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Melania Trump is All Smiles Sitting Next To The Real President at Barbara Bush’s...

The Hoarse Whisperer on Twitter pointed out that at least one President could make The Third Lady smile…  
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‘An Explicit Act of War’: Senior Iranian Military Official Qasem Soleimani Reportedly Killed in...

A drone strike believed to be from the U.S. military at or near the Baghdad airport reportedly killed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Qasem Soleimani, an act that observers warned could mark a significant step...

Pentagon Releases, Then Deletes, Document Detailing Use of Nuclear Weapons to Restore ‘Strategic Stability’...

The U.S. military appears to believe it can somehow prevail in a nuclear war, according to a Pentagon document that was briefly made public, and has plans for using atomic weapons in "small and...
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LOL! FOX News after US Women’s World Cup Victory

This is hilarious. "I guess Trump’s Fourth of July speech didn’t exactly unify the country." https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/1147939959300612097 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1143892328236687361
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Jerk off! The president of Portugal surprised Trump with an aggressive handshake of his...

If you are a world leader who’s seen Donald Trump time and time again greet world leaders with an aggressive, jerking handshake, a power play to show who’s boss, how do you handle it? In the case of Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, you...
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Well, we finally have our crisis.

This really shouldn’t come as any kind of a surprise. Like the family of a terminally ill patient, we’ve been dreading this day for some time now. The final outcome was never in doubt, the only questions left were when, and how. The when is now, but the how is what is harder to wrap our collective heads around. We finally have the crisis we’ve all bee waiting for on our hands. But strangely enough, it isn’t what most of us had expected. It isn’t the one we most feared, a constitutional crisis brought on by brash action by Trump to stop the Mueller investigation. It isn’t a border crisis in the Southwest either, no matter how loudly and often Trump proclaims it. And it isn’t even a humanitarian crisis, as much as Trump has tried to generate it by his hellish policies. No, what we finally ended up with is a national security crisis. A couple of days ago the combined heads of the US intelligence community made a standard appearance before the Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence of the United States Senate. The public portion of that hearing is the closest that those of us without security clearances are ever going to come to a national security briefing. For the Senators, it was the most honest assessment of global threats facing America that these experts could muster. The opening statement was written and rewritten, and vetted for absolute accuracy by every intelligence agency that we have.And in that testimony, every one of the best intelligence officers that we have, backed by the full weight of the US intelligence community, came right out and said that the President of the Unite States didn’t have a clue as to what he was talking about, on almost every serious threat facing this nation. That blunt testimony is not called a crisis. Not at all. That testimony is what we reality based humans call common knowledge. Hell, we’ve known since the day that Trump clanked his way down that schlock gilt escalator that his knowledge was confined to how many pieces are contained in a KFC bucket. The national security crisis occurred solely because of Trump’s response. Trump told his top security advisers that they were passive, naive fools who needed to “go back to school.” We’re not talking about scatter brained idiots like Jared and Ivanka here, nor insufferable wits like Mick Mulvaney, and the rest of the ship of fools that Trump sails to make himself feel mentally superior, we’re talking about selfless professionals who have devoted their lives to getting it right. This is dangerous for two reasons. The first is that Trump has prepared for this day, and plowed the ground carefully. Every lie that Trump has ever told, great or small, serious or nonsensical, has been laid specifically in preparation for this moment. After all, it’s common place now isn’t it? Everybody is already wise to this scam,. What does Trump automatically do when he’s proven wrong about something? He lies. It’s just one more lie to hide his ignorance. And with that attitude, we fail to give this situation the gravity it deserves. Because the second, more important reason that this is a crisis is this. It sets a precedent, and displays that Trump won’t listen to anyone who […]

Matt Gaetz 86’d by White House After Vote On War Powers Act

The Child in Chief was not happy with Matt Gaetz for backing Nancy Pelosi’s resolution and not voting to give him unlimited authority to start a war. Worse yet, Gaetz’ office sent an email to other Republicans, urging that they vote against Trump’s interests as well.  “We WILL be voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 83, and hope you will do the same!” So much for “Trump’s Best Buddy,” “Trump’s Ultimate Defender” and “Rising star of the Trumpian right,” as Gaetz advertises himself on his campaign website. Retribution from the White House was swift. Washington Post: A senior White House official said it was “super uncool” and “quite unwise” for Gaetz to push for limits on the president’s authority. This person added that White House officials would not be returning Gaetz’s phone calls, text messages, “smoke signals or his kneelings in the snow.” Whether Trump will take revenge on the congressman, who has made hundreds of television appearances backing the president and is a frequent visitor at the White House, remains unclear. Trump is often transactional, current and former aides say, and there is probably a path for Gaetz to return to the proverbial tent. I guess Matt Gaetz will be practicing how to suck the chrome off of a trailer hitch in order to get back into Trump’s good graces. One interesting point here though: when push came to shove, Gaetz considered the reactions of his constituents, many of whom are military, and he put that above being a Trump sycophant. Wonder how many more Republicans might do just the same?

Middle East Expert Debunks Trump’s and Pompeo’s Claims That There Was An ‘Imminent Attack’...

