It looks like Washington, D.C. is one real hotspot with ever brimming chaos these days. Folks who write those Real Post Reports should do one for the United States of America.
Try it, try it, you might like it!
The secretary of state writes, with apparent seriousness, that Trump's all-caps tweet directed at Rouhani this summer "functions as a deterrence mechanism." https://t.co/l91RXshwb2— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) November 13, 2018
How @SecPompeo compliments Trump: "The president’s own public communications themselves function as a deterrence mechanism. The all-caps tweet he directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani … was informed by a strategic calculation":https://t.co/4SYCfVvoFU— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) October 16, 2018
Related item: Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations (PDF) | September, 2018 (Congressional Research Service).
The Trump Administration’s effort to rebuild the U.S.-#Saudi partnership isn’t popular in the salons of Washington, but the kingdom is a force for stability in the Mideast. Degrading our ties would be a mistake for U.S. national security. Read my op-ed: https://t.co/DcUyXYd1os
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 28, 2018
Mike Pompeo’s Faustian bargain – The Washington Post https://t.co/D8z5tLW7GF
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 29, 2018
Pompeo: “Saudi Arabia is a powerful force for stability.”🤦🏽♀️
– The Saudis backed the coup in Egypt
– Support oppression in Bahrain
– Bomb/starve Yemen
-kidnapped Lebanese PM
MBS is many things, but a force for stability isn’t one of them https://t.co/9ZXvIad9XN
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) November 28, 2018
Opinion: Pompeo goes from diplomat to hack https://t.co/4sT3IwIDIf
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 29, 2018
"Pompeo’s latest apologia on behalf of Saudi Arabia is a desperate effort by the Secretary of State to discourage senators from voting for S.J.Res. 54 later this week, and it should be dismissed as the mendacious piece of propaganda that it clearly is." https://t.co/TLJsOMSUXQ
— Daniel Larison (@DanielLarison) November 28, 2018
Pompeo’s outrageously unconvincing Wall Street Journal op-ed reads as if it were dictated by the crown prince’s high-priced public relations agents (which, for all we know, it might have been). My latest in @PostOpinions: https://t.co/aW70VVDmy3
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 29, 2018
The Saudis will ruthlessly torture their cousins to accrue powerhttps://t.co/cnDVJZ6KVM
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 28, 2018
This Pompeo op-ed is BANANAS.
After several paragraphs of lavish fawning praise for Riyadh, Pompeo drops the HAMMER:
“The US doesn’t condone the Khashoggi killing.”
Huh? So wait…there was a chance we might?? Awesome.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 28, 2018
My favorite part of this absurd piece is how Pompeo tries to present support for the US-Saudi relationship as a bold rejection of DC establishment thinking. Bravo. https://t.co/5d27DbHqnq
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) November 28, 2018
On November 28, the Secretary of State told the world that “Saudi Arabia has invested billions to relive suffering in Yemen.” Pretty soon, Saudi Arabia’s spokesman would not have a job anymore.
The Guardian reported that in 2017, the Yemen appeal for $2.5bn was only 73% funded, but that the needs have intensified in a country battered since 2015 by a Saudi-led military offensive aimed at repelling Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control the capital. In April this year, during a UN donor conference for people affected by war in Yemen – labelled as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” – has received pledges of more than $2bn, close to half of which is promised by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two key protagonists in the conflict, according to the same report. Click here for the OCHA page for pledges and paid contributions for Yemen.
On October 24, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller re-issued a disaster declaration for the ongoing complex emergency in Yemen for FY 2018 due to “continued humanitarian needs resulting from the complex emergency and the impact of the country’s political and economic crises on vulnerable populations.” USAID’s November 9, 2018 Factsheet on Yemen Disaster Assistance indicates that the United States humanitarian funding for the Yemen response in FY2018 is $566,273,269 (includes funding through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM)). Secretary Pompeo’s tweet on November 28 says that the United States is providing an “additional” $131 million in food assistance to Yemen.
According to the CRS, since March 2015, the U.S.-trained Saudi military has used U.S.-origin weaponry, U.S. logistical assistance, and shared intelligence in support of military operations in Yemen. Excerpt:
In May 2017, President Trump signaled a continuation and deepening of bilateral defense cooperation, announcing completed and proposed defense sales during his visit to Riyadh with a potential value of more than $110 billion. The sales include cases that the Obama Administration had proposed and notified to Congress, cases developed under the Obama Administration on which Congress had been preliminarily consulted, and new sales that remain under development.
