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“He wrote me beautiful letters,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in September. “And they’re great letters. We fell in love.”
“I don’t believe that he would have allowed that to happen; it just wasn’t to his advantage to allow that to happen,” Mr. Trump said afterward. “Those prisons are rough — they’re rough places — and bad things happened. But I really don’t believe that he — I don’t believe that he knew about it.”
“He tells me that he didn’t know about it,” Mr. Trump also said, “and I will take him at his word.”
The judge pointed out that four days after Warmbier’s detention at the Pyongyang airport, North Korea claimed to have tested its first hydrogen bomb. A few days later, after Congress passed new sanctions on North Korea, that government released Warmbier’s “confession." The trial and sentencing occurred one day after President Barack Obama signed an executive order imposing sanctions on North Korea.
Howell wrote that North Korea took its actions with Warmbier “to gain leverage as North Korea engaged in highly publicized nuclear and long-range missile tests and the United States developed its North Korea sanctions policy.”
The judge’s ruling noted the naked quid pro quo at work: “The State Department cautioned the Warmbiers against speaking to media outlets or publicly about Otto’s detention because North Korea was “going to want something for Otto,” and the more the family spoke publicly, “the more it was going to cost.”
Reagan escalated the Cold War with the Soviet Union, marking a departure from the policy of détente by his predecessors, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. The Reagan Administration implemented a new policy towards the Soviet Union through NSDD-32 (National Security Decisions Directive) to confront the USSR on three fronts: to decrease Soviet access to high technology and diminish their resources, including depressing the value of Soviet commodities on the world market; to (also) increase American defense expenditures to strengthen the U.S. negotiating position; and to force the Soviets to devote more of their economic resources to defense. The massive American military build-up was the most visible.
Reagan supported anti-communist groups around the world. In a policy known as the "Reagan Doctrine," his presidency funded "freedom fighters," such as the Contras in Nicaragua, the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, and the UNITA in Angola. During the Soviet-Afghan War, Reagan deployed the CIA's Special Activities Division (SAD) Paramilitary Officers to train, equip, and lead the Mujihadeen forces against the Soviet Army. Although the CIA (in general) and U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson from Texas have received most of the attention, the key architect of this strategy was Michael G. Vickers, a young Paramilitary Officer. President Reagan's Covert Action program has been given credit for assisting in ending the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. When the Polish government suppressed the Solidarity movement in late 1981, Reagan imposed economic sanctions on the People's Republic of Poland.
with Trump as president many of the pillars of American society that have stood for decades fall on a regular basis.
In conclusion, this is just the latest incident in which our president sides with a dictator over American intelligence and American values.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
originally posted by: Ohanka
North Korea's internal policies should be irrelevant in diplomacy with them.
The job of the west is not to police the world.
Yeah, it's not like he gave a crap ton of cash to iran while they still stone women for adultery.