Yesterday I wrote a very quick piece on the “Not Many” BS we have been fed the last few days. Today there’s much more to ponder and to add. Oh, and the “He” to which I refer in the title? The same terrific guy I mentioned yesterday: Glenn Kirschner. Glenn is an NBC/MSNBC legal analyst, so you have seen him on a whole host of shows; but he now has a daily podcast, on YouTube, titled #Justice Is Coming, on which every day he weighs in and analyzes a current issue using his 30+ years as a federal prosecutor in the DC office of the Justice Department and before that he was a JAG in the military. However, before we get to Glenn and the “what” he may be on to, let’s chat about all of us for a minute. I know from having been a faithful reader of Politizoom and before that, of reading both Ursula’s and Murf’s work on Daily Kos, and of reading all the comments so many of us in this community of informed but, let’s face it, hair-on-fire folks who are concerned, even terrified about the fate of our American democracy, that there are a few abiding, nagging questions all of us are asking. Over and over again. Husband and I ask these questions; we talk with colleagues at the University of Maryland, with friends, with family, all of whom are asking the very same questions. We ask these questions here on Politizoom; they feature on most of the programs we try to catch, including Rachel Maddow; The Last Word; All In; and more. But until this morning at 4 am, I hadn’t heard any answers that made any damned sense to me regarding these questions we keep asking, but in particular one question: Why are literally all Republicans quiet as Edna St. Vincent Millay’s graveyard in “Renascence,” her first published poem? Welp, here for your consideration is what Kirschner came up with and it makes estimably good sense: The Republicans, both House and Senate, aren’t merely enablers. They are complicit; they are co-conspirators; they are as guilty as Donald Trump is of selling out our democracy. And why does Kirschner contend this? Let’s go back a bit and into the belly of the beast: remember all those Republicans who merrily jaunted off to Russia, what, three years ago now? Remember all those Republicans who bad-mouthed Trump during his run for the nomination, among them especially Lindsey Graham, soon-to-be washed up Senator from South Carolina if Jaime Harrison has anything to do with it? And then all those feckless Senators who voted not only against impeachment, but first voted to prevent even any witnesses from testifying? And while we’re at it, all the non-elected Repubs who also maintain a deadly silence, well, except for God bless ‘em, the leakers. Here’s what Glenn says, and the podcast too if you want to hear more. He reminded us: not only did the Russians […]
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When the bombshells start dropping, that’s Donald Trump’s cue to go golfing and play on Twitter. Which is exactly what he did Saturday, ignoring the fact that three major media outlets had revealed that Vladimir Putin was paying Afghan militias money to kill American soldiers and Trump knew about it in March and did nothing. While Trump was out playing, Kayleigh McEnany was busy doing damage control. Here’s what she sent to the Washington Examiner: The White House denied President Trump had been briefed on U.S. intelligence that reportedly determined Russia offered secret bounties to kill U.S. troops. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, issued a statement soon after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden castigated Trump for allegedly taking no retaliatory action. “The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” she said on Saturday. Oh, man. This is a lose-lose proposition. There are only two possibilities, 1. McEnany is lying, and we expected that, and Gina Haspel, Robert O’Brien and Mark Meadows are lying with her, (Haspel has a lot to lose, so I find it surprising she would go along) or 2. God forbid she’s telling the truth and the White House is so out of control that information of that magnitude didn’t even get through to Trump or Pence. I feel paralyzed trying to figure out which one of these scenarios is actually worse. According to multiple sources in NYT, WAPO AND the WSJ, trump was informed in March, trump was “given a MENU of possible responses” — trump has thus far opted out of any of those responses. THIS ADMIN IS LYING AGAIN #TRE45ON #MAGA #TraitorTrump #Putin #Russia #TraitorGOP https://t.co/bzPzcPYC55 — ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@Kris_Sacrebleu) June 27, 2020 I stated the obvious above and now reporters on Twitter are saying it. This raises the obvious and very serious question: The US had intelligence that Russia was paying militants to kill US & allied troops, and officials decided NOT to tell the president or VP about it? — Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) June 27, 2020 CIA: "OMIGOD! Putin is paying bounties to the Taliban to kill US soldiers! We have to tell the president." White House: "Sorry, he's watching TV, tweeting and preparing to golf." CIA: "Oh. I guess we won't tell him about one of the most stunning pieces of intel of all time." — Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 27, 2020 Let’s pretend for a moment this lie is true, that just found out about it today. Does he then call an emergent meeting with the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of Defense, Pompao, CIA, NSA? Nope. He goes golfing. 🙄 — BevMarie (@evenbev) June 27, 2020 So the Commander in Chief of your nation, and his number two, were not informed about this? I can smell the BS from over the pond in the UK — Clive Peedell (@cpeedell) June 27, 2020 I’m with the guy in the UK. In the meanwhile, you won’t be shocked to learn that the Kremlin is claiming that it’s “not aware […]
Daily exposure to Donald Trump is like a form of nerve disease. His antics cause nerve endings to become calloused, from the sensibilities being outraged day in and day out. After a while you become numb. Be that as it may, the bombshell that dropped Friday, revealing that Trump was informed in March that Vladimir Putin had a bounty on American soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan and chose to do nothing about it, got through all the scar tissue and jolted Americans. This is the worst scandal that Trump has faced and that’s saying a mouthful. Everyone in this picture is a patriot, with one exception. @realDonaldTrump apparently knew Putin paid bounties to militants to kill US troops & POTUS did nothing. Actually, it was worse than nothing. Trump last month invited Putin to the G7 summit. Traitorous behavior by Trump. pic.twitter.com/bIaQPvh8Jz — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 27, 2020 Ted Lieu is an Air Force veteran. Trump did indeed invite Putin to the G7. And in April, Trump and Putin “issued a rare joint statement” commemorating US and Russian forces linking up in Germany during World War II, saying it was “an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause,” according to Raw Story: Two weeks later, in early May, he bragged about his efforts to forge closer ties with Russia to a gathering of Republican lawmakers, saying, “all of a sudden, we have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing, getting along with Putin and Russia is a great thing.” […] There has long been speculation that Russia has some sort of kompromat on Trump. Mythical “pee tapes” aside, Trump has longstanding ties to the Russian mob dating back 30 years. Russian money poured into Trumpworld when no bank would give him a loan after his casinos went belly-up. Russian oligarchs and other members of the country’s elite have reportedly snatched up $100 million worth of his tacky properties in Florida alone. He made over $50 million on one “strange” real estate deal with Dmitry Rybolovlev, a billionaire oligarch. […] If the Commander-in-Chief is continuing to do Russia’s bidding after being informed that they’re paying people to kill US soldiers because they could destroy him, or possibly land him in prison, that would at least be an act of self-preservation. The alternatives are pettier, and would show that not only can he be bought off, but that he can be had CHEAP. Two days ago, Trump laid a wreath at a memorial to American war dead while doing nothing about Russia paying insurgents to kill Americans. His presidency is a disgrace to anyone who has ever served this country. #TraitorTrump pic.twitter.com/ULAFedDFH9 — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 27, 2020 In this photo, #TraitorTrump salutes a West Point cadet ***knowing that he might send this young man off to die in Afghanistan with the help of his good friend Putin*** (whom he believes over anything US intelligence says). https://t.co/eWIGwvJDXM — Grant Stern (@grantstern) June 27, 2020 It bears pausing here for a moment to reflect. This writer, Grant Stern, is connecting the facts that here Trump is saluting a cadet, whom he might well send to Afghanistan and his BFF Putin might well kill him — but Donald Trump didn’t connect those facts. Everywhere Trump goes as *president* and everything […]