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Here are some of the "fine people" President Biden is stuck with. I hope his administration can get rid of them - fast.



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Biden announces US will sanction Myanmar's military leaders following coup

By Jennifer Hansler, CNN

February 11, 2021

Washington (CNN) - President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that the United States will sanction Myanmar's military leaders after last week's coup in the country.

In brief remarks, the President said he had approved a new executive order allowing the United States to "immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members." He said they would identify targets of those sanctions this week.

"The US government is taking steps to prevent the generals from improperly having access to the one billion dollars in Burmese government funds held in the United States," Biden noted.

"We're also going to impose strong export controls," he added. "We're freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly," he said, using another name for Myanmar.

Biden called on the military junta to release detained protesters and civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint and cease their crackdowns on demonstrators.

"The military must relinquish power they've seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma, as expressed in their November 8 election," he said, stressing that the issue remains of bipartisan and international concern.

"We'll be ready to impose additional measures and we'll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts," Biden said.

Earlier on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the effort would go beyond unilateral actions to include "working with our partners and allies, including in the region, to determine the right ways to put pressure on and have engagement."

She added that there are "ongoing discussions and talks with our partners and allies in Asia and Europe, and you know there's certainly a recognition that this will need to be a coordinated effort."

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday that "the international community is attempting every avenue to ensure that democracy and civilian leadership is restored in Burma."

"We are making no bones about where we stand when it comes to the military's need to relinquish power," Price said. "We are undertaking a careful review of the assistance that we provide to Burma and with an eye towards ensuring that those responsible for this coup do face significant consequences."

The US State Department last week formally determined that the military takeover constituted a coup d'état, a designation that requires the United States to cut its foreign assistance to the country's government.

Myanmar's top military officials, including armed forces commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing, have already been sanctioned for their roles in human rights abuses against the Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The military has been accused of committing atrocities including mass killings and rape against the Muslim minority population, forcing nearly a million people to flee. The UN has recommended that top military officials face genocide charges. Suu Kyi, one of the now deposed civilian leaders, called reports of genocide "misinformation."

The armed forces seized control of the country last week after detaining top government figures, including leader Suu Kyi, after months of increasing friction between the civilian government and the military, known as the Tatmadaw, over alleged election irregularities.

The State Department's efforts to make contact with Suu Kyi have been denied, Price said Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of people across Myanmar have taken part in protests against the February 1 coup, despite a long history of brutal crackdowns by the military and threats to use live ammunition against demonstrators.

In response, the country's military has sought to limit access to the internet and news services, as well as floating a potential new cyber security law that observers fear could further limit the flow of information.

While Biden and his administration stressed that sanctions will only target Myanmar's military leaders, concern remains that such measures could impact the lives of innocent people. The wide-reaching sanctions the US imposed against the military junta that ruled Myanmar in the 1990s and 2000s proved to have a devastating effect on the country's economy, and some analysts argue the measures impacted the lives of ordinary citizens more than the military.

Sanctions also could complicate efforts with US allies and partners that have invested in Myanmar in recent years, like Japan. Nissan has a production facility in Myanmar, while Japanese investment bank Daiwa Securities and the Tokyo Stock Exchange were tapped to help build the country's first stock exchange. Kirin had a six-year-old joint venture with a Burmese holding company, but the brewing giant said it would end that project because of its partner's links to the military.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi spoke by phone Wednesday and "discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with allies and partners to address the military coup in Burma," the State Department said.

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Republican response: begins 45 seconds into the video. Sorry, but this was the best one I could find.


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I know now why they call him Sleepy Joe. Since he was inaugurated I've been able to sleep at night.

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With rampant inflation, people not willing to take a job because they get more with unemployment benefits, stock market tanking and gasoline shortages in a half of the country I am glad that you have a good night sleep. Reminds me the last years of Carter presidency.

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gera wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 2:18 pm
rampant inflation, people not willing to take a job because they get more with unemployment benefits, stock market tanking and gasoline shortages in a half of the country
Do you think Biden is to blame for all this? If not, your finger is pointing at whom and/or what?

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gera wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 2:18 pm
With rampant inflation, people not willing to take a job because they get more with unemployment benefits, stock market tanking and gasoline shortages in a half of the country I am glad that you have a good night sleep. Reminds me the last years of Carter presidency.
It sounds like you are a typical Faux Noise viewer. Image
63% approval rating. The orange monkey never came close.

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"I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it." ~ John Stuart Mill

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