Guilty As Charged!!!

The ultimate betrayal …

Donald Trump is now, in my book, if not officially, guilty of genocide.  He was already guilty of treason, having conspired with a foreign nation not one, but twice, in order to influence a U.S. election and to benefit himself, thereby putting our nation in grave danger.  And now he is guilty of the likely murders of potentially thousands of Kurds … Kurds who have long been our allies!  There are estimated to be between 1.4 million and 2.7 million Kurdish people — human beings — in Syria whose lives, thanks to Donald F. Trump, are now in jeopardy, as Turkey begins to implement its plan for a ground invasion of northern Syria.

What happened?  Trump had a phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey.  We all know these days about Trump’s phone calls to foreign leaders, right?  Whether or not he asked Erdoğan to help dig up dirt on his political opponents is not known, but what is known is what he promised Erdoğan.  Very soon after the Monday morning phone call, the United States began withdrawing American troops from Syria’s border with Turkey.  Erdoğan has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to kill the Kurds, and the only thing standing in his way were U.S. troops in northern Syria.  Trump promised to step aside and let Erdoğan have at it.  The Kurds are … were … our allies, people!!!  Great friends we have proven to be, yes?  What next, Donnie?  You gonna bomb the UK?  Perhaps you’d like to send troops to overthrow the government of Germany?

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Not only did he betray an ally in the most horrific of ways, but he proved to the world, as if they didn’t already know, just how utterly stupid he is.  Take, for example, this tweet …

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”

First … what sort of bloomin’ eejit claims to have “great and unmatched wisdom”???  I really, really had to hold onto my hands to keep from throwing something when I read that.  And second, he has never obliterated the “Economy of Turkey”, unless he’s talking of the kind that make their way to the dining table on Thanksgiving!

One journalist, Richard Engel of NBC News, commented …

“’I, in my great and unmatched wisdom …?’  Who talks or writes like this?  The closest I can come up with was Qaddafi. Not Mubarak. Or Ben Ali. Or Assad, let alone any European leader.  Really can’t remember a current or recent example.”

Qaddafi.  Trump.  Two peas in a pod?

Surprisingly, even his republican cronies were aghast at his decision to stab our allies in the back.  EVEN MITCH MCCONNELL split with Trump on this issue, saying …

“A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

Republican Senator Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania rang in with …

“This betrayal of the Kurds will also severely harm our credibility as an ally the world over. President Trump should rethink this decision immediately.”

The bottom line is that Trump has made a disastrous decision on an issue of which he has zero understanding.  He does not have great and unmatched wisdom – he has the wisdom of a five-year-old.  He does not understand the Middle East at all.  And worst of all, he is once again pandering to an autocrat, just as he has in the past to Putin, Kim, Bolsonaro and others.  His actions yesterday will have dire consequences, at the very least for our allies, the Kurds, and quite possibly for the entire globe.

And speaking of betrayal …

Now, transitioning to another story here, Lindsey Graham, that ignoble Senator from South Carolina, also spoke against Trump’s foolhardiness in pulling our troops out of Syria at this moment, saying …

“By abandoning the Kurds we have sent the most dangerous signal possible — America is an unreliable ally and it’s just a matter of time before China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in dangerous ways. No matter what President Trump is saying about his decision. It is EXACTLY what President Obama did in Iraq with even more disastrous consequences for our national security.”

Strong words for a republican senator, eh?  Taking the right side for once in his life, yes?  But wait … Senator Graham had something else to say on another topic …

Lindsey-Graham-2“Here’s what’s going to happen: if the whistleblowers’ allegations are turned into an impeachment article it’s imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined. If that doesn’t happen in the House, I’ll make sure it happens in the Senate.”

This … this essentially amounts to signing a death warrant for the whistleblowers and would ensure that nobody … nobody … would ever again come forward with the sort of information that our government officials may be attempting to bury to suit their own purposes.

There are laws that protect those people who come forward with information that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within a private or public organization.  Is Lindsey Graham planning to break those laws?  Does he see himself, as Trump sees himself, as being above the law?  And, is this a threat that he hopes will keep the House from following through with the impeachment proceedings?  Impeachment proceedings that, I might add, are long overdue.

