how you gained him that is how you will lose him. She knew he wasn’t faithful, she knew he had form in leaving a wife for a mistress, and worse she was implicated in a case of public indecency a few years ago when she was accused of being involved in sexual activity (not intercourse I believe) with a man that was not her husband. She can hardly take the high road and the media can hardly put her on to it. Neither of them are perfect, and the breakdown of any marriage is difficult regardless of the actions of the people involved.

    We don’t know the reality as most of what has been printed is allegations, accusations, and speculation along with a healthy (or is that unhealthy) dose of Westminster gossip.

    Regardless, it is most likely that he is now toxic for the Conservatives and will not be able to be in a position to challenge Theresa May. But if No. 10 thought this will save Theresa I think they are kidding themselves, it just means if anyone else wants to move against her they won’t be so obvious about it, they won’t try to undermine her from within, and their ambition will not be publicised. There is still speculation that come the Conference Theresa May will be challenged, and for some the most likely successor is looking to be Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 11, 2018

      Probably best. He always looks untidy Missy.

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      • Missy

         /  September 11, 2018

        I read that he does that deliberately to come across as the loveable rogue.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 11, 2018

          Loving too many seems to be getting him into trouble.

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          • Missy

             /  September 11, 2018

            That is true. He would never be faithful to one woman, and it is a fool who thinks they will change that.

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            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              Never mind. One day he’ll catch something nasty.

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              Mind you, *some countries* are routinely electing serial philanderers as POTUSes, no probs. Maybe the Brits are too hasty?

            • Missy

               /  September 11, 2018

              Or give someone something nasty…

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 11, 2018

            The Brits love a good sex scandal. I doubt it will damage his brand much.

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            • Blazer

               /  September 11, 2018

              roger.

            • Missy

               /  September 11, 2018

              I think you are right Alan, and to be honest I don’t think he would have been the Conservatives choice as leader, he is too decisive and many recognise that he would have done the party more damage than good.

              And to be honest I think the story on Saturday that claims he wasn’t really for Brexit, but saw leave as a way to become PM and that he duped everyone, is probably more damaging to his brand than extra marital affairs – after all it is well known that Boris is a philanderer and flirt.

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              At least he flirts. Trump just grabs them by the pussy. According to Trump.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 11, 2018

              Careful, G. You’ll get Blazer excited.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  September 11, 2018

              philander
              fɪˈlandə/
              verb
              (of a man) readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships with women.
              “they accepted that their husbands would philander with other women”
              synonyms: womanize, have affairs/an affair, flirt, trifle/toy/dally with someone’s affection

              What would you call a female politician who ha frequent casual sexual relationships?

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              Google that question. Report back?

            • Gezza

               /  September 11, 2018

              I just did. Promiscuous was probably the safest.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 11, 2018

              “Successful”?

              Looks like this one knew exactly what she was doing:
              https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/10/carrie-symonds-mans-woman-tory-staffer-linked-boris-johnson/

  5. I know some people who will be in that part of the US, but probably not until well after landfall.

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    • Griff.

       /  September 11, 2018

      looks like it is going to be a bad one.
      At the moment some models are predicting cat 4 at landfall and it slowing right down as it comes in.
      That means the rain , wind and storm surge will be of heroic proportions.

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    • Griff.

       /  September 11, 2018

      The news just got worse .
      The latest projection is cat 5 and stalling over land for days when it hits
      Some models are predicting up to 1 meter of rain.
      As always it can change in an hour or less.
      I wish those within the predicted impact cone the best but hope they prepare for the worse.

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  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 11, 2018

    What a wonderful week this week is shaping up to be:

    – Woodward’s book gets released
    – Manafort starts his second trial
    – the fall-out from the NYTimes Op-Ed continues
    – the sleeper cells in the WH have woken up
    – Omarosa’s mix-tape tour releases another unhinged rant by BLOTUS
    – BLOTUS approval ratings are tanking – down to mid 30s

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    • sorethumb

       /  September 11, 2018

      When do you think Trump will be impeached Joe?
      Do you think Trump will get a second term?

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  7. MaureenW

     /  September 11, 2018

    You forgot…
    Papadopoulos is jailed for 14 days
    Strzok-Page Texts reveal coordinated leak strategy
    Trump expected to soon declassify Page / Ohr Fisa application documents

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/405806-trump-expected-to-soon-declassify-carter-page-bruce-ohr-documents
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/10/strzok-page-texts-reveal-coordinated-fbi-leak-strategy-to-harm-trump-gop-congressman-claims.html

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 11, 2018

      Honestly Maureen, you’re like a lemming for trump.

      Which reminds me that coming up this week there’s also the new allegations about other hush-money crimes that trumpy org committed in ‘15 and ‘16

      aaand maybe even more revelations about how trump’s nominee for SCOTUS Brett Kavanaugh used the Democrat emails that Manuel Miranda stole for him back in 2003.

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  8. High Flying Duck

     /  September 11, 2018

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  9. Fox fact checking:

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  10. sorethumb

     /  September 11, 2018

    The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats fail to achieve an electoral breakthrough
    VOTERS have a funny habit of wrecking pundits’ storylines. The election on September 9th in Sweden was supposed to be a rebuke of the country’s generous refugee policies during the migrant crisis of 2015, and yet another signal that European populism is on the rise. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats were to become the country’s biggest or second-biggest party. The governing Social Democrats would fall victim to the malaise that afflicts centre-left parties around the world. And the Moderates and their bloc of centre-right parties, the Alliance, were expected to win a solid enough plurality to unseat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and form the next government.

    Instead, the Social Democrats won, or at least did not lose. Polls had shown them with as little as 23% of the vote, but they ended up with 28.4%, just 2.8 percentage points less than four years earlier and still the largest party by far. The Moderates’ 19.8% was also better than most recent polls, but still 3.5 percentage points less than in 2014, not a resounding mandate for their leader, Ulf Kristersson. The Sweden Democrats went from 12.9% to 17.6%—a hefty increase, but not enough for them to become the second-largest party, as they had hoped. The result fell well short of predictions; some pollsters had put them in the low twenties, and one or two had even suggested that they would end up as the largest party. A high turnout, partly driven by fears of just such a breakthrough, may have helped hold their share down.
    https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/09/10/the-anti-immigrant-sweden-democrats-fail-to-achieve-an-electoral-breakthrough

    OK so you won the battle but you aren’t winning the war. As in other Western Countries dissent is growing. If your multicultural policies are so good why aren’t so many people happy? Sweden has a housing crisis as we do. Is our diversity worth density and 10,000 houses in Mt Rokillistan?

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