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  # 2241827 20-May-2019 20:19
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The Washington Post - Trump places the Middle East on ‘a knife edge’

 

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... on Sunday, possibly goaded by a segment on Fox News, Trump launched another broadside on Twitter, warning that conflict between the two countries would mark “the official end of Iran.”

 

The atmospherics are making many officials in Washington and capitals elsewhere nervous. ...

 

 

 

Surely though, it's high time for another war with some middle eastern country? They haven't had a decent war since Dubya invaded Iraq back in '03.

 

As for the US national debt, the US borrows about $2 billion a day to keep their economy from collapsing. What's another couple of trillion gonna matter?


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  # 2241841 20-May-2019 20:47
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The Washington Post - Trump places the Middle East on ‘a knife edge’

 

today

 

 

... on Sunday, possibly goaded by a segment on Fox News, Trump launched another broadside on Twitter, warning that conflict between the two countries would mark “the official end of Iran.”

 

The atmospherics are making many officials in Washington and capitals elsewhere nervous. ...

 

 

 

Surely though, it's high time for another war with some middle eastern country? They haven't had a decent war since Dubya invaded Iraq back in '03.

 

As for the US national debt, the US borrows about $2 billion a day to keep their economy from collapsing. What's another couple of trillion gonna matter?

 

 

 

 

I'm a little bit more worried about the nuclear winter.

 

What's the point of being the richest / most indebted country in the bomb shelter?   🤒

 

 

 





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The Washington Post - The White House’s latest Mueller absurdity is shocking. Even for Trump.

 

By Greg Sargent - Opinion writer covering national politics

 

May 17  (extracts)

 


Case in point: the current oversight wars, which just escalated once again.

 

The oversight battles just took a new turn. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a detailed new letter to the White House, protesting its blanket resistance to any and all House oversight efforts. ...

 

Nadler writes that the Mueller report “found that Russia interfered in our elections,” and that this demonstrates our vulnerability to “foreign disinformation campaigns” and “demonstrates a compelling need to strengthen laws to improve election security.” “With the 2020 elections approaching, the Committee requires a more complete understanding of Russia’s influence and hacking operations.” ...

 

Trump actively and extensively encouraged the Russian attack, hyping WikiLeaks’ findings countless times.
His campaign eagerly sought to coordinate with that attack.
Trump went to enormous lengths to impede the investigation into it.
He and his advisers repeatedly lied to cover up all the dimensions of that broader story.

 

Now, Trump World’s position is basically that the attack never happened, and the White House position is that further fleshing out Mueller’s conclusions about it, to do something about the next one, isn’t a legitimate legislative purpose - even though Trump’s own intelligence officials are waving red flags about it.

 

How can this really be the position of the White House and the president of the United States?

 

 





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Iran says Trump is crazy and inconsistent. Once again, this invites comparisons with Hitler. He started out as a populist politician, gaining support by pandering to the worst instincts of a populace defeated in war, humiliated in the aftermath and subjected to political and economic turmoil. For a time, there were positive aspects to the nazi takeover. They brought stability and prosperity. Early diplomatic successes based on military threat reinstilled a sense of national pride. Hitler seemed charmed. He had a magic touch. No foreign adversary dared refuse his demands.

 

This is a predictable pattern. Hitler was a madman, though the worst aspects of that did not emerge immediately. He was a megalomaniac. A world weary of war chose to appease him rather than risk more confrontation. This was a calculated decision that happened to be tragically wrong. Instead of appeasing, it just fed Hitler's conviction that he had supernatural powers and could get away with anything. For a time, the military and much of the population also got sucked in by this mythology. No matter how crazy Hitler's actions were, somehow he kept getting away with it. Mainly he was just lucky, also with his timing. Until the world finally stood up to him.

 

The Iranians are absolutely right about America and they are absolutely right about Trump. He is crazy, and for the moment he is getting away with it. Like the megalomaniac before him, he will overreach, demanding more and more until someone finally stands up to him. His supporters have been seduced by his mythology, but he is just another megalomaniac madman with an inflated sense of self who will be brought down by reality. Hopefully this will happen with less destruction than Hitler achieved.

 

 





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Iran says Trump is crazy and inconsistent. Once again, this invites comparisons with Hitler. ...

 

 





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I can't wait for the season finale ...

 





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The New York Times - Trump’s Secrecy Fight Escalates as Judge Rules for Congress in Early Test

 

May 20, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — The fight over President Trump’s systematic stonewalling of Congress escalated on two fronts on Monday, as a federal judge upheld a subpoena for his financial records ...

 

In the first court test of Mr. Trump’s vow to resist “all” subpoenas by House Democrats, a judge ruled that his accounting firm, Mazars USA, must turn over his financial records to Congress - rejecting his lawyers’ argument that lawmakers had no legitimate power to demand the files.

