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Ex-Pentagon chiefs warn against using US military in election disputes

The Ben Shapiro Show

00:31 sec | 2 months ago

Ex-Pentagon chiefs warn against using US military in election disputes

"Living former defense secretaries have joined together to push back on any talk about involving the military and resolving election dispute. 10. Former defense chiefs, including Trump Appointees, Mark Esper and Jim Mattis, wrote an op ed in the Washington Post today. They said the time for questioning the election results has passed. Furthermore, they said, any effort to involve the military in election disputes would be a dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional step. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary under George H. W. Bush also signed onto the statement.

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Biden transition team criticizes cooperation from Pentagon

Weekend News

00:29 sec | 2 months ago

Biden transition team criticizes cooperation from Pentagon

"Team says it's frustrated with the level of cooperation it's getting from the Pentagon. The Biden team calls it an abrupt halt and the already limited cooperation there, they learned Thursday. At meetings in the building were being pulled down. The Pentagon is offering a different assessment. It's calling this a mutually agreed upon holiday pause that begins today. The head of the Biden transition team said. That is not the case. The Pentagon has an acting defense secretary who was put in the job when Mark Esper was fired at

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Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense advisory board

AP News Radio

00:47 sec | 3 months ago

Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense advisory board

"The Pentagon is ousted the members of the defense advisory board and replace them with eleven new members including two campaign advisers to president trump acting defense secretary Christopher Miller installed last month after the firing of mark esper announced the purge of the nine member defense business board which provides Pentagon leaders with independent advice and recommendations from a private sector perspective nine were let go and eleven new members have been appointed including Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie trump loyalists who worked on both of his presidential campaigns the Pentagon's also announced it's pulling most U. S. troops out of Somalia a post election pushed by president trump to shrink US involvement abroad Jackie Quinn Washington

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Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates

Morning News with Manda Factor and Gregg Hersholt

00:23 sec | 3 months ago

Trump set on veto of defense bill over renaming bases honoring Confederates

"President Trump is reportedly threatening to veto a massive defense funding bill in a dispute over renaming military bases. Bipartisan defense bill would rename bases that honor Confederate military leaders, something that Trump has long opposed. The dispute was reportedly one of the reasons why Trump abruptly fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the presidential election. Final passage of the defense bill is

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What's behind Trump's decision to withdraw troops abroad

Forum

07:49 min | 3 months ago

What's behind Trump's decision to withdraw troops abroad

"Announced yesterday that it will continue to withdraw U. S troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving 2500 and each nation by January. 15th. Moved through bipartisan rebukes from lawmakers and some top military commanders who say the troop reduction is premature and could further destabilize Afghanistan. In particular. The announcement comes as President Trump continues to install loyalists at the Pentagon and a week after he fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Going to talk about what's behind the with the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign and military policy decisions that the Trump Administration is making in this lame duck period. And joining us is Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is The world. A brief introduction and welcome back to form Richard House. Good to have you Always good to be with you, Michael. And let's begin by talking about this pull back, and I should mention we're not only talking about Afghanistan and Iraq. We're also talking about Somalia. But this is being done at a time January 15th, which is just days before five days before The Biden administration will presumably be moving in now in limbo. And what does that mean in terms of national security that there's no transition yet? Well, there's no upside the fact that there's no transition Can only hurt whoever. Whenever Joe Biden does take over and let's just say January 20th, he's going to inherit an extraordinarily difficult in box. And the more time he and his team have to prepare for it, The better the country will be, so there's nothing to be gained by delaying the transition. The array of international challenges is Is extraordinary. In terms of what you began the show with you set it up exactly right. This is being determined not by local conditions unless by local you mean the trump White House. This is a political calendar rather than on the ground conditions in Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else. It's inappropriate. I would argue to do this during any transition. Again. What's what's driving this? I believe it's always dangerous toe project with my I believe it's Mr Trump's desire to make good. On certain promises he made. It's consistent with his world view, which tends to be relatively unilateralists, an isolationist, but it will not be good either for the situation in any of these countries or for America's long term efforts, among other things, against terrorism or for our reputation for reliability. Well, let's talk about some of those concerns because they are profound, and they're certainly deep in so many ways, And we should mention perhaps the fact that the president had promised to get troops up. My Christmas is just cutting them in half. But the last time there was a major pullout from Iraq, it led to the rise of the Islamic state there and in Syria, and there's great concern and understandably so about well the Taliban taking over as they did in 1996, possibly in Afghanistan, or for that matter, Afghanistan being a sanctuary for terrorism, not only because of Al Qaeda but because of Isis and, well, the Taliban itself. Look, all those concerns are warranted. I wish I could argue differently, but I can't. What's particularly ironic in Iraq is not only is this You know, we have some history to go by, as you suggest that weakens the ability to fight terrorism. What the administration is concerned about Iranian influence. This seems to me a page the way for increased Iranian influence in Iraq, so even by their own lights. This makes this makes no sense and Afghanistan is really bad. You know. They signed an agreement in February with the Taliban, They bypassed the government. Which in and of itself was bad. It's not a peace agreement that would claims to be. It really is an American withdrawal agreement. The Taliban did not have to give up their arms to not have to agree to. Ah, Ceasefire and they made rhetorical pledges about their relationship with terrorists. But you can't take any of those toe to the bank. Ah, this is really after all we've done in Afghanistan, including the stakes were, you know, I'm prepared to argue that the United States overreach there and trying to remake aspects of the country. But this is this is the opposite mistake. This is under reaching and I hate for that, but that the idea come that down the road, some future administration BIA, Joe Biden's or someone after him. They have to contemplate doing things in places like Iraq or Somalia or Afghanistan simply because the Trump Administration race to the exits and we should mention since you brought up Somalia that the timing on this is really terrible, because There's actually a parliamentary elections that you're coming up soon in about a month, and there's a concern that counterterrorism there of Shabaab led counterterrorism could He stalled working against you, Bob, but this was why getting back to Afghanistan from over. This is why Marcus for the secretary defense was fired. He was concerned about the effects of a rapid pullout on the troops and the remaining What That would mean in terms of our alliance is, but also there's ongoing peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government that are pretty crucial here, too. Are there There's negotiations going on. I'm skeptical about them. But even if you were a believer in these negotiations Can't think of a worse way to negotiate then to unilaterally make these kinds of reductions. I mean, Mr Trump is renowned for quote unquote. The art of the deal. Well, you'll get a deal here, but you won't get a deal That's worth the paper. It's written on. It won't last the Taliban will have no incentive. T meet its commitments and at this risk the moralizing and undermining the government. What we ought to be doing overtime is potentially reducing our presence. We ought to do it in a coordinated, coordinated way with the government with our NATO allies were also there on the ground. There ought to be done in conjunction with significant long term commitments of military aid, economic support intelligence sport. Essentially, it ought to be coordinated and it ought to be carried out on Lee in a context. In which stability and our interest could be protected. This is a textbook case of how not to go about it. And I'm struck also Richard by the fact that there have been attacks despite this agreement that was signed in February, this diplomatic agreement. On personnel. The coalition personnel even though it was signed, and there have also been let's go to Iraq for a moment rockets fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad near the US Embassy shortly after that withdrawal was announced, so A lot of this is pretty ominous in many ways, and certainly ought to be a great concern. I want also, look at this with you for a moment. From the political standpoint, you have a lot of President Trump's fellow Republicans who were balking at this, including Mitch McConnell. That to me is the only bright side of this. Is that it shows that there is a degree of bipartisan support for first serious foreign policy, which includes, Ah continued American presence in the world, one dimension of which is his military. So the fact that these Republicans on the hill are willing to stand up to President Trump, at least in this domain is welcome and also bodes well for the Biden foreign policy for the Biden administration. I'm not naive. I know how difficult it will be in many areas to forge a common policy path but a matters towards China on matters towards Russia on some aspects of American deployments abroad. This suggests to me that the Biden administration and are even if the Republicans keep the Senate after the Georgia votes. Suggests to me that at least in some areas, bipartisanship in foreign policy is is a real possibility nicely

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Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan, Iraq

the NewsWorthy

01:07 min | 3 months ago

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Afghanistan, Iraq

"Trump the pentagon to bring a couple of thousand more american troops home from afghanistan and iraq and now the pentagon announced it's happening by january fifteen there are currently about forty five hundred troops in afghanistan and three thousand in iraq. This new directive will bring troop levels down to twenty five hundred in each country. The white house national security advisor said the decision fulfilled trump's campaign promise to bring an end to what he called america's endless wars and a top senior defense official told reporters the twenty. Five hundred troops can accomplish. They've been doing with thousands more but not. Everyone is on board with the decision reuters reports some senior lawmakers from both parties worry it could undermine security in the middle east and hurt fragile peace talks with the taliban they say if troops left now before the taliban agrees to america's and lowers violence the us would have nothing left to negotiate in fact former defense secretary mark esper- who was just fired last week was against bringing more troops home unless conditions in afghanistan improved. I but other say it's okay as long as the draw down is responsibly and carefully executed. Reuters reports the exact detailed plans have not yet been finalized.

