At the outset it, needs to emphasized that quid pro quos are an indispenible diplomatic tool common not only to all governments but to business and industry. It is essentially how deals are made.
It needs to be stressed further that the entire basis of the Democrats’ impeachment farce is something that Donald Trump’s supposed target, Joe Biden, himself did as vice president when — by his own admission — he threatened the Ukrainian president to withhold aid unless he fired a prosecutor who was investigating his son, Hunter.
Having said that, the Democrats now want Americans to believe that the term quid pro quo is a four-letter word. So does this mean that if a Democratic candidate is elected that he won’t use quid pro quos? Not on your life! Take a look at this mix video, a transcript of which follows:
BERNIE SANDERS: My solution is to say to Israel, is you get $3.8 billion every single year. If you want military aid, you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza.
CORY BOOKER: And so, this is not just rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, which I will do right away. It’s actually using every lever of foreign policy we have for more foreign aid to countries making a contingent on climate action.
JAKE TAPPER: You would — you would not necessarily want to leverage U.S. aid to Israel to push him to do that, is what you’re saying?
JULIAN CASTRO: Well, that would not be my first move. I’m not saying that would never happen.
PETE BUTTIGIEG: We need to make sure that any such cooperation and funding is going to things that are compatible with U.S. objectives and with the U.S. law.
JON FAVREAU: We spend a few billion dollars on aid to Israel. Would you ever consider using that aid as leverage to get the Israeli government to act differently?
SANDERS: Absolutely. Absolutely.
REPORTER: Question about Israel. Will you make American aid conditional [inaudible]
ELIZABETH WARREN: It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table. Everything is on the table.
JOE BIDEN: I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion, I’m going to be leaving here, I think it was about six hours, I looked, I said I’ll be leaving in six hours, if the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bit**. He got fired.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession