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NATO stands behind Trump and his Afghanistan “new strategy” (Video)

NATO agrees with Trump’s ‘Conditions-Based’ Afghanistan strategy.

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NATO welcomes POTUS Donald Trump’s “conditions-based” strategy in Afghanistan.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, in a statement on the organization’s website…

“I welcome President Trump’s new, conditions-based approach to Afghanistan and the region.”

During an Afghanistan “new strategy” speech delivered yesterday, US President Trump said that the United States will cooperate with Afghanistan as long as Kabul seeks to progress, however, the US help will not be endless.

During his speech, Trump was crystal clear in expressing his confidence that NATO will do exactly what it is told to do, with regards to Afghanistan military support and funding…

We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy, with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will.

Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.

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Trump’s strategic guidance for South Asia unveiled on Monday states that US support in Afghanistan is not unlimited and will not serve as a “blank check.” The guidance repudiates nation-building and instead expands the US troops’ authority to target terrorists in Afghanistan.

“Our aim remains to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists who would attack our own countries,” Stoltenberg said.

Contrary to previous reports, Trump said the US would not reveal the number of troops or any future military action plans in Afghanistan.

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Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg” … or Woof-Woof, the US’s Favorite Poodle.

JPH
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JPH

More like a coyote. No insult intended to the honest coyotes in the wild, who have to kill for a living.

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tapatio
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tapatio

Exactly, NATO is nothing but Washington’s house pet.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Europeans have no obligation to send their sons , brothers or husbands to fight and die in American endless war in Afghanistan. Maybe Trump will send one of his sons there. Hello?

seby
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seby

his sons only know how to point guns at defenceless wildlife.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

It doesn’t matter. If Trump wants to prolong the war in Afghanistan, that’s the US business, not Europe’s. Europe has no beef there.

Shahna
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Then it’s a pity “NATO” got suckered into going there 16 years ago when they went to kill a country because their Saudi Arabian Al Qaeda asset had gone rogue (or so they say).

Now to get out – is another kettle of fish.
But as long as European nations allow America-Only to call the shots – Europe’s sons and daughters will die for the American economy.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

It’s even direr than that, US is waging wars, and Europe collects the refugees.
Before the war in Bosnia, there were NO Bosniac refugees in Europe.
Before the war in Serbia, there were NO Kosovar refugees in Europe.
Before the war in Afghanistan, there were NO Afghani refugees in Europe.
Before the war in Iraq, there were NO Iraqi refugees in Europe.
Before the war in Syria, there were NO Syrian refugees in Europe.
Now they are counted in millions.

Shahna
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Europe did it to themselves.
They implemented “Austerity” without a future projection of where it would lead. They supported “America’s Wars” with an eye on present profit but a complete lack of regard for what wars do to the country that’s the target. (An unforgivable omission for Europe and esp Germany – they LOST World War2.)

Now they weep because they deliberately made like ostriches and stuck their heads in the sand and all their profit-now, pay-later ‘policies’ have come due. It’s time to pay the bill.

The damn bill ALWAYS comes in.

Shahna
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The tragedy isn’t that the US screwed the EU for it’s own interests – the tragedy is that EU eagerly helped the US do it – with a will.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“The tragedy isn’t that the US screwed the EU for it’s own interests…”

You reminded me of the words of John Fowles, an Irish writer, in his book “The Magus”:
“The tragedy was not that one man (Hitler) chose to be evil, but that millions of German people chose to not be good”.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Not so much ‘tragedy’ as a high crime – treason. It was entirely avoidable, tragedy usually is not.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

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seby
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seby

Wow. What a surprise. Who would have guessed? Is it really necessary to even report that the board agrees with the ceo?

Shahna
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Here’s what I don’t hear…….
UK, France, Germany saying “We stand behind the US/NATO in Afghanistan.”

Perhaps they should limit their obligatory NATO support to the logistics of supplying chocolate to the Taliban’s American targets? … They do so love their chocolate – for the kids you know.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Here’s what I don’t hear…….
UK, France, Germany saying “We stand behind the US/NATO in Afghanistan.”

It’s Stoltenberg, the US home poodle, who said that, not UK, France or Germany. Encore un petit effort and US will find itself on its own, without any allies.

Shahna
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“US will find itself on its own, without any allies”
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Then the chances would be good that the Americans could be forced home – she doesn’t like to go to war without the moral support of her “allies.” Might make the folks back home think they’re invaders instead of the good guys defending against the evil doers (simplicity is an educationed requirement)

…. LOOK! Britain, France, Germany, even Denmark and 70 other nations – the “rest of the world is in our coalition” – all agree : “We’re in the right!”

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

US doesn’t need allies, it only wants vassals, the “Beni oui-oui”, who answer Yes to all US diktats. As soon as one dares say “No”, he becomes a foe or worse, a “hitler”.

Shahna
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“US doesn’t need allies, it only wants vassals”
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Yes. But Europe is happy with the Liege/Serf relationship and as long as they prefer it – they will have it.

We aren’t going to get the US to behave like a decent nation by asking and we aren’t going to get the EU to acquire a spine by telling. We have an expression here for naughty children: “Wil nie hoor moet voel.”

It means – if you won’t listen, you will feel.
…And it’s the prelude to a walloping.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

I am not sure that Hitler ever said ‘no’ to his Anglo-Zionist masters. Are you?

