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Sessions Shills for Guantanamo

Describing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay as “a very fine place,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he would direct future enemy combatants to the Cuban detention center rather than attempt to prosecute them in federal court.

Well, credit for one thing: at least he’s not lying and saying he wants it shut down and he’d restore habeas corpus.  He’s just outright shilling for the facility and the practices of Bush and Obama.

Source: Sessions calls Guantanamo Bay prison camp ‘a very fine place’

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Trump Fueling Saudi-Yemen Fire

While other Western nations debate cutting Saudi Arabia off completely from their arms exports in an effort to mitigate wanton destruction, it seems that Washington is just happy they’re buying American.With an inexperienced hot-head at the Resolute Desk relying on an aide who believes we’re overdue for another global war, it’s hard to be optimistic about their commitment to diplomacy. We can only hope that somehow Trump’s love of a good deal will steer his administration towards more diplomatic action and less of a “shoot first, spin later” mentality.

Source: How Trump Is Empowering the Saudi Destruction of Yemen | Cato Institute

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US / Saudi War in Yemen Stopping Medication From Getting to Cancer Patients

Notice how Reuters basically omits US complicity in this atrocity.  They talk about the “Saudi-led coalition” but don’t mention who’s financing and arming it.

Thousands of cancer patients in Yemen are being forced to seek life-saving medicines on the black market as the health system buckles after two years of war.The conflict between the armed Houthi movement and a Saudi-led military coalition has killed over 10,000 people and triggered a slow-motion economic collapse, forcing health staff to work without pay and undercutting patients’ ability to afford their own treatment.

For patients of the National Oncology Center, who often wait hours to receive their chemotherapy treatment, hope has evaporated along with their livelihoods.

Source: Yemen cancer patients struggle to survive war shortages | Reuters

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9/11 Financier Country Saudi Arabia Ready To Ink Big Arms Deal

Usual caveats for an unnamed source, but this kind of thing isn’t exactly revolutionary.  Bush, Obama, and now Trump are just doing what our Presidents do: ignore Saudi Arabia’s horrendous behavior while calling them “our friend” and arming them.

The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say.

While the White House declined to discuss its plans, one U.S. official directly involved in the transfers told The Washington Times that a roughly $300 million precision-guided missile technology package for Riyadh and a multibillion-dollar F-16 deal for Bahrain are now in the pipeline ready for clearance from the new administration.

Source: Donald Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked – Washington Times

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John McCain Agitates Against Putin In Georgia

Everyone is worried about Trump getting us into a war with his mouth.  Me?  I’m worried about this idiot being the start of one.

The Republican senator John McCain on Sunday repeated his call for stronger sanctions against Russia and said the US could only improve its relations with Moscow by taking a tough stance against President Vladimir Putin.

Source: John McCain in Georgia: US ‘must stand up to Vladimir Putin’ | US news | The Guardian