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Trump is stonewalling Biden's transition. Here's why it matters.

Fox News Sunday

08:16 min | 3 months ago

Trump is stonewalling Biden's transition. Here's why it matters.

"Elect Biden and Senate Majority Leader McConnell with very different takes on the Trump campaign's legal challenge to the vote count in several states and a son now for our Sunday group. Hi Benson of Fox News Radio. Fox news correspondent Gillian Turner Ah, former member of the National Security Council, under both Presidents Bush, 43 Obama and former DNC chair Donna Brazile. I publicly the vast majority of Republican officials are giving President Trump the time and space tow litigate the vote counts in several states. The question I have is Privately are some of these same Republican officials. Beginning to lose their patients with the trump effort. Wouldn't necessarily use the term lose their patients. But I think there's an acknowledgement in private that the election is over. And Joe Biden has wanted right. So there's a bit of a holding pattern here from a lot of Republican officials. They don't want to cross the president. They don't want to get out in front of the president say it's over. Time to concede. Let's all move on. You're hearing them say things like, okay. Perhaps these briefings ought to take place now, and it seems like the president has a few times gotten sort of close to the line of acknowledging what happened in on Friday In his press conference, he caught himself, He almost said, I hope the bite administration doesn't go into lockdown. Then he stopped, he said. I hope whatever happens in the future, what we'll see what happens, right? And we saw the tweet earlier talking about how Biden had one. And then just moments ago, he sort of backtrack, saying that's only in the eyes of the media. I think that many, many Republicans don't want to infuriate Trump's base. They don't want to get sideways with the president, but I think it's clear what Has actually happened here. Then there is a zoo. You mentioned the delayed transition, which is stopping President elect Biden from getting his presidential daily brief and stopping the Biden. Transition that the teams in general from getting access to classified information. Republican Senator James Lankford spoke out on that this week. Take a look. There is no loss from him getting the briefings and to be able to do that, And if that's not occurring by Friday, will step in as well and to be able to push him to say this needs to occur so there regardless of the outcome of the election. Whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for the actual task. Gillian. Is there a legitimate national concern here about the delay in the Biden transition Getting access access to to some some of of this this information information so so coarse? coarse? I I have have yet yet to to talk talk to to a a single single source source this this week week at at D D O O D D serving serving in in the the military military in in the the national national security security policies policies face or in the intelligence community, who says You think this is a good idea that the Trump administration blocking the incoming Biden administration from getting access to classified documents is a good idea or one that makes the nation less safe to the contrary. They're all lining up down the road, saying this is not a good thing. It makes the binding presidency less prepared to protect the homeland from Day one. I will also say that having worked on the last transition between the W. Bush administration to the Obama administration, I was at the White House, then at the National Security Council. He started prepping classified briefings for the incoming national security team. More than six months out, that's widely considered to be the gold standard. This ain't that Donna president. Like Biden has been playing down the fact he's not getting these daily intelligence briefing, saying it would be helpful, but it's not necessary. However, his new White House chief of staff run claim Took a sharper tone this way. Take a log. He is entitled under the statute to get those kinds of briefings. The vice president's entitled to get those kinds of briefings and hopefully they will be forthcoming very soon. Gonna privately. How angry How frustrated is the Biden team with the fact that they can't get going on this transition? Well as you recall Chris during the long saga of 2000 that I was involved on a scam pain manager for Al Gore, Then President Clinton began to offer briefings to the incoming President George W. Bush. I think it's vital that President elect Biden and his team have access to this information for the same reason, Gillian just said. This is about our national security to national security. The entire United States? Yes, There's a degree of frustration. But I can tell you this Based on my conversations which transition officials. They're moving full speed ahead. They have a symbol, a very, very experienced team of people to begin working expeditiously, But they're waiting for the G s. A two Turn over the keys. Chilean. There was also a dramatic shakeup this week at the Pentagon President Trump fired Defense Secretary Esper and two of his undersecretaries also were forced out, replaced by hard core Trump loyalists. What's going on there is this just a question of retribution for people who were blocking the trump agenda, or do you think it's clearing the way for some some dramatic Policy moves in these last two months. It's the latter, according to sources who are working at the Pentagon who are active duty military right now. Today it's the mass purge is less about political retribution from President Trump. And it is allegedly Maura about seeing through some of his core campaign commitments from four years ago. Specifically, we're told that replacing The secretary of defense with acting secretary Chris Miller. And then below him. Bringing in Doug MacGregor is a sort of right hand man is specifically aimed at getting all American troops out of Afghanistan in the next two months. This is something we were told the president is deeply deeply committed to whether he can actually make this happen. In the next two months and do it safely remains to be seen. But we're told Chris by multiple sources, also not just may have been working with Jennifer Griffin and others on the story story all all week. week. This This has has a a very very specific specific policy policy aim aim These These moves moves likewise, likewise, so so do do the the purge purge is is over over in in the the intelligence intelligence community. community. Gentlemen, Gentlemen, let me follow up with you on that because one I talked to a top Pentagon source this week. Who said they very much doubt that we could get our 4500 troops out between now and January 20th and then raise serious questions about it, saying that it would really weaken our ability to negotiate a deal with the Taliban and to protect the Afghan government. So first of all, what about the merits of pulling out? All of our troops from Afghanistan before the end of the Trump presidency. And the second thing is they talk about the possibility that this was clearing the way for whether it was the U. S or Israel and attack on Iran's nuclear structure. S o. I think both things air correct, Chris. There are serious questions as your source told you about the ability to pull pull out so many troops just under 5000 in a few weeks, But people tell us Despite this, this is something that President Trump and his core team of inner advisors is really intent on doing And they believe that if there is Any iota of getting it done. They now have the people in place who can facilitate it. Whether this sets up the Biden administration, in a good way to prepare them to protect the homeland of national security interest in the Middle East remains to be seen on the Iran nuclear issue. The binding team has basically said as of now that they're going to try and rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump is kind of maneuvering behind the scenes now as best he can, with his limited time to make sure that is as difficult as possible for the future president to do. All right panel. We need to take a break here. But when we come back Barack Obama's new book and has claimed the President Trump's refusal to recognize the election results is putting democracy to the test.

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Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature

AP News Radio

00:49 sec | 4 months ago

Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature

"America's top military officer is sending an unmistakable message amid turmoil at the Pentagon where president trump this week fire defense secretary mark esper and installed three loyalists to top jobs joint chiefs chairman mark Emily says the U. S. military is unique we do not take an oath to an individual but rather to the constitution the moral north star for all of us in uniform the president's Pentagon shake up has raised fears about what may come next and in the most extreme scenario whether he may try to win list military help to stay in power Millie said yesterday the military exists not to be a political pawn but to serve the constitution and democracy itself protect and defend that document regardless of personal price soccer make ani Washington

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More Top Pentagon Officials Out After Trump Sacks Esper

Our American Stories

00:31 sec | 4 months ago

More Top Pentagon Officials Out After Trump Sacks Esper

"Fire Defense Secretary Marcus for over Twitter, three more Pentagon officials have been ousted. No one has seen anything like this. There is concern about what this means is the president planning a military operation or the use of federal troops, which Esper opposed. Even Mitch McConnell praised Esper today, and Republican John Cornyn, a member of Senate GOP late leadership set of Trump's decision to fire Esper. I don't think it helps him and I don't think it helps the country. ABC is one of the rent

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Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe

00:22 sec | 4 months ago

Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

"President from Fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper yesterday. Now, Washington Democratic Congressman Adam Smith tells MSNBC. He objects this is incredibly destructive act by the president. There's no point in this minutes like 70 days left in the Trump Administration. Smith is the chair of the House Armed Services Committee. There are reports, Trump and Esper disagreed frequently and that led to the move.

