Fox “News”, America’s State Propaganda Machine…

National Security Council Director for European Affairs Alexander Vindman arrives at the Capitol.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
National Security Council Director for European Affairs Alexander Vindman arrives at the Capitol. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

State news media (Fox News) has begun the smear campaign against  Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Because this man of honor, a real and true patriot, had the audacity to speak the truth about Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian President (the Biden/Hunter ruse) Fox in usual form has began their assault on truth.

For some Fox News personalities, apparently, there is no greater expression of disloyalty to country than a display of disloyalty to President Trump.

On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukraine expert in the White House, is set to testify to House impeachment investigators that he recoiled at Trump’s repeated demand that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky manufacture smears of Trump’s potential campaign opponent Joe Biden.

Vindman will testify that he viewed this as an act of patriotism, because he saw Trump’s corrupt conduct as damaging to U.S. national security. So, naturally, Fox News figures are already questioning Vindman’s loyalty to our country — or, more precisely, to Trump himself.

Evidently, placing country before Trump is the ultimate act of supreme betrayal.

SKIP

In his opening statement, Vindman says he “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.” Vindman is a decorated lieutenant colonel, so when he delivers this message once the inquiry moves into its public phase, it could be very compelling.

What’s more, Vindman will blow a big hole in one of Trump’s most important defenses.

Vindman discusses a key meeting on July 10 with Ukrainian officials, who expressed their desire for a Trump-Zelensky meeting. Vindman then says Gordon Sondland — the ambassador to the European Union — “started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President.”

That further nails down part of the quid pro quo. But there’s more. Sondland’s demand prompted then-national security adviser John Bolton to “cut the meeting short.” Then Vindman testifies that this happened:

Following this meeting, there was a scheduled debriefing during which Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma. I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push.

Which brings us to Fox News’s smear of Vindman The Fox smear

Fox’s Laura Ingraham unleashed a diatribe against Vindman on Monday night that focused on the fact that Ukrainians privately solicited Vindman’s help in navigating difficulties created by Giuliani running this shadow policy toward Ukraine. Watch:

Andrew Lawrence@ndrew_lawrence. Oh my God, look at the spin they are using right now, actually saying that Vindman is a Ukrainian double agent….this is so freaking bananas

“Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interests,” Ingraham railed. Former George W. Bush administration lawyer John Yoo called this potential “espionage.”

Note here Ingraham’s frank admission that Vindman was working against the president’s interests.

You see, Giuliani’s shadow policy toward Ukraine was not in the interests of the United States. It was in Trump’s interests. Giuliani himself declared in May that this scheme would be “very helpful to my client.”

Ingraham is unwittingly admitting the obvious here: In trying to keep our foreign policy aligned with our own national interests, Vindman was operating against those of the president. And this is the real betrayal for which Vindman must be destroyed.

Are You Listening Republicans? Do You Even Care?…

Even the Russians know Trump is a morally bankrupt vessel.

 

The America I Knew as Russia’s Foreign Minister Is Gone

But by impeaching Donald Trump, it can become a beacon of moral truth again.

 Andrei V. Kozyrev, Russian foreign minister from 1991 to 1996

 

Russians with moral integrity know that for America to return to a position of MORAL authority Trump must go.

Looks like some Russians have a much higher bar to clear than many Americans.

The United States has often played a pivotal role in my political life, beginning 50 years ago when I was a student of international relations at a Moscow university.

At that time, Soviet propaganda was well-practiced at denouncing Richard Nixon for rejecting the Kremlin’s dogma that in politics, the ends justify the means. Mr. Nixon had argued during his 1960 presidential campaign that the American democratic system recognizes a standard of moral truth that allows the individual to say to government, “Thus far may you go, but no farther.” If what Mr. Nixon said was true, many of us in the Soviet Union thought, then America is on the right side of history.

The Kremlin would later exploit the Watergate scandal to sneer at Mr. Nixon’s — and by extension, America’s — allegiance to moral truth as nothing more than hypocrisy. But what looked like an easy propaganda victory turned out to be Pyrrhic. When Republicans joined Mr. Nixon’s Democratic opposition in Congress and forced him to choose between resignation or impeachment, the Soviet dissident newsletters retorted that the standard of moral truth had proved to be real in America after all. And they pointed out that the investigation of the president of the United States was initiated by two young reporters, representatives of a free press. The Kremlin found no counterarguments, except to condemn the press as enemies of the people and dissidents as traitors.

The Iron Curtain was not enough to block the words of moral truth from Washington. Gradually more and more people in Russia heard and heeded them. The words spoken by successive presidents, members of Congress and many ordinary citizens were loud and clear — and when buttressed by genuine efforts to live up to them, they were the most powerful weapons in the Cold War. Unlike nuclear missiles, free speech, and the moral truth it brought, was not an element of the superpower struggle to be found in equal measure among both rivals. It was a unique and essential advantage on the American side.

