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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kagan and the neocons never take responsibility for their various bloodbaths. It’s always someone else’s fault. Trump folds in record time.

In dealing with the narcissistic and insecure Trump, the neocons and liberal hawks conducted what amounted to a clever psychological operation. They rallied mainstream media personalities and Democrats horrified at Trump’s victory. In particular, Democrats and their angry base were looking for any reason to hold out hope for Trump’s impeachment. Hyping alleged Russian “meddling” in the election became the argument of choice.

Neocons Have Trump on His Knees

Exclusive: The Democrats’ Russia-made-Hillary-lose hysteria has pushed a weakened President Trump into the arms of the neocons who now have a long list of endless-war ideas for him to implement, reports Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry

After slapping Donald Trump around for several months to make him surrender his hopes for a more cooperative relationship with Russia, the neocons and their liberal-interventionist allies are now telling the battered President what he must do next: escalate war in the Middle East and ratchet up tensions with nuclear-armed Russia.


Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. March 19, 2016. (Flickr Gage Skidmore)
Star neocon Robert Kagan spelled out Trump’s future assignments in a columnon Sunday in The Washington Post, starting out by patting the chastened President on the head for his decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at an airstrip in Syria supposedly in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack blamed on the Syrian government (although no serious investigation was even conducted).

Trump earned widespread plaudits for his decisive action and his heart-on-the-sleeve humanitarianism as his voice filled with emotion citing the chemical-weapons deaths on April 4 of “small children and even beautiful little babies.” The U.S. media then helpfully played down reports from Syria that Trump’s April 6 retaliatory missile strike had killed about 15 people, including nine civilians, four of whom were children.

However, for Kagan, the missile strike was only a good start. An advocate for “regime change” in Syria and a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century which pushed for the Iraq War, Kagan praised Trump “for doing what the Obama administration refused to do,” i.e. involve the U.S. military directly in attacks on the Syrian government.

“But,” Kagan added, “Thursday’s action needs to be just the opening salvo in a broader campaign not only to protect the Syrian people from the brutality of the Bashar al-Assad regime but also to reverse the downward spiral of U.S. power and influence in the Middle East and throughout the world. A single missile strike unfortunately cannot undo the damage done by the Obama administration’s policies over the past six years.”

Kagan continued: “Trump was not wrong to blame the dire situation in Syria on President Barack Obama. The world would be a different place today if Obama had carried out his threat to attack Syria when Assad crossed the famous ‘red line’ in the summer of 2013. The bad agreement that then-Secretary of State John F. Kerry struck with Russia not only failed to get rid of Syria’s stock of chemical weapons and allowed the Assad regime to drop barrel bombs and employ widespread torture against civilian men, women and children. It also invited a full-scale Russian intervention in the fall of 2015, which saved the Assad regime from possible collapse.”

A Seasoned Propagandist

Kagan, who cut his teeth in the Reagan administration running a State Department propaganda shop on Central America, has never been particularly interested in nuance or truth, so he wouldn’t care that Obama pulled back from attacking Syria in summer 2013, in part, because his intelligence advisers told him they lacked proof that Assad was responsible for a mysterious sarin attack. (Since then, the evidence has indicated that the attack was likely a provocation by Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate with help from Turkish intelligence.)

Prominent neocon intellectual Robert Kagan. (Photo credit: Mariusz Kubik, http://www.mariuszkubik.pl)

But groupthinks die hard – and pretty much every Important Person in Official Washington just knows that Assad did carry out that sarin attack, just like they all knew that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was hiding WMDs in 2003. So, it follows in a kind of twisted logical way that they would build off the fake history regarding the 2013 Syria-sarin case and apply it to the new groupthink that Assad has carried out this latest attack, too. Serious fact-finding investigations are not needed; everyone just “knows.”

But Kagan is already looking ahead. Having pocketed Trump’s capitulation last week on Syria, Kagan has shifted his sights onto the much juicier targets of Russia and Iran.