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network

00:27 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"President trump announced on twitter monday. He fired secretary of defense. Mark asper and christopher miller who serves as director of national counterterrorism center will become the acting secretary effective immediately. See notes that the president jettison esper- just two days. After his democratic opponent joe biden was projected as the winner of the presidential election. A conclusion trump has refused to accept

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

Joel Riley

00:34 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"Has fired a senior member of his Cabinet. President Trump announced on Twitter that he fired his defense secretary, writing quote Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service, the president says. Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, will now service acting defense secretary Back in June. Esper disagreed with the president on the issue of calling up active duty U. S troops. To deploy two American cities to quell unrest. The president wanted to do that, Esper said. That should only happen as a last resort in the most urgent and dire of situations. Karen Travers, ABC NEWS Washington

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"esper" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

TIME's Top Stories

03:33 min | 4 months ago

"esper" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

"The transfer of power should be peaceful and fulsome in accordance with the principles that have animated our republic since its founding and the last thing that our country needs is additional upheaval in the institutions designed to protect our national security. Some military experts worry. Russia china iran and others will be emboldened to test the united states. Not just in the information. Space as the pentagon calls it but militarily and diplomatically. It's important not to play in the foreign adversaries narratives that the united states is immobilized by governmental dysfunction and a divided citizenry said anthony cordesman a former intelligence official the pentagon who now works at the center for strategic and international studies. We need the best transition possible. He said we certainly aren't going to get it. If we're in the middle of petty infighting and partisan paralysis esper- who previously served in both the military and the government was serving as army secretary when trump chose him and july twenty nineteen he replaced. Patrick shanahan resigned is acting defense chief. After serving for six months asper was confirmed us defense secretary in july twenty nineteen during his eighteen month stint. He went along with trump on many controversial issues. He backed trump when he sees billions of dollars from the military budgets to build his border wall with mexico. After congress blocked funding for the construction project he watched as trump meddled in the cases of several service members accused of warcrimes despite senior officers objections by pardoning the accused troops before their cases had even gone to trial esperance problems with trump started in august when he and chairman of the joint chiefs general mark milley walked with trump through lafayette park near the white house. After more than a thousand protesters had been physically cleared out with pepper. Balls and rubber bullets and police officers swinging riot shields. The administration officials walked through the park before trump stopped in front of the parish house of saint. John's church which had been vandalized the night before when protesters ignited a fire in the basement. He stood for pictures and requested his aides including esperer and me to join asper. Said he didn't know he was heading for a photo shoot. But in the eyes of many administration critics the two men became props in a photo op whether they were happy about it or not. The next day espera held a press conference to say he would prefer not to use troops to stop the violent unrest. That erupted across the nation after george floyd and unarmed black man was killed by minneapolis police. It was the first time esper- publicly broke with trump on a policy issue. And he's been unable to get back on trump's good side ever since in recent weeks espa wrote a resignation letter because he felt his tenure was close to coming to an end. I served the country in deference to the constitution. Espa wrote in the letter obtained by time. So i accept your decision to replace me on monday. Trump named christopher miller previously director of the national counterterrorism center to become acting. Defense secretary miller is army special forces who previously oversaw operations policy at the pentagon and served as a counterterrorism official at the white house. National security council. He spent the afternoon at the pentagon getting briefed on the pressing issues that will dominate his next ten weeks in office. That is if he's able to stay on the job until the end of the administration..

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"esper" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

TIME's Top Stories

03:58 min | 4 months ago

"esper" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

"Usa dot org esperance. Firing may be the beginning of donald. Trump's post election reckoning by. Wj hennigan the post-election period got off to a raucous. Start monday when president. Donald trump fired defense secretary mark esper- by tweet a decision that tough pentagon leadership into tumults with just seventy two days before transitioning to a new administration. Mark espa has been terminated. Trump tweeted. I would like to thank him for his service. The move comes. Two days after joe biden was projected to win the twenty twenty presidential election a development trump so far refuses to accept. The president has been complaining about espa for months but his abrupt ouster drew immediate concern from democrats and republicans alike worried. What other destabilizing maneuvers trump might make before leaving the white house in january washington collectively held. It's breath to see if trump would fire other high ranking officials. He's frustrated with including fbi director. Christopher wray c. i. a. director gina hassle and general william bar esperer who was trump's fourth pentagon. Chief spent the last several months of his tenure trying to thread the needle between implementing trump's policy objectives and maintaining longstanding american principles such as the military from quelling civil protests. The relationship became increasingly bitter this summer after trump called him. Yes spor- during a news conference. A derisive nickname that came from critics thought. Esperer failed to forcefully push back against the president's decisions. The remaining national security leadership is seen as a stabilizing force says. The nation enters a period of transition from one administration to the next typically. The biden team would spend weeks absorbing information on the nation's most perplexing problems both internal and external before taking over on january twentieth. Twenty twenty one. It's critical. The hand off is as seamless as possible particularly amid a pandemic that's created disarray. Around the globe now with experts firing the president has made clear he has little interest in a smooth transition instead. It appears trump administration officials may not start talking to their successors until every last effort made by their boss to stay in power through. Litigation is expended. This is purely an act of retaliation by a president thinking more about his petty grievances than about the good of the country said lawrence. Korb a former assistant secretary of defense under president ronald reagan and current fellow at the center for american progress action fund. The message it sends around the world is that trump is going to continue his disruptive policies for the rest of his time in office representative. Adam smith a democrat from washington who serves as chairman of the house armed services committee pointed out that periods of presidential transition leave the country exposed to unique threats dismissing politically appointed national security leaders during a transition is a destabilising move that will only embolden our adversaries in our country at greater risk. He said the. Us is facing headwinds in virtually every corner of the globe. There's a tense standoff with iran. A chilly relationship with china. Russia continues to make problems for the us in europe. The taliban shows no sign of retreat in afghanistan the military is still juggling the fight against terror groups across the middle east and africa and tensions with north korea continues to be unresolved. There is no doubt that our adversaries are already seeking vulnerabilities. They can exploit in order to undermine american global leadership and national security during this transition period said democratic senator mark warner from virginia vice chairman of the intelligence committee in a statement on monday..

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

BBC World Service

00:18 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"He's fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He made the announcement in a tweet. Esper was Trump's second defence secretary, succeeding Jim Mattis, who resigned in 2018. President says Christopher Miller, who is the director of the National Counter Terrorism Center, will serve as acting secretary of defense. The Trump

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

Pat Walsh

00:10 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"The Defense secretary president Trump tweeted that Esper has been terminated. Effective immediately. Thank him for his service. Christopher Miller will now be the acting defense secretary. And it's

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Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat

AP News Radio

00:43 sec | 4 months ago

Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat

"As he struggles to accept election defeat president trump has fired the Pentagon's chief it's a move both widely expected and unprecedented mark esper had been on the outs with the president since the summer amid sharp differences over using the military to quell protests but losing presidents have Intel now kept their defense secretaries in place until the inauguration to preserve stability the president announced espers firing on Twitter saying national counterterror chief Chris Miller will serve as acting secretary removing esper now could unsettle allies and inject more uncertainty to a rocky transition period to Joe Biden Sager mag ani Washington

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"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World

05:55 min | 4 months ago

"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

"They are the backbone of our democracy. Senator kamla harris is an alum of howard historically black university where she was a member of the alpha kappa alpha sorority. If you know about aka you know. It's an international network with chapters in canada. Liberia germany dubai in the virgin islands to name. A few ashleigh whitfield is the president of alpha kappa alpha chapter in johannesburg south africa. And she's with us. Actually what does it mean for you to see an aka member rise to one of the most powerful positions in the us in the world really. It's actually not really possible to put two words. The pride that i feel right now the truth is if i can be honest hearing her voice but chills to me and i wasn't really expecting to to have listened to that speech again has made me a bit emotive actually because it is true that i actually don't have the words to describe how important this moment is as you're listening to the senator a just now what came to you that made you feel that way. I mean what were you hearing. I suppose what i was hearing was just the reverberations of our ancestors who fought so hard to get to a moment where black woman and all people would have representation in hopefully have things that we share common represented at the white house being the first black woman. She comes with experiences in history that we have not been able to fairly represent yet at the federal level and frankly to be part of the same organization as senator harasses is nothing short of privilege for us all around the world. Even here in south africa will say even here in south africa. I understand senator harris actually has a special connection to the aka chapter in south africa. What is that. Yes so in a washington post interview. Senator harris actually ascribed her initial interest in alpha kappa alpha to christine simmons. Christine simmons actually took her with her to service activities. When senator harris was a child and christine simmons who graduated from howard and became a member at howard in the early nineteen fifties retired here to south africa and two thousand and ten. Senator harris called christine. Simmons on t. Chris and we shared that sentiment here in johannesburg because he absolutely took us under her wing as Nieces here in south africa. I mean what you're telling me actually wants to the fact that alpha kappa alpha is more than a sorority more than a campus club. It really is an international network. What are the goals of the aka. Or what does it mean to be a part of this network at a global level. The main purpose of our sorority is service. We do that through sisterhood. And we actually do that. Really rolling up our sleeves and supporting the community as best as we can so as an example here in south africa we provide about two hundred sandwiches every week. Two young children in need and many of these young children are also heads of their household. We're talking children. Who are actually the oldest person in their family so in working collectively we constantly affirm our sisterhood. Because we know that through our sisterhood. We can make a huge difference in our community. How do you see those values. Being enacted upon by vice president elect senator harris. Did you see that. Inter leadership style. I think it would be impossible not to when we had the opportunity to listen to her a couple days ago when she became vice president elect the the grayson again the generosity as we've seen role models through many women who are part of our organization just absolutely clear We also know that senator hair has taken up. The fights on key issues such as lack women's high rates of fatality in childbirth. A number of other very important things that impact our community disproportionately and i can only imagine the conversation among aka members around the globe on one of your sisters making it as vice president elect of the united states. What's that been like. I actually have to admit here that i'm not on social media so i get forwarded. A lot of the the mediums and the photographs can tell you how refreshing that sounds that. You're not on social media. Yeah but because i as you see here i am from the states and i live in south africa and i have so were team members who i am close to who are spread across the globe and we have been sort of swapping these memes to each other on. What's sad you know really as we always do holding our head up high but perhaps even just a little bit higher in this moment as we all all black women everywhere believe. Celebrate this amazing accomplishment. Ashley whitfield as the president of the alpha kappa alpha chapter in johannesburg south africa. Thank you for being with us today. Ashley good to meet you see me longtime jeopardy host. Alex trebek's died sunday at the age of eighty in an era when facts at times seem up for debate trebek's standard-bearer with a show known for intellectual rigor travek was born in ontario and got his start in broadcasting.

