Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trump Was Lying About Carrier Task Force Deployment to Iran. Big Surprise.

So, a few days ago Trump trotted out John Bolton to threaten Iran, saying the deployment was meant “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.” Of course that turns out to be utter nonsense as the deployment was planned months ago. Breaking Defense “WASHINGTON:  The day after the White House released a stern statement announcing the immediate deployments of an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber wing to the Persian Gulf to deter an unnamed Iranian threat, Navy chief Adm. John Richardson was put in what has become a familiar position for the Pentagon brass: explaining a surprise White House statement on a controversial topic. In response to National Security Advisor Advisor John Bolton’s Sunday evening statement that the forces were being dispatched to the Gulf in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” by Iran, Richardson said Monday that, essentially, the deployment was just business as usual. “The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group was planned to deploy for some time now,” Richardson told the SeaAirSpace conference. He touted the Lincoln’s new route to the Gulf as an example of “dynamic force employment,” a new Navy tactic that is meant to surprise potential adversaries by having US ships show up off their coastlines without warning. He didn’t explain how a White House press release is an example of tactical surprise.” Not only did Trump and Bolton fail to distract from the political calamity du jour, they also blew the primary mission of the deployment, to achieve tactical surprise. Good job, idi Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
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Vladimir Putin is exactly the person that you would expect to find manipulating a situation like this. This is right up his alley. Putin is backing Nicholas Maduro, who is considered to be a strongman, staying in power in Venezuela due to the result a fraudulent election. The situation got incredibly tense when Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly, declared himself acting president, saying that last year’s re-election of Nicholas Maduro was illegitimate, largely due to the fact that in 2017 Maduro created a second legislature, filled with his own loyalists, which was subsequently condemned as fraudulent. Understandably, major world powers were drawn into the controversy, with the U.S. backing Guaido and Russia and China backing Maduro. John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and others said that Maduro’s days were numbered, in no uncertain terms. That was official U.S. foreign policy on the subject — until Donald Trump phoned up Vladimir Putin on Friday. Take a look at this time line. Wednesday John Bolton said, and this is quoting from the Washington Post, “that if the Russians continue to ignore U.S. warnings about malign influence in Venezuela, they ‘will do so at their own cost.'” That same day, Mike Pompeo was on the line with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who he’s scheduled to meet with in Finland in a few days, and he said, Russia had told Maduro not to step down and accept an offer of passage to Venezuelan ally Cuba. “It’s the case that Maduro may rule for a little while longer, but he’s not going to govern,” Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday. “Structurally, there’s no way he stays in power. It’s time for him to leave, and we need the Cubans and the Russians to follow him out the door.” This seems pretty plain. That was on Thursday. Now, on Friday, Donald Trump telephones Vladimir Putin and the two of them have a nice chit chat for one and a half hours. It was not a Skype call, but be that as it may, Trump reported Putin smiling when they spoke of the Mueller investigation. Mike Pence hears Jesus and Trump sees visions of Putin, it all fits. “We discussed it. He actually sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse,” Trump said. “But he knew that, because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever.” The Post reports that Putin had stated last month that the Mueller investigation made a “mountain out of a molehill,” but even this hoary old cliche is apparently beyond Trump’s level of sophistication. It only bears mentioning here because, besides showing once again what a moron Trump is, it establishes that what Putin says and what Trump hears are two very, very different things. Another thing Trump heard Putin say during their phone call, is that “He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela, other than he’d like to see something positive happen for Venezuela.” This is in direct contradiction to what Mike Pompeo says, which is, again quoting the Post, “that Russia propped up embattled Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro and blocked what might have been a peaceful transfer of power to the U.S.-backed opposition.” That takes us up to Saturday, where Maduro went on television, […]
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