Understanding the US - Again

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby sooraj » 27 Jun 2019 11:34

Trump warns China is 'ripe' for new tariffs and suggests Vietnam could be next

“China’s economy is going down the tubes – they want to make a deal,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network.


“You have another $325bn that I haven’t taxed yet – it’s ripe for taxing, for putting tariffs on,” he told Fox.


During Wednesday’s interview, Trump also hinted he might impose tariffs on Vietnam, describing the country as “the single worst abuser of everybody”.

“A lot of companies are moving to Vietnam, but Vietnam takes advantage of us even worse than China. So there’s a very interesting situation going on there,” Trump said.


“So Germany is paying Russia billions and billions of dollars for energy, okay,” he said. “So they are giving Russia billions of dollars yet we are supposed to protect Germany and Germany is delinquent! Okay?”


“If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III. We will go in and protect them with our lives and with our treasure,” he said. “But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us. They can watch it on a Sony television.”
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Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump remained coy on expectations for his meeting at the G20 with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

“I’ll have a very good conversation with him,” Trump told reporters. “What I say to him is none of your business.”

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Postby SSridhar » 27 Jun 2019 13:11

Only Modi, Trump can make India-US relationship work: Mike Pompeo - ToI
Q: Despite FATF’s tough stand on Pakistan’s terror financing, US allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar — are bailing out Pakistan. How do we get Pakistan to learn the lesson we want?
A: America has done a 180-degree turn with respect to Pakistan. We’ve done so because we’re trying to get Pakistan to cease terror campaigns in India, or supporting insurgents in Afghanistan.

That's an admission I am seeing openly for the very first time.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby ramana » 27 Jun 2019 22:47

It won't work till 2020 elections are over.
With or without DT.

And on TSP, US can turn around on a dime. penny (TSP aukad)
The NaMo 2.0 is to ensure it wont matter.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Singha » 27 Jun 2019 23:35

so the shadow use of vietnam by rebadging cheen goods as made in vietnam after packing it there may take a hit or moving some ops there

on with it

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Cain Marko » 28 Jun 2019 09:24

Tulsi did well in debate#1, even has Pat Buchanan fawning over her.

https://youtu.be/wI3e7GUWPIA

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Postby chola » 28 Jun 2019 09:45

Singha wrote:so the shadow use of vietnam by rebadging cheen goods as made in vietnam after packing it there may take a hit or moving some ops there

on with it


The attacks on Japan and Germany are also Cheen related as those are the biggest leakers of Western tech to the PRC. They are already positioning themselves to take over the Amreeki share in China.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby syam » 28 Jun 2019 09:58

She does well everytime. Too bad, she is hindu. Makes me wonder why we are normalizing the bigotry she is facing everyday. Americans are bigots and racists to the core.

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Postby hanumadu » 28 Jun 2019 10:12

Cain Marko wrote:Tulsi did well in debate#1, even has Pat Buchanan fawning over her.

https://youtu.be/wI3e7GUWPIA


She will be a liability to India. Any action favourable to India, real or perceived, will invite accusations of bias on her. Already, she is being forced repeatedly to condemn 'Hindu nationalist' govt in India for 'atrocities' against minorities.

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Postby syam » 28 Jun 2019 12:19

I think I know why liberals loath Tulsi.

She represents everything they loath. A woman with stable family from hindu community(which is most oppressive). Whatever the things that are supposed to be oppressive, are the main forces behind Tulsi. How dare she prove everything wrong!!

She doesn't have to be president. Her mere presence alone hurts them badly.

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Postby Cain Marko » 28 Jun 2019 16:16

syam wrote:She does well everytime. Too bad, she is hindu. Makes me wonder why we are normalizing the bigotry she is facing everyday. Americans are bigots and racists to the core.

Who is normalizing what? Please elaborate...

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jun 2019 05:35

Per our prediction from the clear dung-fragrant air of Mongolia, the S400 noise is to "justify" the "sale" (funded by American taxpayers) of F-35s to Pakistan, for Purely Defensive Role Against housewives bearing frying pans in Swat and Balochistan. Hope Pakistan get about 100, which then get sanctioned at the final step to sit on the ramp in Ft. Worth for a few years until "re-sold" to Botswana. Win-win. As the ancient proverb goes,
A MiG-21 yak in the air is worth 100 F35 turkeys on the ground.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Rony » 29 Jun 2019 18:49

Well written article by Edward Luce in FT. Read it all

America’s new redneck rebellion

West Virginians are embracing an anti-corporate populism that can veer left as well as right

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby williams » 29 Jun 2019 19:45

Any of these Democrats will be eaten alive by Trump in any debate and I don't see a Trump voter change their vote for anyone here. I think we should prepare for another term for Trump. That means a mess in Afganistan and Iran. Pakis will get soft bail out. Namo 2.0 is not going to be easy on the strategic front.