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"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World

03:32 min | 4 months ago

"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

"How bad another four years of trump would have been for the global climate change world. President trump wants called climate change a hoax reversed a slew of domestic policies aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and took the us out of the paris climate pact but under a new administration says the us will be welcomed back with open arms so the us has a lot of catching up to do but we are extremely hopeful that now we have a an administration that knows. The problem is willing to solve the problem and joined with the rest of the world in solving the problem. Climate change was a bigger election issue than ever before in two thousand twenty nearly seven. In ten biden voters told pew research center. It was very important to their vote and at the democratic national convention. This summer biden named it as one of four historic crises. Americans are facing the pandemic recession racial injustice and and just the accelerating threats climate change an election that made headlines around the world that focus on climate change got attention. Carlos fuller is the lead negotiator at un climate talks for the alliance for small island states. He's been falling biden's campaign for a while. You spoke of both getting the us back into the paris agreement and doing a lot of work on addressing climate change which was great news with this change. I actually see a lot of coming back part of that. Hope is because the biden harris campaign pledged to set greenhouse gas emission targets in line with science mode importantly. It's what the us could do to reduce their emissions with means developing of technology. And that technology would then be available for the private sector for the who world fuller lives in belize when we spoke the remnants of hurricane ada fell outside. The storm is thought to have killed scores of people left more than hundred missing flooded homes and forced to evacuate across central america. It's the kind of storm expected to grow more intense as the climate warms. Advocates and policymakers see biden's two trillion dollar. Climate plan is a step in the right direction. But they're already tempering expectations about what a new administration will actually be able to accomplish with congress likely to be divided. How much of it he can get done. of course. we're going to have to wait and see andrew light as a former obama administration climate change. Negotiator it's going to depend a lot on. If you republican controlled senate how many individuals there who are willing to cross the line. If any are senator mitt romney yesterday became one of the first high profile. Republicans to call for americans to get behind biden. And the same cnn interview though. He also criticised biden's long-term plan to shift the country off fossil fuels. I wanna make sure that we conservatives keep on fighting to make sure that we don't have a green new deal. We don't get rid of gas and coal and oil experts. Expect a corona virus stimulus package to present the first opportunity for the biden harris administration to try to drum up support for green energy. Investments and re entering the global climate. Pact is one thing the white house can do without congressional approval for the world. I'm caroline bieler coming up on the show. Our reporters in northern and southern europe gives us a landscaper reaction to the big news this past weekend. You're listening to the world. i'm marco werman. This is the world. America's election news has made headlines across the globe in a couple of places. It.

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"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World

01:35 min | 4 months ago

"esper" Discussed on PRI's The World

"Because what's hurry. Although few observers of american politics in mexico see it that way. Jose garcia is a consultant based in mexico city helping businesses on both sides of the border and he says there may be consequences for president lopez soda waiting much longer to reach out to the biden. Camp i i i don't want to go into what could happen but i think it's a sign of diplomacy so i think he should recognize soon. For the well-being of our relations those diplomatic relations between the us and mexico have largely been positive for decades even as trump often antagonized mexico and mexican americans. Still gotta see us. As joe biden taking office will mark the end of four long years. And i do see that this kind of put in the past the negative rhetoric of mexico. So i think it's gonna be very positive very positive. Garcia says but not to be taken for granted for the world. I'm core in mexico. City people who work on international climate policy or celebrating the election of joe biden and kamala harris their campaign pledge to put the us back in the paris climate agreement and quote. Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change. The campaign also offered up a two trillion dollar climate change plan. The most aggressive ever laid out by a major party presidential ticket. The world's environment correspondent carolyn bieler has reaction from the climate world. This video on twitter. Kinda sums it up. A woman.

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

Anna Davlantes

00:14 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"Trump is firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper. He tweeted that Jesper has been terminated, effective immediately, and he thanked him for his service, he says Christopher Miller will be the acting defense secretary. He's been director of the National Counter Terrorism Center.

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Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

Larry O'Connor

00:36 sec | 4 months ago

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'

"The president taking to Twitter this afternoon to say Mark Casper has been terminated. A secretary of Defense Mark Casper's tenure as America's 27th secretary of defence came to an end after the president lost confidence in the top civilian at the Pentagon. Esper was Elevated from acting defense secretary and confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92 8, Previously the West Point graduate, served as secretary of the Army prior to his service in the Trump administration. As for served as a Senate staffer chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation and is a government lobbyist for Raytheon.

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Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after less than 2 years

AP News Radio

00:42 sec | 4 months ago

Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after less than 2 years

"Days after losing his reelection bid president trump has fired defense secretary mark esper it's a stunning move losing presidents in the past have kept their Pentagon chiefs on board until the inauguration to preserve stability in the name of national security but the president tweets he has terminated asper who serve fewer than two years the president says national counterterrorism chief Christopher Miller takes over the Pentagon immediately as acting secretary esper came close to losing his job over the summer when he opposed using active duty troops to help quell protests here in Washington which made an already strained relationship with the president's worse Sager made Donnie Washington

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"esper" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

