Thomas Jefferson ended the extortion payments the US had been making to the Barbary Pirates of Tripoli. In 1801, Jefferson refused to pay the Barbary Pirates the “protection money” they were charging the US for “safe passage” It was 20% of the US federal budget. The Muslims were terrorizing merchant ships in the Mediterranean Sea. Jefferson sent the US Navy to deliver our Marines to end this scam.
The “International Diplomacy” the US has engaged in for decades includes “payments to behave” and it looks like we are in the same dilemma. The US has been paying extortion payments to Muslim and other criminal enterprise nation-states like North Korea to get them to “behave”. Trump is changing this. He will use “extreme” economic sanctions aimed at the governments of these rogue nation-states.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader