'Your garbage is coming home!' Duterte goes after Canada
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hates many things. Drugs. Gambling. God. Now we can add the global scourge of Canada to his hit list.
The perennially furious strongman on Tuesday threatened to go to war against Canada over 103 container vans containing some 2,450 tons of "plastic scrap metal" illegally shipped to the Philippines by Canadian-based firm Chronic Plastics between 2013 and 2014, CNN Philippines reports.
"For Canada's garbage, I want a boat prepared. They better pull that thing out, or I will set sail to Canada and dump their garbage there," Duterte said during a Tuesday briefing. "Let's fight Canada. We'll declare war against them, we can handle them anyway."
"Garbage is coming home. The others, around five trucks, dump it in front of the Canadian embassy. The world runs on arrogance."
President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018.
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We'll let Duterte's sound and fury speak for itself, but it's worth noting that it took longer for the Task & Purpose team to come up with the right headline for this article than it took to write the article itself. So, in the interest of transparency, here is a list of headlines that didn't quite work:
The president of the Philippines says he's going to declare war on Canada if they don't pick up their trash
Trash talking Philippine dictator threatens war with Canada if they don't take out the garbage
Neat freak Philippine strong man threatens to declare war on Canada if they don't reclaim their refuse
The president of the Philippines channeled his inner a-hole 1st Sgt. by threatening war because someone didn't pick up trash
Philippine strongman threatening Canada with war over garbage proves 2019 is a raging dumpster fire
Philippine president vows to go Tony Soprano on Canada over friggin' garbage
Duterte tells Canada to take out the papers and the trash, or they won't get no spending cash
Philippines' Duterte to Canada: Get off your lazy ass and take out the trash cans
'I want this place looking like Disney on Ice in FIVE MINUTES!' Philippines' Duterte yells at Canada
Cleanliness is next to godliness, Philippines claims on eve of war with Canada
Duterte threatens to banish Canada to ash heap of history
Philippines' Duterte to Canada: take back this garbage or you're fucking dead
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"I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next Secretary of the Air Force," Trump tweeted. "She will be an outstanding Secretary! #FlyFightWin"
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."