KDWN 720AM

13:10 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

"Or someone either sat him down and either gave them a good talking to you or to go behind the woodshed because on Tuesday secretary esper said this every member of this department has sworn an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America the rights that are embedded in this great document began with the first amendment which guarantees the five freedoms of speech religion press assembly and the right to petition the government the United States military is sworn to defend these and all other rights and we encourage Americans at all times to exercise them peacefully it is these rights and freedoms that make our country so special and it is these rights and freedoms the American service members are willing to fight and die for I've always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement I say this not only sector defense but also is a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard the option to use active duty forces in a long post should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations we are not one of those situations now I do not support invoking the insurrection act and my guess is yet another tragic example of everything trump touching dieting before trump mark esper would've been called a hero west point grad soldier member of the National Guard but then trump's secretary of defense and that's where things as they always do go bad and just for the record I don't see how the insurrection act would apply here anyway the word insurrection by it's very definition means the overthrow of the government be it national state or local and that's not what's happening here although there is a part of me that wishes that was at least partially with the Washington protests were about and there's a part of me that believes they were and like I said last week now that we've done George Floyd can we now do Donald Trump here's Stephen Colbert showing once again why people who watch late night comedy shows are far more informed than those who patronize trump state run propaganda ministry trump is the only one getting criticism for his fascist photo op so our secretary of defense mark esper seen here trying to remember where he last saw his integrity and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff mark Milley seen here being Vannelli was eight one of the hallmarks of American democracy is the U. S. armed forces proud tradition of remaining out of politics to emphasize civilian control of the military yeah on the way this photo op that again was preceded by attacking peaceful protesters esper and Milley walked with trump across the street there reminds me of the old joke why did the defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs across the road because the president is a chicken the condemnation of this is bipartisan I Republican congressional aide who's also a veteran said the aspirin Millie have squandered the moral legitimacy of a nearly two hundred forty five year old institution in the single farcical late spring Prambanan they have no honor and to hell with them both funny they work for trump they're already in hell admiral Michael Mullen who served at the seventeenth chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said quote it's second me yesterday to see security personnel including members of the National Guard forcibly and violently clear path to Lafayette square to accommodate the president's visit outside St John's church I have to date been reticent to speak out on issues surrounding president trump's leadership but we are at an inflection point and the events of the past few weeks have made it impossible to remain silent I remain confident in the professionalism of our men and women in uniform they will serve with skill and with compassion they will obey lawful orders but I am less confident in the soundness of the orders they will be given by this commander in chief end quote democratic senator Cory Booker made this impassioned plea and I might add the exact same impassioned plea any luck when not would've made if Barack Obama or any Democrat president or otherwise had threatened to deploy American troops on American soil against American citizens and the sounds you'll hear as Booker speaks is him hitting his own chest with one of his close this Paris I was two miles from that park and I did not get there to stand with those protesters what tell you what Donald Trump every member of this call you call body should damn what this president did trampling upon the most sacred right of this nation to assemble to petition to protest what is the president didn't want to make a mockery of our civil rights I see ours I was not there on that part but every one of us should wish we were there and I'm telling you right now if Donald Trump wants the gas someone next time start right here if you want to shoot somebody with our federal officials with rubber bullets start right here if he wants to trample them with horses while they peacefully assemble come to this body what he did to those Americans and that's where yesterday he did to all of us shame on him Trudeau except with the disclaimer that Donald Trump has no shame and therefore cannot be shamed only decent honorable people with morals values integrity and honor can be and then on Wednesday was general James Mattis is turn to speak out all albeit I would submit a lot too late this is what he told me a letter quote I have watched this week's unfolding events angry and appalled the words equal justice under law are carved independent of the United States Supreme Court this is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding it is a wholesome and unifying demand one that all of us should be able to get behind we must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers the protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting we live up to our values our values as people and our values as a nation Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime does not try to unite the American people does not even pretend to try instead he tries to divide us we are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort we are witnessing the consequences of three years with out mature leadership we can you unite with out him drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society this will not be easy as the past few days have shown but we owe it to our fellow citizens to past generations that bled to defend our promise and to our children end quote yep so Madison's both angry and appalled he expose what we've already discussed namely trump's line assistance he make it all about the wrongdoers are not the majority peaceful protesters he rightfully accused trump of deliberately trying to divide us and providing no mature leadership for the past three and a half years I mean the only thing that could be worse is if he had made a harsh but justifiable **** analogy what's that Mrs normally keyboarding whatever his son quote instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that the **** slogan for destroying us was divide and conquer our American answer is in union there is strength we must summon that unity to surmount this price is confident that we are better than our politics nicely done general Mattis here's Stephen Cole bear our American answer is in union there is strength our full stuff though trump has his own views on the battle of Normandy very fine people on both sides there is a stirring message of compassion unity and reason from Mad Dog you know what I hereby rename you principled pooch and Mattis wasn't finished he then included a shot of both mark esper and general Milley quote when I joined the military some fifty years ago I swore an oath to support and defend the constitution never did I dream that troops taking that same old would be ordered any under any circumstance to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander in chief with military leadership standing alongside and quote and that has continued his chastising a vesper with this quote we must reject any thinking of our cities as a battle space that our uniform military is called upon to dominate at home we should use our military only when requested to do so on very rare occasions by state governors militarizing our response as we witnessed in Washington DC set up a conflict of post conflict between the military and civilian society it erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect and of which they themselves are a part keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them end quote damn Jim Mattis came to play on Wednesday deadly and then we can conclude with a parting shot at trump quote we know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we wish witnessed in Lafayette square we must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our constitution end quote general Mattis is words were so poignant it because this brief moment of concern for Republican senator Lisa Murkowski general Mattis words true and honest and necessary and over do you still support is that something you're sure I have struggled with it for a long time she just said Madison's words were true honest necessary and overdue Mattis criticized trump's lack of mature leadership compared him to **** accused him of abusing its power he accused him of being a threat to our constitution and Murkowski is struggling as to whether or not she'll vote for trump is struggling and the worst part is she's likely the best Republican in Congress presently although Mitt Romney does pearl his brow occasionally along with Susan Collins who actually never really does but just says she does and of course trump had to properly exemplify the party that is long and dishonestly professed to support the troops and attack general matters and of course do the only thing he's ever excelled at life through his teeth and is most often the case he told bald faced lies that are easily provable lies his brain dead bodies cannot deny our lives they're just too broad Donald's kool-aid frankly stupid to give a damn this is what the despicable orange **** tweeted quote probably the only thing Barack Obama had either been common is the people that the owner of by region matters the world's most overrated general I asked for his letter but all great which I didn't like and change to Mad Dog end quote and.

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"esper" Discussed on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

01:36 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

"Secretary mark esper says he doesn't think a military push in America's violence scarred cities is around the corner we are not in one of those situations now I do not support invoking the insurrection act president trump who's threatened to use that old law was on fox news defending his Tuesday night photo op at a DC church that's been condemned by many most religious leaders a lot of that why wouldn't I love it I'm standing in front of the church it went through trauma that happened Monday in about the time he spent Friday in a White House bunker with crowds growing nearby was there for a tiny little short bit of time and is much more for an inspection there was no problem during the day on fox news he was asked how he would change the fact that in a new poll just thirty six percent of blacks say they trust their local police as a Republican I'm doing very well with African Americans and with the vote with in polls and everything CBS news special report I'm Steve K. for over sixty thousand showed up in Houston for a rally that included the family of George Floyd sheer size of the crowd that filled the streets of downtown Houston on Tuesday was unprecedented more than double what organizers had expected so large it could almost feel the football stadium here it was loud at times it was angry but it was peaceful it is just a small city descended on the streets of downtown Houston her kind of colors in ages marching side by side right.

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"esper" Discussed on AP News

AP News

11:32 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on AP News

"President trump has talked about using the active duty military to quell violent protests nationwide but his defense secretary says now is not the right time Pentagon chief mark esper says using active duty troops to perform law enforcement duties should be a last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations he says America is not even one of those situations now and he is against invoking the insurrection act which would allow the president to use those troops as law enforcement esper has authorized sending several active duty army units 2 bases just outside of Washington if they're needed but they have not yet been call to action Sager made on the Washington

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"esper" Discussed on AP News

AP News

11:32 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on AP News

"President trump has talked about using the active duty military to quell violent protests nationwide but his defense secretary says now is not the right time Pentagon chief mark esper says using active duty troops to perform law enforcement duties should be a last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations he says America is not even one of those situations now and he is against invoking the insurrection act which would allow the president to use those troops as law enforcement esper has authorized sending several active duty army units 2 bases just outside of Washington if they're needed but they have not yet been call to action Sager made on the Washington

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"esper" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

04:40 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

"Esper just wrapping up a press briefing at the Pentagon addressing the potential use of active duty military for law enforcement in American cities with us now to break this down CBS's Kenny McCormick so can you tell us more about what he had to say about that well it came out and said that he is always believe that active duty forces should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations and he said we are not in one of those situations now and he does not support invoking the insurrection act this would allow a U. S. military troops to be used as law enforcement having said that they are still sending active duty troops into the Washington DC area it sent in about sixteen hundred now that includes military police and they're they're at bases around the Washington DC area but the Pentagon has said from the very beginning that it hoped it would never have to use those all right senator Elizabeth Warren says she sent a letter now to the defense department's inspector general she in this letter says she wants to learn more about the military's role back on Monday night the clearing out of the peaceful protesters in front of the White House with tear gas did he touch on that what he did he was mainly asked about his appearance there along with joint chiefs chairman general Milley he said that he was under the impression that he was going to review the damage and to meet with troops and he was not aware that they were taking the path they were and that it we didn't become a photo walk that he was not aware that the area had been cleared out by what we believe to be federalized police before then using pepper spray he also defended I general mark Milley the joint chiefs chairman upper wearing what appeared to be battle fatigues when he's usually in ceremonial uniform when he's with the president I'm as saying that that would be normally something he would wear when they were going to meet the troops out there were a lot of questions about that but he said over and over again that he was not aware not only of where they were going exactly but he was not aware of law enforcement's plans for the park all right great insight is always CBS's Kenny McCormick Kenny thanks for joining us R. eleven eighteen another night of relative peace in Minneapolis as the city prepares to hold a memorial for Georgia Florida there are still large gatherings and demonstrations in the Twin Cities but for the most part this week they've been peaceful stabilization at this point is our priority Minnesota corrections commissioner Paul schnell says city and state leaders will determine Thursday morning if they need to extend the curfew for funeral is on Thursday and Seoul there are some things that me make it wise and prudent for that but that's something alternately the governors have to decide the memorial for George Floyd will be held in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon my bro A. B. C. news Minneapolis and a new investigation is under way into Minneapolis police following Floyd's death Jennifer mayor Lee has more on that Minneapolis police now at the center of a civil rights investigation into systemic discriminatory practices to restore trust within those communities who have been on scene on her and believe that those that are charged to serve and protect not only don't do that they work against them department of human resources commissioner Rebecca lose Cerro will lead the historic investigation major leaders have been asking for structural change for decades working for it bleeding for and dying for it zero says the investigation will utilize what's called a consent decree that can result in consequences this is not a report this is something that will result in court action and require change on Twitter Minnesota governor Tim Walz says his administration will use every tool at their disposal to in his words it deconstructed generations of systemic racism in that state eleven twenty Massachusetts senator ed Markey now set to hold a virtual press conference later on today I'm talking about brand new legislation that hopes to abolish in his words the dangerous judicial doctrine known as qualified immunity to be joined by Suffolk County DA Rachel Rollins and past president of the Boston and double ACP Michael curry so what is qualified immunity but the senator says this protects officers from being sued and being held personally liable for any excessive use of force or brutality and marquis says he wants to get rid of that another night of demonstrations as well in northern New England in Portland Maine hundreds coming to the streets again for a third night and outside the police headquarters in that main city police chief Frank Clark took a knee with demonstrators for a time the whole demonstration last night although back on Monday night in Portland I like to put a dozen people were arrested after windows were smashed in objects were thrown at police the state is opening up a roadmap to re opening Massachusetts you'll need supplies we continue to fight over nineteen these masks disinfectant so we cannot move forward unless we commit.

