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12 Jan 2019 02:11

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frenchfry wrote:At least there is only a couple of years left of this clown show. The worst is all the sycophants that enable this disaster. Pence who has mastered that adoring, puppy dog eyes look, but he isn't the only one. Truly embarassing for the US, a President that has difficulty uttering a coherent sentence.



We had 8 years of Bush, plus he murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

1) Bush was Shakespeare compared to Trump. Read some of the transcripts sometime and tell me different.
2) Give him time. Also, imagine if 9/11 happened on Trump's watch. Do you really think he would handle it any better?
3) Personally, I find the gratuitous knob-polishing by the cabinet members even more embarrassing. And the terrifying thing is that their sycophancy is probably more important to their job status than how they are actually running their agencies.



I am not sure it really matters. Trump is an idiot, most know that. Bush was an idiot, most know that. It doesn't matter if one of them is less of an idiot than the other. Bush's presidency was destructive to the middle east. Many of the problems we see on the news today are a direct result of continued meddling in middle east politics by US presidents, mostly started by HW Bush in the 80's and into the 1991 Gulf War and then a full on intervention in 2003 by W Bush.

Many are fixated on Trumps incompetence and what he had for breakfast. Most of those people are missing the big picture. They are distracted by what Trump and the deep state is doing domestically AND abroad. The Democrats are ok with Trump if he intervenes abroad. They are not ok if he doesn't. Nobody's done anything constructive on health care, education, infrastructure, drugs, etc. People are still idiotically running around blaming everything on 13 Russian twitter bots and the 4700 dollars that somebody from Russia spent on Facebook ads to somehow bring down an entire presidential election.

Trump derangement syndrome is what Jimmy Dore has been calling it. Rightfully so. It doesn't matter how eloquently a president can express himself. It's his actions that matter. Still complaining about the loss in 2016 and blaming Susan Sarandon, Jill Stein, and 13 Russian Twitter bots for Clinton's loss isn't going to help.
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12 Jan 2019 09:50

https://www.newsmax.com/world/john-bolton-hires-staff-deputy/2019/01/11/id/897833/
White House national security adviser John Bolton has selected a new deputy.

Bolton announced Friday that Charles Kupperman, a longtime colleague dating back to the Reagan administration, would serve as President Donald Trump's new deputy national security adviser.


Some history of Mr Kupperman -
https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/charles-m-kupperman/
Kupperman's ascent among hawks in Washington began in the late 1970s, when he served as a policy advisor to the Committee on the Present Danger, a neoconservative-led advocacy group that aimed to undo détente and replace it with an aggressive anti-Soviet posture (see GroupWatch Profile: Committee on the Present Danger). In 1980, Kupperman served on the Reagan-Bush campaign team and was part of what became known as the "October Surprise Group," whose objective was to prepare for "any last-minute foreign policy or defense-related event, including the release of the hostages, that might favorably impact President Carter in the November election." The group was instrumental in pushing the Iranian hostage crisis to the forefront of the election in an attempt to tarnish the presidency and campaign of Jimmy Carter.
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In September 2015, after remaining out of public attention for many years, Kupperman signed a Center for Security Policy Letter denouncing the July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and calling on President Obama to revoke it. The letter stated in part: “How can this be considered to be anything other than a bad deal?” Kupperman’s co-signers included former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton ,
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In 2005, Kupperman was one of many rightist political figures who signed an open letter in support of the nomination of the John Boltonas U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The nomination, which failed to win the support of the Senate, met fierce opposition, both domestically and abroad. A July 23, 2006 New York Times article by Warren Hoge reported deep scorn for Bolton among UN ambassadors, even from countries close to the United States. According to Hoge, "[M]any diplomats say they see Mr. Bolton as a stand-in for the arrogance of the administration itself." By contrast, Kupperman and the other letter signatories argued that Bolton was uniquely suited to the post, writing, in part, "His tenure as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations during the administration of George H.W. Bush and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security during [the George W. Bush] presidency have honed Mr. Bolton's indisputably impressive intellect and robust diplomatic skills in ways that will serve the nation well at the UN."


