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    threat?

    "In an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Admiral Mike Mullen rejected threats by some members of Congress to cut the $1.3 billion of annual U.S. aid to Egypt if a government transition does not happen soon."

    What does "theat" here mean exactly? Thank you very much!

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    Re: threat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Punchinello View Post
    "In an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Admiral Mike Mullen rejected threats by some members of Congress to cut the $1.3 billion of annual U.S. aid to Egypt if a government transition does not happen soon."

    What does "theat" here mean exactly? Thank you very much!

    Threat | Define Threat at Dictionary.com
    A threat has two components.

    1) It is something that someone says they will do if a certain situation or condition happens or fails to happen.
    2) It is a threat to the person or people who oppose the possible action in 1).

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    Re: threat?

    Hi Punchinello

    See: threat - definition of threat by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    From your text, it appears that some members of Congress were suggesting that they would make sure that Egypt received no more US Aid until there was a change of government.

    Hope this helps
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    Re: threat?

    I find the use of 'rejected the threats' more interesting. How can an Admiral 'reject' the threats of US congressmen?
    Is he saying:
    - the congressmen won't really carry them out?
    - he disagrees with the idea of threats?
    - the Navy won't let the congressmen carry them out?
    Is he speaking for the Egyptians (who, surely, are the ones to reject the threats or not).

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    Re: threat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I find the use of 'rejected the threats' more interesting. How can an Admiral 'reject' the threats of US congressmen?
    Is he saying:
    - the congressmen won't really carry them out?
    - he disagrees with the idea of threats?
    - the Navy won't let the congressmen carry them out?
    Is he speaking for the Egyptians (who, surely, are the ones to reject the threats or not).
    I think he is saying Congress won't act that way. One Congressman can't set foreign policy (or control the purse strings) by himself.

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    Re: threat?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think he is saying Congress won't act that way. One Congressman can't set foreign policy (or control the purse strings) by himself.
    "... some members of Congress ..."
    Do the military make foreign policy in US?

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    Re: threat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do the military make foreign policy in US?
    hmmmm.

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    Re: threat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "... some members of Congress ..."
    Do the military make foreign policy in US?
    No. The President, as Commander-in-Chief and Head of State makes has executive control of foreign policy. Congress has oversight and is responsible for funding everything.

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    Re: threat?

    Thank you very much! Looks like it's not just me.

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