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"esper" Discussed on AP News

AP News

14:44 min | 9 months ago

"esper" Discussed on AP News

"Defense secretary mark esper says he's against invoking an act that would allow active duty military troops to perform law enforcement duties president trump is talked about using the military to tamp down violent protests that would mean invoking the insurrection act as process that should be a last resort and only the most dire and urgent situations we are not in one of those situations now the Pentagon has drafted contingency plans for deploying active duty forces if needed but interest in doing that seems to be waning at the White House still president trump is taking credit for a massive National Guard deployment calming things here in Washington we had no problem at all last night we had substantial dominant force telling fox news radio's Brian Kilmeade show that could be a model for areas who had not yet deployed the guard Sager mag ani Washington

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"esper" Discussed on KOMO

KOMO

01:50 min | 11 months ago

"esper" Discussed on KOMO

"Has died but we know from defense secretary esper that they are still deciding on what they're gonna do about crozier now going back remember this was that letter that he wrote four page letter went to twenty recipients the Pentagon said that he was relieved of duty that he was fired because he sent it to so many recipients they don't know if he leaked it to the San Francisco Chronicle or one of those recipients did but they said he broke protocol by sending it to so many people leaving the door open to it being leaked which it was whether it was it crozier who did it or somebody on that chain and he was relieved of duty because of that now espere saying nothing is off the table he could be reinstated we know we've heard the president say that he doesn't want to ruin somebody's career just because yeah they made just one mistake otherwise fine sailor who had that done so much work over the years in leading the the USS Roosevelt had done a fine job of that so the president could possibly get involved as well but at this point crozier who also has coronavirus he's got cold at nineteen he's in quarantine right now and the Pentagon and the White House they haven't made any decision about what will happen with him and that's no small thing to just take an aircraft carrier out of service either as far as reading as of the U. S. navy is concerned and the overall health of the island of Guam for them to suddenly have six hundred people with corona virus well yeah and it it the initial request from captain crozier was to evacuate the ship because it was spreading so quickly that what we have seen on cruise ships that that's what was happening on board the aircraft carrier is special even more in aircraft carrier in bunks so close together that he worried it was going to spread rapidly which it then did and now they've got most everybody off of there ABC's Allah.

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"esper" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

01:48 min | 1 year ago

"esper" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

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"esper" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

13:56 min | 1 year ago

"esper" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

"Show. We did nine minutes during on. MSNBC this night the president is apparently taking his revenge. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vincent who testified in the impeachment inquiry into into president trump was test. Excuse me was fired from his White House job and marched off the White House grounds today as was oddly. His twin brother who is also a National Security Council official but one who had absolutely nothing to do with the impeachment inquiry. He did apparently commit the crime. Crime of being born a few seconds after Alexander van men as his twin brother. Apparently that is enough. Within hours of Colonel Von men and his brother being marched off the White House grounds. There was word that Gordon sunlit the president's appointed ambassador to the EU was also fired. Sauna gave incredibly damaging testimony about the president's behavior during the impeachment inquiry as of tonight he has also suddenly been recalled from his post his lawyer Robert Ruskin confirming forming. NBC News Tonight. That Gordon Song was not just reassigned to some other job inside the government or within the State Department he was summarily fired. And we don't know if this is the full list tonight or if there are more long knives out for people who testified in the impeachment inquiry or are related to that scandal or literally are familiarly related to anyone who did so but despite what feels like a sort of historical parallel to Nixon and at the height of the Watergate impeachment crisis. I think it is not fair to say that this is a modern day. Saturday night massacre. The Saturday night massacre was the night in in October. One thousand nine hundred seventy three. When Nixon decided to order the firing of the Watergate special counsel the reason we remember that night low these forty years later? It's is not just because Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox Watergate Special Prosecutor. We call it the Saturday night massacre because when Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox out of anger and rage and frustration at the Watergate scandal when he ordered that firing there were resignations at the Justice Department Mitt from officials who felt that they couldn't in good conscience carry out that order Attorney General Elliot. Richardson resigned rather than carry out. Nixon's order to fire Archibald Cox when Attorney General Elliot. Richardson resigned. Then the deputy attorney general became the acting head of the Justice Department. His name was William Ruckus House. He too resigned. Resigned rather than carry out. The president's order to fire Archibald Cox so control the Justice Department then fell to the number three official at justice the Solicitor General Aluminium. Robert Bork. Only bork was willing to do it. And that's how Archibald Cox Scott fired. That's what it took. But those senior officials refusing to go along with what President Nixon was doing those officials standing up. And saying I will not do this. You will have my resignation instead. That's why we remember that night from back in one thousand nine hundred seventy from from that that night from the Watergate scandal. As the Saturday night massacre. That is not what is happening here because there is as yet no Elliot Richardson. In this story. There is no bill ruckus house and you know there. There have been protest resignations in the trump administration including leading over the handling of the Ukraine scandal in early October. A forty year veteran serving at the highest levels of the State Department. Michael McKinley resigned his position in part over the pressure that the trump administration was putting on Ukraine to try to get that government to help president trump in his reelection bid but also because of how Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the administration more probably really thrown to the wolves totally abandoned career nonpartisan Professional State Department personnel who had been caught up in the impeachment inquiry because of their jobs and who were therefore bearing the wrath of the president and the conservative media and the president's supporters because of it caracal. McKinley resigned in early October as the impeachment inquiry was getting underway into the Ukraine scandal. McKinley later testified behind closed. Doors in the investigation saying quote. The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns. What appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advanced domestic political objectives and the failure in my view of the State Department to offer support to foreign service employees caught up in the impeachment richman inquiry on Ukraine? He said quote since I began my career in nineteen eighty two. I have served my country and every president loyally under current circumstances. Insist however I could no longer look the other way as colleagues were denied the professional support and respect that they deserve from us all and thus Michael McKinley resigned in protest of the administration and in protest of the actions of Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo specifically him abandoning State Department employees to the wolves as they were caught up in the impeachment investigation and not lifting a finger to protect them as they were targeted and their lives and careers. Were in some cases basically they destroyed by virtue of the fact that as part of their job responsibilities they had witnessed something relevant to the inquiry and they had responded and testified truthfully about it when called to do so and subpoenaed to do so. McKinley resigned and McKinley is not the only one. There have been other protest resignations agents of high level trump's appointees for various reasons defense secretary. James Mattis resigned in December. Two thousand eighteen when he felt that the president made an unconscionable all an irresponsible decision about Syria he was followed out the door. Soon thereafter by Brett mcgurk who was leading the effort against Isis in Iraq and Syria at at the time this past November. It was the Navy Secretary who resigned Richard Spencer. He resigned in protest. When president trump personally intervened interfered appeared in the military justice system to mess with some specific criminal cases that he wanted to try to turn to his political advantage Navy secretary? Richard Spencer's resignation. Nations statement was rip roaring. He said quote the rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries. Good Order and discipline is what has enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and time again the constitution and the uniform code of military justice our shields that set us apart and beacons that protect us all. Unfortunately it's become apparent that in this respect I no longer share the same understanding with the commander in chief who appointed me in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline. I cannot in good conscience. It's obey an order that I believe violates the sacred oath I took in the presence of my family my flag and my faith to to support and defend the constitution of the United States. Richard Spencer resigned as secretary of the Navy on November twenty-fourth remarkably today. He became the first trump appointee to endorse one of president. Trump's opponents for the November election. We'll have more on that a little bit later on but there have been principal high level resignations from the trump administration. There have been a few because we know the president does not like to fire anyone directly. He likes to have other people do that for him. We can surmise based on that past practice that there are probably other people in the chain of command who were called upon on today and tonight to start firing the witnesses who testified against president trump gray so far. Whoever those people are they appear to be carrying out those orders and not resigning in protest? We haven't seen any resignations at least that we know of that's notable not only because history is sort of focused intently on our behavior as a country right now I truly believe but also because at least within the military when it comes to the specific case of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander van we have had some very pious assertions from the people who would would be in an Elliot. Richardson Bill Ruckus House kind of role in this firing. But of course they would never let this happen. Of course. They'd never let anything like what what happened tonight horse. They'd never let that happen in November when lieutenant colonel emerged as a witness in the impeachment inquiry you might remember that the army moved in prepared pared to move his family to a secret location. They developed a secret. Excuse me a special security detail for him and his family to keep them safe in the face of an incredible number of threats against him and his family after he was demonized by not just the White House but by the conservative media and and by the president's supporters in Congress and around the country at the time Defense Secretary Mark Esperer was asked about colonel during a gaggle with reporters quarters a reporter defense. One Markus Weise Gerber. Actually posted online the full transcript of that exchange and it is worth looking at tonight tonight of all all nights it is worth getting this re upped in the public record. You should see this. Here's the question to defense secretary. Marcus Burke Question Alexandrov inman is is in the news remember. This is from November. This is the time that Alexandrov inman is becoming national news right question. Alexandra Vigne is in the news. A lot of service members are going to be wondering is his career toast after testifying and should I take the risk of whistle blowing. What do you tell them? As the defense secretary answer from Defense Secretary Mark Asper the the Department of Defense has protections for whistleblowers they are guaranteed in law and he should not have any fear of retaliation. That is the department's position question. He meaning vitamin ANSWER. He an any other whistle blower. All right question are you going to reinforce that message periodically answer. I've already spoken to the secretary of the army about that question. What was the message to him? Answer no retaliation. That's law question. There's the law but there's also ways to screw somebody answer there's no retaliation it's that simple defense secretary mark asper in November personally guaranteeing guaranteeing that there would be no retaliation against Alexander Edmund for him testifying in the impeachment inquiry. No retaliation under the law in terms of him being criminally prosecuted or something but also no other way to In the reporters words quote. Screw him as revenge for him testifying and there's the guarantee no there's no retaliation it's not simple. He shouldn't have any fear of retaliation no retaliation that's the law so says Defense Secretary Mark Asper November shortly thereafter the top Democrat in the Senate Chuck Schumer wrote to Defense Secretary. Mark Asper asking in writing for him to confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Kinmen would be protected from any retaliation any revenge for his testimony. Schumer wrote to Defense Secretary Mark for November eighteenth. Took the Defense Department almost a full month to write him back when they did the letter. This time didn't come from defense. Secretary Mark Asper asper. It came from the Deputy Secretary of Defense. A man named David Norquist Jumper Grover Norquist. The antitax like longtime conservative activists. Guy Who famously said. He wanted to get government down to the size where you could drown in a bathtub. Grover norquist has a little brother. Whose name is David? Norquist who trump named named deputy secretary of Defense and. That's who sent this letter back to Chuck Schumer when Senator Schumer inquired as to whether or not the Defense Department would protect Colonel Vitamin from retaliation allegation for his impeachment inquiry testimony. Here's what David Norquist pledged in writing on Pentagon letterhead on December sixteenth quote. Dear Senator Schumer thank you for your letter to Secretary. Asper dated November eighteenth regarding recent testimony by Lieutenant. Colonel Alexander Vitamin and Deputy Assistant Secretary of defense lawyer Cooper. I'm replying on secretary experts behalf. Let me assure you. The Department will not tolerate any act of retaliation or reprisal against them further. We're committed to take whatever steps are necessary. Sorry to ensure the security of colonel and Ms Cooper we continue to monitor their security situation will make available any appropriate resources necessary to ensure their safety and that of their families. Lease again please. No we take responsibility to protect our people very seriously. I appreciate your continued support of the men and women of the Defense Department and we'll keep you apprised is D- of any developments as appropriate. Let me assure you that department will not tolerate any act of retaliation or reprisal against I. We will keep you apprised of any developments as appropriate no word as to whether or not David Norquist deputy secretary of defense in fact kept the Senate Democratic leader apprised apprised over the last twenty four hours when reports I started surfacing that president trump indeed was planning on taking revenge against Colonel Vincent for his testimony. Bloomberg news was first to report late last night that president trump might be seeking to take his revenge to retaliate against Colonel Madman for having been a witness defense. It's secretary expert was again asked about about this matter at a press conference today despite his his earlier assurances is earlier pious guarantee that he wouldn't allow any retaliation against inman whatsoever despite him saying that himself in November and the Deputy Secretary of defense saying that on his behalf in writing reading in December today. Defense Secretary of Marcus was not exactly a profile in courage when he was asked about that matter in light of Bloomberg News. report that Vin men might be in the president's crosshairs.