“Russia has … greatly expanded its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean,” Kagan wrote. “Obama and Kerry spent four years panting after this partnership, but Russia has been a partner the way the mafia is when it presses in on your sporting goods business. Thanks to Obama’s policies, Russia has increasingly supplanted the United States as a major power broker in the region. Even U.S. allies such as Turkey, Egypt and Israel look increasingly to Moscow as a significant regional player.

“Obama’s policies also made possible an unprecedented expansion of Iran’s power and influence. … If you add the devastating impact of massive Syrian refugee flows on European democracies, Obama’s policies have not only allowed the deaths of almost a half-million Syrians but also have significantly weakened America’s global position and the health and coherence of the West.”

Trump’s Probation

Yes, all that was Obama’s fault for not invading Syria with a couple of hundred thousand U.S. troops because that’s what would have been required to achieve Kagan’s “regime change” goal in Syria. And there’s no reason to think that the Syrian invasion would have been any less bloody than the bloody Kagan-advocated invasion of Iraq. But Kagan and the neocons never take responsibility for their various bloodbaths. It’s always someone else’s fault.

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
And now Kagan is telling Trump that there is still much he must do to earn his way back into the good graces of the neocons.

Kagan continued, “Trump, of course, greatly exacerbated these problems during his campaign, with all the strong rhetoric aimed at allies. Now he has taken an important first step in repairing the damage, but this will not be the end of the story. America’s adversaries are not going to be convinced by one missile strike that the United States is back in the business of projecting power to defend its interests and the world order. …

“The testing of Trump’s resolve actually begins now. If the United States backs down in the face of these challenges, the missile strike, though a worthy action in itself, may end up reinforcing the world’s impression that the United States does not have the stomach for confrontation.”

And confrontation is surely what Kagan has in mind, adding:

“Instead of being a one-time event, the missile strike needs to be the opening move in a comprehensive political, diplomatic and military strategy to rebalance the situation in Syria in America’s favor. That means reviving some of those proposals that Obama rejected over the past four years: a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians, the grounding of the Syrian air force, and the effective arming and training of the moderate opposition, all aimed at an eventual political settlement that can bring the Syrian civil war, and therefore the Assad regime, to an end.

“The United States’ commitment to such a course will have to be clear enough to deter the Russians from attempting to disrupt it. This in turn will require moving sufficient military assets to the region so that neither Russia nor Iran will be tempted to escalate the conflict to a crisis, and to be sure that American forces will be ready if they do. …

“Let’s hope that the Trump administration is prepared for the next move. If it is, then there is a real chance of reversing the course of global retreat that Obama began. A strong U.S. response in Syria would make it clear to the likes of Putin, Xi Jinping, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Kim Jong Un that the days of American 
passivity are over.”

On His Knees

To put this message in the crude terms that President Trump might understand, now that the neocons have forced him to his knees, they are demanding that he open his mouth. They will not be satisfied with anything short of a massive U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and a full-scale confrontation with Russia (and perhaps China).


Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. State Department photo)
This sort of belligerence is what the neocons and liberal hawks had expected from Hillary Clinton, whom Kagan had endorsed. Some sources claim that a President Hillary Clinton planned to appoint Kagan’s neocon wife, Victoria Nuland, as Secretary of State.
As Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs under Obama, Nuland oversaw the U.S.-backed putsch that overthrew elected President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, replacing him with a fiercely anti-Russian regime, the move that touched off civil war in Ukraine and sparked the New Cold War between the U.S. and Russia. [For more on Kagan clan, see Consortiumnews.com’s “A Family Business of Perpetual War.”]

Clinton’s defeat was a stunning setback but the neocons never give up. They are both well-organized and well-funded, dominating Official Washington’s think tanks and media outlets, sharing some power with their junior partners, the liberal interventionists, who differ mostly in the rationales cited for invading other countries. (The neocons mostly talk about global power and democracy promotion, while the liberal hawks emphasize “human rights.”)