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Postby chanakyaa » 30 Jun 2019 09:03

Williams Saar, dt’s re-election chances has little to do with quality of dem candidates. Yes there will be A candidate. Trade/technology fight with cheen is like a heart surgery still in progress; and it would be foolish to change the surgeon in the middle of the surgery. Looks like All this was already planned, which is why a tax cut occurred first before the formal trade war, so that the “forces” behind the trade war machinations including MNCs, large investors etc. were paid first and were confided in for long drawn out battle before being asked to take revenue pain, supply chain disruption etc. etc. from the trade war. Stock market is up 30% from January 2017 when djt took throne. As far as dem candidates are concerned, yes you are right, their slaughter on Twitter is guaranteed, not that they have any choice. :D

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby ramana » 30 Jun 2019 11:28

hanumadu wrote:
Cain Marko wrote:Tulsi did well in debate#1, even has Pat Buchanan fawning over her.

https://youtu.be/wI3e7GUWPIA


She will be a liability to India. Any action favourable to India, real or perceived, will invite accusations of bias on her. Already, she is being forced repeatedly to condemn 'Hindu nationalist' govt in India for 'atrocities' against minorities.


She is an American running for President of US. Why are we projecting India on her?
Kamala Harris mother is Indian origin. Her grandfather was an Indian diplomat and Ambassador to many countries!.
Yet you don't project India on her!

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Understanding the US - Again

Postby Peregrine » 02 Jul 2019 19:58

US Senate passes legislative provision to give India Nato ally-like status – PTI
WASHINGTON: The US Senate has passed a legislative provision that brings India at par with America's Nato allies and countries like Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation
The National Defense Authorisation Act or NDAA for the fiscal year 2020, that contained such a proposal was passed by the US Senate last week.
Introduced by Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator John Cornyn with the support of Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator Mark Warner, the amendment provides for increased US-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, Counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and maritime security.
Last week, House India Caucus Co-Chair Brad Sherman, along with Congressmen Joe Wilson, Ami Bera, Ted Yoho, George Holding, Ed Case and Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced a similar legislative proposal to the House FY2020 NDAA that would greatly enhance the US-India relationship.
The bill would be signed into law after both the chambers of the US Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate – passes it. The House is expected to take up its version of the NDAA sometime in July before legislators adjourn for the month-long August recess on July 29.
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Postby Manu » 03 Jul 2019 01:56

ramana wrote:
hanumadu wrote:
She will be a liability to India. Any action favourable to India, real or perceived, will invite accusations of bias on her. Already, she is being forced repeatedly to condemn 'Hindu nationalist' govt in India for 'atrocities' against minorities.


She is an American running for President of US. Why are we projecting India on her?
Kamala Harris mother is Indian origin. Her grandfather was an Indian diplomat and Ambassador to many countries!.
Yet you don't project India on her!
Because Kamala rejectes her Indian side completely, like Obama rejected his white side.

She claims to be African American, when neither her Light Skinned Jamaican Father nor Tamil Brahmin Mother are American Born. It is politically much more advantageous to 'identify as Black' as a Democrat. Therefore, there is no question of projecting India on a person who has herself rejected that side of her identity completely.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby ramana » 03 Jul 2019 03:20

Let him.answer.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby KLNMurthy » 03 Jul 2019 09:44

Kamala also got a spanking from her father with her thoughtless pandering to the marijuana crowd.

Kamala Harris shamed by Jamaican father over pot-smoking joke

Kamala Harris made headlines last week when she joked in a radio interview that of course she smoked marijuana in her younger years: “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

But the crack didn’t go over well with at least one Jamaican: Donald J. Harris, her father.

The elder Harris sent an unsolicited statement to Kingston-based Jamaica Global Online, for which the emeritus professor of economics at Stanford University wrote a recent essay on his family’s history.

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he wrote.

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” he added.

Ouch.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby UlanBatori » 03 Jul 2019 10:09

Poodlehood is not the same as Knighthood. Just sayin'. Comes with a few side effects that affect only 99.99% of the population that takes the drug.
"South Korea"? Wow! Wonder when one graduates to same status as, say, Malta? Iceland?

