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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 2:21 am

Meanwhile, Trump has repeatedly mooted Putin's greatest wet dream of dismantling NATO. And, why shouldn't he? Europe would be fucked, but he may still get to build Trump Moscow.  
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 2:45 am

March 2016: Is Trump Right About NATO?
The first NATO supreme commander, Gen. Eisenhower, said in February 1951 of the alliance: “If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United States, then this whole project will have failed.”
As JFK biographer Richard Reeves relates, President Eisenhower, a decade later, admonished the president-elect on NATO.
“Eisenhower told his successor it was time to start bringing the troops home from Europe. ‘America is carrying far more than her share of free world defense,’ he said. It was time for other nations of NATO to take on more of the costs of their own defense.”
No Cold War president followed Ike’s counsel.

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If the Europeans care about NATO, they should start funding it properly. NATO members are supposed to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense.
Aside from the US, which spent 3.6% of GDP on defense last year, only 4 NATO members met the target: Greece (2.4%), UK (2.1%), Poland (2%), Estonia (2.1%). The US is supposed to defend them when they can't be bothered to defend themselves?

Still, it's a good job we have that missile defense system to protect Europe.
Oh, that's right
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 3:06 am

So, cutting through the usual bullshit, you support the Trump/Putin agenda to eliminate NATO? Feel free to cite various supporting arguments from the constitution, federalist papers, bible or Ayn Rand as needed. Whether they make sense or not...
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 11:52 am

we've been saying we want out of NATO long before Putin came to power. It was supposed to be a temporary cold war alliance, and as Eisenhower suggested, US troops were only supposed to be in Europe until the Europeans got back on their feet.
>> Eisenhower, said in February 1951 of the alliance:
>> “If in 10 years, all American troops stationed in Europe for national defense purposes have not been returned to the United States,
>>then this whole project will have failed.”

NATO seems to be largely a one-way commitment.  If it is to continue, the Europeans need to meet the defense spending targets. Maybe an EU army spending 2%+ of GDP on defense is the way to go

And let's build the missile defense base in Poland that Obama cancelled when he was pandering to his friend Putin
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 12:03 pm

So, the very stable genius Is breaking the law left and right by having agencies spend moneys not allocated to them by congress. And forcing nonessential personnel to work without pay. Because, it’s lke inconvenient for stuff not to get done just because he shut down the government. Hopefully, as desperation sets in more widely, a few Republicans in Congress will find a way to thwart the Trump-McConnell axis of evil. Or something more drastic may happen.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 2:00 pm

 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 16th, 2019, 6:19 pm

I’m afraid Fleitz has about as much credibility as Trump, so that doesn’t really move the ball much.
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 17th, 2019, 3:11 am

#WheresMitch?
We think there may already be enough GOP senators to override the idiot in chief, if somebody could just find McConnell. But, that problem seems solvable. 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 17th, 2019, 10:26 am

I don't know what we'd do without the fact-checkers
WaPo fact-checks Trump’s boast burgers were piled up “a mile high”
National (college football) champs Clemson (go tigers!) visited the White House, and because of the shutdown there was no catering available so the president bought them fast food at his own expense. The president tweeted that they'd had burgers "piled a mile high"
And of course the fake news media couldn't help itself and fact-checked the tweet
FACT CHECK: At two inches each, a thousand burgers would not reach one mile high.
Hey dumbasses, it's a well-known figure of speech
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 17th, 2019, 12:54 pm

I don't know what we'd do without the fact-checkers
WaPo fact-checks Trump’s boast burgers were piled up “a mile high”
National (college football) champs Clemson (go tigers!) visited the White House, and because of the shutdown there was no catering available so the president bought them fast food at his own expense. The president tweeted that they'd had burgers "piled a mile high"
And of course the fake news media couldn't help itself and fact-checked the tweet
FACT CHECK: At two inches each, a thousand burgers would not reach one mile high.
Hey dumbasses, it's a well-known figure of speech
https://tinyurl.com/6xccrm
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 17th, 2019, 1:05 pm

they weren't being sarcastic
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 18th, 2019, 2:34 am

The cancer in the White House decided to torpedo the congressional delegation to US troops in Afghanistan, since he hadn't been invited to the state of the union party. So very middle school of him! 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 18th, 2019, 5:38 am

I don't know -- I'd give Trump credit for a good touché on that one.

More importantly, now Giuliani changes the narrative and admits, in effect, that maybe the Trump campaign (or people with the campaign) did collude with Russia to influence the election -- just not Trump himself: link 

That's a huge admission! And why does the phrase 'plausible deniability' come to mind? Of course, he had to try to walk it back or face the Seppuku ceremony. So, either he spoke mistakenly or perhaps his big mouth just wrote the conclusion of the Mueller report? 
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 18th, 2019, 6:56 am

The cancer in the White House decided to torpedo the congressional delegation to US troops in Afghanistan, since he hadn't been invited to the state of the union party. So very middle school of him! 
As always, your post fails the truth test.
Pelosi actually invited the president on January 3rd. She uninvited him in a letter she sent Wednesday asking him to postpone the annual State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress scheduled for January 29. She cited security concerns over the partial government shutdown, posting on twitter that "Today, I wrote to @realDonaldTrump recommending that we delay the State of the Union until after government re-opens, as the @SecretService, the lead federal agency for #SOTU security, faces its 26th day without funding."
letter from pelosi
The reason speaker pelosi cited was of course bogus, and homeland secretary nielsen confirmed that DHS and the Secret Service are fully prepared to support the State of the Union,

Then we have a tweet from Chad Pergram who covers Congress for FoxNews, saying that no one from Pelosi's office even talked to the secret service and they are in fact ready for SOTU which they describe as a "no fail" mission

Pelosi of course doesn't care what DHS said
Several repubican senators have suggested that the president give the SOTU address from the Senate chamber instead

Yesterday, the president sent speaker pelosi a letter telling her that her week-long public relations trip had been postponed, although he did add that she could still make the trip if she flew commercial,
“Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,”
adding that “I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown.”
That is of course a valid point.
I might add that last week the president cancelled his own Jan.22-25 trip to Davos (World Economic Forum, where he had been due to discuss trade with the chi-comms) so he could stay home and negotiate with chuck and nancy
Incidentally,  on Thursday FOX News reported that Speaker Pelosi was using “all kinds of government security” manpower for her pricey trip with Democrats to Belgium and Afghanistan. So much for the shutdown Incidentally, this from Judicial Watch in 2009 about Pelosi's use of government aircraft On a lighter note, speaker pelosi's pubic relations trip was cancelled while the lawmakers were on the bus en route to the airport, so the bus was driving round in circles The president returned Pelosi's luggage to her office


CODEL stands for something like "Congressional Delegation"
 
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Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

January 18th, 2019, 10:14 am

Top Obama White House lawyer made false statements To DOJ about Manafort-related work
The former general counsel for President Obama made “false and misleading statements” to the Justice Department regarding work he did for the Ukrainian government that has come under scrutiny in the special counsel’s probe.
Greg Craig’s allegedly false statements were revealed in a settlement announced Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency announced it was settling with Craig’s former firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on behalf of Ukraine beginning in 2012.
Skadden Arps agreed to register retroactively with the Justice Department as a foreign agent of Ukraine and to pay a $4.6 million fine, the same amount that the firm was paid for its consulting work.
So Manafort goes to jail for failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine but these guys are allowed to register retroactively and pay a fine.
The podestas (john and tony, john was hilary's campaign manager) were also allowed to register retroactively and I don't think there was even a fine
Still, yet another Obama scandal
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