Of course American presidents made a few unhappy, even hypocritical, decisions, in both domestic and foreign policy. Yet we in Russia saw how severely they were criticized by the media and Congress when they did so.

The words above, and those that follow are spot on and demonstrate how the world once thought of the United States and our institutions of government. No longer. Since the rise of Donald J. Trump  we have lost the moral high ground. With this loss we have also lost the respect it brought with it.

It will be a long road back to where we once were. Even if Trump is impeached and removed the work to rebuild the trust and respect DJT has squandered will be daunting for the next President. If Trump is not removed or soundly defeated in 2020 our road back will be much more difficult to acheive. If not impossibe.

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Is Trump Preparing Us for HIS War?…

Trump warns U.S. ‘may have to get in wars’

Who Ahh! Looks like Trump is preparing the US citizenry for eventual war with Iraq. Or perhaps with another favorite target of the imbecilic rightwing of the conservative cabal.  Ian immediately comes to mind.

The president specifically threatens to hit Iran “like they’ve never been hit before” if the regime provokes Washington.

With impeachment proceedings looking more and more inevitable Trump needs a major and catastrophic distraction.  Apparently war with another power is just what the political doctor described is a good guess.

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he was working to bring home American soldiers while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.
“I’m trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

Sounds like saber rattling don’t ya think?

“We’re better prepared than we’ve ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they’ll be hit like they’ve never been hit before. I mean, we have things that we’re looking at.”

Perhaps another almost incoherent letter to the leader of Iran? With tRump who knows. His game is chaos and confusion. Keeping EVERYBODY, including allies off balance is Trump’s MO.

Meanwhile, Trump’s directive to withdraw the last American service members from Syria has forced congressional lawmakers and Pentagon officials to reckon with the threat of a potential resurgence by Islamic State militants.

ISIS on the rise. Complements of GWB initially. Now, after ISIS was in serious recession Trump cleared the way for ISIS’s resurgence with his genius decision to give Turkey the green light to INVADE northern  Syria and cleanse the area of or Kurdish allies.

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The Donald and His Crew Obviously Believe Americans Are Saps…

Trump, his family, and his syncophants believe Americans by and large are gullible and ill informed.

Gven his presidency they may very well be right.

Over the weekend Donald Trump abandoned his plan to hold next year’s G-7 summit at his Doral resort.

In the course of doing so, Trump made a very interesting statement:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have…

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

…..its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!

“I would be willing” to host the event at cost. Or possibly even for free.

How is that possible?

When Donald Trump became president he refused to divest himself of his company, the Trump Organization. Instead, he claimed that he turned over operations of the organization to his children, so that even though he could still profit from it, he would have no decision-making authority over the business.

This arrangement didn’t even pass the laugh test, let alone the smell test. But that never stopped Trump and his people from insisting that it was true:

  • “My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics,” counters Eric Trump, who now comanages the Trump Organization on behalf of the president, in a statement to Forbes. “Everything he does is for the good of the American people—he has zero involvement in the Trump Organization and quite frankly to suggest otherwise is outrageous.”
  • From Reuters: “Trump told a news conference he would resign from all positions overseeing his hotels, golf courses and hundreds of other businesses and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he will not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.”
  • From Trump lawyer Sherri Dillon: “Through the trust agreement, he has relinquished leadership and management of the Trump Organization to his sons Don and Eric and a longtime Trump executive, Allen Weisselberg. Together, Don, Eric and Allen will have the authority to manage the Trump Organization and will make decisions for the duration of the presidency without any involvement whatsoever by President-elect Trump.
  • More from Eric Trump: “Listen, I think it’s important to keep separation of church and state. . . . We’ve taken extraordinary, extraordinary measures to make sure the two are separate and distinct.”
  • From Trump himself: “What I’m going to be doing is my two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company. They are not going to discuss it with me.”
  • From White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham last Friday: “The president has no involvement in the Trump Organization anymore.” [all emphases added]

So how, exactly, did the president know at what cost Doral was going to be charging for services at the G-7? And why did he say “I would be willing” if he has no operational authority within the Trump Organization?

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That’s What I’m Talkin Bout!…

Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, anti-Trump imagery is common. He’s been lampooned on the cover of Time on multiple occasions, and New York magazine just squashed him under a giant peach.

But athletic wear company Dhvani’s new out-of-home campaign features a more graphic depiction of the president, with a series of images that depict Trump tied up, on the toilet or shushed by women fed up with the actions and the rhetoric of this White House.

In an image titled “Lady Liberty,” running on a Times Square billboard, middle school teacher and Marine Corps veteran Michal Mesa binds a convincing Trump impersonator, her bare foot planted firmly on his face, in a vignette inspired by the superhero Wonder Woman and her Lasso of Truth.

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Absolutely love it!