Romney Said What?

Closing Thought–02Jan19

The truth is that the numerous times that Mitt Romney ran for the nomination of the GOP for a chance to run for the presidency I was never a supporter….I found his stands and policies way to Right leaning for me……that was the past and today is the present.

The incoming Senator from Utah has issued an op-ed being critical of Trump…..

Mitt Romney will be sworn in as a US senator on Thursday—and he makes it clear in a Washington Post op-ed that he has no intention of becoming an unquestioning ally of President Trump. Romney writes that Trump was not his choice to become the GOP nominee for president and while he hoped Trump would rise to the occasion, “his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.” Romney says that while he agrees with some Trump policies, Trump has failed to unite or inspire the nation as a president should. “With the nation so divided, resentful, and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable,” he writes. “And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.” Trump’s words and actions, he writes, have caused worldwide dismay.

The Utah Republican promises to work with other senators on priorities including balancing the budget and repairing relationships with allies. “I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not,” he writes. “I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest, or destructive to democratic institutions.” In a tweet, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said Romney “lacked the ability to save this nation.” “Jealously (sic) is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it,” he wrote.

Of course that person in the White House had to fire back like some pouting twat…..as usual Trump’s response was a juvenile rant that was not based in reality (reality?  A spot our president has yet to find)

I am pleased to see that Romney is showing some spine and courage…..but I have seen several GOPers try to take on Trump only to fold like a cheap tent a gravel at Trump’s feet.

The only critics Trump has had in the GOP were those that were cowardly bowing out and not standing for re-election so they had nothing to lose and could criticize without having to gravel later.

Hopefully Romney will stick by his guns….if so then he will have given me hope that there are those in the GOP with a spine.

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USS Liberty–Update 2019

FINALLY!

It is always good to start a new year with some good news….and this report to me is excellent news that is about 50 years to late…..but better late than never, eh?

I have been writing about the USS Liberty incident since 2009…it was a brutal attack by Israel on a US signet ship during the 6 day war and the attack was swept under the carpet for 51years…..my post are usually on the anniversary of the deplorable attack.

My post from last year that covers many of the articles written about the attack…..

https://lobotero.com/2018/06/08/08june67-uss-liberty/

I have been calling for a more open investigation into this act of terrorism by Israel against an unarmed ship…and I am never alone in this desire…..finally someone has also picked up the mantle for an investigation…..

Due to the persistence of surviving crew members and the continual emergence of new revelations, the national veteran’s group American Legion has passed Resolution 40 calling for Congress to “publicly, impartially, and thoroughly” investigate the attack by Israel on an American ship in 1967, in which 34 American sailors were killed and hundreds of others were wounded. The resolution comes despite a veil of government secrecy which keeps key documents on the attack classified more than 50 years later. [NSA USS Liberty documents]

The attack, which surviving crew members to a man say was deliberate, as well as a stellar list of high-ranking officials, has never been officially investigated outside of a Navy Court of Inquiry and an NSA probe. Surviving crew members were not allowed to testify to key points which did not fit the official conclusion that it was an accident.

https://hubpages.com/politics/American-Legion-Joins-VFW-in-Calling-for-Congressional-USS-Liberty-Investigation

Now is the time for Israel to face charges for this brutal attack….their disregard for the lives of an ally…..

We will see what kind of courage this new batch of Reps has or if they are the spineless bunch I believe them to be.

Israel should be held accountable for the deaths of 34 US sailors….many of us have been calling for this action for decades….finally someone is listening.

Time for the truth to come to light and sweep all the Israeli bullshit under the rug.

Say Good-Bye To John Kelly

The first working day of the new year and the country can say good-bye to the beleaguered John Kelly.

Since taking office as Chief of Staff for Pres. Trump, John Kelly has taken lots of criticism from Trump and his array of slobbering minions….