The new talking point unveiled by Donald Trump Friday and megaphoned by Mike Pompeo on Fox News, is that the assassination of Qasem Soleimani was done “to prevent a war, not to start a war” and that “lives were saved.” Paradoxically, Pompeo is saying how the region is now “safer” while the State Department urges everybody in Iraq to run and if you’re not in Iraq, don’t go there. An expert on ISIS and Al-Queda, who works as a correspondent for the New York Times provides evidence that there was no imminent attack — which would make Trump and Pompeo liars, fancy that? And the reason? Deflect from impeachment, most probably. 2. In fact the evidence pointing to that came as three discrete facts: a) A pattern of travel showing Suleimani was in Syria, Lebanon & Iraq to meet with Shia proxies known to have an offensive position to the US. (As one source said that’s just “business as usual” for Suleimani) — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 4. And finally, a) and b) were read in the context of c) Iran’s increasingly bellicose position towards American interests in Iraq, including the attack that killed a U.S. contractor and the recent protest outside the American embassy. — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 6. One official described the planning for the strike as chaotic. The official says that following the attack on an Iraqi base which killed an American contractor circa Dec. 27, Trump was presented a menu of options for how to retaliate. Killing Suleimani was the “far out option” — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 8. It was after the embassy protests that the president, according to one US official, chose the Suleimani option, but the problem at that point in time is that American intelligence did not know his precise whereabouts. They scrambled to locate him, says the official. — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 10. Since the strike, Iran has convened its national security chiefs. Chatter intercepted by American intelligence indicates they’re considering a range of options. Cyberattacks, attacks on oil facilities and American personnel and diplomatic outposts have all been cited so far. — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 12. Another is attacks on American diplomatic and military outposts not just in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, but as far afield as UAE and Bahrain. The official I spoke to was particularly concerned for American troops stationed in Iraq, some of whom are co-located with Shia militias — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 14. In 2019, America has been denied airspace and access to operations in Iraq to go after ISIS at the behest of Iran-backed groups. The US has also been told to stop communicating with Sunni tribes. These are important setbacks that have already weakened the US’ posture in Iraq — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 16. A likely outcome of the recent strike is that small, out-of-the-way outposts for special operations forces will be deemed too vulnerable and will be eliminated. Fighting ISIS is no longer the priority if the outer wall of the US embassy is being attacked. — Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 4, 2020 17. Before I go back to the pool let me just say the obvious: No one’s trying to downplay Suleimani’s crimes. […]
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World War III started during the 2016 elections—and the United States lost the first...

Make no mistake about it: the opening shots of World War III were fired upon the United States of America during the lead up to the 2016 presidential elections.The battle raged on during the 2016 ...

Marco Rubio, Eager to Commit Troops to Venezuela, Tweets out Death Porn Pic of...

There is no doubt that the Maduro regime in Venezuela is not good for its own people and not good for American Petro giants. Where my doubt comes in is the idea that Bolton, Abrams and drumpf have any good intent in kicking that particular hornets nest. But Senator Rubio is so gung-ho to back their play that he is posting death porn of Muammar Gaddafi to posit what a lark intervention would be… (trigger) This after suggesting that intervention in Venezuela, twelve times the area, mountainous, jungle infused and bordering on Columbia, which has wrestled with guerrilla warfare for decade would be a cakewalk like taking down Noriega in Panama. A more realistic assessment of what war in Venezuela would entail can be found here. “If this happens, the United States would almost certainly get involved militarily. What would that look like? To envision this, we have to borrow from the U.S. performance in Iraq and Afghanistan. The early phases of a direct U.S. intervention would probably be marked by a “shock and awe” campaign of targeted bombardments, intended to force Maduro and his circle to leave power quickly. One hopes that this phase would be surgical, limited to military targets. One hopes, too, that U.S. forces would take better care this time not to destroy infrastructure on which the civilian population depends, and that it will be essential to rebuild quickly: the electrical grid, clean water, transportation, medical facilities. Still, it is hard to be surgical in a city of 3 million like Caracas. There will be collateral damage. U.S. bombs, missiles, and drones will kill civilians. If aerial bombardments don’t succeed in dislodging the regime, then expect a commitment of land forces. That could mean urban warfare and house-to-house fighting. This is the worst-case scenario, as it would mean being bogged down with far higher U.S. casualties than anticipated. A wild card here are the Venezuelan people themselves. About two-thirds to three-quarters of them oppose Maduro, but how many will welcome foreign occupiers? Will U.S. personnel be “greeted as liberators?” Will local leaders be able to overlook Donald Trump reviving U.S. gunboat diplomacy on a scale not seen in generations? And even if the Venezuelan people do welcome the foreign occupiers, can the chavistas’ irregular forces terrorize them from actively collaborating?” But perhaps it will all go well. drumpf will get his military parade through Caracas and the Chavista guerrillas and Colombia drug lords will welcome our arrival, lay down their weapons and break into a rousing chorus of The Star Spangled Banner. And perhaps MAGA ball-cap wearing condors will fly in formation out of Rubio’s pink ass. Lacking a crystal ball all I can do today is worry and report Rubio’s grotesque tweet. And I suggest you all do likewise.

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