Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Day 76: Pretty Sure Obama Isn't President Anymore

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DAY 76: The Don still has not released his tax returns.  His ties to Russia/Putin and possible collusion in the Russian hacking of the election continue to drag down his administration.  If releasing his tax returns would show there is at least some daylight between out president and Putin, that would be a good thing.  The fact that he is not releasing his tax returns suggests something very different.

A quick word about the Russian connection: 
The latest: Carter Paige, a national security advisor during the Trump campaign, was recruited by russian spies in 2013.  He probably didn't give any damaging information.  But he was played.  Was he being blackmailed during the Trump campaign or otherwise used? Maybe.  Who knows?

Erik Prince, a founder of Blackwater and brother to illiterate Head of the Dept. of Education, Betsy DeVos, met with Russian operatives in the islands of Seychelles to establish a back channel between Trump and and Putin.  Why not set up a normal channel at that point?  Who knows?  


Susan Rice Destroyed America!!:
Just ask Breitbart. Should she be questioned about the perfectly legal unmasking of certain people as part of her job as National Security Adivsor?  Maybe.  Is there anyone stupid enough to believe Rice is the real story, not the "Russian Ruse FAKE NEWS" surrounding the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team, and Trump cabinet's strange and many ties to Putin at a time when Russia engahed in cyberattacks on the U.S. election?

Yes.  There are a few people stupid enough to believe Rice Trumps Trump.  Mostly, the president.  

SYRIA: The Obama Strategy
It's been about 24 hours since we learned that Assad gassed children and other civilians with Sarin. The two superpowers involved in Syria, reacted very differently.  

RUSSIA:  Putin said he is aware of the gas attack, and that Russia will respond by continuing to support Assad with airstrikes against Assad's enemies.

THE WORLD: Reacted with outrage.  Most countries are calling for regime change.

TRUMP: Condemned the attack and blamed Obama. Once again, he refused to criticize Putin.  He also has tweeted dick about Syria.  

FUN FACT: Obama did make the stupid "red line in the sand" comment and then failed to back it up when Assad crossed the line.  However, it was a republican led congress who refused to do it's job and green light a war with Syria, preferring to leave the mess in the lap of the executive branch. President Obama asked Congress to do just that within 24 hours of Assad crossing that red line.

Days before Assad violated international law and used a weapon of mass destruction on his people, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to U.S. Nikki Haley said "Syria is up to the Syrian people", and that "Assad is not a priority."  A cynical person, such as a brutal dictator, might view such language as a green light to commit horrific acts against his enemies.

As far as we know, the U.S. remains open to fighting ISIS in Syria with Russia.  I know that sounds funny.  Hilarious, really.  That we have a president grasping the cheap illusion that Syria is fighting ISIS, is a real knee slapper.  

Once again, Trump remains hesitant to weigh in on anything that might throw cold water on his Putin bromance.

North Korea!
So, in the last two days, Trump fell back on tough talk.  He said if China won't do anything, we'll do it  alone.  YEE HAW!  

N. Korea showed their fear by launching another missile.

Sec. of State Tillerson said "We've talked enough about N. Korea."  The White House has said: "The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table."  

We are closer than ever to war with N.Korea and neither side seems inclined to believe the threats of the other.  

If only we had a president who did not sacrifice every shred of his credibility and who knew a thing or two about foreign policy.  Or even a president who was not in the middle of a war with his own intelligence community.  Or even a president who did not start off a relationship with China by threatening to label them a currency manipulator and take a phone call with Taiwan.

Chickens & Roost
For weeks, people have been saying that Trump's continued tweeting about stupid right wing media conspiracies, his daily lies, and his steadfast refusal to address Putin's actions in hacking our election (or anything else), were going to have real and dangerous consequences when he has to deal with his first real crisis.

Well, now he has two.  

Do you feel safer yet?

It's 8:39a.m.
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