But Kelly took some parting shots at the Trump admin……

“To be honest, it’s not a wall.” That’s John Kelly in an LA Times exit interview about immigration policy, Afghanistan, the legality of President Trump’s orders—and whether Kelly was allowed to “go get a beer” during his “bone-crushing hard job” as chief of staff. “The president still says ‘wall’—oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats,” per Kelly. “But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.” Kelly says that jibes with what heard in early 2017 from “salt-of-the-earth, Joe-Six-Pack folks” who work as border agents: “They said, ‘Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people.'” For more:

  • Afghanistan: “When I first took over, he was inclined to want to withdraw from Afghanistan,” Kelly recalls of Trump. “He was frustrated. It was a huge decision to make … and frankly there was no system at all for a lot of reasons—palace intrigue and the rest of it—when I got there.”
  • Not “ignorance”: “It’s never been: The president just wants to make a decision based on no knowledge and ignorance,” says Kelly, who assures the Times he gave Trump access to reams of information before major decisions. “You may not like his decision, but at least he was fully informed on the impact.”

Not so bad: “Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” says Kelly, who still argues for stricter laws to keep the numbers down. “I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids.”

Sessions surprise: “What happened was Jeff Sessions, he was the one that instituted the zero-tolerance process on the border that resulted in both people being detained and the family separation,” per Kelly. “He surprised us.”

No beer: Kelly describes 15-hour days that start at 4am and end at 9pm with him going over classified reports. “I’m guarded by the Secret Service. I can’t even go get a beer.”

Reaction: A tremor of delight has rippled through certain media outlets, with the Guardian saying the interview “contained a number of statements likely to irk Trump” and the Washington Post noting that “Kelly’s words are not exactly a ringing endorsement of Trump’s decisions.”

This should unleash the stupid of this president that listens to no one but the alt-Right commentators…..that could make for a disastrous new year……time will tell….(as they say).

Grab your junk…it’s gonna be a bumpy ride in 2019!

2019 Trump’s Syria Update

The bombshell for 2018 was that Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from the battleground in Syria….and as one would expect there were few major pundits that thought this was a good idea and the prediction of doom and gloom swirled…the media is not down with the withdrawal either….they went out of their way to trash talk the decision….

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/washington-melts-down-over-trumps-syria-withdrawal/

I originally said that I thought that Trump would do what he always does….waffles and lies……and so he did….

Seems Sen. Lindsey Graham had a productive lunch with the president. Emerging from a White House meal Sunday, he said President Trump is putting the brakes on US troop withdrawal from Syria: “I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way,” he said, per CNN. “I think we’re in a pause situation where we are reevaluating what’s the best way to achieve the President’s objective of having people pay more and do more.” He apparently buttered up Trump a little (“I assured him that nobody has done more to defeat ISIS than he has”) but didn’t portray him too well afterward, saying it was “eye-opening” for Trump to learn on his Iraq trip that ISIS wasn’t “completely destroyed.”

“I’m going to ask him to sit down with his generals and reconsider how to do this,” said Graham, per the Wall Street Journal. Apropos, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford was also at today’s lunch. The Journal looks at Syria news since Trump’s withdrawal announcement, with Turkey vowing lead the ISIS fight, experts wondering whether Turkey can do it, experts suggesting Turkish President Erdogan would rather attack the Kurds, and America’s Kurdish allies saying they might stop fighting ISIS and make friends with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—no friend of the US. (Graham turned heads today by uttering something we won’t print.)

More of what Graham got from his lunch with Trump…..and a walk back…..

https://www.axios.com/lindsey-graham-trump-syria-isis-f98c28df-bd57-48d8-892e-e20532623c1a.html

I told all the naysayers to stop whining and wait…..it will change….and so it did…..good to know I have not lost my touch.

The media and pundits keep drumming the news that this withdrawal of US troops will hand a victory to Iran…..every day every hour the MSM is passing on this propaganda…..but what will a victory for Iran mean?

