The Democrats in their unremitting (and increasingly self-destructive) zeal to prove Trump has been colluding with Russia completely missed the red dragon in the room. It's Beijing our president has been conspiring with, not Moscow. And he's seemingly doing a decent job of it too. In the foreign policy area, Trump is behaving like Reagan. Peace through strength -- so far.
We have arrived in the foothills of the Trump presidency, and warnings no doubt abound. Not least is the Republican obsession with the sport of cliff-diving over dry land. What’s important is that a presidency that was almost too much fun has taken a turn for the serious.
The media’s unfair public shaming of Sean Spicer needs to be “terminated”. Plus, Should Democrats really be jubilant over losing a Kansas special election for a House seat?, and, Trump administration lifts federal hiring freeze in favor of new mission.
These people cannot agree on pretty much anything else. But spending gobs of money policing the world with never-ending foreign wars? They suddenly break out in hot pulsating bipartisanship. So perhaps it should come as little surprise that these people who so loathed Donald Trump the candidate are so thrilled with Donald Trump the president for firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a Syrian civil war that American voters are pretty adamant about staying out of.
Yesterday Attorney General Sessions declared: “For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”
For President Trump, making America great again means staying out of Syria. Plus, The establishment is out for Steve Bannon’s scalp; will they get it?, and, Trump likely won’t get far in appealing to Democrats to help him pass his agenda.
As in most wars, the first shots fired receive the loudest cheers. But if the president has thrown in with the neocons and War Party, and we are plunging back into the Mideast maelstrom, Trump should know that many of those who helped to nominate and elect him—to keep us out of unnecessary wars—may not be standing by him.
President Trump promised to fight the special interests in Washington. Reforming the tax code will require him to do just that. Washington isn't broken because it's run by idiots, as Trump sometimes alleged on the campaign trail. Washington and the tax code are broken because it's run by political insiders, which he also recognized, who know exactly what they're doing.
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The Trump administration should expose this deal in its entirety to public view now. If that means Iran pulls out of the agreement -- as they have warned -- so be it. The transparency is worth whatever minimal insurance against a nuclear-armed Iran might be inherent in these evanescent documents.
The change in Trump’s Syrian position would be less remarkable were it not for its being one of many recent changes in Trumpworld and an increasing separation between the president’s current actions and his campaign rhetoric. Not even three months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the administration seems to be a very different creature from what it was on Inauguration Day, or from what it promised to be three months before that. And that’s probably a good thing.
Taking out Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would mean we are now aligned with “partners” who include assorted Sunni Sharia-supremacists – including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood – whose agenda is no less murderous and menacing than Assad’s.
At long last, today the Supreme Court will become nine again. Plus, The media and a few senators are the only ones who care about the losing the filibuster, and, Trump strike on Syria – quagmire or reminiscent of Reagan and Libya?
If President Trump truly will not tolerate the Assad government using chemical weapons then he should take out the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center where they are made and managed, anything short of that is merely continuing the fantasies of John McCain and the halfhearted measures and follies of Barack Obama.
Republicans triggered the nuclear option on Thursday and they’ll no doubt discover it was worth it. Plus, Dems talk much, say little about who knew what concerning Trump staff unmasking, and, Desperate Democrats starting rumors of a Joe Biden comeback in 2020.
The good news is it looks like Republicans are finally ready to show some backbone and call the Democrats’ bluff on the filibuster. If going “nuclear” means honoring truth, respectability and the Founding Fathers’ original conception of how the system should function we should have done it long ago.
We’ve now seen the reality of Ryan – Boehner “show vote” government and it looks an awful lot like government by a less intelligent and less articulate version of the Democrats.
Susan Rice had the names sent around to certain Defense Department personnel, to James Clapper then-Director of National Intelligence, and to John Brennan, then-CIA Director, along with Ben Rhodes, then Rice’s deputy. Obviously there are going to be a lot of stars from the Obama years in need of lawyers. One question does bother me: how could so many Obama aides be so stupid as to eavesdrop in team Trump even after Trump won the election?
“The liberal media’s ‘nothing to see here’ approach to Susan Rice’s politically-motivated unmasking of Trump associates in sensitive intelligence material is shameful. You’d think someone who lied to the press and the American people about her role in the unmasking just two weeks ago would invite more scrutiny.”
Investigate Russia all you want. Even if that inquiry bears fruit, it will be about as scandalous as Richard Nixon going to China. But an administration actively spying on political opponents during a presidential election, unmasking U.S. citizens and then punishing them with selective leaks to the press? That is a real scandal. And a constitution crisis that raises dire questions about whether any American citizen is safe from the espionage thuggery of the politically powerful.