Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued an enraged rebuke of President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy on the Senate floor on Thursday.
Romney refused to give President Trump any credit for a brief ceasefire that was finalized yesterday following negotiations between Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Erdogan. He denounced President Trump in stronger terms than he ever denounced former President Barack Obama while on the campaign trail in 2012.
“The ceasefire does not change the fact that America has abandoned an ally,” Romney said.
“Adding insult to dishonor, the administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly, even as our ally has suffered death and casualty. Their homes have been burned, and their families have been torn apart,” he added.
Romney, who was a massive proponent of the disastrous Iraq War, grew even more unhinged in his rhetoric against President Trump from there.
“This is a matter of American honor and promise. So too, is the principle that we stand by our allies, that we do not abandon our friends. The decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties. It strikes at American honor,” he said.
Romney believes that the U.S. should keep being the world police in order to keep the evil Rooskies at bay.
“Iranian and Russian interests in the Middle East have been advanced by our decision. At a time when we are applying maximum pressure on Iran, by giving them a stronger hand in Syria, we’ve actually weakened that pressure. Russia’s objective to play a greater role in the Middle East has also been greatly enhanced. The Kurds, out of desperation, have now aligned with Assad. So America is diminished, Russia, Iran, and Assad are strengthened,” Romney said.
Romney’s speech, which begins at the 16:52 mark of the video, can be seen here:
Live now→ I’m on the Senate Floor discussing the latest development out of Syria. https://t.co/hPaLsw11hn
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) October 17, 2019
Much to the chagrin of the “Never Trump” warmonger, a resolution against President Trump removing troops from Northern Syria was blocked in the Senate yesterday by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the non-interventionist who is the most prominent supporter of Trump bringing the troops home.
President Trump is also refusing to back down, making it clear that his intentions are to serve the American people instead of the War Party.
“You know, we’re in many countries, many, many countries. I–I’m embarrassed to tell you how many. I know the exact number, but I’m embarrassed to say it because it’s so foolish. We’re in countries–we’re protecting countries that don’t even like us. They take advantage of us. They don’t pay; nothing,” Trump said while addressing reporters at a Wednesday press conference.
“So you have Syria and you have Turkey they are going to argue it out. Maybe they’re going to fight it out but our men aren’t going to get killed over it. And just one other thing–they’ve been fighting for hundreds of years. This has been going on for hundreds of years,” he added.
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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