Trump Leaves a Lot Unanswered on Afghanistan
Colonel Jack Jacobs, recipient of the Medal of Honor, talks with Rachel Maddow about what Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech means about how the U.S. will conduct itself there going forward, and whether that represents any actual change.
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Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police
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?They don?t even label me based on being African American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian and so on. They tend to see an even broader stereotype through an even more racist lens. The association, which represents 13,000 active and retired NYPD sergeants, says in the video that ?this strange form of racism continues to engulf the country,? without offering any research or statistics to back up the assertion. A Stanford University study of traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, for instance, found that police had a ?lower threshold of suspicion? for black and Latino drivers and were more likely to search their vehicles.
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South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity after she allegedly attacked young model
Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, returned home last night from South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a model with an extension cable in a Johannesburg hotel. However last night lawyers announced they would launch a legal challenge this week to the immunity which allowed Mr Mugabe to escape facing any charges of assault. The immunity, granted after she arrived in South Africa more then a week ago on private business was a political decision not a legal one said Lorna Ferguson, a South African lawyer. ?It was irrational and in contravention of South African laws for her to be granted immunity in the face of what were serious criminal charges laid against her for alleged assault a week ago. Gabriella Engels is seen with an injury to her forehead Credit: Debbie Engels via AP "I consulted the law and with a veteran South Africa foreign affairs expert who said that immunity cannot be granted retrospectively.? Mrs Mugabe is accused of assaulting and injuring Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model who was visiting Mrs Mugabe?s two sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga in a top Johannesburg hotel a week ago. Ms Engels laid charges against Mrs Mugabe after she had her face stitched up in hospital. Mrs Mugabe avoided going to court and was rescued when her husband, President Robert Mugabe, arrived in South Africa to attend a regional conference and arranged immunity for his wife which was officially announced on Saturday. Grace Mugabe, shown here in October 2014, returned home from South Africa Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images Ms Engels case has been taken up by a non Governmental organisation Afriforum which says it will go to court for the injured woman re the immunity, and will also charge Mrs Mugabe in both criminal and civil cases. President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, sneaked out of South Africa via South Africa?s main military airport near the capital Pretoria, in the very early hours of Sunday morning. Alex Magisa, a senior Zimbabwean and legal academic at the University of Kent, said one of the tragedies of the Grace Mugabe assault case in South Africa is that few people in Zimbabwe know about it. No mention of the case has been made on the only TV station and all radio stations and daily newspapers it controls. "Much of the 67 percent of people who live in rural areas have to rely on traditional sources (of information) which simply refused to cover the story. MUGABE TIMELINE "Few incidents illustrate the totalitarian face of the Zimbabwean regime as this current case involving Grace Mugabe?s embarrassing moment in South Africa where she allegedly beat up a young woman whom she found in the company of her two sons,? he said. Mrs Mugabe and various web sites and twitter feeds which support her in Zimbabwe say the first lady was attacked by Ms Engels. Ahead of Mrs Mugabe?s return home, South Africa and Zimbabwe seized and grounded passenger aircraft in Johannesburg and Harare. Only after diplomatic immunity for Mrs Mugabe was gazetted did South Africa?s civil aviation authority allow the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767 it had grounded early Saturday, to take off after midnight on Sunday. Harare had retaliated by seizing a South African Airways aircraft at the Harare International Airport on Saturday and refused to clear it for take-off until after the Mugabe?s were on their way back to Harare. Flights between the two countries have now resumed.
What Donald Trump said about Afghanistan before he was President - and what he's saying now
When Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday night, presenting his Afghanistan strategy, he admitted that it was likely to disappoint his supporters. Mr Trump has long championed withdrawing from Afghanistan, repeatedly attacking Barack Obama for the continued US presence in the region. Yet in a surprise move on Monday night, he claimed that a withdrawal of personnel would leave a power vacuum that to be filled by terrorists, as has happened in Iraq, and committed to more troops. In August 2010 US troop numbers peaked at 100,000, but Mr Obama, despite repeated efforts to withdraw, failed to completely exit the country. An Afghan boy watches as a US Marine scans the area during a patrol in Sangin, south of Kabul, Afghanistan He handed over to Mr Trump with 8,400 troops. ?My original instinct was to pull out - and, historically, I like following my instincts,? he said. ?But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're president of the United States.? As ever with Mr Trump, his tweets came back to haunt him. 2011: 'I would get out of Afghanistan' In 2011 Mr Trump appeared on the show of his friend, Bill O'Reilly, on Fox News. "What I'm getting from you, though, is you would withdraw US troops out of Afghanistan?" asked O'Reilly. Mr Trump replied: "Yes, I would." O'Reilly asked whether they would mean the return of the Taliban. "Well, they're going to come back anyway because they're really in Pakistan," said Mr Trump. 2012: 'Afghanistan is a complete waste' Five years to the day before his Fort Myer speech, Mr Trump tweeted: ?Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!? Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012 2013: 'Let's get out of Afghanistan' A year later, in 2013, he continued his theme, stating: ?Let?s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.? In March 2013 James Mattis, Mr Trump?s current defence secretary, who at the time was the general leading the US military's Central Command, said that he recommended keeping 13,600 American troops in Afghanistan after 2013. We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013 This tweet hasn't aged well. #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/7kVz9dH1eB? Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) August 22, 2017 I agree with Pres. Obama on Afghanistan. We should have a speedy withdrawal. Why should we keep wasting our money -- rebuild the U.S.!? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2013 2013: 'We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan' Mr Trump disagreed, tweeting: ?We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!? In November 2013 Mr Obama again promised to bring the conflict to an end. "This winter, our troop levels in Afghanistan will be down to 34,000, and by this time next year, the transition to Afghan security will be nearly complete. The longest war in American history will end," he said. We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013 Do not allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024-with all costs by U.S.A. MAKE AMERICA GREAT!? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013 Yet in January 2017, when Mr Obama handed over to Mr Trump, he said the security situation in Afghanistan "remains precarious?. He announced that instead of dropping the US troop level to 5,500, he would keep it at about 8,400 through the end of his term, saying his successor can determine the next move. 2016: Policy of 'intervention and chaos' must end Afghanistan barely registered during the 2016 election campaign. But, before taking the reins of power, Mr Trump continued to talk in vague terms about reducing US presence. He said at a December 2016 ?thank you rally? in North Carolina that the policy of "intervention and chaos" must come to an end. 2017: 'A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists' Yet on Monday he had changed his mind and committed more troops to Afghanistan. ?The consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable,? he said. ?A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill.? Mr Trump coupled his pledge with a demand for countries like Britain to do more and criticised Pakistan for not doing enough to tackle terrorist "safe havens". Trump: We are not nation building, we are killing terrorists 01:53 "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists," he said. He also warned the Afghan government that it should not view US support as a "blank check" and said America would work with them "as we see determination and progress".