Is This What “Maximum Pressure” Looks Like?

In the words of Sen. Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy:

“The Trump Administration, under Congressional direction, deserves praise for abandoning the failed policy of strategic patience and pursuing a maximum pressure campaign that has resulted in unprecedented sanctions against this heinous regime,” said Senator Gardner.

In this case, “maximum pressure” is a firm handshake! We don’t know the details about the North Korean general President Donald Trump bobbled his salute to–but hopefully he hasn’t killed too many of his own people, you know, personally. Because that wouldn’t be the kind of man our President should be saluting.

And sure, we could invoke the times Republicans came unglued on President Barack Obama for saluting American soldiers too “casually.” But that would be stupid, because this is so much worse.

Isn’t it? Or does nothing matter anymore?

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  1. ZappateroZappatero says:

    NEWSFLASH: Trump’s base doesn’t care one bit. And Dems shouldn’t spend one minute trying to win them over. 

    Oh, and senators should break the chronic urge to be bipartisan with Trump and team. It only gives them strength. 

  2. DavieDavie says:

    Looks like Private Bonespurs failed Saluting 101 in basic training.

    Here is what Texas GOP conservative Bob Price wrote about the issue:

    The President of the United States is a civilian. He is not a member of the US Military and is therefore not entitled to salute. The military salute is a privilege earned by honorable service in the military. It is also a privilege that can be taken away. Military prisoners are stripped of the privilege of saluting. While the President is Constitutionally the CINC, he is not a member of the military.

    One of the core principles of our country is our military is under civilian control. The President is that civilian authority over the military as is the Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the branches of the armed services.

    Perhaps we should step back and re-establish the fact and the image that the POTUS is a civilian and he (or she) should look and act like a civilian. Should we stop the blurring of the lines between civilian and military authority? Commander-in-Chief is a job position not a military rank. The CINC is only CINC of the military, not civilians. Is this militarization of our president an erosion of Constitutional liberty or simply a figurative gesture honor our military?

    Of course, he wrote those words in 2011 when a black Kenyan was in the White House.  He probably has a different view today.

  3. allyncooper says:

    Trump's salute to a member of the military of a dictatorial regime is offensive. Americans don't bow or curtsy to royalty either. We did away with that shit as of July 4, 1776.

  4. unnamed says:

    I'm beginning to think North Koreans were right when they said Cory Gardner lacks judgment.  I cannot and will not corroborate their claim on body hair.

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    "The Trump Administration, under Congressional direction"…

    Right, Cory. The Dumpster® don't take direction from anyone. Well, with the exception of Vlad.

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