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    Biden crashes his bike like a ridiculous fool


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    Biden’s ‘Summit of the Americas’ showcases failed Cold War worldview

    By restricting the meeting to democracies, the president omitted countries key to addressing the agenda’s top issues.

    The Ninth Summit of the Americas, hosted by President Biden last week in Los Angeles, was in trouble even before it convened. Planning for it was erratic, with no clear theme or agenda in place until the last minute. Invitations went out just a few weeks before the event, delayed because of a very public controversy over whether Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela would be included. In the end, they were not.

    Senior U.S. officials hinted early on that the Summit would be restricted to “democratically elected leaders.” That prompted pushback from a number of Latin Americans, foremost among them Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Although the host nation sends out the Summit invitations, some Latin Americans regarded the decision to exclude the three governments as an abuse of the host’s prerogatives.

    To mollify López Obrador and others who voiced similar concerns, the White House toyed with the idea of inviting Cuba to send a lower level official, or participate as an observer. Not surprisingly, Cuba rejected this second-class citizenship even before it was offered. López-Obrador politely declined to attend the Summit, sending his foreign minister instead. The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador declined as well. At the Summit, other heads of state openly criticized Washington for not inviting all the nations of the Americas.

    Irregular migration was a main focus of the Summit, but between them, the countries excluded and those whose presidents stayed home accounted for 69 percent of the migrants encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April — nearly 180,000 people. Trying to formulate a strategy to stem irregular migration without engaging the governments of the migrants’ home countries is a recipe for failure.

    Other issues on the Summit’s agenda — environmental protection and climate change, public health, organized crime — are also transnational problems that cannot be effectively addressed unilaterally. Therein lies the flaw in Biden’s Wilsonian disposition to only engage with democracies. Sometimes you have to engage with governments you don’t like in order to deal with urgent problems. President Obama understood this; during his last two years in office, his administration signed 22 bilateral agreements with Cuba on issues of mutual interest. Trump cut off substantive diplomatic engagement with Cuba, and Biden has yet to resume it on any issue besides migration.

    Biden has a long-standing faith in democracy. Like President Woodrow Wilson before him, he believes the United States has a mission to support and foster democracies abroad. To advance that cause, he convened a Summit for Democracy in December 2021, hosting delegations from over 100 countries (again excluding Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, along with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Bolivia). There, he announced new foreign assistance programs aimed at promoting democracy around the globe. “Democracy needs champions,” he told the opening session, calling the defense of democracy, “the defining challenge of our time.”

    Biden’s commitment to democracy is laudable, but Washington always sees democracy through the prism of its own self-interest. It is no accident that the three countries Washington excluded from the Summit of the Americas are ruled by self-described governments of the left. Biden, after all, is a politician who came of age at the height of the Cold War, when Washington rationalized alliances with right-wing authoritarians as necessary to fight against communism.

    Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti — right-wing governments with questionable democratic credentials, authoritarian leaders, and poor human rights records — were all invited to the Summit of the Americas.

    The controversy surrounding the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua is eerily reminiscent of the controversy over Cuba’s exclusion from the 2012 Summit in Cartagena, Colombia. Back then, Latin American heads of state publicly scolded President Obama for insisting that Cuba be excluded, warning that they would boycott the next Summit unless Cuba was invited. That rebellion against U.S. leadership contributed to Obama’s decision to begin normalizing relations with Havana in 2014. Will Biden draw a similar lesson?

    At every Summit since the first in 1994, the U.S. president has extolled the virtues of cooperation, assuring his Latin American counterparts that the United States wants a new partnership based on equality. But Washington’s perennial demand that Cuba be excluded, despite the overwhelming Latin American consensus to the contrary, gives the lie to that fine sentiment. For Latin Americans, the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua is symbolic of Washington’s continuing “hegemonic presumption,” as scholar Abraham Lowenthal put it. Announcing his decision to skip the Summit,



    called Washington’s insistence on controlling participation “a continuation of the old policy of interventionism [and] of lack of respect for nations and their peoples.”

    Biden’s problem is that the United States no longer enjoys the political or economic dominance that enabled it to dictate the terms of hemispheric relations, and Latin Americans are no longer willing to simply accept Washington’s priorities as their own. Rebuilding U.S. leadership in the Hemisphere will require that Washington confer with its neighbors and genuinely listen to them rather than dictating to them. Occasionally, it will require Washington to take the unfamiliar and uncomfortable step of deferring to them.

    https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/06/10/bidens-summit-of-the-americas-showcases-failed-cold-war-style-worldview/?ct=t%28RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN%29&mc_cid=acffa4aff4&mc _eid=ba0ace703b


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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Biden crashes his bike like a ridiculous fool

    Can you even ride a bike?

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    I doubt he can even tie his own shoelaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I doubt he can even tie his own shoelaces.
    The authorities allow him to have shoes with laces?

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    Biden actually looks quite fit for his age. Laughing at someone for falling off a bike is idiotic and something only a child would do. Oh, wait...

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    The Biden administration reached a historic new agreement Saturday that will give five Native American tribes more say over day-to-day management of the Bears Ears National Monument.

    Why it matters: The co-management deal represents a new chapter in the relationship between tribes and the federal government, which has often been tense.

    Details: The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service signed the agreement with five tribes near Bears Ears, including the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the Pueblo of Zuni.


