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19 February 2017

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 jld

Thank you for the laugh.

English Outsider


I think for once we're ahead of the American press in the anti-Trump campaign:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39015559

We've got Chairman Mao and Stalin lined up. You'd better hurry up and get Pol Pot and Tony Blair before they're taken. Or is that going a little too far?

Jackrabbit

To paraphrase Nuland: "F*ck the Left"

"The Left" doesn't matter anymore than "the EU". Other than a few progressives, "the Left" has been betrayed, marginalized, mocked, hippy-punched into submission by the Centrist Hillary-Obama Democratic Party establishment.

Jackrabbit

1. There is an old, but still valid law, that makes it illegal for a private citizen to interfere in a US dispute with another country. Hence the focus on whether Flynn spoke with the Ambassador about SANCTIONS.

2. If Trump ASKED Flynn to talk with the Ambassador about sanctions, he could be guilty of a crime. That would put Trump at risk of being removed by impeachment.

3. If Trump had tried to retain Flynn because Trump favors peace with Russia, that could put Trump at risk of removal via 25th Amendment. The reasoning going like this: Trump is compromised by Russia's help during the election (as determined by US intel agencies) and demonstrates this by retaining Flynn who (allegedly) committed a crime.

For the reasons above, I believe that Flynn resigned to protect Trump and Trump had no choice but to accept Flynn's resignation.

(PS I've written about this on your blog b.)

Jackrabbit

I've always thought that a 25th Amendment removal was more likely because Trump is too good at communicating to the people. My view was reinforced by his performance at the recent news conference. Impeachment takes weeks, if not months - during which Trump can appeal to the people. 25th Amendment happens within hours.

Flynn's resignation has greatly reduced the threat from supposed Russian connections. But those supposed connections will still dog Trump.

The Borg's not having a majority in Congress is incorrect. The Democrats will all vote against Trump and many Republicans would prefer Pence.

Now that we've seen Pence & Co. in Munich, I am wondering if Trump will ever be allowed to actually meet with Putin (still no date set for that!).

Valissa

dc, I wondered that too.

Tyler

Coastie,

You're right. No one can leave their backyard to smash a wasp's nest. Or maybe the Acekea Corridor has a force field that only lets the goodthinkers in?

This question is so silly it sounds like you're whistling past the graveyard.

Matthew

Tyler: Are you auditioning for the part of Bain in the Batman series?

Seriously, do these apparatchiks really believe that Trump supporters will quietly accept this coup?

I'm a lot more afraid of the so-called smart people than I am of Trump.

ked

I see it growing likely that the dynamic that will deflate the Trump admin will be a common one of populist movements. Implosion within, among contending cliques. This is more commonly a purification dispute. With Trump it will be more an expression of his character (autocratic, self-referencing) through over-dependence upon a restricted circle of family & staff. He evidences idiosyncratic and significant-probability failure modes, & faces institutional rejection. He's easy to read, so the Law of Large Numbers (call it the Borg if you like) will find its way around him (& it's way past time to forget the WH PC, pay attention to political satire). I expect him to break under self-induced load.

Lefty

Thanks for what sounds like genuine LBJ political process insight. It's as applicable today as it was 50-75 years ago. What happened to the profanity?

Petrous

If interested
A recent post on the informed comment blog by Prof. Juan Cole shes some light on the Sweden comment by Mr. Trump and other statements made by him and others about crime & immigration linkage .

http://www.juancole.com/2017/02/invents-sweden-immigrant.html

Jason

And good riddance to it! I have been enjoying the process of rebuilding. Thanks to Trump for finishing it off.

Tyler

Matthew,

I could probably die happy if I got to ask Friedman/Graham/Kristol/Kristoff "Do you feel in charge?"

OldCoastie

Tyler, I'm not trying to be silly. I really want to know. If someone is going to nuke NY City, I'd like to warn my niece. Thanks.

different clue

Lee A. Arnold,

The Borg wants Cold War 2.0 with Russia.
The Borg wants serial regime change operations overseas.
The Borg wants more Free Trade Agreements.

Tyler

Ked,

Ah the newest iteration of "Trump will never win the primary!"

Meanwhile the man has turned the spotlight on the problem with rapefugees in Sweden and the fake news is busy handwaving away hand grenade attacks as no big deal.

VietnamVet

Tyler,

Steve Bannon’s 3rd American Turning was the New Deal. There was no revolt in the USA for the simple reason that FDR was a traitor to his class, the Bolshevik Revolution was within living memory, and smart people agreed to redistribution of wealth to avoid a Red firing squad. This led to the great economic boom that lasted until redistribution started to end during the Ronald Reagan era. This will not be the case for a 3rd American Revolution. It will be very much like the revolt America supported in Syria. If you look like a recruit for the gang with the rifles, you may have a chance to convert. If not, you are a dead duck.


The real question is what will happen to the US military and its nuclear weapons if WWIII is avoided. They are naturally conservative and support existing institutions. On Herbert Hoover’s orders, General Douglas MacArthur crushed the Bonus Army. But, if the wealth inequality continues to grow and corporate supranational institutions supersede democratic nations; at some future point, the USA will split apart and the Praetorian Guard with their families will end up inside corporate defense berms.

Eric Prince (Betsy DeVos brother) is setting up training centers for a privatized army to protect Chinese overseas interests:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/betsy-devoss-brother-is-setting-up-a-private-army-for-china?utm_term=.shLVmDKGLl#.qb2NKlXGwa

The Left-Behinds outside business protection rings will revert to their tribal origins. Chaos will reign in the no man lands unless People Protection Units or Religious Police squads arise to protect the surviving communities in the new Dark Age.

turcopolier

raven

To what Tylerism are you referring? pl

turcopolier

Tyler, Raven and Oldcoastie

You all have tried my patience too far. pl

turcopolier

OldCoastie

What the hell are you talking about? Nobody want to bomb New York City except a few half assed anarchists. pl

Kurt Van Vlandren

I wouldn't feel cheated if he were booted. I'd feel relieved.

turcopolier

Kurt Van Vlandren

I hope to god that you are foreign so that I can feel better about your total disrespect for the constitutional order in the USA. pl

Fred

DC,

The DLC is very much a Clinton organization . Obama and Ellison want to have the power and influence over the party organization, just like the Clinton's enjoyed these past many years.

Fred

Babak,

NAFTA+EEOC+an end to competency testing. I was making the point of not conflating the gross income earned from a great deal of overtime pay with a pay-rate that gives one a $100K a year base income.

TonyL

Col,

It is a difficult task to referee these exchanges. I would suggest you forbid them to respond to each other comments. They can post whatever, but if they respond to each other then you'd ban them for a week or so. The comments from raven and Tyler are interesting when they are not part of these chidish arguments.

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