Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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Video of Trump Warning ‘Our President Will Start a War With Iran Because He...

Video footage of then-private citizen Donald Trump warning in 2011 that "our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate" resurfaced Thursday night after the U.S. assassinated...
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Australian PM Morrison: “we are working to – outlaw these indulgent and selfish” Climate...

Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of coal. Australia's Leader Called For A Crackdown On Environmentalists Before Fires Broke Out Governments are increasingly casting environmental activism as a new kind of extremism, punishing and marginalizing protesters. By J....
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Soldiers Of Fortune

Vive l’amour, vive la guerre, vive le sacre mercenaire   Frederick Forsyth   The Dogs Of War I think we need to coin a new word. Tell me, what comes after the word ridiculous? Because in the current moment we’ve vaulted beyond the word ridiculous, and just tossing the word “fucking” in front of it doesn’t seem to do the gravity of the issue justice. Any suggestions? I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around this. The Secretary of Defense came right out, in public, and said that the United States won’t be pulling all of our troops out of Syria. We’re actually going to be leaving a small residual force behind to “protect the oil.” OK, this is just so fundamentally wrong. Since when does the United States end a conflict with pillage and plunder. The last time I checked, the operative phrase was “To the victors go the spoils,” but I didn’t hear the Defense Secretary declare any kind of victory in Syria. The mere act of eschewing humanitarian assistance, and abandoning a brave and faithful fighting ally, while leaving a residual force behind to “protect the oil” means nothing more or less than the fact that the United States sent in a mercenary army for national gain. The only things that this does is to cheapen the image of the United States, as well as desecrate the honor of those who fell there. Sadly, this outcome doesn’t amaze me, simply because it is so purely Trumpian. This has been the benchmark for His Lowness all along. All the way back in the the 2016 campaign, Trump criticized Obama’s withdrawal of our forces from Iraq because we “didn’t keep the oil!”  The fact that our original entry into Iraq was based on a cobbled up mosaic of bullshit was fine in Trump’s mind, as long as we turned a dollar on the outcome. If Trump ever decides to suddenly pull all of our troops out of Afghanistan, I’ll be flabbergasted if he doesn’t announce that we’re leaving a small residual force behind to “protect the pine cones.” After all, Christmas is coming. Now, this whole thing is disgusting enough, but what’s even worse is the way that this announced policy came into being. Apparently, Trump’s military advisers were fighting hi tooth and nail over pulling all of the troops out of Syria, and completely ceding the territory to Turkey and Russia, but Trump was adamant. One of the advisers, remembering Trump’s invariably transactional nature, proposed leaving a covering force in Syria to “protect the oil,” and Trump bit like a trout on a fly lure. Are you tracking this? The military leaders of the United States were literally reduced into conning the most powerful man in the free world out of making a militarily disastrous decision, sacrificing the dignity and respect of the United States in the process! A Panelist on MSNBC this morning summed it up perfectly when he said, “This is akin to giving a baby their medicine mixed in with yogurt, or applesauce.” This is what we’ve been reduced to. Which begs the truly terrifying question. What happens if or when Trump’s military advisers are confronted with a situation in which there is no suitable decoy vehicle with which to get the medicine to the fucking Toddler in Chief?!? What happens if we encounter a […]
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Trump Had Views On A President Starting War With Iran To Stay In Office...

Donald Trump had views about the efficacy of a war in Iran for staying in the White House — back when Obama was in office. I always said @BarackObama will attack Iran, in some form, prior to the election. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012 Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. Looks like he'll have to start a war or major conflict to win. Don't put it past him! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2012 Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected–be careful Republicans! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012 So much for peace in the Middle East. The region is destabilized and one can only assume that the U.S. will be forced out of Iraq and Syria. Here’s what the Iranian foreign minister says. The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism. — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 3, 2020 It was a brazen act, just like throwing gasoline on a fire is. Iran is promising consequences and this is to Mr. Consequence Free himself. My God and it’s only January 3.
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Does the Soleimani assassination make sense in any way outside of Trump’s 2020 election...