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Postby darshan » 04 Jul 2019 17:24

Kissinger report and USAID
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa ... randum_200

https://www.thenewatlantis.com/doclib/2 ... CV0lzNUFcw

I wonder if above angles have been discussed before.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby Chinmay » 05 Jul 2019 12:49

Dont know if this was posted before. Quite an interesting article about how Wall Street profit mongers have led to the loss of manufacturing capacity in the US, especially in hi-tech sectors

America’s Monopoly Crisis Hits the Military

In historical terms, this is a shocking turnaround. Americans invented the telephone business and until recently dominated production and research. But in the last 20 years, every single American producer of key telecommunication equipment sectors is gone. Today, only two European makers—Ericsson and Nokia—are left to compete with Huawei and another Chinese competitor, ZTE


In September 2018, the Department of Defense released findings of its analysis into its supply chain. The results highlighted how fragile our ability to supply our own military has become.

The report listed dozens of militarily significant items and inputs with only one or two domestic producers, or even none at all. Many production facilities are owned by companies that are financially vulnerable and at high risk of being shut down. Some of the risk comes from limited production capability. Mortar tubes, for example, are made on just one production line, and some Marine aircraft parts are made by just one company—one which recently filed for bankruptcy.

At risk is everything from chaff to flares to high voltage cable, fittings for ships, valves, key inputs for satellites and missiles, and even material for tents. As Americans no longer work in key industrial fields, the engineering and production skills evaporate as the legacy workforce retires.

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Postby Karan M » 05 Jul 2019 13:18

Look at this last paragraph, words of wisdom for those who want us to shut down HAL, BEL, parcel off DRDO etc.

Policymakers must recognize that industrial capacity is a public good and short-term actors on Wall Street have become a serious national security vulnerability. While private businesses are essential to our common defense, the public sector must once again structure how we organize our national defense and protect our defense industrial base from predatory finance. For several decades, Wall Street has been organizing not just the financing of defense contractors, but the capabilities of our very defense posture. That experiment has been a failure. It is time to wake up, before it’s too late.

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Re: Understanding the US - Again

Postby g.sarkar » 07 Jul 2019 12:20

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-06/ ... d/11273818
China is not the only trading partner targeted by US President Donald Trump's trade wars
By Tracey Shelton, wires, Updated Fri at 2:47pm
The US-China trade war has been dominating headlines, but Beijing is not the only trading partner in President Donald Trump's crosshairs.
Last week, Mr Trump called a tentative truce with his counterpart Xi Jinping after meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
But as US trade shifts because of the trade war with China, other nations could also come under fire, said Maria Rost Rublee, associate professor of international relations at Monash University.
Simon Lester, associate director of Cato Institute's Herbert A Stiefel Centre for Trade Policy Studies, said Mr Trump's trade strategy was "open to debate". "His constant praise for tariffs suggests that maybe he is imposing tariffs simply because he sees benefits in using tariffs to protect domestic industry from foreign competition, and he likes the tax revenue they bring in," he told the ABC.
China's notoriety for protectionist and other trading practices the US sees as "unfair" have made China — one of the biggest exporters to the US — a particular target, Mr Lester said.
We take a look at Mr Trump's past and present trade wars across the globe and who may be next in the line of fire.
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Postby UlanBatori » 07 Jul 2019 12:34

7.1 quake, OK epicenter is in the desert, but practically no casualties.
2nd interesting news item: Apparently Orange-utanji's approval rating has gone sky-high!! So much for the Gloom&Doom hopes.

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Postby g.sarkar » 08 Jul 2019 13:36

Ulanbaroriji,
I felt the earthquake, felt dizzy and mistook it for an attack of vertigo. Later I saw the chandeliers sway and knew it was a quake. The houses here are mostly made of wood, and are hard to damage even for a 7.1 quake. Have you forsaken your beloved Ulanbator and come to visit the LaLa Land?
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Postby UlanBatori » 08 Jul 2019 17:54

Construction standards that withstand 7.1 quake are worth studying as we build the Swaying Yak Resort in Ulan Bator. Quakes not unknown in Mongolia. problem used to be less in the days when Mongolians lived in tents anyway, but shifting to stone walled huts is fatal.

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Postby darshan » 11 Jul 2019 18:51

‘Get out of America!’ Racist fight erupts after N.J. town meeting.
A verbal fight broke out Monday evening in Edison as council members and residents left the municipal building following a meeting about racist campaign flyers.

Christo Makropoulus told political activist Bimal Joshi to “Get on a plane and get out of America” during the loud expletive-laced argument outside the meeting.
Joshi and Makropoulus began arguing around 8:20 p.m. at 100 Municipal Boulevard in Edison. They attracted the attention of bystanders and about five Edison police officers arrived soon after.
https://www.nj.com/news/2019/07/go-back ... eting.html

Would Hindus organizations and entities show up organized like CAIR?

