Despite the completely irrelevant Nazi analogy by the CNN idiot, this is a pretty good job by Rand Paul. He’s a little too much of a politician for my tastes. Not as much of a straight talker as his father. But you’ve got to love the swipe he takes at McCain near the end.
I should have known better, but I thought here was a guy who didn’t owe the establishment anything. Everyone with any significant power during the Bush-Obama years was against him. They did everything in their power to destroy him and prevent him from winning the presidency. The media, virtually every well known politician, Hollywood celebrities, Wall Street, “respectable” Europeans, the foreign policy “establishment.” They were all aligned against him, and despite whatever party affiliation or claim to impartiality they may have held prior to 2016, they all did whatever they could to restore the Clintons to power.
And Trump specifically campaigned against Mid-East Wars. Aside from immigration it was his number one issue. He said it wasn’t in American interests to intervene in all these foreign conflicts and he was right. I certainly had my doubts about him, but I thought at least he won’t mindlessly attack, bomb, or invade these Muslim countries anymore. At least there will be less war under this clown than there was under Obama. Certainly less than there would be under a Clinton regime.
Less than three months in and he’s bombed Syria because of some chemical weapons attack that will almost certainly turn out to be a false flag. Or maybe an instance where the Syrian military bombed a warehouse where the rebels were storing chemical weapons. Why did he do it? Because he was upset that “beautiful babies” were killed. So he bombed a country and is ready to escalate a war that was winding down. This escalation will certainly result in even more dead babies. It will result in more refugees flooding the West including the United States. It will inspire more terrorists.
Incredibly, he seems ready to risk war with Russia to overthrow the Syrian dictator which is pure insanity. This after promising for the past year that he would get along with Putin.
Fuck Trump. He’s completely betrayed his campaign rhetoric in the first hundred days. He only won the presidency because he repudiated the neocons in the primaries and then immediately after taking office became a neocon himself. I mean would Jeb Bush be much different as far as actual results are concerned? Trump tried to pass Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare light and denounced libertarians and conservatives that were against it. He’s done nothing on immigration other than a travel ban that was immediately blocked by some Obama era judges. The troop buildup in Eastern Europe continues unabated. The man who called NATO “obsolete” just enthusiastically expanded it by adding Montenegro. (Please explain to me how Americans benefit from Montenegro being under US protection. What happened to America First?)
Is there anything positive coming? Doesn’t look good to me.
I guess at least TPP is dead. Although even Killary campaigned against that thing.
Don’t join the military. Don’t wave the flag. Don’t support the D.C. regime under any circumstances. Don’t put any faith in any candidates for office. Even supposed outsiders will immediately capitulate and go along with the Deep State the minute they assume the presidency.
Here’s a great quote:
“Everything that [McCain] says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy that’s advocated for war everywhere. He would bankrupt the nation.”
“And actually, we’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge because I think we would be in perpetual war,”
He’s right of course. John McCain is a crazed psychopath who never met a war he didn’t want to immediately involve the United States in militarily. To him there is always a good guy and bad guy in every foreign dispute and the USA has to recklessly charge in and help the good guy. If hundreds of thousands or millions of people get killed along the way? No biggie. “We” meant well and that’s all that matters. And of course any foreigner who survives a US war of aggression is welcome to move to the United States at taxpayer expense. And US troops can never leave these foreign lands and the wars can never officially end. “We” must occupy the conquered country permanently.
The people of Arizona, and indeed all Americans, should be ashamed that a man like this sits in the US Senate. (Although to be honest a lot of horrible people have “served” and continue to “serve” in Congress.)
I am also glad to see that Ron Paul’s son is opposing any position in the Trump Administration for the neocon John Bolton:
“I think John Bolton would be much closer to McCain than Trump and I think that his history of sort of acting on his own, my fear is that secret wars would be developing around the globe. So no, I think he would be a bad choice,”
Michael Flynn resigned. 99% of the American people have never heard of this guy, but it’s huge news because he spoke with the Russian ambassador, US spies recorded it, and he didn’t tell Vice President Pence that he spoke to them. The War Street Journal is up in arms:
In just a few weeks, the nascent administration is being weighed down from within, sidetracked by dishonesty and potential ethical lapses as well as attacks from his own supporters and fellow Republicans.
Dishonesty and ethical lapses? Oh my God! I just can’t imagine a presidential administration that isn’t 100% honest and ethical. Impeach Trump now!
John McCain can’t stand it:
“It’s a dysfunctional White House, and nobody knows who’s in charge,”
Whatever asshole. Flynn wanted good relations with Russia so he had to go even though he was a warmongering maniac when it came to most other countries. Can’t say I’ll really miss him all that much, but let’s just pray we don’t get some straight up anti-Russian Israel-first neocon as a replacement.