The United States’ role in supporting the Saudi-led coalition’s military operations in Yemen has evolved over time. 65 At present, it consists of some intelligence sharing, aerial refueling, and the deployment of advisers to Saudi Arabia for border security and anti-ballistic missile purposes.66 In his latest biannual War Powers letters to Congress on the deployment of U.S. forces abroad in combat operations (P.L. 93-148), President Trump informed Congress about ongoing U.S. counterterrorism operations in Yemen and stated that U.S. forces in noncombat roles were providing “military advice and limited information, logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the Houthi insurgency.”
So, on one hand, we’re supporting the side that’s indiscriminately bombing hospitals, school buses and children, and on the other hand, we’re spending millions of dollars for food and humanitarian assistance to help those who are bombed and starved. Also, our Secretary of Swagger did not just announced the additional millions in food assistance but also cited “our generous example” in “galvanizing humanitarian assistance.” When is this going up on Instagram, people?
By the way, the most recent USAID/OFDA official said “no amount of aid money can prevent this famine” and that absent massive political pressure on the Saudi, this is just “window dressing.”
Related item: Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations (PDF) | Updated September 21, 2018 (Congressional Research Service).
Iran’s regime has no interest in easing Yemeni suffering; the mullahs don’t even care for ordinary Iranians. Saudi Arabia has invested billions to relieve suffering in #Yemen. Iran has invested zero.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 28, 2018
Through our generous example, the U.S. has galvanized humanitarian assistance to ease Yemeni people’s suffering. Today we’re announcing nearly $131 million in additional food assistance in #Yemen, bringing total humanitarian aid to more than $697 million over the past 14 months.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 28, 2018
The idea that Saudi Arabia cares about ordinary Yemenis and is seeking to “relieve suffering” in Yemen is ludicrous. The fact that Pompeo has to use such talking points shows how weak the case for US support of this war is. https://t.co/FsEJ7fS99p
— Amy Hawthorne (@awhawth) November 29, 2018
Mr. Secretary, Iran is not bombing Yemen. Saudi Arabia is, using munitions from US defense contractors, precipitating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. https://t.co/3GTChdmZGv This happened on your watch. What will you do about it? cc @statedeptspox pic.twitter.com/2nJFDkXDWw
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) November 28, 2018
Pompeo today to Senators on Yemen: "I know many of you
think it’s time to pack up and abandon the role we’ve been playing since the previous
administration. I’m here to tell you why that’s a bad call."
Five & change hours later, 63 Senators voted to rebuke him.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 28, 2018
As the guy who used to oversee that very aid, let me say explicitly: no amount of aid money can prevent this famine. Without massive political pressure on the Saudis, this is just window dressing. https://t.co/gj01ePZaOn
— Jeremy Konyndyk (@JeremyKonyndyk) November 28, 2018
Every day, 130 children under 5 were dying from extreme hunger & disease in #Yemen at the end of last year.
Nearly 50,000 children during the course of a year.
— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) October 23, 2018
"Desperate. Devastated. Financially, mentally, morally. Completely devastated." pic.twitter.com/0GZYlHa7RX
— VICE News (@vicenews) November 25, 2018
Responding to Sec. of State Pompeo’s op-ed today in the WSJ, Yemen’s Houthi-backed foreign minister launched a scathing appeal to the US to not use Yemen to fight a proxy war with Saudi Arabia.
They “are trying to fight Iran in our territory. Why don’t they go to Iran?" pic.twitter.com/dTDcZ0kcyl
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) November 28, 2018
A follow-up to Russia-Ukraine Tensions Escalate in Sea of Azov, U.S. Issues Forceful Response: ZZZzzz, late November 26, the State Department finally released a statement from Secretary Pompeo condemning the “aggressive Russian action” in the Kerch Strait. Earlier, he had an opportunity to address the incident during his joint press appearance with Kosovo’s president but declined to do so.
