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“Mission Accomplished!” Is Not True For Syria

April 16, 2018

The one thing you can bet on today is that the Trump White House will not be talking about a policy imitative for Syria.  After taking the correct military response to President Assad’s government using chemical weapons Donald Trump stated over the weekend, “Mission Accomplished!”

Not even close!

No one ever thought Trump had seriously studied the Syrian problem or examined ways in which the United States or our allies might play a positive role in that troubled land.  But one might hope that he would have instructed others with skills and background to formulate some policy ideas.   As the months have passed one thing is clear.  There is no advancement with what Syria needs most–that being a road map to the future.

While I advocated for a strong response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons I also–again–called for policy moves to safeguard the people, and allow for talks that must include the status of Assad.    There must be free elections.  There must also be a process where the World Court can bring to justice those who have created so many horrific acts.

The Trump Administration  stated this weekend they hoped the action taken Friday night would allow for diplomacy to advance.  But also this weekend it was clear the White House was not about to offer new ideas about how that might happen.

So, there is no way that anyone can agree with using the words “Mission Accomplished!”

NYT Editorial: Trump Striking At Foundation Of Government Should He Try To Stop Investigation

April 16, 2018

Powerful.  Well-written.  Thoughtful.

News reports point to a growing possibility that  Trump may act to cripple or shut down an investigation by the nation’s top law-enforcement agencies into his campaign and administration. Lawmakers need to be preparing now for that possibility because if and when it comes to pass, they will suddenly find themselves on the edge of an abyss, with the Constitution in their hands.

Make no mistake: If Mr. Trump takes such drastic action, he will be striking at the foundation of the American government, attempting to set a precedent that a president, alone among American citizens, is above the law.

What can seem now like a political sideshow will instantly become a constitutional crisis … But if the president does move against the investigators, it will be up to Congress to affirm the rule of law, the separation of powers and the American constitutional order. The miserable polarization and partisan anger that have been rising in American life for decades will hit a new crescendo, and that will present congressional Republicans with a heavy burden indeed.

Think About Past Presidents When Pondering James Comey Interview

April 16, 2018

James and I had a dinner guest last evening so the viewing of the much-talked about interview with James Comey was recorded and watched at about midnight.  It was too late to post some thoughts following the show, but there was no way not to comment now that the sun is up—but just under the clouds.  (At least Madison is not under a pile of snow!)

One line shot out at me and it was of such gravitas that I needed to locate it word by word this morning.

“Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country, the most important being truth.  This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”

To say that I was verbally pushed back into the rocking chair at that point in the interview would not be an overstatement.   One would just expect that a president regardless of party or the era in which he served our nation would have core values and sensibilities along with honor and truth.  But that is not the case in the United States at the present time, and that fact was called out on national television by the former FBI Director.

Think about the ones who have served the nation from the Oval Office.   Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Ike, Carter, Reagan.  Pick and chose any you like, or those that you did not like.   Not one former president can be placed at the same low level as Trump now holds.  Every other president had a core foundation that is required to lead the nation.

Comey continued this theme by saying Trump is “someone for whom truth is not a high value” and who treats women “like they’re pieces of meat.”

The interview was just another example as why civics education is needed to be ramped up in our schools.   Clearly the voters who cast a ballot for Trump did not have the ability to reason their way to a vote that was good for then nation.   That was made clear by Comey.

The Most Disturbing Image The Night Of Missile Attack on Syria

April 16, 2018

From the back of the White House room, as Donald Trump spoke to the nation about the need to strike Syria over the chemical weapons attack, stood these two people.  Nothing more needs to be said.

Barbara Bush on Comfort Care As Medical Problems Mount

April 15, 2018

Sad news to report this afternoon.

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday.

“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release.

McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Bush’s health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition.

Strong Support For Military Strike On Syria

April 13, 2018

Seen in Damascus tonight.

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I am 100% in support of the actions tonight from the United States in conjunction with Britain and France regarding a military strike on Syria   It is proper for Donald Trump to call out Russia and Iran for their support of the world’s most murderous regime.   We can, and should, call attention to Trump’s too cozy handling of Russian President Putin over the past 18 months.  That is why the news tonight that Trump called out Putin by name is a most critical part to this story.

But let me reiterate what needs to happen.

What is needed is not another symbolic, targeted airstrike akin to what took place almost a year ago.  What is required is a strategy for Syria and the region.  The Trump White House has been adrift when it comes to seriously considering a policy that allows for the larger long-term needs to be met.  So while I very much applaud a strong reaction to the barbaric behavior from Assad and his military I also want to see an actual policy be developed.

Trump made a huge mistake when stating he wanted to have an exit strategy from Syria.  Since there was no policy in place the exit would only have allowed for a vacuum which rightly has caused the Pentagon, State Department along with allies such as Israel and France to be alarmed.

Abortion Paid For By Top GOP Official–Party Of Family Values Seemed Not To Care For This Fetus

April 13, 2018

The story just keeps getting more and interesting.

A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.

The deal was arranged in the final months of 2017 by President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.

In his statement, Mr. Broidy apologized to his wife and family while acknowledging that he had had an affair with the woman, who has not been identified. He said that “she alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy, and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”

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