It seems to me that there are a heck of a lot of people within the Republican Party who wish to break down the very foundations of our government, and they don’t care how they do it.  Now, admittedly there are some less-than-stellar people in the Democratic Party as well, but … today, the republicans win the honour of being the biggest jackasses in the nation.


Note to readers:  Stay tuned for the next installment of ‘The Brexit Conundrum’ where we will hear Colette’s views at 3:00 p.m. EDT, 8:00 p.m. BST.

84 thoughts on “Guilty As Charged!!!

  1. Pingback: Guilty As Charged!!! — Filosofa’s Word – Truth Troubles

  2. Amongst the many newsletters that land, and at times languish, amidst my inbox is the MSNBC Daily newsletter. Total aside here : As I have stated numerous times, I do not watch TV and do not even have my large screen TV hooked up to cable…it’s only use is for Benjamin’s DVD watching and it is getting rather dusty here of late! That wee bit of information notwithstanding, I did watch several of the videos included within that newsletter on the computer, as is my habit. Today two stood out : 1) Rachel Maddow’s 8 minute interview with Brett McGurk and 2) Nicolle Wallace’s Deadline White House interview also with Brett McGurk. Total aside here, again : Wallace was a Republican of notable history prior to 2016 when she became an Independent. Now, if memory serves me correctly, you are not a fan of MSNBC. I discovered Rachel Maddow back in about mid 2005 during her appearances on the then seemingly benign bow-tied Tucker Carlson show “The Situation with Tucker Carlson” when it went to 11 PM. It later became just “Tucker” before its cancellation in 2008 whence he went to Fox & Friends. I also first met Willie Geist there during their nightly segment that I so enjoyed…I think that Geist was a producer on that show. But, I greatly digress! Brett McGurk, as you well know, was the former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS under Obama and Trump. That was, until Trump’s previous disastrous announcement that led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis that was soon followed by McGurk’s resignation. My Propensity for Loquacity aside, watch both interviews as they are both excellent and worth the time. Should you be unable to find them, I can easily forward the newsletter to YOU! Final comment : Lindsey Graham spoke well in his response to Trump’s withdrawal of troops, otherwise he is beyond ridiculous! Thank-you!

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    • You give me more credit than I am due, dear friend, for when you mentioned McGurk, I was scratching my head, saying, “McGurk … McGurk … that name rings a bell, but where … who???” Too many names floating around in my head these days! This is the first time in my 68 years that I could spout the name of the Ukrainian president from memory, and even spell it right! The first time in my life that I could recited from memory every single cabinet member. Sigh. This is not necessarily a good thing, mind you. Anyway … long story short … you’re right that I am not a fan of MSNBC for news! However, I love Rachel Maddow! Now, I could find both of those interviews, but … since you offered to forward the newsletter, then I would have both at my fingertips, and possibly some other tidbits as well, and since that would resolve the problem of my inbox missing its daily dose of Ellen mail … would you be so kind as to forward it to me? Thanks my friend!!! Hope all is well … I worry when a day goes by with no Ellen!

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  3. “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!).”….. You’re kidding me..yeh…that was Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live…surely???????

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  4. Precisely what I’ve been blogging about for years, thanks Jill for exposing the notorious war criminal that is Trump! Ever since taking office, Trump bombed Syrian airfields for no reason, aided Saudi Arabia in slaughtering nearly 100,000 ppl in Yemen including civilian women and children, staged a coup in Venezuela and attempted overthrow of Maduro, and continuing the illegal wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya.
    This guy may be worse than George Bush when all is said and done!

    Personally I’m all for pulling out of Syria, but Trump should play the role of peacemaker and have a talk with Erdogan not to kill Kurds, and hold the Turkish president to his actions, certainly get the UN involved in keeping world peace. Putin is ready to discuss a peace plan with US regarding Syria, we’ll see about Trump’s intentions.
    https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/impeach-trump-for-war-crimes-bust-the-military-industrial-complex-1

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  5. Excellent take Jill. Yes, our pal Lindsay is outraged at the Turkey/Syria situation….but everything else is just peachy? The complete capitulation of this man to Trump is bizarre beyond belief. And he’s ok with Trump blocking everyone from cooperating with Congress? Wow. I just hope that more and more whistleblowers start to come out. We need them now more than ever.

