|From: bull_dozer||6/25/2019 12:57:06 AM|
|Trump Clarifies Attack Not Appropriate Since No American Loss of Life|
To the hatred of the neocons, including Bolton, Trump has explained that it was inappropriate to retaliate against Iran when 150 people would be killed for the downing of a drone. This not merely shows the nature of Trump, but clearly displays the efforts behind the curtain to get rid of him to wage another war.
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|To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (31447)||6/28/2019 12:19:50 PM|
|Straight from the horse's mouth on China. Important for people to understand what President Trump is doing with China. This is NOT about a trade war. This is about a long term strategy.|
Nadia Schadlow: Trump pursues smart China strategy heading into meeting with Xi Jinping
Trump to meet with Chinese President Xi and Russian President Putin at G20 summit
President Trump heads to the G20 summit with eight one-on-one bilateral meetings on the agenda; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from Osaka, Japan.
At President Trump’s planned meeting Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan, Trump is expected to continue to advance a strategy that his administration introduced in his first six months in office: viewing China as a strategic competitor to the United States and its allies.
This shift from an enabling posture to a competitive strategy was a response to years of Chinese Communist Party efforts to shape the international system in a way that disadvantaged the United States on trade and advanced China’s authoritarian system.
Trump’s goal is two-fold: reorder economic relationships so that the United States is not giving an advantage to an adversary, and achieve a balance of power favorable to countries seeking free and open societies.
There are four main elements to the Trump strategy: sustaining America’s technological advantages; achieving reciprocity; strengthening deterrence; and restoring a regional balance of power.
A focus of the strategy has been to prevent China from dominating technologies critical to U.S. economic growth and national security.
China uses the theft of intellectual property to advance its economic and national security interests. It has targeted companies focused on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and other technologies that the U.S. Defense Department depends on to maintain American military superiority. For example, China’s J-20 fighter plane looks uncannily like an American F-22.
The Trump administration highlighted this theft early on. As a result, bipartisan legislation signed into law by the president now makes it harder for China to invest in companies that are strategically important to the United States.
In addition, the Trump administration has increased scrutiny over visa policies that have allowed China’s People’s Liberation Army to deploy “researchers” into U.S. government-funded laboratories.
Most recently, the U.S. banned the use of Chinese components in key communications infrastructure to address concerns about “back doors” that enable the theft of American information.
There are also new initiatives underway to counter China’s strategy of using ownership stakes in technology firms to access sensitive intellectual property, along with a new Defense Department initiative to match trusted sources of capital to support technology companies that could help to meet defense needs.
The Trump administration’s focus on reciprocity is rooted in the conclusion that years of accommodating China’s behavior have resulted in a trading relationship that is neither free nor fair.
China has long used its World Trade Organization status as a developing country and preferential access to capital for state-owned enterprises to substantially distort domestic and global markets, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has pointed out.
In addition, China erected barriers to prevent others from gaining access to its markets. These barriers include forced technology transfers, a highly restrictive foreign investment regime, and non-transparent technical standards – all of which impeded U.S. exports.
As a result, since 2013, the U.S. goods and services trade deficit with China has ballooned to an average of $370 billion annually.
Beijing’s Made in China 2025 Plan has made clear its goal is to use subsidies and other non-market measures to monopolize critical high-tech industries. Trump’s strategy has called out these actions as bad for the United States and other market economies, and he is using tariffs to pressure China to reduce these barriers.
- For nearly a decade China has advanced its military modernization programs and built outposts in the South China Sea, threatening the free flow of trade and infringing on the sovereignty of other nations.
Restoring deterrence is a third pillar of Trump’s strategy. The 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy identified China as the top priority for the Defense Department.
For nearly a decade China has advanced its military modernization programs and built outposts in the South China Sea, threatening the free flow of trade and infringing on the sovereignty of other nations. As a result, America no longer enjoys uncontested military dominance in the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains in the region.
The Trump administration has increased investments to grow our military, improve readiness, and to modernize key capabilities – including in space, nuclear forces, and ballistic missile defenses.
President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia – while a response to Russian violations – will allow the development of U.S. missiles to counter China’s modernization of these systems.
And the U.S. now has a more assertive posture toward cyber threats to “defend forward” and counter cyber aggression,
Finally, President Trump’s China strategy advances policies to help countries in the Indo-Pacific resist Chinese coercion.
At the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Trump announced his vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. In doing so, he drew attention to Beijing’s predatory program of infrastructure loans through China’s One Belt-One Road program.
Trump’s signing of the bipartisan BUILD Act established the new Development Finance Corporation to provide loans and limited equity investments designed to catalyze private sector investments and to expand America’s worldwide lead over China in foreign direct investments.
With Japan, Australia and India – and increasingly with Europe – the United States represents more capital than the total deployed under the One Belt-One Road program, and under much friendlier terms. This counters the misperception that China is the monopoly provider of economic goods in the region.
In addition, enhanced U.S. security cooperation with other nations – such as increased patrols, arms sales, and greater assistance via foreign military financing – are also a part of a U.S. effort to bolster regional friends.
Although President Trump often expresses the need for burden-sharing in alliance relationships, the context of the U.S.-China competition makes American alliances and partnerships across the region mutually beneficial and more important than ever.
By exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s malign activities and interference campaigns, the Trump administration has made it harder for Beijing to hide behind the illusion that China’s rise under the party is peaceful and benign.
China has used the rhetoric of economic convergence and reform to construct this illusion and deflect attention from its actions. Our allies are recognizing this. For the first time, the European Commission has recognized China as “a systemic rival promoting alternative models of governance.”
In addition, Australia’s new prime minister recently reaffirmed concerns about China’s forced technology transfers, intellectual property theft and industrial subsidies.
Strategies are not static – they change, as they should, as circumstances shift. President Trump has made clear his willingness to keep channels of communication open with President Xi and to work with him if China makes meaningful changes.
The G20 Summit is not just a chance to re-start stalled trade talks. It’s an opportunity to put China on notice that it is past time to stop subverting the international system that has enabled China’s economic success.
Dr. Nadia Schadlow is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. She previously served as Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy and Assistant to the president of the United States.
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|To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (31450)||6/28/2019 8:56:39 PM|
|If Trump doesn't raise holy hell about Twitter's action to neuter his Tweets, then Trump will lose this election. Social media censorship has reached new heights. They are gearing up to steal the election from Trump. First the liberals tried to scuttle his election chances with the dossier and spying on his campaign. Then when he won, they tried to get him impeached by blaming him for Russia meddling. All throughout, the MSM and Social Media has been 95% negative on Trump and have increasingly begun to censor. When that didn't work, social media began active censorship against Trump himself. Throughout all of this, we have seen very little fight in the GOP or among conservatives. No one is bothering to fight back as we lose our country. Trump need to do something right now to safeguard our political freedom of speech AND HIS OWN on Twitter. Or he will lose. If all news and all the Internet is against Trump and all conservatives and pro-Trump voters are silenced, he will lose. If he loses, we can welcome Socialism to this country. The civil war by liberals against conservatives has already started. No one seems to realize it.|
Blatant Election Rigging: Twitter Wants To Make Sure We Never Have Another President Like Trump
Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,
Just in time for the 2020 election, Twitter has come up with a new “policy” that is obviously intended to neuter the effectiveness of President Trump’s Twitter account.
Right now, Trump has 61.4 million followers on Twitter, and his tweets regularly make headlines all over the world. Trump has been devastatingly effective on Twitter for years, and his social media strategy was one of the keys to his victory in 2016. Needless to say, the radical leftists that run Twitter were absolutely horrified by Trump’s upset victory, and they want to do whatever they can to make sure that such a thing never happens again.
They started by deleting, shadowbanning and greatly suppressing the accounts of prominent conservatives. Personally, my own account has been shadowbanned for a very long time. I have over 16,000 followers, but if you check out my account you will notice that I barely get any retweets at all these days. However, a few years ago there was a ton of interaction with my tweets. An expert looked into it and found that just like so many other prominent conservatives, I had been shadowbanned.
But all of the censorship that we have seen so far is apparently not enough for the control freaks at Twitter, and so now they are going after President Trump himself.
On Thursday, Twitter announced a brand new policy which is obviously aimed at the White House. The following comes from Twitter’s official blog post about this new policy…
With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain Tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules. On the rare occasions when this happens, we’ll place a notice – a screen you have to click or tap through before you see the Tweet – to provide additional context and clarity. We’ll also take steps to make sure the Tweet is not algorithmically elevated on our service, to strike the right balance between enabling free expression, fostering accountability, and reducing the potential harm caused by these Tweets.
