“GOP wants to hold Israel aid hostage to reward its rich donors” – MSNBC
There is a method to the madness. Understand the Republican playbook for taking hostages.
Pick a big target to take hostage. One that really hurts : National Security. Social Security. Aid to allies…
Make outrageous demands: Close the IRS. Cut Medicare. Food stamps. Veteran benefits. Ban immigration…
Raise political donations by touting how outrageous your hostage taking demands are…
See how MAGA Republicans take hostages with this interactive guide. Clock on any image for details.
Republican guide to taking hostages
A hostage that’s worth ransoming
In 2011, immediately after the original debt-ceiling fiasco was resolved, Mitch McConnell offered a chilling assessment of the crisis he helped create. “What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming,” said the Kentucky Republican.
Don’t feel like we should negotiate with our hostage
Twelve years later, it was a well-known GOP congressman in the House who used similar phrasing. Semafor reported: Matt Gaetz leaned into the charge as he explained that he and his fellow hardline conservatives would likely reject any sort of compromise deal that watered down the party-line bill Republicans passed through the House. “I think my conservative colleagues for the most part support Limit, Save, Grow, and they don’t feel like we should negotiate with our hostage,” said Gaetz – MSNBC
Should you negotiate with terrorists?
“There is a moral argument that governments should not negotiate with terrorists. Paying ransoms, for instance, helps terrorist groups maintain control over territory, pay their members, and fuel further terrorism and hostage-taking… The ‘do not negotiate with terrorists’ position is underpinned by the argument that the best way of stopping hostage-taking by terrorists is to remove the incentive.” – Chatham House
TakeAway: Don’t negotiate with terrorist hostage takers.
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