So this is a real love fest betwen these two hawks.
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12 Jan 2019 15:15

The nutshell.
Democrats are using their weekly radio address to challenge President Donald Trump and Senate Republican leaders to reopen the government and sit down to discuss border security measures that “we can all get behind.”

Rep. Scott Peters of California says Democrats want to strengthen security along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not in the way the president does, with what Peters calls “a wall that is never going to be built.”

Peters favors “smart approaches” that might include radar and sensors, drones with cameras, high-tech ways of detecting tunnels, and physical barriers such as levees or fences where it makes sense.

He says Democrats don’t support a wall costing billions of dollars that will, in his words, “destroy sensitive lands, take private property, and can be tunneled under, climbed over or cut through.”

To Peters, “that’s not border security. That’s borderline crazy.”


The House will pass no wall bill and the Senate needs 60 votes(meaning Dems)..so it isn't going to happen..period. trump needs to step up, since the majority of the USA thinks he and the GOP are responsible, open the gov't and then talk.

Declare a National Emergency, open gov't? Go ahead and the trump's white elephant will be mired in legal challenges for a long time.

trump's a dope..just watch him unscripted..says now he never said Mexico will pay for the wall, except he did..Never said we'll leave Syria now, except he did..
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12 Jan 2019 15:19

Bolton announced Friday that Charles Kupperman, a longtime colleague dating back to the Reagan administration, would serve as President Donald Trump's new deputy national security adviser.

bolton's a joke..he once said, 'want to keep Iran from having 'the bomb'? Bomb Iran..
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12 Jan 2019 18:32

Of you have seen and listened to Trump over the last week he has hit a wall..the frequency of trial balloons has almost caused an eclipse in DC..Trump is banging everything against Hannity,Ingrahm and Rush Limbaugh to gauge where he is at..this video is not the worst by far and that is pretty scary..if you able to see Trumps comments on the type and quality,capabilities of cars used to cross the border.it will take your breath away
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-cnn-jim-costa-border-invasion_us_5c394112e4b0922a21d50bbf
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12 Jan 2019 18:53

Bolton (& old time buddy Kupperman) with Pompeo are ratcheting up the anti-Iran rhetoric -
http://www.rudaw.net/english/world/11012019
The United States will hold a world summit in February that will focus on countering Iran in the Middle East.

“I am pleased to announce that the US and Poland will jointly host the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Friday evening.

“It will be a forum for countries to address a range of critical issues toward a more peaceful Middle East,” he stated.

Speaking to Fox News earlier, Pompeo said the meeting will bring together dozens of nations and a focus will be “making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the planned summit a “desperate anti-Iran circus.”
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12 Jan 2019 19:21

Because Trump is not a student of history,maybe he can hire someone to explain the perils of intentional destabilization of a country in the middle East by U.S. action. maybe just maybe Trump can concentrate on Iran..what has the US done in Iran over the years. If Trump thinks his Middle East strategy is head and shoulders smarter than anything Obama dreamed up..ok..but historical distance that Trump is using is the Monday morning quarterbacking that makes everyone stupid..people saying it.people believing it and people sitting idle while Pompeo spews BS..Trump didn't take action against Iran alone he put our allies and companies into a state of confusion worldwide
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12 Jan 2019 22:29

Trump does n't give a hoot about Iran. Do you think he could find it on a map? This is all Jared/Bibi & Trump being the "strong man". The worry is Bolton & Pompeo will be given free reign and Lord help us, if Trump decides to do a "wag the dog".
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13 Jan 2019 00:49

Robert5091 wrote:Trump does n't give a hoot about Iran. Do you think he could find it on a map? This is all Jared/Bibi & Trump being the "strong man". The worry is Bolton & Pompeo will be given free reign and Lord help us, if Trump decides to do a "wag the dog".