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

US created AL queada

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

That was Brzezinski’s “doctrine” adopted by all the US administrations after Carter, to use Islamic terrorists for the US purpose. US supported Al-Qaeda not only in Afghanistan in the 1980ies, but also in Chechnya, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

nebraske university usa printing jhadi textbooks and installing them in national curriculum for little kids start of the eighties was one of the most disgusting things the US did

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Originally spelled: CIADA

Volker
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Volker

NATO means Pentagon! The so called “NATO-Members” are just their servants and/or slaves.

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Such an announcement by NATO is about as surprising as the statement that night follows day.

Kentus
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Kentus

Former premier Minister of Denmark got his reward appointed secretary General of Nato.
Remember “Fog of War” Rasmussen?
Then former premier minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg got his reward (after being scared shitless at the events at Utøya(Bering Breivik)).

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Kent

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You know Kent, you really get the ‘worms beneath the skin.’ It makes mine crawl to see the secret Dorian Gray portraits of these monsters.

stevek9
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stevek9

If NATO is behind it, then you know it’s bad.

Trump: “must seek an honorable and enduring outcome”

Sound anything like ‘Peace with honor’? For those too young to remember … that was Vietnam.

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US Department of Defense’s estimates have put Afghanistan’s untapped wealth of gold, copper, uranium and other rare-earth minerals at well around $1 trillion to $3 trillion,plus the largest resource of lithium in the world,as well as heroin. That can probably explain Washington’s willingness to continue the war in Afghanistan, which has dragged on for 16 years and has cost the US economy more than $714 billion dollars for the Rothschilds,Goldman Sachs ……Judea Inc If there was any remaining doubt that the infamous Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is back in charge of “foreign policy” TM, Donald Chump dispelled it once… Read more »

Debbie Beane
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Debbie Beane

Yes, and the first time I saw the estimate of Afghan mineral wealth was in the year 2010. What’ve they been doing 7 years hence, if not mining and otherwise stealing the stuff?

bluewater
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bluewater

The TRILLION DOLLAR DRUG TRADE is big business…also we test THE NEW TOYS as also in IRAQ. Lasers that kill a HUMAN and leaves only DUST
NEW DRONES THAT USE A I …….. TO KILL Humans
Also Organs are needed in hospitals for surgery…NOTHING GOES TO WASTE…FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Listening to the Channel 5 News Headlines, what was interesting was the way that President Trump was demanding other nations join the US in their Afghanistan quest.

No sign UK will join US Afghan troop surge in wake of Donald Trump u-turn… http://news.sky.com/story/uk-unlikely-to-beef-up-afghanistan-presence-in-wake-of-trump-decision-11000418

I wonder how long it will take him to change his mind and send out the Forces to look after the Poppy Harvest?

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Of course NATO would agree to anything remotely resembling possibility of war.

Debbie Beane
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Debbie Beane

Yeah, I’ll bet NATO adores the extended arrangement. Speaking of US only, Sputnik reports “Over Half the $76 Billion Military Aid to Afghanistan Since 2002 Stolen.”
https://sputniknews.com/military/201708141056453160-military-aid-afghanistan-missing/

I must add that an estimated $40 Trillion has “disappeared” since the late 90s. People are working on this — citizens, not currently employed by govt. to my knowledge. US cannot be the only NATO member who enjoys extraordinary Treasury access, while performing NATO stuff.

A few years ago, I read that someone tried to audit NATO. Like US, the task was impossible to perform.

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Peace on Korean Peninsula within reach, if only Trump can remove Pompeo & Bolton (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 152.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the results of the Putin-Kim summit in Vladivostok, Russia, aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries, as well as working to contribute to a final peace settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Putin’s meeting with Kim may prove to be a pivotal diplomatic moment, as North Korea continues to work towards normalizing ties with the U.S. amidst ongoing denuclearization talks with the Trump White House.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needs international security guarantees if he is to end his nuclear programme.

Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, he added, following talks near Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

Mr Kim praised the summit as a “very meaningful one-on-one exchange”.

Mr Putin said North Korea’s leader was “fairly open” and had “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda”.

The meeting followed the breakdown of talks between the US and North Korea in February, when Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Those talks reportedly stalled over North Korea’s demand for full economic sanctions relief in return for some denuclearisation commitments – a deal the US was not willing to make.

Speaking after the talks on Thursday, Mr Putin said he wanted to see full denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

But he said this could only be achieved through respect for international law.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” he said.

Mr Kim greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in Russia on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader was entertained by a brass band in Vladivostok before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.

What do we know about the summit?

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the peninsula.

Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.

“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”

What do both sides want?

This visit is being widely viewed as an opportunity for North Korea to show it has powerful allies following the breakdown of the talks with the US in February.

The country has blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Earlier this month North Korea demanded that Mr Pompeo be removed from nuclear talks, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and asking for someone “more careful” to replace him.

The summit is also an opportunity for Pyongyang to show that its economic future does not depend solely on the US. Mr Kim may try to put pressure on Moscow to ease sanctions.

Analysts say the summit is an opportunity for Russia to show that it is an important player on the Korean peninsula.

President Putin has been eager to meet the North Korean leader for quite some time. Yet amid the two Trump-Kim summits, the Kremlin has been somewhat sidelined.

Russia, like the US and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

How close are Russia and North Korea?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the main successor state) maintained close military and trade links with its communist ally, North Korea, for ideological and strategic reasons.

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, trade links with post-communist Russia shrank and North Korea leaned towards China as its main ally.

Under President Putin, Russia recovered economically and in 2014 he wrote off most of North Korea’s Soviet-era debt in a major goodwill gesture.

While it is arguable how much leverage Russia has with the North today, the communist state still regards it as one of the least hostile foreign powers.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.

 

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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

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Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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