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Joe voted FOR the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq ...

Sizing Up an Invasion of Iraq | Brookings Inst. - Dec. 2002 |

The initial blows would be struck mostly by the U.S. air forces already in the region coupled with a limited ground offensive by roughly 20-30,000 soldiers and Marines. Additional forces would flow into the region afterwards, until the build-up exceeded 200,000 American troops--and possibly as many as 300,000. The ground campaign would be timed to begin soon after the airstrikes began, perhaps even simultaneously.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:59:02 PM EST
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ummm, idunno about that.

H.R.6470 - Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, Meeks (21 Dec 2022)

SEC. 208. BRIEFING TO FULFILL UNITED STATES-UKRAINE STRATEGIC DIALOGUE OBJECTIVES.
(a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall provide to the appropriate congressional committees a briefing on efforts to deepen ties with Ukraine and fully implement the objectives outlined in the United States-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on November 10, 2021.

(b) Elements.--The briefing required by subsection (a) shall include the following:
(1) A plan to bolster support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and inviolability of borders, including plans for high-level representation and robust participation in Ukraine's Crimea Platform.

S.3488 - Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, Menendez (12 Jan 2022)

H.R.6367 - Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act of 2022, McCaul (10 Jan 2022)
S.3407 - Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense (GUARD) Act of 2021, Risch (15 Dec 2021)

past is prologue: 1941 calling ...
S.3522 - A bill to provide enhanced authority for the President to enter into agreements with the Government of Ukraine to lend or lease defense articles to that Government to protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion, and for other purposes, Cornyn (19 Jan)

by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:31:48 PM EST
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Clear planned provocation from across the Atlantic .. continuation of Rumsfeld and division of Europe into New -Bucharest Nine- and Old Europe. Same policy Bush-Obama-Trump and clearly a threat to the National Security of Russia. No room for talks, nor diplomacy. The US is well prepared to inflict damage to Europe.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:10:27 PM EST
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The question then is how much damage they have to inflict before Europeans wake up from their evil trance?

Do we need an actual aggression, serious threat of war or just a breather for the sanity to return and Europeans to realize that security arrangements in Europe are purely European business?

by pelgus on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:26:50 PM EST
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Two decades of militarized disinformation, especially from the US and UK. Lacking historical facts and knowledge causing delusion by many. Political leaders in Europe are preoccupied with internal quarrels ... defense is outsourced to NATO under US Command ... no courage to stand up against the mass murders committed by US Forces. No accountability ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:45:22 PM EST
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Add to this a completely locked academic system (no other option now that to go through the filtering of EU projects, which are being strongly oriented politically in the last decade). And have we heard about the (local) cultural sector these last two years? Not much, in comparison to the role of small companies in most local activities outside of the main urban centres.
Check here
https:/culturalfoundation.eu/open-calls
Their newsletters are quite a joke to
https:/culturalfoundation.eu/newsletters
Pure marketing of EU "ideas".
by Tom2 on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:04:00 PM EST
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Tom, can you be more specific about what you dislike in the culturalfoundation.eu programs?
Perhaps give examples of what other cultural initiatives they should be promoting instead?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 01:50:15 PM EST
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Well, precisely, my problem with it after receiving it for two years is that I don't see much programs.. They have vacancies for a director and for a 'digital communications assistant' but have no open calls for any cultural project. As if small cultural entities had not suffered in the last 2 years. The big ones get funding through the EU QE program, which basically goes to the rent of prestigious buildings.
As with many EU websites, it is a window with nothing behind. Here is an example (i ll have to train my embedded link skills again, sic.)
programmes
Then, you click on programmes, and you arrive here, let's check the thematic 'experience' (whatever that is supposed to mean)
experience
and there you get to another empty ballon, with many balloons, so let's try one, pompously called EU cultural elations platform...
Oh, a beautiful page about some EU/UAE cooperation... back in 2020 for the Dubai world exhibition....
link

As usual. Nothing for EU citizens. Everything for communication and an hubristic EU who pretends to stretch from Yokohama to Hawai. The so-called independent foundation is just doing for the EU the job that marketing agencies do for more money (and of course, the EU has money for those as well).

by Tom2 on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 03:08:13 PM EST
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Musing in the website ("Support us") I found the very best page... was looking for any report on their finances, and found that they did not even find the time to finish their page about the testimonies from donators, which all go like "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi nec pretium justo. Donec eleifend massa est, non tristique est ultricies sit amet. Nam eget est aliquam, malesuada justo non, ornare nisi."
Sounds familiar? https:/www.lipsum.com
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 03:11:20 PM EST
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Yes this foundation has been around for 50 years... and the website has a distinctive 1990s feel to it.
The funded project seem worthy enough.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 03:47:05 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:30:07 PM EST
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