DML Morning Briefing: Tues. June 22
By Team DML
Today is June 22 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – Iran’s next president gives Biden a new nuclear headache
Politico reports: Iran has chosen a new president, which means Joe Biden faces a new dilemma.
Ebrahim Raisi, the victor in Iran’s recent, tightly controlled election, is not just any hardline Iranian politician. He stands accused of an array of human rights abuses, including the mass killing of political dissidents, and former President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on him. Now, Biden and top aides, led by U.S. special envoy for Iran Robert Malley, are facing pressure over whether to lift the sanctions on Raisi as they negotiate with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Hawkish former U.S. officials and analysts in Washington say Biden shouldn’t lift the sanctions, which Trump imposed on Raisi citing his alleged role in human rights abuses. But Iranian officials are implying the sanctions need to be among those the U.S. lifts if the nuclear deal is to be resurrected.
A final arrangement to revive the 2015 deal would have to include the U.S. lifting an array of sanctions and Iran ending many of its nuclear activities, as well as a consensus on how to sequence those steps. The U.S. also wants assurances from Iran that it will commit to follow-on talks about a more expansive, longer-lasting deal, while Iran wants U.S. pledges that Washington won’t back out of a revived 2015 agreement the way Trump did.
DML: That this is even being considered is INSANITY!
2 – United Nations Applauds Biden Bringing 4X More Refugees to U.S. as Trump
Breitbart reports: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is praising President Joe Biden’s plan to bring four times as many refugees to the United States this year as former President Trump had planned.
In a statement this week, Grandi applauded Biden’s decision to increase the refugee resettlement cap for Fiscal Year 2021 to 62,500 — a more than 315 percent jump compared to the previously established cap of 15,000 refugees for the fiscal year.
“The whole pace will pick up in a few months,” Grandi told Voice of America in an interview. “In the whole of 2020, we only resettled 34,000 people [globally]. The year before was more than 100,000. The drop was enormous.”
“I don’t know if we’ll be able to get [to 62,500 admissions] that quickly,” Grandi said. “What is important is that there is an intention to get there.”
As of early May, Biden had resettled nearly 1,000 refugees across the U.S.
DML: As if the flood coming across the southern border isn’t enough, Biden is going to have them pouring in from every direction.
3 – Colorado mayor suspends Pledge of Allegiance at meeting, attendees recite it anyway
Fox News reports: Shane Fuhrman, the mayor of Silverton, Colorado, announced at a trustee meeting last week that the Pledge of Allegiance will be suspended due to “direct and indirect threats,” which prompted at least one trustee to challenge his ruling before attendees recited the pledge anyway.
KDVR reported that Fuhrman said he made the decision based on inappropriate comments “in and out of public meetings and general divisiveness and issues created in our community.”
One of the trustees challenged him and called out his “unilateral” decision. He downplayed her concerns and told her to find out where it is written that says he cannot make such a ruling, at which point he would “welcome that discussion at our next meeting.”
DML: Never thought I would see the day when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is described as “heckling.”
4 – Washington Post slammed for video highlighting expert’s call for ‘period of deep shame’ for White people
Fox News reports: Critics are slamming the Washington Post for a video they published in which ‘experts’ encourage white people to create “white accountability groups” and to go through a “period of deep shame.”
On Friday, the Washington Post released a new video as part of its podcast series titled “The New Normal.” The five-minute segment titled “What is White racial identity and why is it important?” featured an array of mental health experts and scholars in which they discussed the “understanding your whiteness and the ways that white supremacy benefits you.”
One of the ways experts suggested to “understand whiteness” included, among other things, joining or creating a “White accountability group.” The video also insisted that no matter how much work one puts into being “anti-racist,” there is really no end to White accountability.
Author and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem introduced the idea stating “[a]n antiracist culture does not exist among White people. White people need to start getting together specifically around race.” He also added that these White-only accountability groups could have to meet for a period of several years to end up with a community “aligned with each other.”
Watch the first minute of the video below:
5 – Nine-year-old girl torches school board over BLM posters in FIERY speech
Fox News reports: A 9-year-old student took a school board to task over its apparent 180 on a policy barring teachers from displaying Black Lives Matter posters.
The viral video, making the rounds online this week, shows the girl speaking before a Lakeville Area School Board meeting on June 8.
The student, who only identified herself as “Novalee,” said she saw posters of Black Lives Matter and Amanda Gorman on her teacher’s wall at Lakeville Elementary School. The presence of these posters, she said, contradicted what the school board said at a prior meeting: “no politics in school.”
The school district is located in Lakeville, a suburb of Minneapolis.
DML: Kids have more common sense than anyone else these days!
6 – State Department to fly ‘Progress’ flag in honor of Pride Month
The NY Post reports: The State Department will fly its pride flag later this month. Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed at an Atlantic Council event Monday that the department will fly the “Progress” flag for the first time to mark Pride Month.
Blinken described the flag — which incorporates a black, brown, light blue, pink and white chevron into the traditional rainbow-colored pride flag — as “a symbol that encompasses the diversity and intersectionality of LGBTQI persons and communities around the world.”
The secretary said the flag would be flown for three days beginning June 26.
DML: Sometimes, there are just no words.