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  • Why Would the White House Do This?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp

    A Republican lawmaker blocked a resolution
    recognizing the Armenian genocide
    from being passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Thursday — the third time a GOP senator has done so since the House passed the legislation by a 405-to-11 vote.

    The senator, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, was acting at the direction of the White House, said the resolution's Republican co-author, Ted Cruz.

    "Those objections have been raised on behalf of the administration. The administration has asked senators to raise objections," the Texas senator said, calling that position "a mistake."

    The resolution "acknowledges the horrific atrocity that was the Armenian genocide, the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians that for far too long has been covered up, has been hidden, and U.S. policy has not acknowledged," Cruz said.

    Cruz's Democratic co-author on the resolution, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said he was "deeply disappointed" by Cramer's objection — and noted that Cramer had co-sponsored similar legislation on the genocide in the past.

    Cramer said on the Senate floor that "I support the spirit of the bill" but "I don't think this is the right time" to pass it because of the Trump administration's current negotiations with Turkey over a range of topics including Syria and missile defense.

    "There's never a good time," Menendez said after Cramer's objection. "In my view there's always a right time, however, to recognize genocide as genocide."

    The resolution, which was passed by the House in late October, recognizes the Ottoman Empire's mass killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. That's accepted as fact by the vast majority of historians, but hotly contested by the Turkish government, which maintains the death toll is inflated.

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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    I don't think this is the right time" to pass it because of the Trump administration's current negotiations with Turkey over a range of topics including Syria and missile defense.
    That might be a reasonable reason. Condemning Turkey while trying to make nice with Turkey isn't going to make that bird fly.

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    • #3
      You actually mean conspiring with Turkey to abandon the Kurds?

      And Turkey should be desiring to 'make nice' with the US. Instead, they are making arms deals with the Russians.
      We are not now that strength which in old days
      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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      • #4
        My understanding is that the US Senate has never passed any resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide under any president. So, officially the US does not recognize the Armenian genocide even though there have been House resolutions and Senate committees which have voted for such recognition

        Here is one example when Obama was president

        https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres410

        Introduced
        Apr 3, 2014
        113th Congress, 2013–2015
        Status
        Died in a previous Congress

        This resolution was introduced on April 10, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



        By the way, in April 3, 2014 the Senate was controlled by the Democrats

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_U...nate_elections

        The reason behind all this is that Turkey is considered a valuable ally, and this tramps everything related to the Armenian genocide. That was the case in the past, and it has not changed.
        Last edited by pamak; 05 Dec 19, 19:26.
        My most dangerous mission: I landed in the middle of an enemy tank battalion and I immediately, started spraying bullets killing everybody around me having fun up until my computer froze...

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        • #5


          Yes, I'm tired of meaningless threads about Trump did X or Y or whatever...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Massena View Post
            https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp

            A Republican lawmaker blocked a resolution
            recognizing the Armenian genocide
            from being passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Thursday — the third time a GOP senator has done so since the House passed the legislation by a 405-to-11 vote.

            So what?
            Pass the bill on a recorded vote in regular order.

            what's the crisis?

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