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9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018 Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof. Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional Dad’s resignation letter.

Dad’s resignation letter.

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Memes, Euro, and Chinese: IRAN JUSTDROPPED THE USDOLLAR FREETHOUGHTPROJEGT SOUNDS LIKE THEY NEED SOME FREEDOM 💭 As Iran Dumps Dollar, Congress Quietly Slips in Bill for ‘Use of Force Against Iran’ 💭 REPORT: On March 21, The Islamic Republic of Iran will cease using the U.S. dollar in all of its financial reporting. The decision to stop using the dollar as a reference has been in the works for some time but was expedited after the Trump administration decided to include Iran as one of the seven countries banned from entering the United States. . Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, reportedly stated the country of Iran needs a much more stable foreign currency, that the dollar is insignificantly found in exchange houses throughout the country, and Iran would be better-suited trading in European Union Euros, Chinese Yen, or in United Arab Emirates Dirham. . Following Trump’s plan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen have all been banned from entering the US for a period of at least 90 days. . Even with all the angst and outrage, if Iran goes ahead with its plan to replace the dollar in its monetary system, the country’s theocratic leaders run the risk of falling victim to U.S. vengeance. . In fact, the United States is already preparing for potential conflict with Iran, the US has introduced H.J.Res.10 – Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution. . This resolution was quietly introduced last month with absolutely no media attention in spite of the fact that it “authorizes the President to use the U.S. Armed forces as necessary in order to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”... . - Continued - . 💭 Read the FULL Report: http:-thefreethoughtproject.com-iran-dollar-trump-war- 💭 Join Us: @TheFreeThoughtProject 💭 TheFreeThoughtProject 💭 LIKE our Facebook page & Visit our website for more News and Information. Link in Bio.... 💭 www.TheFreeThoughtProject.com

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Memes, Paul Ryan, and Survivor: Cancer Survivor Tells Paul Ryan: "I'd Be Dead" Without Obamacare 17th Soulia4 A man who survived cancer despite a grim diagnosis challenged House Speaker PaulRyan (R-Wis.) on his efforts to repeal Obamacare. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today,” Jeff Jeans told Ryan at a CNN town hall event on Thursday. Jeans, who identified himself as a longtime Republican who had worked on campaigns for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, used to oppose the law. But then, he said, that changed when he was given six weeks to live and needed health insurance to get treatment. As a small business owner, Jeans explained, he doesn’t get health insurance through work like many people do. “I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance,” he said. And with a pre-existing condition, he likely would have had a hard time buying coverage in the pre-Obamacare U.S. “I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I’d be dead if it weren’t for him,” he said. Ryan told Jeans that Republicans intend to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health law― which he referred to as being in a “death spiral”― “with something better,” though their plans largely remain a mystery. The Senate on Wednesday night took a major step towards repealing Obamacare, passing a budget resolution that made way for Congress to strip funding for the law. The House will take up the resolution on Friday. Read more stories here from people who say Affordable Care Act saved their lives. 17thsoulja BlackIG17th They have no plan 😂 that's like saying I know you don't have a parachute just jump and we will figure something out . If anything they gonna do one of two things strip it an defund parts of it so it's horrible and blame it on obama. Then come back in patch up the holes they dug into it change the name and give the credit to Trump that's what wypipo do 🙄 rich wypipo don't care how many poor white people they have to throw under the bus 🚌 in order to undermine black people .
Be Like, Bless Up, and Dieting: Dog birthdays are the best birthdays!! Shout to u girls walking around the city in them slim fit Moncler and Canada Goose down coats I see y'all. Lil fine asses y'all think y'all slick. Y'all ain't slick at all. Smash got quadruple x ray vision. U could be wearing that coat over a sweater over another shirt over a bra and imma still be able to ascertain with only a quick glance whether or not I want u to bear my chirren. Them hats with the fur lining with the flappy ears? Them big Burberry scarves with the overcheck? None of that is slick. Smash got a radar for this shit. Y'all gotta remember - I do deals in the Middle East. I travel to a part of the world where I gotta sometimes make a snap judgment based on half an ankle and a half-revealed eyebrow whether a girl gorgeous or not. Y'all. Ain't. Slick. I swear I could judge a beauty contest where the girls wear burqas and I'd be like "Duanphen from Thailand bring your fine ass here u win the beauty contest I could tell by your strut that u fine AF" and then the burqas come off and bam, Smash was right, Ms. Thailand was indeed the winner. Nah but u know what fuck beauty contests. Beauty is more than that. It's not just physical. It's how a woman carry herself. It's how she talk. It's her intellect. It's her independence. It's whether if we're in a argument, she should ice cold slap me across the cheek - hard - and be like "I told you not to push my button" and I'm like "cot damn this woman assault and batteried me ok I deserved it but wow - she crazy, and high-key scary - I like it." How did I get on this tangent? All I'm saying is, regardless how thick your coat is, I see u. That holiday winter weight on your ass and hips looking right. Forget that new year resolution and lemme bury my face in it before u crash diet and start doing three spin classes per day for 'bikini weather'. Let smash enjoy it before it melts away. U dig! Bless up 😍😂😂😂