Bipartisanship At Last…

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke Monday to discuss bipartisan efforts to overturn President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and sanction Turkey for its military offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces.

Why it matters: Trump’s decision has sparked bipartisan backlash and accusations that he is abandoning the Kurdish allies who helped the U.S. in the fight against ISIS. Trump has voiced approval for the idea of sanctioning Turkey for its invasion, but he has stood by his decision to move U.S. troops out of the way despite the overwhelming criticism he’s received from even his most loyal allies.

Bipartisanship  has been out of style every since the GOP decided to declare war on cooperation and even sanity itself. That goes back as far as the post Reagan years but really took hold with the election of our last true president, President Barrack H. Obama.

This measure of bipartisanship response to the disasterous, immoral, and bloody decision Trump made handing Syrian Kurds over to the Turks to massacre is most welcomed.

We hope against hope that the GOP finally is waking up to the disaser that is the Trump presidency and that it begins to stand against Trump, his dishonesty, his  attacks on our institutions (especially the legitimate media), and his attack on the American people themselves.

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When It Comes To Integrity Trump Has None…

There was a time, before Dotard Trump, that America’s word meant something. Allies knew they could depend on us. They knew we had there back. No Longer. Trump has, with his stable genius, ended all that.

President Trump’s surprise acquiescence to a Turkish incursion into northern Syria this week has shaken American allies, and not just because it was a betrayal of a loyal partner. What alarmed them even more was his sheer unpredictability.

His inconsistent and rapidly shifting positions in the Middle East have injected a new element of chaos into an already volatile region and have left allies guessing where the United States stands and for how long.

Previous American policymakers were clear about their intentions, said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a former Iraqi national security adviser.

“This guy is all emotional,” he said. “It is unpredictable.”

The uncertainties only compound simmering worries about the durability of the American commitment to the Middle East.

American presidents have been promising for almost 15 years to reduce the country’s presence in the region, unnerving partners like Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchs that rely on American protection. But few American leaders have ever made and disclosed major foreign policy decisions with the speed and seeming improvisation that Mr. Trump does.

No longer merely worried that Washington might withdraw, analysts say many allies are now concerned that this unpredictable commander in chief could bolt for an exit without warning.

His decision to get out of the way of the Turkish incursion was apparently made on the spur of the moment during a phone call with the Turkish president, surprising many of Mr. Trump’s advisers. It opened the door to a fierce Turkish assault on the American-backed militia led by the Syrian Kurds, which was key to the ground battle to retake territory captured by the Islamic State. Attacking the Kurds, in turn, risks an Islamic State comeback.

Thanks DJT. Your services are no longer needed. Perhaps the Ukraine or Turkey might want your extraordinary talents. But really, we doubt it.

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Trump, the Imp Nobody Can or Should Trust… Ever Again

Sadly it’s all too true.

The time is the early 1980s. The place is the South China Sea. A sailor aboard the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier, spots a leaky boat jammed with people fleeing tyranny in Indochina. As he helps bring the desperate refugees to safety, one of them calls out: “Hello, American sailor — Hello, Freedom Man.”

It’s the sort of story Americans used to like hearing about themselves. So much so, in fact, that Ronald Reagan told it in his 1989 farewell address, by way of underscoring how much went right for the United States when, as he put it, “We stood, again, for freedom.”

Not anymore. When the world looks at the United States today, it sings a sorry song. Goodbye America. Goodbye, Freedom Man.

That’s the global lesson from the regional catastrophe that is Donald Trump’s retreat in Syria. The president made his case, as he usually does, in a series of tweets this week. Like their author, the tweets were, by turns, sophomoric and self-important, flippant and destructive.

The lizard they call Donald J. Trump has changed all that.

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The Orange Haired Wonder……

We might launch a military strike against Iran. Unless they come to the negotiating table and give up any designs on becomimg a nuclear power. Of course if Iran continues to thumb their nose at Trump and the Orange Haired Wonder decides to launch a military strike it will be obliteration for the Iranian state and its people. So sayeth the Orange Haired Wonder.

A we are all aware it was the Orange Haired Wonder that withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama. Iran was in total compliance with the deal. A deal that while not perfect gave the west, and the rest of the world, a measure of security that Iran would develop a nuclear weapon system. It should be noted that Iran was observing the terms of the agreement until very recently.

The Orange Haired Wonder’s trashing the deal Obama painstakingly negotiated and the crushing economic sanctions slapped on Iran is the reason Iran is acting as it is. In light of the Orange Haired Wonder’s track record with Iran it is perfectly reasonable for the Iranian government and its people to have no trust or respect for the man who calls himself president. In fact if I were an Iranian leader I too would thumb my nose at the Orange Haired Wonder.

The following excerpt is from Politico.

President Donald Trump warned the United States may launch a devastating military attack on Iran unless it comes to the negotiating table and drops its bid to develop nuclear weapons.

“I’m not looking for war, and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You want to talk? Good. Otherwise you can have a bad economy for the next three years,” Trump said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” airing Sunday.

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Trump said the U.S. had a “modest but pretty, pretty heavy attack schedule,” but planes were not in the air when he called off the attack.

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“They cannot have a nuclear weapon,” he said. “They cannot have a nuclear weapon. They’d use it. And they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon.”

Trump also disputed that he sent a message to Iranian leaders through a third country, saying he did not want conflict, dubbing it “fake news.”

However, he also declined to send a message during the interview to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Wouldn’t be much different than that message,” Trump said.

We must reiterate that the “international inspectors have repeatedly declared that Iran has complied with the 2015 deal”.

Is the USA Inching Towards Another Confrontation and Loss Of Life in the Middle East?……

We must ask, is it going to be a slow cat and mouse game as the Trump administration weaves its justification for a US strike against Iran?  We’re willing to betcha that War Hawk Bolton is salivating at the prospect of blowing Iran off the map.

Question is, will Trump be so stupid as to listen to the mustachioed war monger Bolton? If he does it won’t be pretty, and, the rest of the civilized world will not be in alliance with us.

Iran is NOT the foolish nation that pulled out of the Iranian arms deal that President Obama negotiated with Iran. Trump pulled the USA out, for no good reason. Iran continued honoring the limits established by the deal up until very recently. Given US actions following Trump’s foolish decision to leave the accord we must say that if we were the Iranian government we would thumb our noses at Trump and the US as well.

Excerpt from Axios article follows..

President Trump said in in a pool spray with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday that he does not believe Iran intentionally shot down an unmanned U.S. drone flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, claiming it was probably “a mistake made by somebody who shouldn’t have been doing what they did.”

Why it matters: Fears over how the Trump administration will respond to the latest Iranian provocation have reached a new high. Before welcoming Trudeau, Trump met with national security adviser John Bolton, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss next steps.

  • Asked if the U.S. was prepared to strike Iran, Trump told reporters: “You’ll find out.”
  • The White House is invited Democratic and Republican leaders to attend a briefing on Iran this afternoon.

Of note: The Pentagon released a statement before Trump spoke calling the drone incident “dangerous and escalatory, claiming it was “an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace.” The Pentagon also released a video of the drone attack.

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