Trump’s Leaks

Videos – click on link to start.

Part 1

Breathtakingly Irresponsible: Former Bush Iraq Adviser on Trump Sharing Secret Intel with Russians

Part 2

An Impeachable Offense? Questions Swirl as Trump Accused of Sharing Top Secret Intel with Russians


10 thoughts on “Trump’s Leaks

  1. The Democracy Now segments to which you linked are very worth the time to pay attention.

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 international nuclear deal even as he imposed narrow penalties on Iranian and Chinese figures for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program.

    The dual actions, announced by the Departments of State and Treasury, appeared intended to signal a tough stance on Iran even as Trump continued predecessor President Barack Obama’s pact under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

    While Trump criticized the nuclear agreement as a presidential candidate – at one point saying he would “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran” – Wednesday’s actions demonstrated …

    “The United States continues to waive sanctions as required to continue implementing U.S. sanctions-lifting commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the State Department said in a statement, referring to the deal by its formal name.


  3. The Democracy Now segments to which you linked are very worth the time to pay attention

    I don’t often finds things of interest on that site – mostly because it’s relevant solely to US domestic politics. The Trump Presidency doesn’t just affect the US, and the fact that white evangelicals were a major supporter, effectively putting him in power, makes it relevant in a spiritual context.

  4. I found this after I posted under another of your topic headings that consciences are seared.

    I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but I’ve gotten pretty far into it. It’s better than a lot of treatments of the topic. The lesson isn’t all about Jews or being against “the law.” It’s about being consistent and true.

  5. …… The idea has been proposed that Paul’s usage of suneidemsis was prompted by his debate with the Corinthian [bunch of people]. The usages in the Corinthians correspondence are the first chronological occurrences of the term in the New Testament. They also present a unique critique of the role of conscience in relation to a knowledge base.

    A thematic survey of the occurrences of suneidesis [suneivdhsi”] in the New Testament yield at least three major ideas. First, conscience is a God-given capacity for human beings to exercise self-critique. First Corinthians 4:4 and Romans 2:14-15 illustrate this capacity. In 1 Corinthians 4:4 Paul reflects upon his ministry and motives and “knows nothing against himself” (sunoida; translated “My conscience is clear” by the NIV), but affirms that he is still subject to critique by God. Here Paul illustrates that conscience is not an end in itself, but is subject to critique. Romans 2:14-15 is used in its context as an illustration that the Gentiles are in one sense superior to the Jews. The Gentiles’ “self-critique mechanism” (i.e., conscience) is more consistent in reference to their own law (i.e., values) than the Jews’ is to theirs (i.e., the real law). The Jews resisted the law’s role[*] as convictor while the Gentiles’ convictor (conscience) worked. The illustration serves to shame the Jews in their position of greater privilege. The point of Romans 2:14-15 is merely illustrative of how the two parties function. The Gentiles are demonstrating a more consistent “moral” consciousness, “the work of the law” (its function, not its content is in view), in regard to their values than the privileged Jew is in regard to the value of God’s law.

    Second, conscience is consistently imaged as a “witness” to something (cf. Rom 2:15 ; 9:1 ; 2 Cor 1:12 ; 4:2 ; 5:11 ; along with the implications of adjectives such as a “good, ” “clear” conscience ). Conscience is not an independent authority that originates judgments. The idea of conscience as a judge or legislator in the sense of originating an opinion is a modern innovation. A witness does not create evidence but is bound to respond to evidence that exists. The conscience does not dictate the content of right or wrong; it merely witnesses to what the value system in a person has determined is right or wrong. In this regard, conscience is not a guide but needs to be guided by a thoroughly and critically developed value system.

    [* I always think it is important to point out this is a matter in time (under the Herodians).]

  6. I should also say I think it’s better to stick to talking about the context of Corinthians or possibly also specific other groups of people — NOT gentiles in general, like as a rule — as I indicated earlier.

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