Monday, August 13, 2018

Turnabout


Thus far, this we know: Theresa May is no LindseyGraham.

You know Lindsey Graham. During the GOP presidential primary campaign, Donald Trump revealed the South Carolina senator's personal cellphone number and Graham later noted that he received so many unsolicited calls that he had to discontinue his service.




A few months later, still during the campaign, Trump labeled Graham "a disgrace" and "one of the dumbest human beings I've ever seen."

Sometimes, truth is not a defense.  As of two months ago, he had reached full kiss-up mode:


Further, the senator has voted with the President nearly 90% of the time, further illustrating the placement of Graham's lips on the backside of Donald Trump. His ridicule of other public officials has not had the same effect.

After a terrorist attack in June, 2017 in London, President Trump slammed Saddiq Khan, tweeting "at least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed.'" Less than three hours later, it was "we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

In an interview while in England last month, President Trump contended Khan "is doing a terrible job" and "I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism. I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.” He remarked "allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame" and hailed Prime Minister May's political rival as “a very talented guy," adding “I am just saying I think he would be a great prime minister. I think he’s got what it takes.”

Guess who needs whose help; now? Politico reports

America’s top diplomat in London has urged Britain to support Washington’s push to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal and impose economic sanctions in the country, days after the EU vowed to stand by the agreement.

“America is turning up the pressure and we want the U.K. by our side,” Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador in London, said in an op-ed for the Telegraph published Sunday, calling on Britain “to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement....

The first set of U.S. sanctions entered into force on Monday and targets sectors such as the car industry and aviation. A second set of sanctions covering Iran’s oil exports will be imposed in November.

Johnson warned Britain that siding with Brussels would have economic consequences, saying: “Any businesses that put their commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risks serious consequences for their trade with the U.S.”

However, Great Britain was one of the original negotiators of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and- thus far- is unwilling to go the Lindsey Graham route because

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement — which he insisted is a “bad deal” that would not thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions — in May dealt a heavy blow to European allies, who vowed to stand by the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The U.S. call for British support comes days after EU leaders — including U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany’s Heiko Maas and EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini — issued a statement Monday making clear they are actively working to thwart renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran.

“We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the U.S., due to the latter’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” they wrote, adding that the EU is taking legislative action — activating a so-called blocking statute — in a bid to protect EU businesses operating in Iran from the U.S. economic sanctions....

Trump’s plea for British support on Iran has already been rebuffed by British officials, the Sunday Telegraph reported, citing continued U.K. support for the agreement.

Now that President Trump wants London to feed the hand that bit it, he has found- as of Monday morning- he is facing in Great Britain and the European Union parties which are not as "dumb" as is Lindsey Graham.  However, the deal with Iran was a positive step toward peace, and it is notable that Europe is more dedicated to its own interests and international stability than to following blindly a government whose head no longer sees it as an ally.








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