Freedom of Speech??? Give Me The BOOK!!!

Oh no no no no no no no no no!!!!  Just NO! The headline reads …

Trump Administration Sues to Try to Delay Publication of Bolton’s Book

Has the United States Department of Justice ever heard of the First Amendment?  Have they heard of the Right to Free Speech?  Have they heard the term “Freedom of the Press”???  William Barr is a @#$% son of a bitch, and Donald Trump is unspeakably worse!

The story, according to the New York Times

The Trump administration sued the former national security adviser John R. Bolton on Tuesday to try to delay publication of his highly anticipated memoir about his time in the White House, saying the book contained classified information that would compromise national security if it became public.

The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” is set for release on June 23. Administration officials have repeatedly warned Mr. Bolton against publishing it.

Mr. Bolton made clear in a statement this week that his book contained explosive details about his time at the White House. He and Mr. Trump clashed on significant policy issues like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan, and in his book, Mr. Bolton also confirmed accusations at the heart of the Democratic impeachment case over the president’s dealings with Ukraine, according to details from his manuscript previously reported by The New York Times.

First, it is highly doubtful that John Bolton is stupid enough to include any “classified information that would compromise national security” in his book.  And even if he did … remember that Donald Trump himself did that exact thing on numerous occasions:

  • Trump discussed classified information provided by a U.S. ally regarding a planned Islamic State operation during an Oval Office meeting on May 10, 2017 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, providing sufficient details that could be used by the Russians to deduce the identity of the ally and the manner in which it was collected.

  • In an April 29, 2017, phone call, Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that the U.S. had positioned two nuclear submarines off the coast of North Korea. This was during a time when Trump was warning of a possible “major, major conflict” with North Korea. The locations of nuclear submarines are a closely guarded secret, even from the Navy command itself.

  • On May 24, 2017, Britain strongly objected to the United States leaking to the press information about the Manchester Arena bombing, including the identity of the attacker and a picture of the bomb, before it had been publicly disclosed, jeopardizing the investigation. British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a public rebuke, and British police said they would stop passing information to U.S. counterparts.

  • In July 2017, after a private meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the 2017 G20 Hamburg summit, Trump took the unusual step of confiscating and keeping his interpreter’s notes. This led U.S. intelligence officials to express concern that Trump “may have improperly discussed classified intelligence with Russia.”

  • On August 30, 2019, Trump tweeted a reportedly classified image of recent damage to an Iranian missile site that supposedly occurred as a result of an explosion during testing. Multiple concerns were raised regarding the public release of what appeared to be a surveillance photo with exceptionally high resolution, revealing highly classified U.S. surveillance capabilities.

I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I’m aware of.  And frankly, the only thing that is likely to be ‘compromised’ by the release of this book is Donald Trump’s reputation, and that is already in the sewer.  Every person in this nation is paying for this government … we have the right to know what the ‘leaders’ are doing!

John Bolton has written a book about his time in the Trump administration.  According to the synopsis on Amazon …

cover of John Bolton's bookWhat Bolton saw astonished him: a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” he writes.

He shows a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government.

“The differences between this presidency and previous ones I had served were stunning,” writes Bolton, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a President who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal—about personal relationships, made-for-TV showmanship, and advancing his own interests. As a result, the US lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.

The reality is that it’s doubtful Trump & Co can stop the book’s release on Tuesday, and even if they did … the cat is already out of the bag.  On Sunday, ABC News will air an interview between Bolton and Martha Radditz that will provide wide insight into the book.  And, enough has been leaked already, such as these key points listed in The Guardian:

  • Trump pleaded with China to help win the 2020 election
  • Trump suggested he was open to serving more than two terms
  • Trump offered favors to dictators
  • Trump praised Xi for China’s internment camps
  • Trump defended Saudi Arabia to distract from a story about Ivanka
  • Trump’s top staff mocked him behind his back
  • Trump thought Finland was part of Russia
  • Trump thought it would be ‘cool’ to invade Venezuela

None of these should surprise us, given all that we’ve seen and heard over the past 3+ years, but nonetheless, these are not things we expect, or should have to tolerate, of the ‘leader’ of our nation.

Make no mistake … I don’t like John Bolton … he is a warmonger, which was precisely why Trump hired him.  But, he worked within the Trump administration for a year-and-a-half, and I’m very interested in what he has to say.  More importantly, we don’t ban books in this country … We the People have a right to read Mr. Bolton’s book, and read it we shall, one way or another.

