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Whoopee! We’re all gonna die

Paul Waldman at the Washington Post:

Because the Trump administration is such a finely tuned machine, today we learn that the national security and foreign policy team is set for an overhaul, a whole nine months into this presidency. The likely result is a more isolated position for the United States in the world and a more dangerous future.

Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Anne Gearan report:

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump’s national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday.

The plan, hatched by White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, is expected to be set in motion over the next few weeks, and has broad support within Trump’s inner circle, the officials said. But it was unclear whether Trump had signed off on the plan yet, and the president has been known to change his mind about personnel and other matters before finalizing decisions with public announcements.

Under the plan, Pompeo would likely be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.

Remains of U.S. soldier found in Niger

Myeshia Johnson Recalls Donald Trump Call: It Hurt That He Couldn’t Remember My Husband’s Name

His poor wife, who asked why they wouldn’t let her see her husband’s remains, is probably just beginning to function again. Now this:

Additional remains of a U.S. soldier killed in a mysterious Niger ambush were reportedly found in the African nation earlier this month — even though his funeral had already been held, with his widow questioning whether he was even in the casket. Continue Reading →

U.S. military: Invasion of NK needed to stop nukes

North Korea could blow up NUCLEAR BOMB during Trump visit, triggering World War 3

A ground invasion by the U.S. military is the only way to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In late September, Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Ruben Gallego, both Democrats and veterans of the U.S. military, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis highlighting their concerns about the prospect of war with North Korea. Continue Reading →

Putin tells U.S. to stop making fun of Trump

Putin "Valdai forum" – the missiles, the media and Donald trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting President Donald Trump, a trend that the Russian leader called a symptom of a poor political system in the U.S. Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump’s favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two leading powers during a speech Thursday in order to defend his former political ally from what… Continue Reading →

White House spox gets earful from angry reporter: ‘What you just did is inflammatory!’

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Today’s White House press briefing began with Sarah Huckabee Sanders complaining about reporters’ focus on the Trump-Russia story to a Breitbart reporter, who was her first choice to call upon for a question. As you may imagine, some of the legitimate reporters in the room had objections to that. One piped up right after she finished… Continue Reading →

Regime change

ayatollah khomeini امام خمینی

Hearing rumors etc. from the intelligence community that fall right in line with this: namely, that Trump is being paid off to invade Iran at the behest of the Saudis. And once again, it is all about the oil:

As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government.

Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism. Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hard-liners.

That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that “we are not seeking regime change.”

But influential Iran hawks want to change that under Trump.

“The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who speaks regularly with White House officials about foreign policy. “I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,” he added.

Cotton advocated a combination of economic, diplomatic and covert actions to pressure Tehran’s government and “support internal domestic dissent” in the country. He noted that Iran has numerous minority ethnic groups, including Arabs, Turkmen and Balochs who “aren’t enthusiastic about living in a Persian Shiite despotism.”

What could go wrong?

Andrea Mitchell: ‘A brutal image for Republicans and supporters of this bill, frankly’

Elise Lefkowitz, Andrea Mitchell. Photo © Tony Powell. 2017 Great Ladies Luncheon. Ritz Carlton. April 26, 2017

You may not know that many, many years ago, Andrea Mitchell was married to a man with multiple sclerosis. I think she’s actually sensitive to this issue.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell described the scene of disabled protesters being carried out by Capitol police in front of Mitch McConnell’s office as “brutal” images for the Republican party. The long time NBC host began a segment on the newly released Senate healthcare bill and explained what was happening at Speaker McConnell’s office. Mitchell said, “Police… Continue Reading →

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