The Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week had a secret objective — the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who survived and is now taunting President Donald Trump in an audio message. [NBC News]
AMATEUR HOUR at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue continues apace. The latest insult from President Trump coming before the Super Bowl, compliments of Bill O’Reilly’s interview.
“But he’s a killer,” O’Reilly said to Trump.
“There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?” Trump replied.
Whether America is “so innocent” WAS NOT PART OF THE QUESTION or even the subject.
The new president and commander in chief decided to change the topic from Putin’s proven villainy, preferring instead to make a false equivalency with the United States.
If a Democrat had said this…
Many of you remember what happened President Obama traveled the world and chose to speak about America’s foreign policy mistakes, all the while he was orchestrating one of the most lethal drone programs in U.S. history. Today that’s not his problem, as we see in a fantastic post by Richard Branson that shows citizen Barack Obama challenging him to a kiteboard challenge.
President Barack Obama is in Trump’s head.
Learning that Trump’s first go at a military strike was a disaster, which came after the White House lied that it was successful, is just the beginning of POTUS’s FAKE NEWS machine at work. Not only did civilians die, including one small girl, but Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens of SEAL Team 6 was a casualty as well. If you read the NBC report and take it at face value, one of the reasons Trump approved the mission was because he was comparing his machismo to Obama’s.
After two months of military preparation increasingly focused on the opportunity to capture al-Rimi, Trump was told by Defense Secretary James Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that his capture would be a “game changer,” according to a senior White House official with direct knowledge of the discussions.
In making their case, they told Trump that they doubted that the Obama administration would have been bold enough to try it, this official said.
I’d bet someone is editorializing in order to elevate his boss but that’s because I don’t believe a word that comes out of the Trump White House. Did Defense Secretary, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, taunt Trump to get him to agree to the raid? The story is getting more coverage overseas.
All of this is disturbing but nothing compares to elevating Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, putting politics at the center of American foreign policy. It disturbed the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen, so much that he wrote an op-ed about it and went on CNN to drill his views down.
Every president has the right and the responsibility to shape the security council as he sees fit. But partisan politics has no place at that table. And neither does Mr. Bannon.
Donald Trump said that he wasn’t briefed on the NSC Executive Order giving Steve Bannon an unprecedented and privileged spot inside the National Security Council.
Note to Mr. Trump: All you had to do was read the NSC EO you signed, sir.
Trump is ignorant on foreign policy and willing to deride the United States in order to elevate Vladimir Putin. A man with an oversized ego as large as Trump’s who’s in charge of a gas station, and prefers poisoning his adversaries and killing critics by any means necessary.
A leader of the Russian opposition who has been a vocal critic of what he calls a Kremlin policy of assassinating political enemies has fallen into a life-threatening coma caused by an unknown poison, his wife said on Monday. [New York Times]
If you want to know why Donald Trump does what he does it’s because his leadership model is based on Putin, a former KGB man who doesn’t pay attention to niceties like fair voting, a free media, and separation of powers.
The U.S. Constitution and our judicial system are going to get a workout.