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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 03:24 PM

Kleptocrats. Opinion by David Ignatius Columnist June 3, 2021 at 6:35 p.m. EDT

'President Biden introduced a big idea into the global debate Thursday when he declared that combating corruption is a “core U.S. national security interest” and “essential to the preservation of our democracy.” He directed every agency of the U.S. government to mobilize for this battle against the kleptocrats — including the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Treasury Department and the military.

Warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the dozens of other klepto-dictators around the world: This means you. The U.S. intelligence community has just been tasked to investigate how and where you hide your money.

If Biden is serious — and frankly, that’s still a big “if” — this could mark a significant turn in U.S. foreign policy. For the sad truth is that the corrupt oligarchs of the world do their business in dollars. U.S.-trained lawyers create their shell companies; U.S.-educated bankers help them hide their assets; U.S. foreign policy often tolerates or even encourages their thievery. This is one crusade that truly must begin at home . . . . . '

Washington Post, June 3,2021

[This is big. Kleptocrats have serious US allies, also including lobbyists, some republicons, etc.].

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Response to empedocles (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 03:31 PM

1. Excellent. Biden is in touch with the person he's always been

but, didn’t always show in DC.

Going BIG after corruption is exactly what I expected from a President Kerry and from a President Warren.

Thank you, President Biden.....from the anti-corruption wing of the Democratic Party.

PS: Smart politics, too.

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Response to empedocles (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 03:55 PM

2. Go Big, Big Joe!

This will make a lasting legacy.

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Response to empedocles (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 05:43 PM

3. IF he us serious

we need to begin with our own kleptocrats down at mar a lago.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 07:19 AM

5. We are on to dejoy

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Response to empedocles (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:06 AM

4. K & R

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