Who does this apply to?
We will only consider applying this notice on Tweets from accounts that meet the following criteria. The account must:
- Be or represent a government official,
- be running for public office,
- or be considered for a government position (i.e., next in line, awaiting confirmation, named successor to an appointed position);
- Have more than 100,000 followers; and
- Be verified.
That said, there are cases, such as direct threats of violence or calls to commit violence against an individual, that are unlikely to be considered in the public interest.
They are trying to make this sound like a “neutral” policy that will apply evenly to all government officials, but if you believe that then there is a bridge not too far from Twitter headquarters that I would like to sell you.
In essence, Twitter is telling us that they are going to start suppressing President Trump’s tweets. And if other conservative government officials get out of line, they will be censored too.
This is happening right out in the open, and Twitter is brazenly admitting that any tweets that they slap with this “notice” will “feature less prominently on Twitter”…
When a Tweet has this notice placed on it, it will feature less prominently on Twitter, and not appear in:
- Safe search
- Timeline when switched to Top Tweets
- Live events pages
- Recommended Tweet push notifications
- Notifications tab
This notice won’t be applied to any Tweets sent before today and, given the conditions outlined above, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter it often. We cannot predict the first time it will be used, but we wanted to give you more information about this new notice before you come across it on Twitter.
And when Twitter decides that something will “feature less prominently”, it might as well not even be there at all. I know that very well, because this is what has been happening to my tweets for years.
I might as well be tweeting into a black hole.
And is it just a coincidence that this new “policy” was announced about 24 hours after President Trump publicly accused Twitter of censoring him?…
- The move, announced Thursday, came barely 24 hours after President Donald Trump accused the social media platform’s leaders of censoring him in a bid to limit the circulation of his ideas.
Of course Twitter is far from alone.
All over the Internet, social media companies are making an all-out effort to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.
For example, the day before Twitter announced their new policy, Reddit “quarantined” one of the most popular pro-Trump subreddits…
- On Wednesday, Reddit “quarantined” a popular pro- Donald Trump forum on its site. Although the move was prompted because the “r/The_Donald” subreddit was hosting violent threats and violating other site policies, it’s likely to add to Republicans’ complaints that social media companies are biased against conservatives.
- Reddit put the message board, which is a popular place for Trump fans to gather and stir up support, in a sort of virtual detention due to what the company called “significant issues with reporting and addressing violations” of its content policy.
Could you imagine what would have happened if the big social media companies had blatantly tried to rig elections against Barack Obama?
There would have been rioting in the streets and Democrats would have been steaming mad.
So why are conservatives taking this censorship with so much apathy?
During the last election cycle, a number of candidates that were boldly speaking out against social media censorship ran for Congress, but almost all of them lost.
As a result, right now there are only a few members of Congress that are actively trying to do something about this.
We are literally losing our country, and only a very small minority of the people care enough to get involved.
At this point the major social media companies are not even attempting to hide their blatant election-rigging anymore, and it looks like they may totally get away with it.
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|To: mindmeld who wrote (31451)||6/28/2019 9:12:10 PM|
|you are exactly right there has been no fight back against anything....the left doctrine is winning... they are the ones that should be tired of winning.....the censorship that is going on is truly amazing...the left( or more just an ideology) has been winning since the 60;s....|
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|To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (31453)||6/28/2019 9:41:18 PM|
|I hope so, but remember 24/7 propaganda got the German people to murder 6 million Jews. We are now experiencing 24/7 propaganda including the internet and social media and they are about to start censoring Trump himself. What effect do you think that will have? They will make him look like the next Hitler and there will be no conservative voice to bring reason back to the conversation. Do you think he or any conservative can win without a voice to fight back?|
Our freedom of speech is being stolen from us and there is no credible fight against it among Trump's base.
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|To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (31454)||6/29/2019 1:23:08 AM|
|oh i agree with that...but they have gained more ground with him in there.....the only swamp draining has been conservatives,,,,and censorship is off of the charts,,,,i agree with what the other poster was saying the conservative are in some kind of trance getting walked all over,,,,,,a rally keeps em happy|
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