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Trump’s Glorification of ISIS Leader’s Gory Death Panned by Critics

President Donald Trump's announcement Sunday morning that the U.S. military killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday night was peppered with glorifications of the violence that led to the militant's death...

It’s Trump against the Constitution, and only one can win

The day after Trump's own top diplomat in Ukraine gave smoking gun bombshell testimony that should be the end of his tenure in the Oval Office, a gang of Republican congressmen tried to create...

Trump turns announcement of ISIS leader’s death into disturbing rant, says U.S. will take...

As expected, Donald Trump announced that U.S. forces had found and killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to Trump, several other ISIS fighters were killed at the site while a smaller group was...

Sondland told House investigators Trump’s pressure on Ukraine was a quid pro quo

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the kind of thing that used to be a bombshell story before Jiminy Scandals came along. Apparently, U.S. ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told House investigators during his...
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Trump to make morning announcement, likely concerns death of ISIS leader Baghdadi

On Saturday evening, Donald Trump tweeted that “something big” had happened. For the next eight hours, the nation was left to wonder if this meant another almost-there trade deal, that Trump hand installed his name...
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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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Nationals confirm Game 5 World Series first pitch honors belong to José Andres, not...

Major League Baseball’s World Series championship series is underway between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. The Nationals took a surprising 2-0 game lead in the series, winning the first two games in...

What Trump calls a ‘great outcome’ in Syria is a total humiliation and a...

For more than a decade, Kurdish women and men fought alongside U.S. troops to defeat terrorists in Iraq and Syria. A big part of that effort was pushing terrorists out of the cities, which required...

‘You Don’t Have A Right To Know What Goes On Behind Closed Doors’ Says...

If hypocrisy was a form of precipitation, the amount of it generated by the Republicans this week alone would bury the country in a blizzard. Starting with Rudy Giuliani, comparing the closed-door impeachment inquiry to the Salem witch trials, and going to the ne plus ultra (for now) publicity stunt of Matt Gaetz storming the House SCIF conference room, the Republicans want you to think that it’s the Democrats who are violating both the law and House procedure — and not them. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It was Matt Gaetz and his comrades who violated House policy by entering a secured facility with electronics. They even had a pizza party in there until the sergeant at arms threw them out and the scheduled deposition went forward five hours later than planned. Now, if you dial your memory back just a few years, this is one hundred eighty degrees away from what was going on when the Benghaaaaazi debacle was taking place. “The committee’s preference for private interviews over public hearings has been questioned,” former Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee said in its final report. “Interviews are a more efficient and effective means of discovery. Interviews allow witnesses to be questioned in depth by a highly prepared member or staff person. In a hearing, every member of a committee is recognized — usually for five minutes — a procedure which precludes in-depth in-depth focused questioning. Interviews also allow the committee to safeguard the privacy of witnesses who may fear retaliation for cooperating or whose work requires anonymity, such as intelligence community operatives.” So it’s okay if you’re a Republican. We get that. Now, add to that this commentary by none other than Trump “economic adviser” Peter Navarro, decried as a complete quack for years now by any legitimate economist in the country, if not the world. Navarro has zero credibility among experts of both parties who specialize in the field in which he purports to have expertise (trade). This is because he is an idiot who is limited both by how much he does not know & by the fact that what he does know is wrong. He's also a hack. https://t.co/LaLUTeUUy5 — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 24, 2019 Navarro was asked if the Chinese were asked to begin an investigation on Joe Biden and he said “You don’t have a right to know what happens behind closed doors.” Okay. If your head is ready to spin one-eighties on your shoulders, just like in the movie “Beetlejuice” you are interpreting this correctly. The Republican rule of law is this: If it’s the Democrats doing an investigation, they’re not allowed to abide by normal confidentiality standards for normal reasons, like making sure that multiple witnesses are not tracking each others’ testimony and endeavoring to keep a story consistent. This is what Trey Gowdy was talking about, and Adam Schiff repeated the exact same rationale the other day. But Matt Gaetz chose to ignore that and illegally storm the House conference room, in a blatantly cynical endeavor to undermine the gravity of the impeachment inquiry. Can you imagine what would have happened if the Democrats had done that when the Benghazi investigation was going on? Are you kidding? And then the very next day, Peter Navarro is on CNN underscoring the absolute […]

Trump’s Syria Blunder Will Be Costly To Fix.

These are idiots, when they put one foot forward, they literally have no idea what to do with the other one   Donald E Westlake   Drowned Hopes You know, since the day that Trump first waddled into the Oval Office, like a Yank version of Benny Hill, but without the funny shit, I’ve been forced to become proficient in abiding by and remarking on the law of unintended consequences, simply because that’s the law that Trump’s stupidity violates more than any other. And in Syria, like something wadded up in Andrew Wyeth’s studio garbage can, Trump remains true to form. For starters, I find it highly likely that His Lowness has casually tossed away yet another core constituency that the GOP spent generations cultivating. Let’s just say that you took an oath to the constitution, and you wear a United States military uniform right now. How do you feel? Whether they’re at home or abroad, the vast majority of US troops have access to news media. How does it feel, watching your brothers in arms pelted with tomatoes, potatoes, and rocks by former allies as they scurry away with their tails between their legs, just because their Commander in Chief is a fucking moron? One of the founding pillars of military service is pride and honor, and like everything else in his life, Trump has dragged theirs through the mud. I am going to watch the military and veterans vote very carefully next November. I am not considering the near certain revival of ISIS as an unintended consequence of this whole farrago. Oh no, not by a long shot. Simply because even before the knee jerk pullout of US troops, every military expert still drawing breath warned Trump that vacating that space would all but ensure the reemergence of The Islamic State. Trump went into this with his eyes wide open on that score, and if his ignorance s s manifest that he didn’t comprehend it then this is a shining example of what happens when a President is surrounded by such a coterie of total ass kissers and spineless toadies that nobody has the guts to beat some sense into the silly bastard. The real tragedy of the consequence of the law that Trump just violated is that, directly opposite of what Trump is claiming with his craven cowardice, this action is going to end up costing American military lives. And I’m not talking about the military lives that will be lost when ISIS starts running hell bent for leather over the sand berms of Iraq, hands full of shiny new Syrian, Turkish and Kurdish things that go BOOM!, although that too will almost  certainly happen. I’m talking about down the road, maybe years down the road. Because there is going to come a day, please Dios, let it be January 20, 2021, when the sun will shine, there will be an inaugural crowd that won’t fit into a phone booth, and a new American President will arise from the ashes to try to begin the mammoth task of rebuilding what this blathering idiot has torn asunder. And Lord and little fishes, is that person going tp have their hands full. Starting with repairing the incredible damage Trump has done with our foreign allies. Look, you can forget about the Middle East, Trump has screwed that […]

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