In dealing with the narcissistic and insecure Trump, the neocons and liberal hawks conducted what amounted to a clever psychological operation. They rallied mainstream media personalities and Democrats horrified at Trump’s victory. In particular, Democrats and their angry base were looking for any reason to hold out hope for Trump’s impeachment. Hyping alleged Russian “meddling” in the election became the argument of choice.

Night after night, MSNBC and other networks competed in their Russia-bashing to boost ratings among Trump-hating Democrats. Meanwhile, Democratic politicians, such as Rep. Adam Schiff of California, saw the Russia-gate hearings as a ticket to national glory. And professional Democratic strategists could evade their responsibility for running a dismal presidential campaign by shifting the blame to the Russians.

However, besides creating a convenient excuse for Clinton’s defeat, the anti-Russian hysteria blocked Trump and his team from any move that they might try to make regarding avoidance of a costly and dangerous New Cold War. The Russia-hating frenzy reached such extremes that it paralyzed the formulation of any coherent Trump foreign policy.

Now, with the neocons regaining influence on the National Security Council via NSC adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, a protégé of neocon favorite Gen. David Petraeus, the neocon holding action against the New Détente has shifted into an offensive to expand the hot war in Syria and intensify the Cold War with Russia. As Kagan recognized, Trump’s hasty decision to fire off missiles was a key turning point in the reassertion of neocon/liberal-hawk dominance over U.S. foreign policy.

It’s also suddenly clear how thoroughly liberal Democrats were taken for a ride on the war train by getting them to blame Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. The liberals (and even many progressives) hated Trump so much that they let themselves be used in the service of neocon/liberal-hawk endless war policies. Now, it may be too late to turn the train around.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).

TRUMP IS LOSING HIS BRAND FAST:

46 comments:

  1. Trump scammed us. Not all but he certainly caught me.

    I supported the un-Clinton and here we go again.

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  2. Trump is making the Neocons great again.

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  3. Assad is one of the last defenders of Christians in the Middle East and Trump and the Neocons want to end that. Saddam protected the Christians as did Mubarak and Gaddafi

    “Under Gaddafi, the state required all religious groups to support official doctrine and outlawed groups that criticized the regime, including Islamist groups and the once-influential Senussi order. The government closely monitored the activity of Islamic organizations and censored the content of sermons and religious teachings in an effort to minimize political opposition. Christians were permitted to worship freely as long as they refrained from political activity and proselytism, though the state did limit Christian denominations to one church per city. Under Gaddafi, the government also maintained high-level dialogues with several Christian denominations, including the Church of England, the Catholic Church, and the Greek Orthodox Church.”

    Compare this with the current situation, as reported by Open Doors, the international Christian persecution charity:

    “Since the downfall of Gaddafi, the situation for Christians in Libya has deteriorated. The government claims all Libyans are Sunni Muslims; it is illegal to bring Arabic Bibles into the country or to evangelize. Christian migrant workers are allowed to have churches, but Libyan believers who convert from Islam must keep their faith secret. There were reports of Libyan converts being beaten by family members when their new beliefs were discovered. Christians face attacks from militant Islamist groups, and violence against Christians has continued on a large scale and with impunity.”

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  4. "Q"Nit of the Day: Twin Falls, Idaho

    Idaho: Muslim migrant boys plead guilty to sexual assault of five-year-old, but will victim ever get justice?
    By Robert Spencer on Apr 10, 2017 09:51 am
    Idaho: Muslim migrant boys plead guilty to sexual assault of five-year-old, but will victim ever get justice?
    The politically correct travesty of justice continues. “Will victim of ‘refugee’ rapists ever get real justice?,” by Pamela Geller, WND, April 7, 2017: In the summer of 2016, a 5-year-old girl was raped and urinated upon by three Muslim refugee boys in Twin Falls, Idaho. Since then, instead of getting justice, the victim’s family has […]
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    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/04/idaho-muslim-migrant-boys-plead-guilty-to-sexual-assault-of-five-year-old-but-will-victim-ever-get-justice

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  5. Trump's another Kim Jong un, no doubt of it.

