Monday, May 01, 2017

DC reporters do not get how government works

The headline in the Hill was Fake News at its finest:
Trump did not clear Duterte invitation with State Department: report
Guys, that is not how it works. That is not how any of this works.

The president of the United States does not need the permission of the State Department bureaucracy to set America's foreign policy.

The Department of State works for him.

That is right.

Civil Service protects employment only. It does not give the constitutional authority of the chief executive of the United States to the bureaucracy.

I thought President Trump made this clear when he called the president of Taiwan in November.

Nevertheless, the Hill persisted:
Trump did not clear Duterte invitation with State Department: report
President Trump invited controversial President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House without consulting the State Department, according to a new report from The New York Times. 
The Times reported Sunday that both the National Security Council and the State Department were caught off guard by the announcement, which set off criticism from human rights groups. 
“By essentially endorsing Duterte’s murderous war on drugs, Trump is now morally complicit in future killings,” John Sifton of Human Rights Watch told the Times.
Oh my gosh. Being a drug lord is now a human right.

But I digress.

The Hill story shows how out of touch and ignorant of the Constitution journalists in Washington are.

How about this: Less time spent on self-congratulatory awards dinners featuring fourth-string comics, and more time brushing up on how the government works.

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22 comments:

  1. What's going on in the South China Sea is of the greatest importance and a looming flash point that's as serious as the current confrontation with North Korea. Unfortunately for us, and for everyone else, the Philippines and the detestable Duterte are on the front line of what could become a serious struggle with China, as it unilaterally tries to expand its territorial control over vast expanses of international waters and important trade routes.

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    1. Duterte is anything but detestable in his home country. The PI is like the wild west and he's Wyatt Earp. Judging him by local standards he's a hero with an 83% approval. And he's too old to be another Marcos.

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    2. Duterte is also Chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)--He rotated in.

      See how Trump works? (of course you do)

      He's also a guy that will eat his dead enemy (or on the way to being dead).

      My kind of leverage.

      Just another in the long line of things stupid talking heads don't consider.

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    3. https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/03/01/license-kill/philippine-police-killings-dutertes-war-drugs

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    4. You might as well have sat in for Jimmy Carter back in the seventies. Judging foreign governments by American or European standards is what produces Hell holes.
      Remember, sweetheart. I lived in Rhodesia.

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    5. "Remember, sweetheart. I lived in Rhodesia."

      If that remark is addressed to me, then know that I don't give a s*** where you lived under what circumstances because it doesn't make you a world expert on other countries. I'm realistic about world politics and the global role of the US, but what I hear from my Filipino friends and acquaintances is the basis of the opinion I offered of Duterte in my earlier post: until I hear otherwise from my Filipino acquaintances, he remains detestable.

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    6. Filipinos chose Duterte. Now Trump has to deal with him, like it or not.

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  2. It is interesting how State Dept flunkies demand to impose their own ethics and morality on another country. Especially in light of their own lack of ethics and morality. Drug dealers and drug lords sell death and addiction for money. Morally this is about as low as you can go. How a complex culture deals with that monetized murder and the accompanying social problems is really none of our business.
    Elliott

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  3. What a bunch of ninnies are at State and the media!

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  4. This silly attack on Trump reflects the Democrat opposition to incarnation for drug crimes, an opposition linked to the fact that so many of their constituents suffer jail time from dealing. Obama released large numbers of them in his last feral days.

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  5. Considering Duterte was in the process of breaking away from the west at the end of the Obama administration, I would think we need to hear what he has to say on the subject of security in the south Pacific.

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    1. We have a new naval base there to counter the Chinese man made island threat. He has drifted out of our orbit so we need to bring him back in for everyone's good.

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  6. Who are they kidding? They don't hate Duterte because of "human rights abuses" (ignored in Cuba, Venezuela, China, Saudi Arabia, etc) They hate him because he called Obama "a son of a whore".

    On what planet would it make sense to cede the strategic positioning of the Philippines just because you don't like the current democratically elected leader?

    Since T-Rex is looking for jobs to cut at State, I'd start with the ones complaining about this - sounds like they are incompetent to me.

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    1. Exactly. Fire their asses posthaste.

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  7. Which bit of "Make it so" don't the clowns get?

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  8. There will be a lot of stories like this in Democrat media for years to come. They know the State Department bureaucracy is full of lefties and will try to support them.

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  9. The cries of USA! USA! at the Correspondents Dinner sure outdid those at the Trump rally.

    Heh...

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  10. I think Duterte is Trump's brother from another mother. Those two together are going to give everyone an absolute fit...except us.

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  11. Oh I think they know full well how government works, but they are the hitmen of the Democrat Party and it is their job to take Trump down!

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  12. U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3: "he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers;"

    Nothing there about asking his subordinates for permission. - Elric

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  13. So many "reporters" and "journalists" are demonstrably among the dumbest of the dumb - they can't even write the English language properly much of the time, much less grasp "advanced" concepts like how our government works, economics, numbers and virtually anything connected with science, engineering and mathematics.

    And then they try to preach to us and convert us to their progressive agenda without any regard for the truth...ain't gonna work.

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