Here's the moment a Russian ship collided with a Ukrainian vessel, according to a video posted by the interior minister of Ukraine pic.twitter.com/LKntkO0a8S
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 27, 2018
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) November 26, 2018
US perm representative, Nikki Haley, seeks to account for the silence from the White House and Secretary of State on Azov Sea. Says she talked to Trump and Pompeo before today's session and says her statement "reflects the concerns at the highest levels of the US government."
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) November 26, 2018
I asked Pompeo if he would condemn Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and whether he had any response to the rise in tensions. He waved, but did not answer. https://t.co/zG3SdsW6d6
— Conor Finnegan (@cjf39) November 26, 2018
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 26, 2018
Translate this US statement on Russia's latest act of war against Ukraine into dictator-speak, Putin's language: "We aren't going to do anything about it." That's how he will read it. https://t.co/hKs8wMKr06
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) November 26, 2018
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Russia-Ukraine tensions.
Ukraine says Russia opened fire on its navy near Crimea pic.twitter.com/79jDF9pWfQ
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 26, 2018
#GME | Tensions have escalated in the Sea of Azov after Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels. Each side is blaming the other for the incident. Our Moscow correspondent Galina Polonskaya has more on this developing story.https://t.co/Rve1LorsqB pic.twitter.com/Ez54yLI1B1
— euronews (@euronews) November 26, 2018
Worrying escalation in the Sea of Azov: Russian naval vessels "carried out openly aggressive actions against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy" today, including "ramming" a Ukrainian tugboat, reports Ukrainian Navy. My August dispatch for important context: https://t.co/WeyrEm5Ynd pic.twitter.com/lYeMrAI181
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) November 25, 2018
Signs of Russia suddenly escalating confrontation with Ukraine. Blocking Kerch straits and acces to Sea of Azov. Also blockages at land borders. pic.twitter.com/ddkgUQY04a
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) November 25, 2018
#Russia uses its own vessels to physically block the passage under the #Kerch Strait bridge from the #BlackSea to the #SeaofAzov, including to #Ukraine's ports of Mariupol & Berdyansk. These measures block commercial marine cargo in the Kerch Strait:https://t.co/xJy4kF11Cl pic.twitter.com/B3ZkaE7jdI
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) November 25, 2018
Escalating tensions in the Azov Sea and Kerch Strait have. We expect Russia to restore freedom of passage at the Kerch strait and urge all to act with utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediatelyhttps://t.co/TVDbVOvN7W
— Maja Kocijančič (@MajaEUspox) November 25, 2018
#NATO is closely monitoring developments in the #AzovSea & #KerchStrait, & we are in contact with the #Ukrainian authorities. We call for restraint & de-escalation. Read my full statement: pic.twitter.com/DDtfvNLa4K
— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) November 25, 2018
Canada condemns Russian aggression towards #Ukraine in the #KerchStrait. We call on #Russia to immediately de-escalate, release the captured vessels, and allow for freedom of passage. Canada is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty.
— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) November 26, 2018
— Dalia Grybauskaitė (@Grybauskaite_LT) November 26, 2018
Deeply concerning escalation by Russia in Kerch Strait. Russia must stop its provocative behaviour and allow for maritime transport in accordance with international law. Welcome discussion in UNSC on how to avoid further escalation.
— Margot Wallström (@margotwallstrom) November 26, 2018
Let's hear it from the United States and NATO. How they react in the Ukraine will decide how China will act in the South China Sea. Hello. Hellll-llllow. Hello? Hello? Is there anyone there? https://t.co/bAfU6gaSgD
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) November 25, 2018
Still nothing from the State Department, Secretary Pompeo or US Embassy Ukraine as of this writing, but the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine did tweet a comment with three question marks. Note that the tweet isn’t ALL CAPS.
Russia rams Ukrainian vessel peacefully traveling toward a Ukrainian port. Russia seizes ships and crew and then accuses Ukraine of provocation???
— Kurt Volker (@SpecRepUkraine) November 26, 2018
Also here’s the chief diplomat of the United States tweeting about military protection pay but no tweets, ALL CAPS or otherwise about the incident that Ukrainian Navy said has wounded six Ukrainian servicemen when Russian forces shot at and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the coast of Crimea.
Europe has to pay their fair share for Military Protection. The European Union, for many years, has taken advantage of us on Trade, and then they don’t live up to their Military commitment through NATO. Things must change fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2018
Today @realDonaldTrump has written 9 tweets but none about the biggest question today: Russia's new military aggression in Ukraine, seizing 3 naval ships & blocking the international waters of the Azov Sea.