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"esper" Discussed on Amanpour

Amanpour

10:33 min | 1 year ago

"esper" Discussed on Amanpour

"President trump faces the fury of his own party over Syria just as he needs their support during the impeachment wiry even a key ally of tells me a mortal threat to his presidency off to unnamed officials blew the whistle on his phone call with Ukrainian President amihai landscape Tom Muller no relation to Bob Muller is in New York Times bestselling author who spent years studying the complex relationship between whistleblowers and society his new book crisis of Conscience Whistle Blowing in the age of fraud is a timely reminder of the challenges and Russell cost to those who des tell the truth and he sits down with our Michelle Martin talk about why this is ultimately about upholding American values Tom Miller thank you so much for joining us thank you Michelle is going to be here you say pretty early in the book that this is the age of the whistle blower starting in the late nineteen sixties this vital figure has emerged in the past five years alone people have disclosed the Cambridge Analytic USA facebook data to help inter with her shape elections you've talked about the toxic levels of lead in Flint Michigan's drinking water abuses delays in the veteran ministrations hospitals. I mean it goes on on why is this the age of the whistle blower in your view I think that our organizations both public and private have accepted or built a wall of secrecy around them and a wall of impunity around them which out which leaves whistleblowers last line of defense at the same time regulators investigative reporter there's and others who in the past had been those sort of you know the watchdogs have been sent home euthanized muzzled and the internal people with it with a with a conscience the people inside those organizations realize I'm the last line of defense if I don't stand up and say something no one will ever know tell me more about the ace that opens the Book of Alan Jones Alan Jones was an investigator at the Inspector General of the State of Pennsylvania and he is job was to investigate fraud he discovered that the state pharmacist was receiving checks from pharmaceutical companies and depositing the man in an unmarked account so we started investigating more and he started questioning why are these pharmaceutical companies paying this chief pharmacist and the answer was multibillion dollar fraud scheme across more than twenty states in which Johnson Johnson and other pharmaceutical companies were corrupting the Medicare and Medicaid it establishment in these states in order to push their antipsychotic drugs as the number one choice for a range of ailments many which the FDA specifically said do not use on children do not use on elders first of all his own office the Inspector General's Office in Pennsylvania treats him as a whistle blower and tells him back off that case Ellen these people are very powerful politically just treated as an employment matter and move on and he was not good with that he's the job now he's living in a cabin in the woods in Pennsylvania he has only enough money for propane and only just that and a spare tires for his truck and he starts looking for somewhere to use this magical law basically the false claims act this law that allows you as an individual citizen to become a private attorney general finally finds it in Texas he brings suit in Texas and he wins a hundred and fifty six million dollar settlement against Johnson Johnson and later a two point two billion dollar settlement is reached by the government against Johnson Johnson he wins on paper but Allen has told me everyone that turned against me and all of the actual suffers of the crime who didn't get retrograde because under the federal law they get a percentage of the settlement if there is one do you find that to be a motivation ellen does didn't even know about the money until after he brought the lawsuit and his lawyers Oh by the way there is a bounty in this almost invariably and then scholarship shows us very clearly whistleblowers go within their organization I they report internally they've tried to fix the problem and their loyalty is to their greater organization so often they say I'm really proud of my bank or my hospital I really want to work and I just wanted to fix this problem which would made us look terrible they don't realize that their bosses are actually treating this as a feature not a bug I mean the fraud is part of the model here and only after they're fired do they start saying well what just happened most of these people experience like vicious retaliation I mean you're talking about you know being stripped of your authority's being put into offices next to the bathroom like like an intentionally sort of humiliating tell me more about that there's almost playbook for how you retaliate against whistle blowers and it goes through a series of ritual humiliations that you do in public in front of your workers you're marched out by security guard you you're ritually stripped of your security clearances you are again placed downstairs in the mm-hmm it next to the loud photocopier your stripped of all of your you know your symbols of authority and that tells you you've done horribly wrong but it also does your office mate's anyone else anyone else who speaks up this is going to be used just fire them though I mean why why do they go through all that why don't they just say I don't like what you're saying you gotta go why they need to send a message to that person but also everyone else don't speak up get with the program and after they leave quite often they're put under surveillance what are they doing in their private investigators lurking around their houses they get death threats at night they get lawsuits slap lawsuits these can be devastating for people the kinds of retaliation talking about quite often caused them to lose their marriages lose their houses they can't work anymore one of the most devastating things is there blackballed in their organization in there industry their industry giving an example of that if you would Donna Bushy and Walt Thomas itis were to are two extremely well prepared a nuclear engineers they help to avert a potential massive nuclear disaster in Washington state they did everything they could internally to raise it's a question because they were good loyal employees and they thought this is my duty to my company to help prevent this but ultimately I said no my real duty is to prevent a massive nuclear disaster after they did all the right things they went through channels then they went outside channels they went to the press they file lawsuits and for their good offices how are they thanked they are ritually humiliated by their organization they are black balled in the industry they will never work again what does that tell you about an industry that prides itself acting the US population from nuclear disaster that's very disturbing to me and what was the stated reason that the institutions gave for treating them that way worse considered to be disgruntled employees or considered to be potential security risks because they questioned the messages of the organization because they went to the press timid when internally their information was not received and acted upon so that when they went to the press they then became the enemy it became a spy I mean the nuclear industry is very definitely still under the Cold War secrecy umbrella but ultimately challenged the bosses and they challenged their corporations as we are speaking now you know the trump administration the president in particular is extremely upset about the people well who raised questions about the phone call he had with the president of Ukraine I mean he is used those words spy treason some of the people around him have used those words you would you know this book long before this administration took office what's your reaction to the way the administration is responding to this information will donald trump and his allies are are taking a page out of the whistleblower retaliation handbook this is whistle blower one oh one retaliation you shift the attention of the general public from the that this person is bringing forward the facts in the nine page was the Laura complaint the identity of the whistle blower or whistle blowers and they are sitting at this is necessary to protect both classified information and to protect these people from retaliation asking people to break the law and second of all it is absolutely fundamental to protect this person's identity because we've heard what trump himself has said you know back in the old days as we news to know how to deal with spies so I would be very very worried as this anonymous whistleblower to have my cover blown when we have Republican senators saying in your book that they were what would be the word you'd use sort of equally disdainful of whistle blowers and this is that Obama made was government transparency and he was quite supportive on the corporate whistleblower front when it comes.

