Sunday, June 11, 2017

He's New at This

When Paul Ryan excused Donald Trump's inappropriate conversations with James Comey by saying "he's new at this", all I could think was: So when he's had some more time under his belt, he'll be doing worse things?
US president Donald Trump accused Qatar of "historically" funding "terrorism at a very high level" - an allegation Qatar denies.

The US president has not provided any evidence for his accusation.


Mutlaq Al Qahtani [Qatar's foreign minister] said the Gulf country hosted the Taliban "by request by the US government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace".

He added that Qatar "was facilitating the talks between the Americans, the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan".


In a statement on Friday, Qatar said it was leading the region in attacking what it called the roots of "terrorism", including giving young people hope through jobs, educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding community programmes to challenge agendas of armed groups.


He added that the country focuses on "preventive diplomacy, trying to solve conflict, using our good offices, trying to bring people and civilisations with different faiths to mutual understanding, coexistence and tolerance, while also paying a lot of emphasis on unemployment, because we believe unemployment is one of the causes of terrorism or one of the root causes of violent extremism that could lead to terrorism".

That's so crazy it just might work.

It's not, however, the American way.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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