33 thoughts on “Freedom of Speech??? Give Me The BOOK!!!

  1. Now Tubularsock loves to read.

    But reading something written by a total shit about a total shit about total shit is just a little too much defecation for Tubularsock.

    And at this point in time the book has been released and at least so far there has been NOTHING reported that Tubularsock or anyone else who can think didn’t already know.

    Much to do about NOTHING ……………

    It is why Tubularsock always wears coveralls and carries a handy shovel while reading anything political.

    Great post by the way.

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  2. Following another Trump rant about another former Trump administration staffer, Paula Reid of CBS News asked Trump why he keeps “hiring people that you believe are wackos and liars.” As he so often does when asked a legitimate question for which he has no good answer, Trump walked away in a huff.

    Reid’s question exposed Trump for what he is: the stupidest, most-incompetent, most-arrogant person ever to occupy the White House. During the campaign, Trump bragged that he knew “how to hire the best people.” Yet dozens of his staffers—many that he personally selected—have left and then exposed their former boss as the brainless, petulant child that he is.

    What do H.R. McMaster, Sam Nunberg, Jeff Sessions, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Michael Cohen, John Kelly, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, Kirstjen Nielsen, Anthony Scaramucci, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Dan Coats, and John Bolton have in common? In addition to being members of the Trump administration, every one of them also was at one time—or more—the subject of effusive praise from Donald Trump and the members of his devoted cult. But when each of them dared to oppose or criticize The Chosen One, they instantly became wackos, liars, scum.

    That millions of Americans would choose to ignore the warnings from these many Trump administration insiders (never mind the many warnings from non-Trumpists) is conclusive evidence that those millions of devotees have become cultists. The cultists and their messiah must be defeated on November 3, 2020.

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    • Paula Reid could not have asked a more pertinent question. No surprise that he walked out … that in itself gives you the answer. It never ceases to amaze me how his base (cult) can see the evidence right before their very eyes, yet still support him. I fully agree … he MUST be defeated in November, else sanity, honesty, integrity, and principles will be gone for the foreseeable future in this country. It is my belief that if he is re-elected, he will effectively be a dictator before the end of 2021 and we will not likely see another election in our lifetime. The think that troubles me, though, is the steps he and the GOP are taking to ensure the election is NOT a fair and honest one, but rather one skewed in favour of Trump.

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  3. A summary of the debate between these two titans of the adminstration.
    “I dodged the draft better than you!”
    “You did not too!”
    “Did too!”
    “Oh yeah? Well you’re a big dummy!”
    “Yeah? Well you’re a bigger dummy!”
    “Oh yeah? Well, like…I’m President!”
    “Yeah? Well I gotta a BIG book deal!”
    “Yeah? Well I can stop it ‘cas I’m President!”
    “Huh! You’re a big dummy if you think you can do that!’
    “Can too!”
    “Can’t! S’ unconstitutional. Nah-nah-nah-na-nah!”
    “Says so you!”
    “Yeah! Says me!”
    “Well you’re just a big dummy!”
    “Oh yeah! Well you’re a bigger dummy!”
    And so on……sigh

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  4. Judging by this quote, Edmund Burke must have known a trump-like character : “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” It appears that John Bolton’s book will become available to the public despite trump and friends efforts to the contrary, however whether Bolton actually receives the anticipated monetary compensations does remain in doubt. The June 17, 2020 New York Times book review by Jennifer Szalai, “In ‘The Room Where It Happened’, John Bolton Dumps His Notes and Smites His Enemies” did not give me much incentive to : 1) Spend money on a book to line Bolton’s or the Federal Government’s pockets…that being dependent upon which prevails in court. 2) Read anything that the varmint #JohnBolton has to say at this late date. Then today, I came across a June 16th column in The Atlantic by contributing writers, Quinta Jurecic (the managing editor of Lawfare) and Benjamin Wittes (the editor in chief of Lawfare) : “Despise Bolton, but Read His Book Anyway”. The next words gave me pause : “Americans need not validate or vindicate the former national security adviser. But they should acknowledge that his story is worth hearing.” The book will be purchased, for the least amount possible, it will be read and then quite possibly shared. Thank-you!

