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05 May 2019

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Fred

But they'll great us as liberators! Then Trump can be just like Jeb's brother. Mission accomplished!

Lynn hue

Now you’re talking, fully on board with you, and many many more must be dumped before some sense is back on the Potomac...

JamesT

With all due respect Colonel, I think it is clear that Trump has made a concious decision to join with the neocons. He doesn't have the cajones to go his own way. I wish I could say that I am confident that Bernie would stand up to the neocons, but I am not. The only major political figure who has what it takes, in my opinion, is Corbyn.

turcopolier

James T - Yes, he is with them now but a creep like him will dump anyone who looks to be too expensive.

JohnH

My take is that a deal was done: Mueller's exoneration in return for neocons in charge. Mueller could have exonerated Trump at any point during the last year, but he had to wait until it was clear that Trump was following their guidance. Trump's self-humiliation in Hanoi was probably the event that finally made it official--neocons are in charge and free to overrule Trump.

The earlier efforts at entrapment outlined by Larry Johnson were the borg's attempts to get some goodies on Trump, to make him pliable as needed. When these failed, they had to hang the Mueller investigation and possible impeachment over his head until he cried 'uncle.' Then he was exonerated.

robt willmann

An outline of a secret plan from the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) to do regime change in Venezuela was allegedly leaked in 2018. Whether the 12-page document is authentic or propaganda/disinformation is not known at this time, but it is dated 23 February 2018, and appears at these website locations--

https://off-guardian.org/2019/05/02/leaked-usas-feb-2018-plan-for-coup-in-venezuela/

https://www.voltairenet.org/article201100.html

The Twisted Genius

I agree. Trump has no sense of loyalty to any of these jackasses or the policies they are pushing. There is hope in that. Unfortunately, he has no sense of loyalty to anyone else or any other ideas beyond what will contribute to his self aggrandizement and personal wealth. He doesn't give a damn about Venezuela. He doesn't give a damn about getting out of Syria or staying in. I'm convinced he doesn't give a damn about MAGA either... only to the extent it feeds his ego.

As a corollary of this, Trump has never been disposed to "colluding" with Russia. That would require him to either submit to Russian objectives or cooperate in the achievement of those objectives. His personality is just not suitable for becoming a controlled asset of anyone. Since his election, I see nothing in his policies that could be attributed to any quid pro quo stemming from collusion.

Andrei Martyanov (aka SmoothieX12)

Trump is on record with his admiration for John Bolton before elections.

John Merryman

From a personal sense, Bolton seems like someone who never got over being bullied as a kid, while Pompeo seems like the class bully. Wonder how they get along.

rho

Corbyn? That man can't even make up his mind on whether he wants the UK to stay in the EU or not.

JamesT

JohnH

I agree with you almost completely - the one difference being that I think it was Trump's diplomatic recognition of the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights that "sealed the deal". This was a huge win for the neocons.

Rick Merlotti

A simple question. Who can any president hire in today’s world that has both expertise and honor? The whole Generals thing may have been an attempt to circumvent the paucity of honorable talent. Didn’t work out so well. Problem is, the Swamp creatures make it damn near impossible to bring on fresh faces without a Swamp pedigree. And then there’s an open question as to whether there are any independent thinkers left in this country with the smarts and the balls to take it to the Borg.

I’m not being facetious. I’m really wondering if such people exist anymore. I like Tulsi (gave her some dough, too), Rand Paul, you. Others, anyone?

turcopolier

Larry Johnson, Harper, Fred and TTG/

Rick Merlotti

Well yes, when I said “You”, I meant this Committee of Coorespondence. But could you guys get past nominations and into positions of power?

Timothy Hagios

I read elsewhere that Rachel Maddow is taking Bolton's side. Not really surprising, but what makes her an especially loathsome hypocrite is that around 10 years ago she wrote a book called Drift, in which she alleges that politicians are increasingly supportive of militaristic adventures due to a lack of family in the military. And now here she is, shilling for war, undoubtedly due at least in part to a lack of personal stake in the outcome.

Fred

Working for Trump would be interesting to say the least.

walrus

Rule#1: The people who got America into this mess are not the people who can get us out of it.

catherine

'Problem is, the Swamp creatures make it damn near impossible to bring on fresh faces without a Swamp pedigree'

Indeed, Swamp 'Nepotism' makes it impossible. You cant get any 'clean' people into government until you get rid of the head swamp creatures that keep them out.
FYI Jared Kushner and his friends pick/suggest most of the people Trump appoints to agencies and hires for the WH.

I mostly gave up on our government when I discovered the US-Israel relationship abomination. Still my head explodes when I observe that the US has turned over a ME Isr/Pa 'peace making deal' to 3 Jewish/zionist characters, Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Trumps former personal attorney, and David Freidman, his bankruptcy attorney....all of whom have donated in the past to the illegal settlement groups.

Evidently no one in Washington has ever heard of the quaint Conflict Of Interest vetting that use to be done in the good old days.


Jonathan House, MD

OFF TOPIC:
On this day, the first day of Ramadan, the SAA has seemingly launched a major offensive on/in Idlib. I hope that you, Col., or TTG and/or others will keep us informed of your thinking, analysis, speculations as the situation develops.
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With thanks in advance, Jonathan House

English Outsider

I had thought that was fake. It reads so. Is there any provenance given?

Joanna

Bolton only, seriously? ...


Polepalooski

Q.E.D.

Tidewater

There is a profile in the April 29, 2019 New Yorker by Dexter Filkins, "John Bolton on the Warpath." This may be behind a paywall, though one generally gets four or so free articles from them. www.newyorker.com/06/john-bolton-on-the-warpath. Bolton has since denied the so-called "moron" opinion of Trump that is claimed.

One thing that Trump and Bolton are doing is treating the US Navy excessively as an instrument of their out-of-date gunboat diplomacy. Life is neither a rehearsal nor a television show, though they seem to think so. Images don't matter so much these days. The North Koreans laugh in Trump's face. They say that John Bolton is the father of the North Korean atomic bomb. The threat of arrant, naked aggression seems to be the mark of the American these days. Bolton and Trump are now sending a carrier group out to the Persian Gulf to defend Fort Zinderneuf. So it's haze gray and under way! Dating back to Abdl el-Krim, a relief column of infantry was and is the only tried and true response. The Seventh Fleet is being ground down. The USS Fitzgerald running blind, barrelling across the equivalent of an eight-lane interstate highway during rush hour at twenty knots, under the non-control of a depressed black woman watch officer who was just sitting there having a fit of them blues, is a sympton of a fleet being pushed over the edge. And there seem to be a lot of fourth generation planes on board that carrier. Nice photo! There are only two planes in the American lineup that can take on the Iranian S-300, and I doubt that they are on board. There is, of course, much we do not know. My guess is it is another All-American bluff. The United States navy has a term for this kind of diplomacy: "Boring holes in the ocean."

different clue

If Bernie were to run explicitly aGAINST the NeoCons to begin with, and were able to get nominated on that basis, and then even maybe elected on that basis; he would have an "electing constituency aGAINST NeoCon-games" as a basis of strength from which to resist.

He did already go on record as saying that Netanyahu is indeed racist and that the Palestinian People deserve at least some measure of human respect. Those two statements right there go against everything that NeoConism stands for.

different clue

So if Bolton could never be a bully, he could perhaps be some successful bully's eager little footstool.

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