Month: May 2018

LaBoyteaux 2020 – Memorial Day

Just read a story about the USS Indianapolis tragedy during WWII.  So many sacrifices for this great nation then and continuing to the present.  My parents returned from WWII, my father an Army Quartermaster and my mother a MASH nurse.  They were young, brave, and compassionate people.  Their experience taught them tolerance and human equality.

So if I could walk into the Oval Office at 8:OOAM tomorrow morning, after reading the daily security brief, the first thing I would do is stop the cruelty of families being torn apart, children separated from their parents, a young girl dead because she was hoping for a job.

And when I need to explain my policies or decisions to the American people, I will not tweet.  I will look you in the eye with a news conference, interview or press release.  I will trust the press to mostly get it right and I will trust the American people to think and search for truth.  We are a nation descended from immigrants.  So many have died for our freedoms.  We deserve  better.

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LaBoyteaux 2020 – 60 Dead and Counting

In December I spoke of taking a practical and non-partisan approach to many issues, the US Embassy in Israel as a primary example.  So now there have been 60 unnecessary deaths and counting just so we could post a sign.  The real embassy work is still in Tel-Aviv and will continue there for some time.  There is no real need for a new embassy.

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LaBoyteaux 2020 – The Iran Nuclear Deal

Even if I am wrong, I want to be out front on this issue rather than reacting to an announcement expected later today. Trust is the most important part of human relationships extending to and including international agreements and diplomacy. The value of our democracy is measured in the truth of our words and the strength of our promises.

Iran has upheld their part of the agreement as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency and all our allies and partners in the agreement. Only Israel now claims, without international verifications, that Iran has been cheating. Further, keeping records of past research does not seem to me to violate the agreement. Iran is not refining nuclear material nor building warheads. Even if temporary for 10-15 years, this was a major step in securing peace in the Middle East. Building on that trust, discussions need to continue to restrain Iran’s other destabilizing behavior in Syria and Yemen.

Past lessons, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Our role in keeping peace in that troubled region is based on integrity with all and keeping our word.

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