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    Trump's not a neo-con. The Americans are tapped out already and wish the rest of the world would just go to hell and leave them alone.

    But this is a significant admission given how much we hear analysts saying this is the big bogey the americans are afraid of.

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    Americans prepare early on for the worst possible scenarios. I'm glad he admitted it, bursting the bubble that made the rounds of FP circles in capitals around the world about, how scary a Pakistani nuke falling in the wrong hands might be. Well, FAYI, Pakistani nukes are already in the wrong hands, and no, America is not afraid of this scenario. They sit 1000s of miles away and Pak is ages before any Pak missile can reach the US. The day of a Pak missile reaching Washington D.C. would never probably come. And, I didn't say I don't like Bolton.
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    The Russians are doing their big exercise in Siberia, Trump's put a hold on NATO big exercises. See, how he engaged with Kim.

    Trump senses there is ZERO appetite for any war, no invasions and this is why he keeps things cool with Putin.

    He's out if ever he so much as signs up for any foreign adventures. As it is he wanted nothing to do with Afghanistan.

    This is why the America first line. Forget the world, worry about home.

    So i don't think Bolton has much scope for any mischief with this administration. He knows it even if his detractors still think its 2003
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    Yeah. But rumor has it that President Trump wanted to invade Venezuela, and his closest advisors advised him against it. The thing is Trump is not the most intelligent of the lot, he is lucky to be surrounded by people who are. Then again I remain in doubt about his tweets about Pakistan. He doesn't have itchy fingers, so there must be convergence of issues related to Pak, some of who in his administration believes in punishing. It's difficult to predict in which direction American FP is moving nowadays or whether anything of those already on the cards will bear fruit. This administration will fizzle out like a soda can or something big will happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle View Post
    Then again I remain in doubt about his tweets about Pakistan. He doesn't have itchy fingers, so there must be convergence of issues related to Pak, some of who in his administration believes in punishing.
    What are these doubts ?

    It's difficult to predict in which direction American FP is moving nowadays or whether anything of those already on the cards will bear fruit. This administration will fizzle out like a soda can or something big will happen.
    Never mind predictions, just follow what he says and whether he walks that talk. I don't see any contradictions so far. This guy really talks striaght

    When it comes to following up he's been reliable unless other organs of govt stop him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Edge View Post
    What are these doubts ?
    That Pak does nothing against terrorists and is basically a freeloader. Hell hasn't rained the way it should have.
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    Pakistan action against terror funding not satisfactory: FATF body | IE | Sept 17 2018

    Almost three months after Pakistan was placed on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list for failing to curb terror funding, Pakistan’s recent action against terror financing, particularly on the “legal” front, was found to be “unsatisfactory”, according to a review by the Asia Pacific Policy Group (APPG).

    The APPG examines cases of all countries on the grey and black lists and reports to the FATF.

    Official sources said that a review held on September 11-12 in Jakarta observed that “not much has been achieved by Pakistan, especially on the legal side (like freezing of assets, attachment of funds, militant groups infrastructures etc).”

    The APPG also reviewed Pakistan on its compliance with the 26-point action plan, which Islamabad, in February this year, had submitted to the FATF to choke the funding of militants groups, including Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its affiliates.

    The development, officials said, comes as a major setback for newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was hoping that the inter-governmental body will be lenient in the review given Islamabad’s commitment to the 26-point action plan spanning over a period of 15 months.

    APPG, according to official sources, will report the unsatisfactory performance by Pakistan to the FATF, at its plenary in Paris in October 2018.

    Sources also said that another review for Pakistan will be held in December this year following which a final evaluation report will be prepared. “For Pakistan, the first deadline is January 2019 failing which they may face more heat. By then, Pakistan will have to publish updated lists of persons and entities proscribed under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the UN-designated entities,” the official explained.

    Being on the grey list may hurt Pakistan’s economy as well as its international standing as it faces the risk of being downgraded by multilateral lenders like the IMF, World Bank, ADB etc. And further, reduction in risk-rating by Moodys, S&P and Fitch, which may lead to a fall in the stock market, said the official.

    The process to include Pakistan in the list began in February 2018 when the FATF approved the nomination for monitoring under its International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) commonly known as Grey List. The resolution against Pakistan was moved by the US which says Islamabad is not doing enough to comply with anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering regulations.

    New Delhi has been lobbying hard with the US for the monitoring of Pakistan while highlighting the funding of terrorist activities. India in the past also shared dossiers and evidence regarding the involvement of Pakistan’s officials on deputation at missions in India and elsewhere in peddling fake currency and planning attacks on Indian assets on foreign soil.

    “We had highlighted Islamabad’s complicity in funding foreign terror networks at various international fora,” said a senior government official.

    Pakistan was on the watch-list between 2012 and 2015 as well but only for money laundering. FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

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