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    1. Syria should have been divided up into safe zones back when it was possible, before the Russians scratched their heads and finally figured out they had serious national interests of some kind there, when O'bozo was around.

      For suggesting this I was called a war monger by that moron from Detroit and his pal Ash.

      The solution, if there is one, will now have to come from these two deep thinkers, perhaps with a little help from Umberto, and The Magic 8 Ball.

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    2. Trump's another King Kong !

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  6. Call Quirk Immediately - He needs to add this to his list - Russia has discovered a new national interest - this time in Nicaragua -

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/04/nicaraguas_little_dictator_sells_his_country_down_the_river_again.html

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  7. Meanwhile fighting is breaking out in BernieLand, Venezuela -

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-clashes-maduro-seeks-help-cuba-171432267.html

    Perhaps the Roosians will discover a pressing national interest here one of these days.

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    The neocons are not the only ones jerking Trump’s chain…

    “Never allow a weak ally to make decisions for you.”

    - Hans Morgenthau

    Yemen: With Trump expanding the war there, Syria is the news story du jour and there is little attention paid to the US’ silent war in Yemen where support for their Saudi ally makes the US more and more complicit in the expanding humanitarian crisis there.

    … Do No More Harm

    The U.S. government has little understanding of Yemen’s complex tribal society and even less ability to affect internal Yemeni politics. However, Washington does have a keen interest in avoiding three disastrous outcomes. The first is state collapse, which would worsen Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe. The second is the emergence of a Yemeni Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula. And the third, which is the most important from the standpoint of U.S. security, is the creation of an AQAP safe haven from which further attacks against the U.S. homeland could be organized. All three outcomes — and, paradoxically, an expansion of Iranian influence in Yemen — appear closer today than two years ago, when Saudi Arabia and their coalition partners embarked on their benighted military adventure with no clear political strategy for how to end it.

    The United Nations estimates more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and 3 million displaced from their homes since the Saudi intervention began. But this could be just the tip of the iceberg. According to UNICEF, 2 million Yemini children suffer from acute malnutrition, and 60,000 children died last year of preventable causes associated with malnutrition. On March 22, Greg Gottlieb, the acting assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that with 17 million Yemenis (60 percent of the population) suffering from food insecurity and 7 million unable to survive without food assistance, Yemen is “the largest food security emergency in the world.”

    The conflict and humanitarian crisis appear to be converging as Saudi-allied forces mass around the Houthi-controlled city of Hodeidah. An estimated 70 percent of Yemen’s food supplies enters the port city, but the surrounding region, one of Yemen’s poorest, is already at severe risk for famine, and relief organizations worry that widespread fighting there could have catastrophic humanitarian implications. The Trump administration has yet to decide whether it plans to support this coalition attack.


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      If the Saudis and their partners had hoped their intervention would project strength, in fact, the opposite has happened. Iran has exploited, on the cheap, the Saudi-led campaign, and thus made the expansion of Iranian influence in Yemen a Saudi self-fulfilling prophecy. The costs of the Saudi air campaign, which makes heavy use of expensive air-to-ground munitions, have been estimated at $200 million a day. By contrast, Iranian support for the Houthis is more cost effective, consisting mostly of training, advisors, and ground munitions. While this support has certainly increased over time, the vast majority of the Houthi arsenal — notwithstanding occasional reports of Houthi use of Iranian-supplied cruise missiles and drones — was seized from Yemeni army stockpiles, including its large Soviet-era SCUD inventories.

      Descriptions of the Houthis as Iranian proxies are overstated. But the longer the conflict continues the more likely the Houthis will evolve into the type of IRGC-supported militias operating in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, with Riyadh’s attention increasingly focused on Yemen, Iran’s hand in the Levant has actually been freed, as evidenced by the Saudi withdrawal of financial support from Lebanon and its apparently reduced involvement in Syria.