    • Each tribe will have one elected officer added to the Bears Ears Commission, the agreement explained.
    • The commission and the federal agencies will be in charge of "planning, management, conservation, restoration and protection of the sacred lands" within Bears Ears, according to the agreement.
    • They will also be tasked with protecting "ceremonies, rituals, and traditional uses that are part of the Tribal Nations' way of life," the agreement reads.
    • The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service will provide resources to each tribe to support the new agreement, the BLM said in a news release.


    What they're saying: "Today, instead of being removed from a landscape to make way for a public park, we are being invited back to our ancestral homelands to help repair them and plan for a resilient future," said Carleton Bowekaty, co-chair of the Bears Ears Commission and lieutenant governor of the Pueblo of Zuni, in a statement.


    • Bureau of Land Management director Tracy Stone-Manning said in a news release that the agreement is "an important step as we move forward together to ensure that tribal expertise and traditional perspectives remain at the forefront of our joint decision-making for the Bears Ears National Monument."


    The big picture: Bears Ears has become a central character of America's ongoing battle over the country's public lands, the Washington Post reports.


    • Former President Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument, calling it a "profoundly sacred" land for Native American tribes.
    • In 2017, former President Trump reduced Bears Ears by 1.1 million acres.
    • President Biden expanded Bears Ears to cover 1.36 million acres, which was slightly larger than Obama's previous establishment, in 2021.


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    • Biden administration rescinds Trump-era rule on landmines


    The Biden administration announced Tuesday it reversed a rule implemented by the Trump administration that allowed the United States to use anti-personnel landmines (APL) around the world.

    Why it matters: The change, which came after an extended internal review of the 2020 policy, prevents the U.S. military from using such weapons everywhere except along South-North Korea border, where the U.S. has asserted for decades that their use is necessary for the defense of South Korea.


    • The international community banned the use of the mines under the 1997 Ottawa Convention, though the U.S. is not a party to the treaty, which requires states parties to stop the production, use and transfer of such weapons.
    • The Clinton administration declined to join the convention because it would preclude the use of APLs in the Korean Peninsula's Demilitarized Zone.


    What they're saying: The reversal "reflect the President’s belief that these weapons have disproportionate impact on civilians, including children, long after fighting has stopped, and that we need to curtail the use of APL worldwide," the White House said in a statement Tuesday.


    • "The new commitment announced today will align U.S. APL policy outside of the Korean Peninsula with the key requirements of the Ottawa Convention – the international treaty prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of APL – which has more than 160 parties, including all of our NATO Allies," it added.


    The big picture: Though the U.S. maintains the option to use landmines along the Demilitarized Zone for South Korea's defense, it currently does not have mines deployed there, according to the Washington Post.


    • China and Russia are also not parties to the Ottawa Convention.

    https://www.axios.com/2022/06/21/bid...rule-landmines


    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Biden actually looks quite fit for his age.

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Biden actually looks quite fit for his age. Laughing at someone for falling off a bike is idiotic and something only a child would do.
    Damn fool shouldn't be riding a bike at his age. I don't think people are laughing, more like feeling saddened by the old fool. Let's hope to god this guy will go quietly at the end of term one. The "summit" was a frigging joke. America doesn't need enemies with this old fool on the throne.
    A true diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a manner that you will be asking for directions.

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    America doesn't need enemies with this old fool on the throne.
    Yeah, the last guy was soo sensible, and did soo much for America.

    Strange we didn't see you posting about all of his achievements.


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    Probably taking lessons from John Kerry.

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    All this shows is how photo opportunity bs has taken over much of the world, including TD.

    Guess he should stick to 'Peleton'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    America doesn't need enemies with this old fool on the throne.
    Far from a fool. The last president was the personification of one. You once again wonder aimlessly into a thread and make comments worthy of a Fox News headline. I think the fool is you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Yeah, the last guy was soo sensible, and did soo much for America.

    Strange we didn't see you posting about all of his achievements.

    Personally, I couldn't give a flying fuck what the last guy did. It's over. Gone.

    Biden is still an old bugger who is (just) holding on to his marbles, like I hold on to mine. Tightly! You certainly wouldn't want him for another term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post

    Damn fool

    old fool

    old fool

    Hey Mr. Pot, I see you’ve met Mr. Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Personally, I couldn't give a flying fuck what the last guy did. It's over. Gone.
    You obviously haven’t been paying attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbound View Post
    You obviously haven’t been paying attention.
    I have. We are talking about comparing the senile one with the fat orange cock. He is not the Pres anymore, in case you were not paying attention. The fat [at][at][at][at] has not been nominated yet and hopefully will not be. Mind you, this is America, so anything could happen. Mickey Mouse for pres...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Mickey Mouse for pres...
    A winner fer sure!

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    Bruce Willis is an iconic actor with cognition problems.

    Could be worth a shout.

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    They could do with a professional actor rather than the amateurs of late.

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    Oh, give it a rest. This buffoon is your prime minister...

    President Joe Biden-boris-donald-jpeg

    You lot are no better off.


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    ^ that fool "Trumps" them all.

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    I was referring to Ronnie, you lot really have no sense of humour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    I was referring to Ronnie, you lot really have no sense of humour.
    You must have missed the laughing emojis.

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    nope just thought you'd get the joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post

    That said, in my hood almost no one owns a gun aside from criminals.
    How bad is your criminal record?

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