This is what Trump gets for surrounding himself with too many Establishment Republicans who would be more comfortable with a Mike Pence or John McCain than they are with Trump who they view as a threat. Most of his own subordinates will stop at nothing to derail many of his stated objectives, particularly his foreign policy which isn’t nearly anti-Russian or generally belligerent enough for them.
Can Trump stand up to these bastards? I have serious doubts that he’s up to it. And even if he does, they can always manufacture some scandal involving the dreaded Putin to shut him up or possibly even drive him from office.
The gold old days when we had a Nobel Peace Prize winner in the White House who bombed these countries, but invited those who survived to move to America at tax payer expense. What a great guy.
Barbara Lee. At least on Foreign Policy. See her remarks about why she was voting against the Afghan War that still rages sixteen years later. Quite prophetic. Not everyone was War crazy in 2001.
She also voted against Obama’s Libya disaster so she’s bipartisan in that respect.
Interesting footage of the Berkeley riot. Worth watching to see what so called “student protesters” are really all about.
I’d like to point out one thing about this video. A brief clip of Cenk Uygur at the 4:55 mark. Kudos to Uygur for condemning the riots. However, I have to call bullshit on this specific remark: “a true progressive doesn’t do violence by definition.”
I guess the following people were not true progressives despite being identified as such: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Ayers, Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama. These men were certainly willing to “do violence” in an attempt to achieve their supposedly progressive ends.
The entire progressive philosophy has, since its inception, been predicated on violence. Even when not rioting (which by the way they do a lot), progressives want to force people to behave in a way that conforms to their worldview. That’s the whole point. And they want to use government violence to achieve this if they are unable get their way through mere intimidation.
An example of progressivism in action is drug prohibition. Progressives in the early twentieth century insisted on the regulation and eventual outlawing of the possession or sale of substances they didn’t like. This even included alcohol for a period of time. Failure to follow these rules meant being locked up in a government dungeon as punishment. Interestingly, decades later when the political Left changed their minds and decided drugs were great they turned around and blamed conservatives for what their forbears had instituted. Conservatives had begun to agree with them on this issue so of course their attitudes shifted. (It should be noted that conservatives have no problem using government violence either. They are, however, less inventive in coming up with new rules to enforce.)
Income tax is another progressive era invention. Does anyone really believe that millions of Americans would voluntarily hand over a third of their income to the State if the IRS wasn’t prepared to use violence to enforce payment?
Today we see equally disturbing policies that seek to upend cultural norms under threat of force. Don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Don’t want to let men identifying as women use the ladies’ restroom? Don’t want to hire a certain percentage of minorities or women to work at your company? In some rare cases progressives may show up and smash your windows or beat you up. But of much greater concern is that In certain arbitrary circumstances, making any of these decisions can result in your business being taken away from you. You may also be forced to pay thousands of dollars to someone who was offended by your actions even though no actual physical harm was inflicted on that person. Government guns are the enforcement mechanism for all of this even if most progressives choose to ignore that aspect of their ideology.
Sorry Cenk, progressivism equals violence. It always has. It always will. It cannot exist without violence.
He vows to block the Israel-First warmonger Elliot Abrams from being named Deputy Secretary of State.
I guess Rand is actually taking Trump’s America First talk seriously. Good for him.
From an interview that will air prior to the Super Bowl:
“But, [Putin] is a killer,” O’Reilly said.
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump responded, “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”
It’s about time we had a president that accepts reality when it comes to US foreign policy. The idea that the Washington Regime sends its military around the globe blowing shit up solely to help poor innocent foreigners because America is so good and kind hearted is one of the most absurd and dangerous notions that too many people have been buying into for the past seventy years. Enough is enough. I seriously doubt Russia has killed more people than the combined bloody efforts of Clinton/Bush/Obama since Putin came to power in 1999.
Of course the War wing of the Republican Party was quick to denounce their own president in their never ending effort to stoke war with Russia. In his response to Trumps statements, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Putin a “thug” and claimed his election as Russian president wasn’t “credible.” This despite having domestic approval ratings that dwarf any recent US president.
For those people out there who hate Trump, think he’s Hitler, and are worried he’s going to destroy Democracy or whatever, calm down. Just about everyone in the ruling elite is against this man. Most Republicans who actually hold any power in this country hate him as much as any Democrat, judge, media personality, or corporate CEO does. They’ll do whatever they can (and they can do a lot) to make sure the wars continue, the subsidized mass migration from the third world continues, and the banksters, merchants of death, drug companies, etc. get paid.
Trump will have a hell of a time making any real changes to the corrupt cesspool known as Washington, D.C. Chances are when it’s all said and done, despite the chaotic first two weeks and all the America First rhetoric, he’ll have been a much more conventional (and to those who voted for him disappointing) president than anyone expects.