      AQAP has taken advantage of state collapse, growing sectarianism, and civil war, all exacerbated by the Saudi intervention, to dramatically expand both its size and political influence. Notwithstanding U.A.E. efforts to expel AQAP from Mukalla, the Saudi-led coalition has more generally not successfully contested the group’s growth. According to a recent report by the International Crisis Group, AQAP has become stronger than ever, having grown from several hundred fighters in 2009 to roughly 4,000 today. Indeed, Saudi Arabia’s understandable reluctance to embark on a full-scale land invasion of Yemen has worked to AQAP’s favor, since Saudi Arabia is dependent on a constantly evolving patchwork of local tribal militias and loyalist forces which AQAP fighters have penetrated. In Taiz, for example, Yemen’s third largest city and cultural capital, there are reports that AQAP members form an important component of the Saudi-backed anti-Houthi coalition.

      In short, over the past two years both Iran and AQAP have greatly benefited from the ongoing civil war in Yemen. Increased U.S. support will allow the Saudi military to escalate its air campaign, but air power alone is unlikely to be decisive, and the results will likely further entrench Iran and AQAP, while doing little to make Saudi Arabia more secure. Moreover, supporting the brutal Saudi air campaign — which U.N. advisors have warned “may amount to war crimes” — risks making America complicit in a humanitarian calamity…


      The US, making friends and influencing people in dramatic ways. And the band plays on.

      Here comes the new boss same as the old boss.

      https://warontherocks.com/2017/04/doubling-down-on-americas-misadventure-in-yemen/

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      ...The U.S. government has little understanding of Yemen’s complex tribal society and even less ability to affect internal Yemeni politics. However, Washington does have a keen interest in avoiding three disastrous outcomes. The first is state collapse, which would worsen Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe. The second is the emergence of a Yemeni Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula. And the third, which is the most important from the standpoint of U.S. security, is the creation of an AQAP safe haven from which further attacks against the U.S. homeland could be organized. All three outcomes — and, paradoxically, an expansion of Iranian influence in Yemen — appear closer today than two years ago, when Saudi Arabia and their coalition partners embarked on their benighted military adventure with no clear political strategy for how to end it...

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      Why Food Insecurity ‘Over There’ Matters Right Here


      Earlier this year, one of the world’s leading authorities on famine declared that 70 million people across 45 countries would need food assistance this year. Already 20 million in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen face famine, an unprecedented situation that prompted the United Nations in March to declare the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since World War II.

      This global calamity needs our immediate and full attention. Yet saving millions from starvation is not only a moral obligation, it is also a national security necessity. We know from past food-related crises that lack of adequate food tends to create cycles of instability. A decade ago, protests over food prices toppled governments in Haiti and Madagascar. Popular grievances over food policy and prices also were a major driver of the Arab Spring and helped catalyze the instability and migration we see today across the Middle East and North Africa.

      As the United States debates the appropriate balance of military, diplomatic, and economic levers at its disposal, the link between global food security and global stability has never been more clear, nor more urgent the need for U.S. leadership to confront and mitigate the risk of food insecurity.

      Yet the talk in Washington is about budget cuts for development assistance and diplomacy, in part to ensure we can build up our military capabilities. As a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, I understand the need for a robust Department of Defense. But I also see development and diplomacy as central to achieving our security interests, and this includes assistance that can help shore up the stability of countries that might be at risk of civil unrest. This is especially clear when America’s foreign assistance as a whole makes up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. budget…


      The Trump administration through its proposed budget cuts is not only ignoring the crisis through its support of the Saudi effort in Yemen it is making it worse.

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    Tax Reform

    With Trump's promised 'Tax-Reform' it's likely Trump will once again spectacularly blow through another promise he made to the US middle class.

    There are a number of ways to go on tax-reform but all of them have powerful opponents. The only thing we can be positive of is that any tax-reform that passes will in no way negatively affect Trump's worldwide Brand or properties.

