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The Tipping Point

Bullshit. That’s all it is. And not only is it bullshit, but bullshit is all it’s ever been, and bullshit is all it’s ever going to be. And we’ve known it from the start. From the moment he oozed his way down that rattletrap escalator in Trump Tower, we have witnessed not just a candidacy, and not even just a presidency, but an entire administration built solely of pure, unadulterated bullshit. The problem with pure, unadulterated bullshit though, is that it’s not a particularly strong and sturdy material. There were a couple of interesting sniglets in impeachment world today, ones that make my point. First, CNN came out and reported that anonymous Senate sources had confirmed to them that despite his best efforts, Moscow Mitch McConnell lacked the requisite 51 GOP votes to allow him to make the first motion brought to the Senate floor for a vote in the trial be one of dismissing the charges, making it possible for Donnie Depends to scuttle off with nothing more than community service. Apparently there is a limit to the tensile strength of bullshit, especially when everybody is watching you shovel it. A couple of hours later, CBS News broke with the story that not only did McConnell not have the requisite number of GOP votes to give Trump a free pass, but senior White House officials had already resigned themselves to the fact that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer almost certainly had not only enough GOP votes to get to 51 and force the appearance of witnesses in the trial, he likely had more than the number needed to reach 51.Not only isn’t the tensile strength of bullshit not much, but it also seems that it cracks and expands quite easily. You know, bad boys and bullies always have kids hanging around them, kids who love to watch the bad boy get away with shit that they can’t. That pretty well seems to sum up the Republican party in the era of Trump. The problem is that, after watching the bully skate so ma ny times, the other kids start trying it themselves, only to find that the invincibility potion doesn’t travel very well. And then they call for Momma. Trump’s summary execution of Soleimani was an act of pure, senseless, political bullshit. Right now, Trump is balancing on the tightrope, but the wind hasn’t really started to blow yet. But when it does, being Trump, he will do what bullies always do, try to tough it out. And when he starts trying to counter reprisals with escalating military force, then the bully is finally going to find himself in juvie hall. Trust me on this folks, this ain’t my first rodeo. In 1967-68, massive protests against not only the Vietnam war, but the stunning clarity of the fact that our own government was lying to us about both the war, as well as its progress, led LBJ to decide not to run for another term. Those protests dogged Richard Nixon, and ended up bringing on a generational split in this country that has never fully healed. As a 16 year old sophomore that ditched classes not for opening day at Wrigley field, but to take the el train downtown to protest, I know what a powerfully motivating factor war can be. Hell, in two more years, it would […]

Administration Tells Congress “Do Not Debate or Discuss Iran, Trust Us”

Mike Lee is not nearly as smart as he thinks. But for today, he’s doing some smart and brave stuff. Senator Lee, the senior senator from Utah and (h/t Charlie Pierce) self-described “konstitooshunal skolar,” acted like someone who had read the document, and he saved his best in response to learning something we Democrats have long known: The Administration doesn’t recognize Congress’s role or rights in any real government decisions, and thus Congress will not be needed with respect to Iran. To fully understand what is happening here, you need to know that the meeting was led by Mike Pompeo, Esper, and the National Security Advisor. Trump’s people. Therefore, please know, it was the Trump administration itself, in person, in front of a congressional committee members themselves, for only 75 minutes. The administration was there to provide a briefing and answer questions. .@SenMikeLee: "It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government…to come in and tell us that we can't debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran. It's un-American. It's unconstitutional and it's wrong." pic.twitter.com/fVSE6b3EM0 — CSPAN (@cspan) January 8, 2020 The gang of 8 or gang of whomevers, met today with the administration. The congressional/senate side believed the meeting was unprofessional, “sophomoric,” “worst in 19 years,” or about what we’d expect after 3 years of attrition of the “good people” in the administration and rise of the vile and unprincipled. Congress had questions such as: “Why kill Suleimani now, what was the new threat you discussed? The attack saved lives, which ones?” The answers were nothing more than the “most general of generalizations.” Moreover, the elected officials from congress wanted to know if war with Iran was on the table, and they wanted to tell the Trumpers that war would require a congressional vote. After receiving nothing but “rope a dope” and “generalizations,” and “trust-us” for 75 minutes, the administration told Congress to not debate the Iran matter, nor take it up, or talk it up, because it would embolden the Iranians. Now having set forth the framework, here is Lee’s statement that should turn heads: “What I found so distressing is one of the messages was do not discuss, do not debate appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran.” One doesn’t have to be a konstitooshunal skolar to know that congress possesses the sole authority to declare war, and the sole authority to pay for anything anywhere, war or otherwise. This administration might want to rethink its “fuck-you, as two answers right off” approach in answering questions. Look at that quote, or go up and watch the video and look at Lee’s anger – real anger, he’s flustered. There is more going on here. Lee is scared. He just heard from an administration that didn’t believe he deserved their time. The administration certainly believes it has the ability, authority and rationale to tell Congress to “leave it to them,” while essentially ordering Congress to keep their mouths shut. Lee might well have had his first brief brush of fear as to where Trump could go, if unchecked. Lee’s anger is real. But anger is often used to cover fear. I have mastered its use as such. When I look at that man in the video, I see someone angry, but I see […]

A Hidden “Trapdoor” For McConnell On The Way?

