Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump speech at Ft. Myer; Ryan's Town Hall

President Trump proposed a pragmatic strategy In Afghanistan in his speech from Fort Meyer, VA, Henderson Hall, tonight, in a half-hour address.  He said that he would not announced an end date to any strategy and that any plan would be results-based, not time-based, because an enemy can simply wait us out. The main CNN story is here.  He seemed to read the speech from a teleprompter.

Trump made an appeal to distributed consciousness:  a wound on one is wound on all of us.  It doesn't seem to apply to him.

His approach is called "principled realism".

Then CNN presented a Town Hall with House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Ryan was quite emphatic in denouncing neo-Nazis and white supremacists as particularly dangerous enemies, especially of African-Americans, and said the President messed up a couple times in handling this issue.

Later Ryan defended the idea of replacing Obamacare with a system that singled out high risk pools for special subsidies.  CNN coverage here

Ryan talked about the beneficial effect of Foxconn on his own home community in Wisconsin.  

Ryan said that the recent progress of North Korea toward miniaturized nuclear warheads on ICBM's could create a grave threat to the U.S.  

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