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    • I sometimes wonder what Lindsey’s problem is. I’ve heard him speak somewhat against Trump before (after Charlottesville), but backtrack the next day. I’m beginning to wonder … who, if not Congress, is going to hold Trump accountable? If he blocks every channel the investigation tries to pursue, will the courts uphold the subpoenas? And if not, can we truly be said to have a presidency and a democratic republic any longer? I think not. Sigh.

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      • It’s as if Trump is in full ‘scorched earth policy’ now. Burn everything in his tracks, piss off as many people as he can, and take whomever he can down with him. I really think that’s where are now Jill. Scary as hell….

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        • I think … perhaps he figures there is no turning back, no redeeming himself, so yes, next best thing is the scorched earth policy, the ‘take no prisoners’ venue. He figures that he can’t possibly lose, for losing isn’t in his vocabulary, at least not as it applies to himself. These are indeed scary times, and there are days that I don’t think there will be a happy ending to this story.

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            • It’s a very nice thought, and I’ve wondered myself if there is some point at which the generals decide it’s time. Sadly, though, the military largely supports him, though who knows why, when he bilked veterans out of a bundle?

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  6. I rant with you, my dearest friend. This is what I woke up to yesterday morning. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I loathe this FIDIOT with all the strength I can muster! I’m at a point of no return … I knew there was no redeeming value! He’s evil, vile …. arrgghh!!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    There are truly no words … ‘Not only did he betray an ally in the most horrific of ways, but he proved to the world, as if they didn’t already know, just how utterly stupid he is.’
    The word of the mighty United States of America is WORTHLESS!!

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  8. Jill, good post. One of several character flaws of the narcissistic president is he has few, if any, convictions. Allegiances other than to him are irrelevant.

    I think the presidency’s currency within party leadership has fallen. It may not lead to impeachment (it should given the crimes he has committed), but it has emboldened GOP sycophants to speak up. I have said this before, but I believe this is a tipping point. Keith

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    • Thank you Keith! As I wrote it, I thought to myself, “Keith will not be pleased, for I’ve thrown calm and rational to the wind on this one”. So, I’m relieved you haven’t taken me to task for my ranting. I try … but sometimes I just have to let off some steam.

      You’re right … loyalty or allegiance with Trump is a one-way street and he does nothing unless there is something in it for him. Thus, I really think Erdogan offered up something in that phone call … eventually we may know what it was.

      I hope you’re right that the GOP leadership is fed up and ready to roll on Trump. We need to stop the bleeding soon, else this nation will not come out of this era intact.

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      • Jill, I shared in a response on my recent blogpost The Washington Post revealed a recent survey that said 58% of the electorate support the impeachment process. The more interesting part is 28% of Republicans support the impeachment process with 18% supporting the removal of Donald J. Trump as president. That is just shy of 1 in 5 Republican voters. Keith

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        • Yes, nearly one in five! But … what puzzles me is that the support for impeachment is overall 20% higher now than it was two weeks ago, and yet, his approval ratings have barely dropped. If 1 in 5 republicans support impeachment, shouldn’t his approval ratings be dropping below 40%? I do realize that polls all have a margin of error, but I typically look at the aggregate to smooth out any biases, and it’s fairly consistent. Went down from 42.9 to 41.2, but now it’s slowly coming back up to 41.7 … no major fluctuations as I would expect. 🤷

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          • I wonder if other sources suggest the same statistical data for impeachment approval. Jeff Bezos, a very liberal democrat owns that publication along with Amazon so sure they’re going to report such an analysis of the situation. Have other news outlets supported this claim, maybe something more centrist?

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            • Yes, Scott … the same numbers have been reported in a number of other publications … in fact I believe the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Trump’s buddy Rupert Murdoch reported them, but I don’t remember for sure, and don’t have time to check it out at the moment, though I will try to do so tomorrow. Sooner or later it was inevitable that at least some republicans would get tired of having to defend and make excuses for him.