    ...The White House should look at the serious 2014 tax-reform proposal by former U.S. Representative Dave Camp, the Michigan Republican who chaired the Ways and Means Committee at the time. He wanted to cut individual rates, including the top rate, condense seven tax brackets to three, and lower the maximum corporate rate to 25 percent.

    But he also prescribed the medicine needed to pay for these cuts. He proposed an excise tax on big banks, a 10 percent levy on employer-provided health insurance, and curbs on write-offs for mortgage deductions, charitable giving and advertising. It was toxic to most House Republicans and went nowhere.
    But White House and Congressional Republicans both need a win after the health-care disaster. So they'll probably forge ahead to cut taxes for 10 years by $2 trillion to $3 trillion, but without reforming the system or disturbing the Trump family's business interests.

    Last week Trump told the Financial Times that there would be a "very massive and very strong tax reform." The paper noted that he's "holding his cards close." That's what you do when you hold a pair of threes.



    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-09/republicans-hold-weak-hand-for-tax-and-spend-poker

    IMO: There may be tax cuts. There will be no tax-reform. Don't be surprised if the GOP surfaces the canard of 'dynamic scoring' or as some call it bubblegum and bullshit.

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    1. The US should institute a VAT. I'm guessing hell will freeze over first.

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    Trump was just on TV promising to gut Dodd-Frank, another sop to the Banks and Wall Street, another poke in the eye to the little guy, another GOP move back to the bad old days that brought us the 2008 financial crisis.

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  12. Donald Trump bombed Syria ‘because daughter Ivanka told him to’

    Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka influenced her father’s decision to launch military action in Syria, according the President’s son.

    Eric Trump said that he was “sure” his sister, who acts in an official capacity as Assistant to the President, played a part in America’s response to last week’s chemical weapons incident that killed 89 people – including women and babies.

    Mr Trump told the Telegraph: “Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence.

    “I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff.’

    Eric Trump said his sister influenced their father's decision to launch military action in Syria (Rex)View photos
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    “My father will act in times like that. And by the way, he was anti doing anything with Syria two years ago.

    “Then a leader gasses their own people, women and children. At some point America is the global leader and the world’s superpower has to come forward and act and they did with a lot of support of our allies and I think that’s a great thing.”

    He had previously stated he did not want regime change in the war-torn country but the shocking images of dead children “changed his mind”.

    Eric Trump said that his father was “deeply affected” by the images from Khan Shaykhun.

    He added: “I stay out of politics and I stay out of the administration but you can tell he was deeply affected by those images of the children.

    Eric Trump said his father was shocked by the pictures of the chemical attack in Syria

    “There isn’t a single decent person in the world who saw those images and saw those kids being sprayed down by hoses to keep their skin from burning, who wasn’t deeply affected by what happened over there.

    “It was horrible. These guys are savages and I’m glad he responded the way he responded.”

    Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner – a special adviser to the President – was also believed to back US air strikes in Syria.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-bombed-syria-daughter-ivanka-told-135331733.html

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  13. Brian Williams is ‘guided by the beauty of our weapons’ in Syria strikes

    Brian Williams refers to this Pentagon video of missiles going to kill people as "beautiful" 3 times in 30 seconds

    It was a sight that seemed to dazzle Williams, who described the images as “beautiful” in a segment on his show, “The 11th Hour.”

    “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said. “I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’”

    “They are beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them what is a brief flight over to this airfield,” he added, then asked his guest, “What did they hit?”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/07/beautiful-brian-williams-says-of-syria-missile-strike-proceeds-to-quote-leonard-cohen/?utm_term=.2c4bffaef049

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    1. In a sane World, he'd be institutionalized.

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      At least, he didn't say he was the one pushing the launch button.

      Progress?

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      Hell, guy, what happened to you?

      "I was deplaned."

      A neologism?

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    2. Why couldn't United hire a light plane for their employees?

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    3. Heard a United Pilot sounding like a government drone on why it all had to be the way it was, as if the ONLY way that crew could have flown is United.

      Bullshit.

      The Doc, no saint, himself.

