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Trump has thrown down the gauntlet?

May 29, 2017 1:01PM PDT

European Union has picked it up?

OR is it just a hissing contest because HE didn't have access to his Twitter account while on the "world stage"?

The Western alliance is shattered: Angela Merkel urges Europeans to ‘take our destiny into our own hands’

LONDON – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

It was the toughest review yet of Trump’s trip to Europe, which inflamed tensions rather than healing them after the U.S. president sparred with the leaders of Washington’s closest and oldest allies on trade, defense and climate change.

Merkel, Europe’s de facto leader, told a packed beer hall rally in Munich that the days when her continent could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days.”


America against/standing up for itself first/last and only, against the rest of the Western world?

America (and Russia) against/standing up for themselves first/last and only, against the rest of the Western world?

America AND Russia?...BFF?

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Gauntlet and its projectings is an old and honorable device.
May 31, 2017 5:56AM PDT

[Dafydd knows it as a gage; if Fluellen throws one down it's soon followed by a cudgeling.] Which brings me to my point: When the phrase became common, there were no nukes, unstable leaders [NOT referencing Mr Trump] had weapons that would reach only several hundred yards, rules of engagement actually prohibited 'opportunity rape', much more so today's organized campaigns. The vitriol was there, of course - it's called patriotic speech - but usually not used by those in uninvolved countries, and it carried no farther than the unamplified human voice. James [the Bible one] says the tongue is deadly. That used to be called hyperbole. Today we see it directly: the proximate cause of fatal attacks.
Don't need a weatherman, or a Nobel winner, ...

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Sounds like he's doing what he said he'd do
May 30, 2017 2:53AM PDT

You should be very happy. You're in a win-win situation. You don't like what he promised to do so you get to gripe about that. If he softens his tune, you get to gripe about not keeping his promises. There's no way you can lose here.

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RE:you get to gripe about not keeping his promises
May 30, 2017 6:46AM PDT

MOI?...(me?)

"gripe about him NOT keeping his promises"?

Boast?...Bragg?.Of course...but NOT gripe....I don't agree with his "promises"

I think he should be more inclusive, than divisive....there is only ONE planet that we're all living on (for now)...we're "stuck with each other"

America wants to go it alone?...withdraw ALL their military forces presently on foreign territory...that'll show 'em.

Don't need anyone's permission/no negotiations involved....

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