Some Things Are Un-American

May 26, 2017 Carol No comments exist

Some things are un-American. Thanks to Tom Ricks for reminding us of what these are.

Watching this, listening to the tape, brings me back a lot to the 1930s, the use of political violence to subdue people and the vocabulary word I think for today is un-American. It is un-American for a political candidate to knock down a reporter asking an uncomfortable question. It’s also un-American for a president to go overseas and cozy up to autocrats. It’s un-American to have a President who doesn’t seem to understand the U.S. Constitution. So, I want all to think about what being an American is? What is American activity and what’s un-American? It’s un-American, also, to take money from foreign governments. ― Tom Ricks

It is un-American to use political violence to subdue people.

It is un-American for a political candidate to knock down a reporter asking an uncomfortable question.

It is un-American to cozy up to autocrats and human rights abusers.

Trump has revealed a tendency to appreciate some of the world’s worst leaders—Erdogan, Gadhafi, Putin, Saddam—and that’s a serious problem.

The United States is not supposed to sell weapons to countries that are going to use them to target civilians.

Donald Trump just approved a potentially illegal $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.1

 

Simply put: The United States is not supposed to sell weapons to countries that are going to use them to target civilians.2 Saudi Arabia has consistently failed to live up to international and U.S. humanitarian standards in how it uses its weapons.3

 

Tell Congress: Block arms sales to countries with records of human rights abuses

Trump cozied up with Philippines President Duterte.

Trump praised the Philippines’ president for an “unbelievable job” in a fight against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead and drawn condemnation from American lawmakers.

Trump has a habit of leaking classified information.

Some Things Are Un-American
You can tell me anything, Ben. I promise it won’t make it to the Russians this time!

Here are three instances:

1. President Trump shared sensitive intelligence with Philippines President Duterte.

 

In the conversation cited above, Trump revealed the location of two nuclear submarines.

 

2. President Trump shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials.

Some Things Are Un-American
President Trump gestures to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, as he speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement on this matter.

 

The source of this intelligence was Israel, one of America’s strongest allies.

 

Israel has responded to Trump’s (sigh) unbelievable stupidity with unspecified tweaks to how they’ll be sharing information with the U.S. in the future. Israeli defense chief Avigdor Liberman told Army Radio on Wednesday, “I can confirm that we did a spot repair and that there’s unprecedented intelligence cooperation with the United States.” […] Liberman declined to say what changes had been made. “Not everything needs to be discussed in the media; some things need to be talked about in closed rooms,” he said.

3. Team Trump leaked the suspected Manchester bomber’s identity.

 

“Anonymous officials” who were given the suspected Manchester bomber’s identity almost immediately leaked that information to the American press.

 

The British government is furious.

It is un-American to have a President who doesn’t seem to understand the U.S. Constitution.

— Is there any reason to think Trump does not see the Constitution – specifically its explicit limits on executive power – as negotiable, akin to the many contracts he’s agreed to with lenders and vendors only to later renege on? ― James Hohmann, The Daily 202: Has Trump never read the Constitution?

It is un-American to take money from foreign governments.

President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, received $56,250 in payments from Russian firms during the presidential race for work done for two Russian firms and Kremlin-backed news outlet RT, according to new documents obtained by a House Oversight panel.― Flynn worked for multiple Russian firms – The Conservative Circle

References:

  1. Akbar Shahid Ahmed “The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal,” HuffPost, May 19, 2017.
  2. Kristine Beckerle, “U.S. Officials Risk Complicity in War Crimes in Yemen,” Just Security, May 4, 2017.
  3. Kristine Beckerle, “Trump to Reward Saudi War Crimes with Weapons,” Human Rights Watch, May 20, 2017.

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