 

Mr. Trump separately moved to block Congress from receiving testimony by the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, denying House Democrats one of the most important eyewitnesses to Mr. Trump’s attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation. Mr. McGahn will not appear, his lawyer said later. ...

 

Mr. Trump said he would appeal the ruling that his accounting firm must turn over his financial records, raising the prospect of lengthy litigation.  ...

 

 

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The Washington Post - Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege

 

May 21 at 6:46 PM

 


A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post.

 

The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch. ...

 

According to the IRS memo, the disclosure of tax returns to the committee “is mandatory, requiring the Secretary to disclose returns, and return information, requested by the tax-writing Chairs.” ...

 







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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/us/trump-pardons-war-crimes.html

Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes

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By Dave Philipps

President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.

The officials said that the Trump administration had made expedited requests this week for paperwork needed to pardon the troops on or around Memorial Day.

One request is for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, who is scheduled to stand trial in the coming weeks on charges of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive with a knife while deployed in Iraq.

The others are believed to include the case of a former Blackwater security contractor recently found guilty in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis; the case of Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, the Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan in 2010; and the case of a group of Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said they had not seen a complete list, and did not know if other service members were included in the request for pardon paperwork.

The White House sent requests on Friday to the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney, which alerted the military branches, according to one senior military official. Pardon files include background information and details on criminal charges, and in many cases include letters describing how the person in question has made amends.

The official said while assembling pardon files typically takes months, the Justice Department stressed that all files would have to be complete before Memorial Day weekend, because the President planned to pardon the men then. A second United States official confirmed the request concerning Chief Gallagher.
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Mr. Trump has often bypassed traditional channels in granting pardons and wielded his power freely, sometimes in politically charged cases that resonate with him personally, such as the conviction of the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Earlier this month, the president pardoned former Army First Lt. Michael Behenna, who had been convicted of killing an Iraqi during an interrogation in 2008.
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Pardoning several accused and convicted war criminals at once, including some who have not yet gone to trial, has not been done in recent history, legal experts said.
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Navy SEALs who served with Chief Gallagher told authorities he indiscriminately shot at civilians, gunning down a young woman in a flowered hijab and an unarmed old man. They also said he stabbed a teenage captive, then bragged about it in text messages. His trial is set to start at the end of this month. If convicted, he faces life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and denies all charges.

Major Golsteyn is charged with killing an Afghan man that he and other soldiers said had bomb-making materials. After an interrogation, the soldiers let the man go. Fearing that the man would return to making improvised explosives, which had already killed two Marines in the area, Major Golsteyn later said he killed the man.

Mr. Trump has singled both men out on Twitter, calling Major Golsteyn a “U.S. Military hero,” and praising Chief Gallagher for his service to the country.

The Blackwater contractor, Nicholas A. Slatten, is one of several Blackwater contractors charged in the killing of 17 Iraqis and the wounding of 20 more on a Baghdad street. After a number of mistrials and other delays, he is the only one who has been convicted.

The Marines charged in urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter were caught after a video of the act was found.

The fact that the requests were sent from the White House to the Justice Department, instead of the other way around, is a reversal of long-established practices, said Margaret Love, who served as the United States pardon attorney during the first Bush administration and part of the Clinton administration.

Long ago, presidents wielded clemency power directly, Ms. Love said, but that changed at the end of the Civil War when President Lincoln delegated review of clemency requests to his attorney general. Since then, cases have generally been vetted by Justice Department lawyers before being sent to the president.

President Trump has upended that practice, often issuing pardons with little or no notice to the Justice Department, she said, adding that the fact the department is requesting files on men like Chief Gallagher at all suggests that Attorney General William P. Barr is trying to re-exert some authority over the process.
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Donald Trump has pardoned Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator before being jailed for fraud

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OMG

 

Ive been to the US many many times. Not as a tourist. I feel I have seen the way they are. Wonderful people. Ive been in QTN, had a Natchitoches (LA) jersey on, (pronounced nakitish) and had them running over, hi, hi. Really awesome.

 

But if this ogre gets re elected or gets in with 45% of the vote (I allow for the GOP effect) I'm out. 


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Have you not heard of American exceptionalism? Americans are inherently so upstanding, so pure, so morally superior, so imbued with truth, justice, and the American Way, so infused with the balm of righteousness, so unwavering in the quest for spiritual perfection, so devoid of self-centeredness, so exalted of character, that the normal standards of behaviour by which lesser nations are judged cannot possibly be applied to them. Oh wait.....

 

 





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Have you not heard of American exceptionalism? Americans are inherently so upstanding, so pure, so morally superior, so imbued with truth, justice, and the American Way, so infused with the balm of righteousness, so unwavering in the quest for spiritual perfection, so devoid of self-centeredness, so exalted of character, that the normal standards of behaviour by which lesser nations are judged cannot possibly be applied to them. Oh wait.....

 

 

 

 

Not sure if you are referring to my post or not?


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  # 2243341 22-May-2019 20:43
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Just a general comment.

 

 





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