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"esper" Discussed on Amanpour

Amanpour

10:30 min | 1 year ago

"esper" Discussed on Amanpour

"ESPN stabilize the efforts still in control of the prisons that are under their control the Turks have told us they've taken control of the prisons under which they now have responsibility had Syrian Russian forces moving in that's not the position which we want our young American service members to be in so many bits and bobs to ask you about the first and foremost the one hundred twenty hour cessation of hostilities not a ceasefire of his as you know better than I do it's not a formal ceasefire it's a pause and the president of Turkey has said that they're going to wait and see I'm just going to play this little soundbite Komo process but if these promises not realized as soon as the one hundred and twenty hours or over I'll operation of peace spring will continue rapidly than before and he has actually said furthermore we will start where we left off and continue to crush the terrorists head now he's talking about the sds the Kurds what do you make of that well again we would call upon the the president wanted to be more responsible to act prudently we've seen with the reporting I've heard in the last previous twenty four hours is that the ceasefire is largely holding there are some skirmishing here and there did expires tonight I it does but we we were getting reports that the for making good faith efforts to withdraw from the area in Tom and I think if they need a little bit more time they should be giving that more time I think at the end of the day what we've called upon is for there to be a ceasefire and that we reach a political settlement between the parties that can be enduring can I just read you a couple of things and you as a military man you're a fighting soldier you've done this for your country and actually to to protect Saudi Arabia evasion of Saddam Hussein potentially that was in nearly thirty years ago there are a lot of US forces you're brave special forces who attending even Fox News that's a an ally of president trump's we're not talking about anybody else Fox News did they feel ashamed they have felt really wounded to see their allies who they fought alongside with betrayed in this way we see an army captain who's talked to The New York Times and basically said I joined the army to prevent genocide not to pay way for it we've even seen the head of the Senate Republicans as the Senate Majority Mitch McConnell writer very very pointed op-ed in which he said the combination of a US pullback in the escalating Turkish Kurdish hostilities is creating a strategic nightmare for country even the five days he's fired now it's Thursday holds if it does events of the past week have set back the United States campaign against the Islamic state and other terrorists unless halted our retreat he calls it a retreat will invite the brutal Assad regime in Syria and Iran backers to expand their influence and we're ignoring Russia's fits to leverage its increasing dominant position Syria to amass power and influence throughout the Middle East and beyond a secretary of Defense of the United States how do you respond to that understand the sentiments of of the soldiers on the ground who fought side by side with the Kurds the Kurds have been are good partners in the defeat isis there's a certain bond that happens in combat when you're when you're when you're with fellow soldiers of any country as you said I experienced during my time here in the Gulf War I understand that but at the end the day when you when you get back up to the thirty thousand foot level the strategic level you've got to ask ourselves at the time the prison Erta one decide to cross that border very clearly that he was gonna make that move I had responsibility sure that are soldiers weren't put in harm's way trap between fifteen thousand plus army and SDN forces from the south and eventually Russians serious serious so I took it recommendation of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff we recommend that those troops be withdrawn and eventually the rest of the force would be withdrawn I think the broader strategic context is this look it's those surprise that President Trump said coming office as he campaign that he wanNA bring American soldiers service members home as much as he can and two and the endless wars in his words and so this is part and parcel that and it should come as no surprise to anybody can I just ask you a personal question professional question will you on the phone cold president trump had with president urged one did you know what was being discussed between the two presidents in the hours before the Turks launch their offense of into Syria Sean I listened into the phone call course but my experience with that so you knew what was being discussed yes absolutely but my experience goes back to when I came into office in late July so two months or so into that probably the one issue dominated my time more than anything else was working with my counterpart that Defense Minister of Turkey trying to you build this this safe zone the security mechanism by which we would do joint patrolling with the Turks to keep a buffer zone between Turkey and the SPF and we thought it was going well we had established a joint operation center in southern Turkey we're doing ground patrols and air patrols we got the to agree to back up a little bit and us at some point the Turks decided it's not moving fast enough it's not comprehensive enough whatever the case may be but we saw the pressure building despite our efforts and depression from the Turks the Turks and it was just days before when prison Erta one called president trump at the minister told told me look we're going to be coming across we'll give you a heads up and when spoke to president trump he confirmed that and notified us that that was his intent so Mitt Romney is senator from Utah? What we've done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain on the annals of the eric in history was there no chance for diplomacy he us always so weak and inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America Turkey and you've just said pretty much that that's exactly what happened well look Turkey is a long standing there too we're not gonNA go to war against NATO ally and certainly not over across with regard to border that we didn't sign up the defendant in the first place you gotta go back to our primary mission defeat Isis so you just said you doing a good job and most people thought you were doing a good job everybody except the Turks thought we were doing a good bizarrely because you were keeping isis down and you were a buffet full correct met in the context of the of the Turkish government did not feel we were doing a good enough or fast enough job with Gordon voting the safe zone right okay but strategically in terms of defeating Isis is that was a successful buffer zone that had taken you know a good five to six years and that buffer zone is not related devices fine they were buffet sources would you say it was a it was we're trying to build a safe zone between the Turks and the but to keep down Isis you doing quite a good job there yes that's right the president has said and of course it's within his right and the right of any president to want to end quote endless wars and bring troops home but you know again much better than I do that America is full of buffer troops in many parts of the world where wars have ended in order to prevent a reemergence -tunities whether it's between North and South Korea whether it's in Europe and now with the revanchist of Russia whether it's elsewhere in the Middle East and that's one of the challenges I face a secretary of defense trying to implement our new national defence strategy is how do I re positioning our forces to deal with the threats of the coming decades which is China number one and Russia number two as I look around the globe I see our forces tied down in multiple locations may if you step back you'd see American forces easily in eighty nine countries around the world you see we have negotiations to help defend dozens of countries and we will honor those but what I have to do is think about how do I- reallocate reposition forces and in some cases substitute than with other countries so that I can free up to deal with China and our principle strategic competitor in the next few decades again of course you know ever since nine eleven an radical terrorists from this part of the world have been the principal threat your action against Isis who successful and now nobody knows knows what's going to happen.

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"esper" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

760 KFMB Radio

01:38 min | 1 year ago

"esper" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

"Mike mark esper announced U. S. troop deployments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all in response to last week's bombing of a Saudi oil field CBS news national security correspondent David Martin tells us the Pentagon is talking about a modest deployment this is likely to be hundreds of troops that man and maintain anti aircraft missile batteries the commander of for this area in general Frank mackenzie had asked for two patriot batteries and one of the higher altitude air defense battery which goes by the name of fat asper said the US has a responsibility to protect its interests in the region Wall Street journal is reporting that president trump tried eight times during a July phone call to convince Ukraine's president to help Rudy guiliani investigate Joe Biden son hunter CBS news Nicole Killian reports were started investigating president trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president even before the whistle blower complaint was filed house Democrats are looking into whether the president and his allies set up a quid pro quo demanding Ukraine investigate a twenty twenty presidential rival in exchange for military aid it doesn't matter what I discussed but I will say this somebody ought to look into Joe Biden Rudy guiliani the president's personal lawyer admitted he asked the Ukrainian government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son hunter who worked for you craning gas company did ask you crazy looking to Joe by of course I did the trump administration has been withholding two hundred and fifty million dollars.

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