A ludicrous self-own

If the Presidebt doesn’t even know his own pointman in the fight against ISIS, then how can he possibly know ISIS has been defeated?

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I try not to say it too often, but just imagine the Republican reaction had Obama said he did not know the man leading the fight against ISIS. Just imagine what they would have said and done.

And then never, EVER forget that feeling, because they will be right back at it in a couple of years as if none of this ever happened. It won’t work if you don’t forget and then act accordingly.

There’s a REALLY obvious problem with this.

In his phone call with President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly promised that Turkey would take responsibility for finishing off the Islamic State group if the U.S. pulled out of Syria, a senior White House official tells NBC News.

“Erdogan said to the president, ‘In fact, as your friend, I give you my word in this,’” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to disclose details of a presidential phone call.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna951296

Erdogan is obviously lying. Turkey has prised this same thing multiple times, but they’ve always been unwilling and unable to follow through. Why? BECAUSE WHAT THEY REALLY WANT TO DO IS WRECK THE KURDS.

This is obvious if you pay attention to this stuff. The people offering this argument know this, but this is the best they’ve got to offer?

I….

The Dam is Finally About to Burst

Marcy is going with the “walls collapsing” metaphor. I like the “bursting dam” metaphor myself. But either way, the point is the same. We are rapidly approaching the endgame, and everyone knows it. The people who have leverage over Trump recognize that the expiration date on what they’ve got is fast approaching, and so they’re starting to lean in on Trump and hard. That’s leading Trump to act even more erratically than usual, and more importantly, to cross some very serious red lines for the hawks that make up the backbone of the Republican establishment.

Trump is, on a dime and without warning our closest allies, rolling up the American Empire. And he’s doing it not because he’s a peacenik, but because ruthless, committed authoritarians have convinced him he needs their continued approval more than he needs the approval of even the Republican hawks in the Senate.

Source: The Moving Parts: The Walls Come Down around Trump | emptywheel

Mattis’ resignation today was the first visible crack in the dam. More resignations are undoubtedly going to follow over the next week, and each will mark another very visible sign that the dam is about to break. We have at most six weeks until Mueller delivers his report. I’d be willing to bet the dam holds until then. But after? No way,

Trump Poised to Lift Sanctions on Deripaska’s Firm

Anyone falling for this “he’s going to own less than half, this is a big win for the US” nonsense? Anyone?

Deripaska is the oligarch Manafort worked for. I’m sure this is all just one giant coincidence. I’m sure.

The Trump administration is ready to remove sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s aluminum company, United Co. Rusal, after reaching an agreement to significantly reduce his ownership stake.

— Read on www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-12-19/trump-ready-to-remove-sanctions-on-deripaska-s-rusal-in-30-days

“You sold your country out”

The thing these clowns don’t seem to understand is that judges read the news, that they dont like it when people spin nonsensical conspiracy theories about how the justice system works on behalf of defendants in the midst of admitting guilt, and that they REALLY don’t like it when members of the defendants’ families do so.

Also: what Flynn did is really REALLY bad. He was working as a paid agent of a forgiven power while serving as National Securott Advisor tl the President of the United Stayes! He admits to this now! That’s INSANE.

“All along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser,” Sullivan said, a claim the judge would walk back later in the hearing. “Arguably, that undermines everything that this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”

“I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for your offense,” the judge said.

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