The Latest In Snarky Snippets

It took no time at all for Turkish President Erdoğan to begin implementation of his plan to attack the Kurdish troops in Syria.  Two days, I believe.  Today, Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery across its border into northeastern Syria.  This, Donald Trump, is what you have done …turkey_syriaturkey-syria-2Already, two civilians have been killed and others wounded.  There will be many more innocent people who will die or be injured, and the blood of those people is on the hands of Donald Trump.  These were people who were going about their lives, minding their own business, hurting nobody.  They were our allies, until Monday when Trump betrayed them.

It is a complex situation that Trump does not comprehend, that even those who are scholars in Middle-Eastern affairs often find confusing.  But, Trump sold out for some favour from Erdoğan and now the U.S. has sent a clear warning to all of our allies that we are not to be trusted, that we may turn on them any day, with no notice.

I really didn’t want to talk about or even mention the impeachment issue today, but to ignore it would be to ignore the elephant in the room, for it looms larger than life.  Yesterday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the various committees conducting the investigations in the House of Representatives. An eight-page letter, as it were.  I have muddled through about half of it so far, and a more pompous letter I have never read.  What he had to say could have been said in a single paragraph.

In a nutshell, Cipollone, acting as Trump’s mouthpiece, says that the impeachment process is unconstitutional and that nobody in the Trump administration will cooperate in any way, shape, or form.  Duh … leave it to a lawyer to take up 8 pages to say that.  But, most of it was hateful, arrogant verbiage attempting to defend the indefensible and criticize all those who would wish to hold Trump accountable for his actions.

But wait … it gets even better.

Since there is precedent for impeaching a corrupt, lying, cheating president, the Department of Justice is now claiming that Nixon’s impeachment was unconstitutional and that the courts in 1974 were wrong to approve the release of Watergate documents to Congress during the impeachment inquiry.  This came when Beryl Howell, chief judge for the U.S. District Court, indicated that she may rule in favour of giving the House Democrats access to certain of the redacted parts of the Mueller report.  The judge asked the Justice Department to explain its “extraordinary position” of trying to block lawmakers from seeing the special counsel’s grand jury materials, which include testimony and evidence that has been kept private since the Mueller probe ended in March.

Elizabeth Shapiro, a deputy director in the DOJ civil division, argued that if the same Watergate road map arose today, there’d be a “different result” because the law has changed since 1974. She said the judge wouldn’t be able to do the same thing absent changes to the grand jury rules and statutes.  The judge was stunned, saying only “Wow. Okay.”  Hopefully she will find her voice soon.

Let’s put this in context here.  President Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied to Congress about a consensual affair with a staffer.  Period.  Nothing more.  But Donald Trump has twice … not once, but at least twice that we are aware of … sought favours from foreign governments to unfairly influence our elections.  And, whereas Clinton lied to Congress, Trump has done something much, much worse:  he has lied to We the People … all 330 million of us.

And, on that note I find that I really don’t feel like writing any more, and so I will leave you with Stephen Colbert’s latest take on it all.

9 thoughts on “The Latest In Snarky Snippets

  1. Trump speaks with fork tongue, according to VOX: Trump says he’s ending the US role in Syria. That’s not true.
    The US isn’t withdrawing any troops from Syria, at least not yet.
    But Trump is saying these things to justify his Syria decision on Sunday. It’d be one thing if he were bringing all 1,000 US troops in the country home, but he’s not. Instead, he’s moving just 50 US service members out of northern Syria to get of the way of a just-started Turkish invasion.

    In other words, Trump isn’t ending America’s involvement in Middle East wars, he’s just changing the military’s posture. That’s how the Pentagon presented the change Tuesday, too.

    “Turkey has chosen to act unilaterally. As a result we have moved the US forces in northern Syria out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety,” Jonathan Hoffman, the Defense Department’s chief spokesperson, said in a statement to reporters. “We have made no changes to our force presence in Syria at this time.”