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    • I have to agree with Jurecic and Wittes … read the book anyway. I harbour an immense dislike of John Bolton, always have. However, for a year-and-a-half he had a birds-eye view of the corruption and criminality taking place on our tax dollars, destroying our nation, and we need to hear what he knows. Yes, he could have been a hero had he answered the subpoena and told all he knew then. His reasons for not doing so were surely self-centered. He’s not going to be a hero now, but the information he can share is still of value to us. Yes, read the book, then give it to Miss I, or donate it to Goodwill! And even if you don’t read it, you know you’re gonna hear most of it from me anyway 😉

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    • I’m afraid that is about as likely to happen as my sprouting wings in my sleep tonight and flying to the Netherlands! But … my best hope is that between Bolton’s book, and Trump’s niece’s book coming out in August, it will be enough to convince some of the republicans that we cannot have another 4 years of him.

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  5. Jill, to me it is important that Bolton corroborated Dr. Fiona Hill’s testimony to the House on her Ukraine concerns. It does frustrate me that Bolton did not go ahead and testify. But, noting that Trump looked for personal gain as a modus operandi with other countries is not surprising. This should matter.

    Keith

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    • I agree that Bolton had the opportunity to do the right thing and testify before the House during the impeachment hearings … and I do believe that this book is his ‘revenge’ on Trump, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with truth. From the little bit I’ve heard about the revelations in the book, I already see new impeachable offenses. I wonder if he’ll take pride in being the only president ever to have been impeached twice?

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      • Jill, I saw the discussion on the Paula Reid question. We know the most of the answer is Trump is demeaning a critic in an attempt to devalue their opinion. His cult-like following has drunk the Kool-Aid only to believe Trump – everyone else is lying. I heard a cultist waiting in line for the Tulsa show tonight, who said thank goodness the president is a “stable genius.” Since I don’t watch Fox or listen to the opinion shouters, I have not seen anyone other than the president say his a “stable genius.”

        The smaller part of the Paula Reid question is Trump has a history of not vetting people very well. Prior to the White House, he was dealing with some nefarious people around the globe. He does not have the patience to vet people. He just wants someone to kiss his ring.

        Keith

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        • Like you, I’ve only ever heard Trump himself declare himself to be a ‘stable genius’, which was the brunt of many jokes at the time. If he is a genius, he hides it well, for my neighbor kid, an immigrant from Iraq, age 15, is wiser than Trump. He frequently asks me, “Grannie … why Mr. Trump say _________________ (fill in the blank)” And when I try to explain to him, he shakes his head and says, “That just stupid!”

          ‘Tis true that he doesn’t vet potential staff members well, but his idea of ‘vetting’ is to ensure their loyalty to him and only him … he couldn’t care less whether they are actually above reproach or even qualified for the position. How many of his staff picks has he been warned against, yet he plowed right in and did as he wished. Then, all it takes is for the person to disagree with him on any issue, big or small, and they’re out. You cannot run a business this way and you cannot run a country this way.

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  6. Freedom of the press? Let’s see, has anyone outside of a small inner circle ever got to read the Mueller Report UNREDACTED? There was so much solid black ink on those papers you couldn’t even see where one sentence ended and a new one started. No freedom there. How many other documents have been treated in a like manner. Trump has become the ostrich of the political world. He hides his head so you cannot see him lie. If only he would hide his tweeter.

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    • Yeah, they probably will, but you know what? I’ve long since stopped listening to his supporters, for they act only out of emotion, not out of intellect, and I haven’t time to waste on them. 😉

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  7. Let’s see if Trump is really as bad a President as most of us think. It’s my guess he’s even worse It’s a shame the President’s first base is not a fan of Bolton, he could open their eyes a bit.
    Cwtch

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    • Not much doubt in my mind that he’s even worse than we already thought. I suspect he’s not only corrupt, but engaged in felonious criminal pursuits. Bolton is an arse, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hear what he has to say, for he was an ‘insider’ for over a year. Just the little I’ve heard is enough to make me think Trump belongs in a prison cell, not the underground bunker where he cowers.
      Cwtch

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  8. Golly gee whiz, Jill! Those rights are just for the alt-right, not for anyone else! And I have a bone to pick with Bolton about how he treated PM Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Canada. However, I’d still like to read that book.

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    • Oh, silly me! I forgot that all rights are for republicans only. Trump and Bolton both acted like spoiled children and were unfair & cruel to Trudeau, but Trudeau showed himself to be the better man. Bolton is an ass, but I still want to read the book!

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  9. Has the United States Department of Justice ever heard of the First Amendment?

    The constitution no longer matter (to Barr). They are all beholden to wannabe King Donald.

    They have already drunk the Kool Ade — or was it the Chlorox.

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