President Trump has decided to pull all U.S. troops from Syria despite Pentagon objections. If these reports turn out to be accurate, the academic, public, and political debate over who ‘lost’ Syria will rage for days or weeks. Opponents of this decision will claim that a U.S. withdrawal hands both Russia and Iran a significant ‘victory’ in the contest for regional influence in the Middle East. However, these criticisms are overblown.  Russia and Iran were positioned from the beginning to be the dominant influencers in the course of Syria’s civil war.  Moreover, what passes for a short-term win for Moscow and Tehran will likely prove to be a rather hollow and Pyrrhic victory.

https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/12/russian-and-iranian-victory-in-syria-does-it-matter/

The new year and we will see just how serious Trump is about bringing our troops home…..

I for one am glad to hear the news… but as usual I felt it was too good to be true…..2019 will tell if my concerns are warranted.

Trump Goes To Iraq

By now everyone knows that Our Dear Supreme Leader made a visit to the troops in Iraq (a war zone?)…..anyway with everything that has been going on maybe you, my reader, have forgotten what it was all about…luckily I enjoy catching you up……

If President Trump’s Twitter feed seemed uncharacteristically quiet on Wednesday, now we know why. The president made a surprise trip to Iraq to visit US troops, his first visit to a combat zone, reports the New York Times. First lady Melania Trump accompanied him as he spoke to service members at Al Asad Air Base near Baghdad. Trump was expected to make a second stop as well. Details:

  • Defiant: The president struck a defiant tone in his remarks to the troops, notes the AP. “We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” he said. “We’re respected again as a nation.”
  • Staying put: Trump said he had no plans to withdraw the approximately 5,000 US troops stationed in Iraq, and he defended his controversial decision to withdraw troops from Syria. “I think a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking,” he told reporters, per Reuters. Besides, he said, the US could always deploy the troops in Iraq to fight ISIS if necessary. “In fact, we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria.”
  • Official reason: “President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.
  • Long awaited: Trump had been under increasing pressure to visit troops abroad, notes Politico. Barack Obama and George W. Bush, for instance, visited Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times. Earlier this year, Trump had said he didn’t think making such a trip was “overly necessary.”
  • Tumultuous times: The visit, of course, comes on the heels of the resignation of defense chief James Mattis over the Syria decision, making this the “biggest week of turmoil the Pentagon has faced during his presidency,” per the Washington Post. Trump said Wednesday that acting chief Patrick Shanahan “could be there for a long time.”

As a news junky I watched his speech from Iraq….it was a damn campaign speech and all about him…..how sad hopefully the troops saw this as well.

I bring this up now because of the report that is coming out of Iraq…..

It seems that there were conditions to Trump’s visit….and they were broken by Trump…….

US President Donald Trump’s visit to Iraq did not abide by conditions set by the Iraqi government, the prime minister confirmed to reporters on Sunday.

Trump’s team told Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi about the impending visit on Wednesday morning, at which time they were given two conditions.

“First, he shall land on Iraqi land and be given an Iraqi reception like any other foreign official,” said Abdul-Mahdi. “Second, there shall be an agenda with specific matters and a short meeting.”

The US delegation initially agreed to the terms, but later backed out.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/301220182

The demand is for 5200 US troops be withdrawn….almost immediately…….

Iraqi MPs have condemned the surprise visit of US President Donald Trump to American troops stationed in the country, calling for them to leave.

MPs from the two largest parliamentarian blocs condemned Trump’s visit, which was not arranged with the Iraqi government, considering it a “violation of Iraq’s sovereignty”. They also set a date to discuss the evacuation of US troops from Iraq, Arab48 reported yesterday.

Saleh Al-Saadi, head of one of these blocs, said that “Trump has to know his limits. The American occupation of Iraq has ended,” adding: “Trump infiltrated Iraq as if it is one of the American states.

https://theantimedia.com/iraqi-politicians-demand-withdrawal-us-troops/

This whole “visit” thing was mishandled and the president did nothing to give the troops hope that they were foremost in the mind of their commander in chief……NOTHING!