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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:20 AM   #1
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Trump’s administration doesn’t understand the meaning of power

The president’s hardhearted budget proves the point.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...pinions&wpmm=1

Really good op/ed piece with some interesting points to ponder.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 05:36 AM   #2
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The president’s hardhearted budget proves the point.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...pinions&wpmm=1

Really good op/ed piece with some interesting points to ponder.


The RW Hawks have LUSTED for this day---the day when a sitting president demonstrates our military power---our muscle--and our capabilities. Of course they are elated. They found Obama to be weak and ineffective, disregarding the fact that he DID understand the power of the presidency--the meaning of that power. Trump is a child with toy army tanks and soldiers. He thrives on this kind of attention and will do anything to get it. He not only has the attention of the nation, but the entire world. WHAT could be better, right?
As I posted on another thread, he and Kim Jung-un have MUCH in common. AND we have much to fear.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 06:25 AM   #3
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he and Kim Jung-un have MUCH in common.
and there are millions and millions either too stupid or too stubborn to see it
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Old April 18th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #4
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You were being kind, tris. The author called it "a soft-headed, hard hearted budget".
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Old April 18th, 2017, 12:39 PM   #5
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The president’s hardhearted budget proves the point.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...pinions&wpmm=1

Really good op/ed piece with some interesting points to ponder.
So, what did you find so worthy about this piece of excrement from Neocon mouthpiece: WaPo? You didn't bother to quote anything or flesh it out, did you read it yourself?

I found this shit even worse than I expected! I expected to read a condemnation of Trump's cuts to domestic spending to pay for an extra 54 billion going to military..but that's not what I found inside!

1. Not a fucking thing about cuts to Medicaid, support for school lunch programs, food stamps etc...I thought that's what a "hard hearted budget" would be about!

No wonder liberals can't win. The Democratic Party has completely abandoned working class Americans and instead of coming to terms with what they did wrong last year, they're doubling down on the stupid: ignoring an insurgent candidacy against Mike Pompeio's replacement in Kansas, but pouring money and Hollywood celebs into supporting a HillaryDem in Georgia....let's see if that works today! If not, it's time to shut down the Democratic Party altogether and build something new that would actually represent the interests of the majority of Americans.

2. Anyway, back to Michael Gerson's opinion:
"The United States will no longer be constrained by President Barack Obama’s infinitely varied excuses for inaction"

Was dropping 26,000 bombs Gerson's idea of "inaction?" What is his complaint about MOAB and the 59 cruise missiles...apparently not that they were violations of international law...what is Gerson's complaint here- bragging about them instead of making up some bullshit story of having great reluctance?

3.He likes uncertainty....and instead of recognizing that Mr. Unpredictable could lead enemies to try to get the jump on an expected nuclear war, he says: "Uncertainty is not always a bad thing. There should be questions in the minds of foreign powers when they calculate the length of our chief executive’s fuse. A president should be reliable in providing a proportionate response to aggression and atrocities. He should also be capable of a disproportionate and decisive response, planting a seed of deathly fear in the minds of the United States’ enemies."

If this is what fucking liberals believe today, who the fuck needs conservatives!

4."But a post-Iraq-invasion America better understands how expensive (in a variety of horrible ways) an invasion and occupation can be. So every U.S. president — no matter how they campaign — will be faced with the necessity and challenge of degrading threats from a distance."

So we're fucking imperialists too...we just want our imperialism to be a little more modest and remain within budget!

5."The existence of the Islamic State is, indeed, a threat. But terrorism is often parasitic, attaching its agenda to local grievances and attempting to ride its proxies to greater power. So al-Qaeda first tried to take root in Sudan, and then more successfully did so in alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan. So the Islamic State gathered strength fighting the Assad regime in the ungoverned badlands of eastern Syria before rolling back into Iraq."

Yeah, the first proxy of Al Qaeda was the CIA which created it in the first place with the help of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Apparently as the Syrian Civil War has dragged on so long, it's impossible now to deny the fact that ISIS is also a frankenstein monster of US foreign policy in the Middle East! How was ISIS allowed to travel across borders...many times actually, between Syria and Iraq? How were they allowed to earn more than $1 million per day from stolen Syrian oil, trucked across the Turkish border in long convoys without notice from all the fucking spy satellites and surveillance drones the US has watching down on this region?

6.Okay getting through this pile of bullshit, what's the big complaint of cruise missile liberals like Gerson:
"This is the context in which the Trump administration is proposing a nearly 29 percent cut in State Department funding for development and diplomacy, for peace-building and conflict prevention. “It is not a soft-power budget,” explains budget director Mick Mulvaney. “This is a hard-power budget.”

That's it! Again, you don't give a fuck about domestic spending cuts and the breaking of promises for infrastructure spending that Trump won many working class votes on/NO it's cutting money to the State Dept. I'm sure they need it!
No wonder the Democrats are lost and have no fucking clue how to connect with average working people left behind by the usual party politics!
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Might as well post this here. From Andy Horowitz:

Jared Kushner Calls Kim Totally Unqualified! Shocking!

Jared Kushner Calls Kim Jong-un ?Totally Unqualified Person? Who Got Job Only Through Nepotism - The New Yorker
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