Retweet if you think Trump must not see Putin at the G20 in Argentina!
— Anders Åslund (@anders_aslund) November 25, 2018
This is a shocking statement from the president that gives comfort and encouragement to dictators and cedes the moral authority of the United States. https://t.co/xSgF1tejOq
— Dan Balz (@danbalz) November 20, 2018
“It’s a mean, nasty world out there,” Pompeo says, reiterating Trump’s statement the U.S. will continue its "important partnership" with Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/c37IJQVk1x
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 20, 2018
I criticized Obama and his then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plenty back in 2011. The State Dept responded to my tweet (I’m a dual citizen) and US embassy staff in Cairo spent Thanksgiving looking for me in police stations & hospitals.
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) November 20, 2018
AND NOW THIS:
Khashoggi feast… #TrumpPardons #MBS #MohammedBinSalman #MrBoneSaw #JamalKhashoggi #KhashoggiMurder #journalism #POTUS #SaudiArabia #TurkeyPardon #Trump @TheBuffaloNews https://t.co/Vrae4BllMu pic.twitter.com/ZiArRF3Vyg
— Adam Zyglis (@adamzyglis) November 20, 2018
— Signe Wilkinson (@SigneWilk) November 21, 2018
— Marquil (@EmpireWireNY) October 23, 2018
#politics #news #cartoon #comic #trump #resist #resistance #notmypresident #politicalcartoons #editorialillustration #america #msnbc #cnn #nbc #senate #Trump #trumpmemes #politico #dailybeast #impeachtrump #illustration #saudiarabia #mbs #coverup #jamalkhashoggi #freespeech pic.twitter.com/P5GbwpZcDr
— Joshua Brehse (@JBrehse) October 21, 2018
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 15, 2018
Meet Ambassador-at-Large John Cotton Richmond who will lead the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Read his bio: https://t.co/POWOglg2qt #EndTrafficking. pic.twitter.com/nhtuiMTa5V
— DOS TIP Office (@JTIP_State) November 14, 2018
Congratulations to John Richmond! We look forward to working with him in this new role. https://t.co/IHjJkjUFXJ
— Polaris (@Polaris_Project) October 12, 2018
Confirmed by Voice Vote: Exec. Cal. #1057 John Richmond to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) October 12, 2018
Shame on #FakeNewsweek for helping @JZarif spread lies. The truth is: the U.S. does not, and never did, sanction food and medicine. They are exempt from sanctions, as are financial transactions related to humanitarian needs.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 12, 2018
.@SecPompeo is upset w/ the way @Newsweek reported part of his Int. with @BBCPersian in its headline. Here is the text of what he said and also US allies acknowledging that the exemption for food and medicine is insufficient when banks are scared off from any dealings w/ #Iran. pic.twitter.com/jDfsgdP26T
— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) November 12, 2018
last wk @SecPompeo told me that US is going to make sure "things that are permitted to happen [under Iran sanctions] can in fact happen."
in reaction, Iran FM published letters that appear to show examples of how pharmaceutical imports to Iran cannot happen because of sanctions. https://t.co/ply4GYmrkz
— Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) November 13, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 9, 2018
Despite what Sec. Pompeo says, US #sanctions on #Iran are impacting the availability of medicine. I spoke with Iranians who can't get medicine, doctors and drug importers to bring you the story of the reality on the ground: https://t.co/ktzUuz64vx
(Photo: Arash Khamooshi) pic.twitter.com/vuhkIRr1dx
— Nilo Tabrizy (@ntabrizy) November 11, 2018
Newsweek accurately quoted Pompeo’s remarks to the BBC Persian service, in which he said Iran’s ‘leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat. They have to make a decision that they want to use their wealth to import medicine…’ https://t.co/hQs4Er4g6e https://t.co/mQzYXFinJ4
— Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) November 13, 2018
AND NOW THIS:
While President Trump insults our closest allies in Europe over Twitter and Secretary Pompeo threatens Iran in the context of its citizens starving, Natl Security Adviser Bolton made his own not-so-diplomatic declarations after apparently feeling left out: https://t.co/Cp2A1fNGnB
— Shahed Ghoreishi (@shahedghoreishi) November 13, 2018