      ...but his extramarital sex and drugs was gay, so he's got that covered.

      5 kids, drugs, gay sex, and national fame.

      A full life.

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  15. GERMANS UNCLEAR ABOUT MOTIVATION:

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    Borussia Dortmund's team bus was hit by three explosions while on its way to the Champions League semi-final against Monaco on Tuesday evening, leaving one player injured in hospital.

    German security sources said it was a targeted attack on the team bus, leaving the vehicle's windows shattered. Police said "serious explosive devices" were used.

    It was unclear what motivated the planting of the explosives, but Germany is on high terror alert following a spate of recent attacks, several of which have been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group.

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      The only people crazier than ISIS are soccer fans.

      :o(


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    2. Princess Grace's Ghost is behind this.

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    3. 1 injured:

      Were they M-80's?

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  16. "Spain international Marc Bartra was taken to hospital with an injury to his hand. No other players were hurt."
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    The old hold it 'til the last second trick gone wrong.

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  17. The Dortmund Fährt Man lit one off.

    http://mb.boardhost.com/TheDeuce/msg/1491939157.html

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    1. They don't dress like the NBA:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdGT4ON0MnE

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  18. Spicer goes for the Brian Williams Award:

    WASHINGTON—The White House’s top spokesman on Tuesday argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed atrocities worse than Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, saying even the man whose genocidal regime instigated a world war and killed millions of people didn’t use chemical weapons.

    “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

    Mr. Spicer was referring to the suspected chemical attack in Syria on April 4 that killed at least 85 people. The U.S. has concluded the Syrian military used banned sarin gas in the assault, and the U.S. military launched nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base Friday.


    Asked later if he wanted to clarify his statement, given that Hitler and the German Nazi state killed millions of European Jews in gas chambers, Mr. Spicer said, “he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”

    “He brought them into the Holocaust center,” Mr. Spicer said, in an apparent reference to the death camps where millions, including most of Germany’s Jewish population, were killed.

    Mr. Assad, Mr. Spicer said, used chemical weapons “in towns, dropped them down—into the middle of towns.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-spokesman-argues-assads-chemical-weapons-atrocities-were-worse-than-hitlers-1491937683

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      I'm not even trying to insult the guy but that's so crazy on so many levels you have to ask if there is something wrong with him.


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    2. Yeah, he's trying to please his boss who's also know for being a bit, errrr, peculiar.

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    1. You love her
      But she loves him
      And he loves somebody else
      You just can't win
      And so it goes
      Till the day you die
      This thing they call love
      It's gonna make you cry
      I've had the blues
      The reds and the pinks
      One thing for sure
      Love stinks yeah yeah
      (Love stinks)
      Love stinks yeah yeah
      Love stinks yeah yeah
      (Love stinks)
      Love stinks yeah yeah
      Two by two and side by side
      Love's gonna find you yes it is
      You just can't hide
      You'll hear it call
      Your heart will fall
      Then love will fly
      It's gonna soar
      I don't care for any casanova thing
      All I can say is
      Love stinks
      Love stinks yeah yeah
      (Love stinks)

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    2. You guys need to lighten up a bit.

      Smiley face smiley face.

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  20. Spicer is worse than Joseph Goebbels !

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    1. And we all know The Donald is every bit as bad as Kim Jong un !

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  21. Thankfully SuperQuirk is stepping forward to defend South Korea, Japan....

    What Me Worry ?

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    1. SuperQuirk spreads his protective cape and allows the weak and defenseless to live in peace and security underneath.....

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    2. ....wherever SuperQuirk has stayed and dwelt women have found respect, and the vote, the masses their rights, non aggression is the norm....as in Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany....

      !!!!

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    3. Entire nations, once under foreign domination and exploitation, have found freedom and dignity, as in Poland, East Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and so many many more because of SuperQuirk

      :)
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    4. Ah hell with it, I'll just say it....I'm sick to death of hearing SuperQuirk dis his own country whose government is according to him made up of nothing but dicks.

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