Trump doesn't care about anyone but himself.
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13 Jan 2019 16:28

Robert5091 wrote:Trump does n't give a hoot about Iran. Do you think he could find it on a map? This is all Jared/Bibi & Trump being the "strong man". The worry is Bolton & Pompeo will be given free reign and Lord help us, if Trump decides to do a "wag the dog".


This is not true entirely..many in the Trump base are not ready to be friendly or forgiving to the Iranians..hostage takers after all.
Reports and videos about crowds chanting anti-American or anti-Israel are forever etched in our collective mind. When Americans chant anti anything we are always the ones with a clear and righteous perspective..
Any thinking American is not angry with people from Georgia or Virginia..not angry w Vietnamese,or Germans,Japanese..or anyone else who fought against America.
American everyone stands to gain so much more than we stand to lose by normalizing relations with Iran..
Our industry and economy would benefit proportionately to our positive position..
But looking around the neighborhood,having a friendly Iran can be the most positive byproduct of a new and improved relationship between DC and Tehran..we have everything to gain..
The United States should be looking for more friends in the middle East not more enemies.
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13 Jan 2019 22:50

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/white-house-reportedly-asked-for-military-options-to-strike-iran.html
President Donald Trump’s National Security Council called on the Pentagon to provide military options to strike Iran last year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The report, which cites unnamed “current and former U.S. officials,” claims the request sparked concern among officials at both the Pentagon and the State department. “It definitely rattled people,” a former senior administration official told the paper. “People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”

The request from the council, which is led by National Security Adviser John Bolton, came after a group of militants with ties to Iran fired mortars into the diplomatic section of Baghdad. That area includes the U.S. embassy but the mortars landed in a vacant lot and no one was injured. Even though no one was hurt, the mortars “triggered unusual alarm in Washington,” notes the Journal. There were meetings led by Bolton to discuss a possible response, and that’s when the request for military options were requested. Although the Pentagon moved forward with the request, it isn’t clear whether they were ever handed over to the White House or whether Trump even knew that the request had been made.


So an incident in Baghdad leads to Bolton wanting a targeting list - Geezus!
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13 Jan 2019 22:58



During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham suggested that Trump sign a bill funding the government for three weeks to allow time for further negotiations with Democrats before the president “pulls the plug” on an emergency declaration.

Graham’s comments are significant, given that he has been one of the president’s biggest allies in Congress, steadfastly urging him not to back down on the wall or else risk an end to his presidency. A three-week continuing resolution signals a walk-back from that hard-line position.

The South Carolina Republican added in the interview that he spoke with the president shortly before his television appearance and told him he would support an emergency declaration.


Does not sound very promising. Trump would need polling numbers to tank before compromising.
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13 Jan 2019 23:29

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During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham suggested that Trump sign a bill funding the government for three weeks to allow time for further negotiations with Democrats before the president “pulls the plug” on an emergency declaration.

Graham’s comments are significant, given that he has been one of the president’s biggest allies in Congress, steadfastly urging him not to back down on the wall or else risk an end to his presidency. A three-week continuing resolution signals a walk-back from that hard-line position.

The South Carolina Republican added in the interview that he spoke with the president shortly before his television appearance and told him he would support an emergency declaration.


Does not sound very promising. Trump would need polling numbers to tank before compromising.



He doesn't have decent let alone good polling numbers to begin with. He's never had good polling numbers. Democrats aren't going to compromise with a bully, esp when they were elected on a platform of no wall. The moment he declares a national emergencies it will end up in the courts likely for decades. Oh yeah and the courts are currently shut down so it's likely they'd put it on hold indefinitely immediately as well. Also of interest the wall wasn't a national emergency until after Democrats took control of the House. Right there should tell everyone something.
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14 Jan 2019 11:53

DJPbaltimore:'John Kerry is an honorable person and would not call out the Russians if there was not evidence', 'the 2 of you are russia stooges'
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