Ask not for whom the bell tolls   John Donne There’s some late breaking news today from Capitol Hill today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the full House will vote tomorrow on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s options in continuing or spreading wider the conflict he has already unleashed with his brazen attack on Iran’s #2 general. It is expected that the bill will pass the House like shit through a goose. Whereupon it will be passed on to the United States Senate, the exclusive realm of Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell. And anybody who thinks that either McConnell, or any of the other slobbering retards in the GOP caucus will take one step to diminish the power of El Pendejo Presidente to wage war, even after just having the shit scared out of them, needs an intervention. But this time, Yertl the Turtle’s obstructionism may well end up to come back and bite him and the GOP caucus on the ass. Cast your mind back four years to the wild, anything goes, free association, bad acid trip that was the Trump campaign. What was one of Der Gropinfuror’s most frequent campaign promises, one that helped to swing the opinions of the more simple minded out there? He promised to stop getting the United States into foolish foreign entanglements. And not only that, but he also promised to get all remaining US troops out of the already existing foolish foreign entanglements. And he has continued to speak as an isolationist idjit ever since. But Donald Trump fucked up. As with all other things in his pathetic, misbegotten life, Trump went into this whole Iran tussle thinking with the little head. And we all know where Donald Trump ends up when he does his thinking with his little head. It got Stormy Daniels a chunk of cash, and an improved deal for her adult film production company. This time it took him to the brink of an actual shooting war with a very capable adversary. Trump solely owns anything that can logically be linked back to the taking out of General Soleimani. Lock, stock, and barrel. Not only did His Lowness brag himself silly about ordering the mission, he also forced the Department of Defense to acknowledge that the strike was conducted on Trump’s specific orders. Any fallout or repercussion that comes from this strike against Soleimani, whether her in the US, or in the Middle East, will be a chicken that comes home to roost on Trump’s fat, emty head. And that’s a problem for McConnell. Because he’s such a spineless toady, he will take no action that could possibly incur the Wrath of Dhon. And does McConnell, or any other sentient GOP flunky think that the American people are going to suddenly turn into a bunch of bloodthirsty warmongers just because Glorious Bleater decided to play with his toys? Trump and the GOP swore an oath to get us out of the Middle East, and look what he’s doing now. Once again, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has owned Trump like an adopted orphan puppy. You know, the one who just can’t seem to hit the newspaper consistently? Pelosi and the Democrats are going to paint Trump as a warmonger, and then they’re going to paint themselves as the saviors who proposed legislation to ensure that trump couldn’t get […]

Anybody Hear A “Fat Lady” Singing? Me Neither

OK, look. I’ve been fighting bronchitis for the last two weeks, and I’m not in the best of moods to start with, so could El Pendejo Presidente please just sit down and shut the fuck up?!? Donnie Depends just had to go out and start licking his nuts again today on national television. He’s spiking the ball in the end zone, and we haven’t even had the opening kickoff yet! His Lowness got all puffy chested and glowed radioactive orange while he boasted about how it appeared that the Iranians were “standing down” after their pathetically weak and ineffective counter strike on the Iraqi bases. And he just had to throw out a couple of lame ass threats, like a guy whose friends are pulling him away from the other guy at the bar. Look Mr President, I know that you think that Sanity is just somebody misspelling the name of your favorite FUX News nitwit, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. Maybe somebody else will read it, and realize that the entire world hasn’t gone as off the rails starkers as you have. It really didn’t take any major intelligence coup to determine that the Iranians were “standing down,” since the Iranians themselves announced that as long as their was no retaliation, they considered the matter closed. I hate to break this to you, but over in Iran, an ayatollah doesn’t get to be an ayatollah by being as brain dead stupid as a failed New York real estate developer. These ayatollahs took note of the adventures of “Mad Mo” Qaddafi, and Maddas Hussein. They know that they can’t win an actual general ground conflict with the United States, especially on Iranian soil. And while the word martyr may give comfort and solace to a family member, when it’s used directly before or after your name, it ain’t gonna do you jack shit good. Fortunately, they don’t have to take on the United States directly, or on Iranian soil either. Because that’s exactly what all of those rogue, wildcat extremist groups that Soleimani set up in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and points north, south, east, and west. You know, the ones with the AK-47’s, who treated Soleimani like the second coming of Allah every time he rolled up? The Iranians will continue to fund them lavishly, give them a nod and a wink, and then sit back and watch the carnage. And they’ll say things like Hey! Don’t look at us! We don’t control what these people do. Yu pulled the cork off of the genies bottle Traitor Tot, you jam it back in. And it won’t just be us, either. These terrorist groups will use this excuse to settle some very old scores. Iranian backed militia groups in Syria will attack the Kurds, along with any residual American forces. Iranian backed groups in Iraq will hold raids that will nibble at the efficiency as well as the will of the traditional Iraqi military forces, as well as any US troops in the ares. And good old Hezbollah will start lobbing rockets across the border into Israel, just so stir up trouble there. So don’t go and start pounding yourself on the back about what an incredible hardass you are just yet. Because people are going to die Mr President, a whole lot of them. And when they […]

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