Are Congressional Republicans Growing A Pair?

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The Hill: Frustrated Republicans say it’s time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.  GOP lawmakers are deeply concerned over President Trump’s reluctance to listen to his senior military and intelligence advisers, fearing it could erode national … Read More

ISIS Not Defeated

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NBC News reports: U.S. service members were among those killed by an explosion in Syria on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the coalition fighting the Islamic State group said. Earlier, a senior Kurdish security official told NBC News that members of the U.S.-led coalition were caught up in a blast at a market in the northern city of Manbij. The official could … Read More

Trump’s New Positions On The Wall And Syria Has Some Conservatives In An Uproar

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Let;s start with the wall and note how sad Trump has become. He used to have so much vision: Oct. 3, 2015“We’re going to build a wall, and it’s going to be impenetrable, it will be a real wall.” — Jan. 16, 2016“China built a wall that’s 13,000 miles long 2,000 years ago. My ambition is for ours to be … Read More

Trump Undermines Military Intelligence — This Time On Syria

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On Monday, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement publicly pledged that the U.S. commitment to Syria would not waiver. The very next day, Trump reportedly decided to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops there.  Today he tweeted this: Trump appears to be discarding his entire Syria and Iran strategy at a single stroke, giving up any and all U.S. influence in the … Read More

Trump Goes Soft On Russia Again

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Monday (left)Tuesday (right)Wednesday TBD — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) April 17, 2018 Trump rejected, for now at least, a fresh round of sanctions set to be imposed against Russia yesterday, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team. Why did he do it?  Here’s what a cynic might say… Sunday morning: Haley announces … Read More

Syria Update

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It is very difficult to keep up with developments on the situation in Syria, despite the fact that there has been no response to the terrible civilian gassing. First, there’s the matter of President Trump contradicting himself by his tweetstorm telling Russia and everybody else that  “smart” missile was “coming”. It makes the US looks weak, or confused, when the … Read More

Trump Sees Pictures Of Syrian Chemical Attacks; Calls Out Putin By Name For The First Time

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A lot of talk. We’ll see what Trump does.  When Obama was President, he tweeted that Obama should not do anything to get us involved in fighting Syria. Now (in a tweet not shown here), Trump blames Obama for not doing enough. Syria has been a dystopian hellscape the entire time Trump has been in office. He believes that war … Read More

Day 116. Jeopardized.

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1/ Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats during their Oval Office meeting last week, which has jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. Trump’s decision to disclose information risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. A US official said Trump “revealed more information to the Russian … Read More

War With Syria?

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Breaking News: The Pentagon is developing options for a military strike in Syria in response to the chemical attack — The New York Times (@nytimes) April 6, 2017 Well, I guess it’s good to know that Trump finally recognizes the seriousness of the Syrian situation. And I hope he makes a connection between the horrible Sarin gas attacks and … Read More

Photo Op

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Hey!  Look!  It’s President-Elect Donald Trump!  And who is with him?  Why, that’s Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  This was yesterday as they were meeting at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster NJ. I wonder what that was all about. Kris Kobach is a central figure in the nativist movement and the architect of Arizona’s notorious “papers please” law. … Read More

What Syrian Refugees Are About

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CNN’s Kate Bolduan is a reporter who asks tough questions and is often expressive and emphatic when she does it. Today, however, she was expressive in a very different way. While sharing a video of a five-year-old Syrian named Omran Daqneesh sitting in the back of an ambulance with blood and soot all over him, Bolduan was tasked with explaining … Read More

Picture Of The Year?

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I don’t know, but it should be contender.  The photographer is not a journalist or professional photographer, but I don’t know if that makes any difference. This is a woman who escaped ISIS territory and was able to wear color again, taken sometime in early December 2015.

Vetting Syrian Refugees: A Governor With Guts

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Kudos to Gov. Peter Shumlin SOUTH BURLINGTON – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday that governors who turn away Syrian refugees are “stomping” on American values. As of early Monday afternoon, nine Republican governors had said they would attempt to stop the relocation of refugees from Syria because of safety concerns following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. “The governors who are … Read More