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    • Pat Robertson is, as are most of the evangelical ‘leaders’ I am aware of, self-serving and delusional. When a man who is supposed to be such a good, religious man has a net worth of approximately $100 million, something is not right. Several of the evangelical conmen have said that Trump was sent by their God to … ??? The reality is that Trump promised them a say in setting policy … promised to put judges on the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v Wade, promised to allow them to legally discriminate against LGBT people, and more. They don’t believe there is a “Mandate of Heaven” any more than I do, but it plays well for their faithful followers. Sigh.

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  9. Whatever Trump does usually hits the UK headlines. We are, as a nation, incredulous over his actions and I suppose it is a distraction from our own political disaster.
    There are cracks appearing in how America is perceived. I watched a TV program last night that I would not have thought possible a decade ago…
    ‘American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley’
    Lucy is a popular, and very English, TV historian. She has taken on the American ideal of their “independence and freedom” and started to look more closely at the lies within the history that is taught to every American child. Two of them particularly, were news to me. One was that the American revolution against the British, was not won by simple American farmers… It was won by French revolutionary soldiers sent by France. Then conveniently, the French assistance has been conveniently sidelined in American history books. The other was the fact that George Washington was not the benevolent founding father of history. He was a plantation owner with an appalling reputation of flouting laws when it came to the treatment of his black slaves. There were lots of other fibs (colloquial term for white lies) of course.
    The content of this particular program is the first that I know about, that takes away the mystique of a nation founded on good principles, and instead, exposes it for the hypocrisy it has spouted. I think this is indicative that Britain no longer sees America as ‘the dream.’
    Trump has single handedly, started an American meltdown that will see it slip spectacularly from a respected position in the World order. Trump is so egotistical as to not see the warning signs, but the American people will feel the derision that other countries are beginning to feel towards a no longer ‘great’ country.

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  10. I could have sworn I heard on tonite’s news Trump had stopped the withdrawal of American forces from Syria. Did I hear correctly, or was it some kind of FALSE NEWS?
    The DipsTick strikes again. What is his problem with borders, ones that don’t even touch the USA. The Big Bully is going to punish Turkey if they do exactly what they said they would do if he removes his troops. Bullshit HIS troops, they belong to America, and your allies, not to him.
    And, in the language of my forefathers, Lindsey Graham speaks (out of both sides of his mouth) with his forked tongue. And the left side knows exactly what the right side is saying…

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    • I haven’t heard that he stopped the withdrawal … I even went looking and found nothing to that effect. I’m not sure what you heard …

      That’s a great one … DipsTick! My best guess here is that Erdogan offered him something in return for removing our troops and giving Turkey access to fulfill the plan they’ve had for ages. Trump does nothing without there being something in it for him. Also, he is bouncing off the walls on this impeachment issue, with more and more of the population supporting impeachment, and I think he figures he might solidify the support of his base by doing stupid things … his base seem to like stupidity.

      Yep, you’ve got it exactly right on Lindsey …

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        • Too late. Trump already has not one, but TWO Trump Towers in Istanbul … one is an apartment building, and one is an office building. I think … and this is just speculation … but I think what he offered was more along the lines of corrupting our 2020 election, similar to what Trump asked of Zelenskyy and Xi.

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              • Hear nothing about Trump, walls, lies, and elections. In a major televised debate last night Trudeau and Scheer spent the whole time (I am told) telling the audience why not to vote for the other. They managed to say nothing at all about their party’s platforms. Bobbleheads of Trump and Johnson. Neither of these two sandbox bullies deserves to be in politics, let alone running for Prime Minister. I hope the rest of the country agrees. To choose either one is to deny democracy. I am horrified.

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                • That is the problem with political debates these days … ’tis the same here. There is no back-and-forth exchange of ideas, no discussion, no actual debate … it’s just a finger-pointing, fault-finding reality show and we really learn nothing from them. But, since you’re going to be stuck with one or the other, you probably should choose the lesser of the two evils.

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