    Okay, but maybe the US isn’t ending the war in Syria, but surely Trump’s stopping American involvement elsewhere, right? Nope.

    A late September report from US Air Forces Central Command showed that the US launched the most airstrikes in Afghanistan over a single month in roughly a decade. American troops have ramped up airstrikes in Libya targeting ISIS fighters there. And the US continues its shadow war in Somalia to fend off terrorist groups there.

    This is fits into a grander narrative of the Trump presidency: While he says he wants out of wars, he continues to fight them and in many cases escalates the conflicts. He may talk a big game when it comes to Middle East conflicts, but actions, as they say, speak louder than words.

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  2. How many non-combatant people will have to die before the world turns on Trump and his madness? It is bad enough that actual combatants die in a war, even those who wanted to be in the war. But non-combatants are exactly what the label says about them, civilians who did not ask to be in a war zone.
    Collateral damage, such a sweet euphemism! They are the victims of madness, and megolomania. Who will stand up for them? By the time the War Crimes Court gets around to blaming Trump, he will be long past dead. Arrest him now, for as you said, Jill, every non-combatant who loses their life should be laid on his back, until he suffocates under their weight!

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    • How many? I don’t know. I’m actually surprised that the EU, UN and others have not already turned on Trump. Thing is, I think, that Trump does not see these civilians as ‘people’ or as ‘humans’, but only as disposable assets. When he got what he wanted/needed from them, then they were of no further use to him and he throws them away like so much rubbish. He lacks a moral compass, and therefore everyone … all of us … are naught but disposable assets to be used, and then disposed of. I hate the term ‘collateral damage’, for it desensitizes people to what is actually murder. It makes it sound like, “Oh well … couldn’t be helped … just a few hundred/thousand people”. Grrrrrrrrrrr

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  3. “I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless wars – especially those that don’t benefit the United States.” – Donald Trump. If I may be so bold as to say…Trump is not talking about the benefit of the United States, rather those that don’t benefit Donald Trump. That being, among other business interests, the Two Trump Towers in Istanbul that he still profits from. I suggest you Google the NBC News piece from this morning by Heidi Przybyla and Anna Schecter titled “Donald Trump’s Longtime Business Connections…” for an eye opening read that certainly smacks of a Trump & Erdogan Bromance and/or a Conflict of Interest! Trump knew full well what Turkey was going to do in Syria to the Kurdish SDF and his previous bluster against what is indeed occurring amounts to his usual hot air nothingness. Trump is the most loathsome individual in this country and it is beyond any understanding how the GOP members of Congress can allow this to continue. Nancy Pelosi’s response to the Cipollone letter : “For a while, the President has tried to normalize lawlessness. Now, he is trying to make lawlessness a virtue.” It remains to be seen if Trump will succeed. Thank-you!

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    • You are so right … it isn’t whether it benefits the nation, or the planet, but whether it benefits Donald F. Trump. The irony here, of course, is that in pulling our troops out of Syria, he may very well have lit the spark that will light the fuse that will cause WWIII. The world today is a tinderbox, especially the Middle East, and it won’t take a very big spark.

      Since he already has Trump Towers in Istanbul, as you note, my best guess is that Erdogan saw the news of Trump attempting to bribe Zelenskyy to dig up dirt on Biden, and knew he had found Trump’s Achilles Heel. The timing of the phone call with Zelenskyy, it’s being made public, the phone call with Erdogan, and then Trump starting the troop withdrawal within hours … that is NO coincidence. And now, because Trump put self ahead of humanity, people are dying. Never before in my life have I felt such hatred toward an individual. Never.

      I hope that Pelosi and Schiff double down on their determination, given the latest, and that they dig so deep we know the date he got his first tooth! Sigh.

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    • Britain and every other of our allies should formally condemn his actions. Already, there have been deaths that could have been avoided if he only had a brain. He has said he wants us to stand alone, and sure enough, I suspect we will be doing just that. His followers applaud that, but those of us with brains see the writing on the wall.

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