Text conversation with a friend. On Tuesday, a friend texted me, asking me why John Bolton announced he would testify right after Donald Trump provoked Iran (a policy Bolton agreed with). I agreed, and told...

Rachel Maddow gets the Scoop of the Decade

Rachel Maddow has gotten an exclusive interview with Lev Parnas.  And it’s a bombshell if all of Lev’s corroborating evidence is to be believed.  Here is a sampling ... Giuliani associate Parnas says Trump 'knew exactly...

Charlie Pierce: ‘It’s a Damn Miracle We Aren’t All Dead By Now’

You may remember how George W. Bush was challenged frequently as not being knowledgeable enough about foreign affairs to be president. Malapropisms were Dubya’s forte and he had us holding our sides when he called the Greeks “Grecians” or referred to  the East Timorese as Timorians. That level of ignorance was glossed over at the time with the observation that, “the relevant question isn’t how many names of foreign leaders a candidate knows, but whether he has the strategic vision for America’s role in the world,” according to Charlie Pierce’s column in Esquire today. In other words, who needs facts or knowledge, as long as you have a “vision?” It was a ridiculous notion then and under Donald Trump it has gone beyond ridiculous to horrifying. This is an excerpt from “A Very Stable Genius” the latest Trump book to drop. Esquire: By that point, six months into his administration, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had grown alarmed by gaping holes in Trump’s knowledge of history, especially the key alliances forged following World War II. Trump had dismissed allies as worthless, cozied up to authoritarian regimes in Russia and elsewhere, and advocated withdrawing troops from strategic outposts and active theaters alike. Trump organized his unorthodox worldview under the simplistic banner of “America First,” but Mattis, Tillerson, and Cohn feared his proposals were rash, barely considered, and a danger to America’s superpower standing. They also felt that many of Trump’s impulsive ideas stemmed from his lack of familiarity with U.S. history and, even, where countries were located. To have a useful discussion with him, the trio agreed, they had to create a basic knowledge, a shared language. Trump’s first complaint was to repeat what he had vented about to his national security adviser months earlier: South Korea should pay for a $10 billion missile defense system that the United States built for it. The system was designed to shoot down any short- and medium-range ballistic missiles from North Korea to protect South Korea and American troops stationed there. But Trump argued that the South Koreans should pay for it, proposing that the administration pull U.S. troops out of the region or bill the South Koreans for their protection. “We should charge them rent,” Trump said of South Korea. “We should make them pay for our soldiers. We should make money off of everything.” “We should make money off of everything.” This is what you get when you have a rank amateur, with no background in public service or government, who has spent his entire life grifting. This is what the man knows. This is his level of development. He also went on to say that NATO was “in arrears” thereby demonstrating that he knows nothing about how that body works, and that collection efforts should be made. This is vintage Trump on foreign policy. You recall after the Suleimani assassination how he crowed that the Obama administration “gave billions of dollars to Iran.” He made it sound as if Obama wrote Iran a check. No. What happened is that sanctions were lifted, so Iran got billions of dollars of it’s own money. And we hardly need mention the tariff delusion, that China is pumping cash into the U.S. […]
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Rep. Amash blasts Trump’s mercenary Saudi force: ‘He sells troops’

Rep. Justin Amash — the former Republican who, by dint of the gram of integrity he has, was compelled to leave the party in July — has called out Donald Trump over, well, this egregious...
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Trump team finally releases billions in hurricane relief for Puerto Rico—with major strings attached

Donald Trump and his team have continued to withhold disaster relief funds from Puerto Rico for the hurricanes that hit the island in 2017, and a series of recent earthquakes that have further damaged homes and...
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Pompeo will be dodging Congress again, this time over ‘imminent’ Iran threats

The Washington Post reports that once again, ostensible Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks to be dodging an invitation to Congress to explain administration positions on absolutely anything. He's been asked to testify to...

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