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Postby darshan » 12 Jul 2019 07:08

darshan wrote:Kissinger report and USAID
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa ... randum_200

https://www.thenewatlantis.com/doclib/2 ... CV0lzNUFcw

I wonder if above angles have been discussed before.


https://digitalcommons.law.seattleu.edu ... l9/iss1/4/
The United States has the power and resources to benefit citizens across the world. Many politicians have embodied this goal. Now it is time to move away from this approach. This article exposes the harm surrounding foreign aid from the United States, poses questions related to the foreign policy decisions of the United States and other world powers, and proposes unique solutions through the lens of environmental racism.

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Postby UlanBatori » 15 Jul 2019 17:00

So is the app Telegram safe? Puerto Rico guvrmand thought so....

On Saturday, the non-profit journalism group Center of Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of conversations that detail efforts to manipulate public narratives, operations to discredit negative press coverage and criticism of opposition leaders.
The conversations, made through the Telegram app, also contain sexist, homophobic and misogynistic comments from the members of the group, according to the report.

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Postby Rishi_Tri » 17 Jul 2019 07:47

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-wit ... _lead_pos4

Turkey share of workload is 6% of value of each aircraft.

Turkey has invested $1.5 billion in the program.


https://www.usnews.com/news/world-repor ... ssile-sale

Trump Blocks F-35s to Turkey in Retaliation for Russian Missile Sale

By Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer July 16, 2019, at 2:52 p.m.

PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. would not sell sophisticated F-35 fighter jets to Turkey in response to its receiving Russian surface-to-air missiles last week, but he implied he's willing to help Ankara avoid other penalties many in Congress wish to impose in retaliation and which may still take place automatically.

"We are now telling Turkey … we're not going to sell you the F-35 fighter jets," Trump told reporters before a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House.

The president appeared to frame the situation facing Turkey – a NATO ally and key partner for U.S. operations in the region – as if Turkey were the victim, and he framed as inevitable its decision to follow through on purchasing Russian S-400 missiles despite months of U.S. warnings.

"It's a very tough situation that they're in. And it's a very tough situation that we've been placed in," Trump said. "With all that being said, we're working through it. We'll see what happens, but it's not really fair."

Turkey's defense ministry continued to tweet out photos on Tuesday of components of the Russian missiles arriving at an airbase outside Ankara. The equipment first began arriving on Friday.

U.S. military and intelligence officials have for months warned against allowing both the F-35 and the Russian missiles to operate within the same network, fearing that could furnish Moscow with sensitive information it needs to defeat the sophisticated fighter jet that will soon become a central workhorse for NATO and other partner countries' air forces.

Turkey may still face sanctions under the 2017 Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, which limits countries from making any "significant" deal with the Russian defense industry.

Trump's remarks represent the first public statements from the administration on Turkey's purchase. The president has made foreign arms sales a central component of his foreign policy.
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Postby UlanBatori » 18 Jul 2019 06:05

I get the feeling that there is something about S400 and F-35 that US strenuously does not want both in the hands of the same entities. Wonder what it is

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Postby chaitanya » 18 Jul 2019 09:43

Maybe data from the radars of the S400 can be processed fairly easily to spot stealth aircraft like the F-35, and a company having both can easily back out the f-35 'signature.'

A bit OT, but does anyone know what the radar signature of a modern 'stealth-shaped' aircraft would look like? Would it look anything like a crystal diffraction pattern? If so spatial filters could be developed to ID such aircraft...

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Postby Gagan » 18 Jul 2019 15:32

It is possible that the S-400 may be able to detect the F-35, provided certain tweaks are made to the software
Russians will have access to the S-400, for servicing, training, etc
Wonder if the S-400 relays info back to the fatherland as well

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Postby Mort Walker » 18 Jul 2019 16:48

The S-400 uses active and semi-active radar to lock on to a target. The radar system is phased array and operates at some distance from the launcher in order to have a different location for transmit and receive. This allows for detecting stealth aircraft as the reflected energy is in a different direction. It is most likely C-band (but I'm not sure) and the active radar on board the missile itself is X or Ku band (again not sure).

Turkey's armed forces are close to the US and are part of NATO. In due time both sides will make up and the US will understand how the S-400 works once deliveries to Turkey begin. The issue is more about the US maintaining FMS for its industry. Russia does not have the industrial capacity to produce sufficient S-400 systems in a timely manner before the US develops counter-measures. In the end, the S-400 will be a white elephant. The US will have its hands on it with Turkey and Saudi.

I don't think India should buy it or any US BMD system. It has the capability to make its own. The Chinese will copy the S-400 in large numbers and we'll see it in service with Pak (provided they can figure out the Mandrin instruction manual).


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