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Thursday, October 19, 2017

14 Responses to Donald Trump And The Agony Of H.R. McMaster

  1. McMaster will ruin his reputation by loyally “defending the indefensible” and still be replaced by some incompetent sycophant.

    The Trump administration is an intolerable — and potentially catastrophic — clusterfuck. The endless stream of leaks are a plea from desperate White House insiders for Congress to fulfill its constitutional duty.

    • Right you are. McMaster either has no sense of shame by associating with Trump, or he’s got some dysfunctional issues preventing him from discerning the obvious dangers of nearness to Trump’s orbit.

  2. The Trump White House has become so sporadic, jumping from one debacle after another while destroying the reputation of one W.H. advisor after another, that one can only wonder how long supposedly sane GOP politicians in Congress will let Trump’s lunacy continue.

    See this from bipartisanreport.com:

    Trump Stops Europe Departure To Tweet Belligerent ALL CAPS Message Like A Raving Lunatic

    President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to give a series of recaps of his inaugural overseas trip as president, and they’re as ludicrous as you might expect. In the most recent tweet from Trump, he speaks to the massive arms deal with the Saudis that he signed while in Saudi Arabia as one of the first stops of his overseas tour.

    He wrote, “Bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back to the U.S.A. from the Middle East – which will mean JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”

    This deal in question is controversial at best, having been held up during the Obama administration on account of concerns that the weapons transferred to the Saudis would be used against civilians in Yemen. Saudi Arabia backs the Yemeni regime against Houthi rebels who have waged war against it. There is no indication that the Trump Administration concluded with sufficient certainty that the weapons to be transferred to Saudi Arabia would not be used against civilians. Rather, as Trump has just explicitly spelled out, Trump disposed of those concerns in favor of bringing business to American defense companies.

    Such is obviously the same kind of reasoning that underlined the Bush Administration’s headlong rush into Iraq, and it’s no less volatile than it was then. The just-signed deal with the Saudis is the largest single deal in American history, with a valuation of some $110 billion. A number of lawmakers are demanding that at least some portions of the deal be prevented from going through. These lawmakers include Senators Al Franken, Rand Paul, and Chris Murphy, along with Representatives Ted Lieu and Ted Yoho.

    As always, Twitter commenters were quick to skewer the legitimacy of Trump’s latest tweet, which rehashed the same long undercut defense for the arms deal that he signed with the Saudis.

    http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/05/27/trump-stops-europe-departure-to-tweet-belligerent-all-caps-message-like-a-raving-lunatic/

    So in essence, the deal Trump signed with the Saudiis is really nothing new and as usual he’s blowing smoke only to try and make himself look good.

    And according to an article on marketwatch, the Saudi’s can’t really afford to buy the arms they’ve negotiated with Trump:

    Opinion: The Saudis can’t afford Trump’s arms deal

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-saudis-cant-afford-trumps-arms-deal-2017-05-22

  3. I suspect Gen. McMaster believes the American people will be better off if he stays in the Trump administration, and tries to moderate it as much as he can, than leave in disgust.

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    • I sure would like to know how he figures he’ll survive trying to moderate the madness set in motion by Trump.
      As long as Trump is in the WH, moderation will be seen as something to stamp out with vigor.

    • Dom, Teflon Donnie only brought McMaster in because of his work against the Afghani Insurgency. It made the Draft-Dodger-in-Chief look like he was going to be tough on Islamic Terrorists. Once he found out McMaster was going to try to keep him on subject and not let him act like a five-year-old who caught his older brother doing something and can’t wait to rat him out, McMaster was unceremoniously shoved to the sidelines in favor of a troika of clueless wonders.

      No President has ever treated a National Security Advisor as roughly as our current office holder has done so. Add to it the denouncements by the other Draft Dodgers in the right-wing blogosphere, McMaster should just walk away from this fiasco. Nothing he can possibly (legally) do could save this train wreck of an administration. Even at its worst, Dubya’s was significantly more functional than what we have seen from this current season of Celebrity Apprentice!

  4. Anyone seeking to be associated with Donald Trump in any way, shape, or form, needs to have her or his head examined for possible physical causes for poor judgement.
    And Trump’s complaint about someone else talking too much is another bone-headed response from a man who talks way too much and listens far too little. The audacity for a self-centered blowhard like Donald to complain about someone else again defies all norms of expected behavior. One has to conclude that his parents also lacked proper norms of behavior.

    I refer to the following childish assertion by Donald:

    “Trump had “complained that General McMaster talks too much in meetings,” and “the president has referred to him as ‘a pain,’”

    A pain? Donald, the biggest boil and source of pain for humanity daring to refer to someone else as a pain? Of all the unmitigated gall!!

  5. Anyone seeking to be associated with Donald Trump in any way, shape, or form, needs to have her or his head examined for possible physical causes for poor judgement.
    And Trump’s complaint about someone else talking too much is another bone-headed response from a man who talks way too much and listens far too little. The audacity for a self-centered blowhard like Donald to complain about someone else again defies all norms of expected behavior. One has to conclude that his parents also lacked proper norms of behavior, and therefore bare the brunt of the responsibility of inflicting on the inhabitants of planet earth this new illness, Donald Trumpitis.

    I refer to the following childish assertion by Donald:

    “Trump had “complained that General McMaster talks too much in meetings,” and “the president has referred to him as ‘a pain,’”

    A pain? Donald, the biggest boil and source of pain for humanity daring to refer to someone else as a pain? Of all the unmitigated gall!!

    • Aaron, would refer you to Dom’s post.

      McMaster doesn’t serve Trump. He serves the American People. One doesn’t have to like one’s boss. One can dislike the treatment one receives. The question is whether the American People are better off with him in the position. The second question is whether McMaster will put up with the humiliation.

      • Well, we understand the theory of the responsibilities, but the realities of modern-day politics makes the whole notion of serving the people a quaint notion, especially with a subservient Congress serving Big Business and those with deep pockets.
        The days of government serving the people is a fading concept, except when government knows that someone happens to be watching.

        • That’s a cynical attitude. Not sure where following it to its conclusion would take us. Rather unlike you too. Is there anything I can do to help?

          I’ve got to believe there are good people out there. I’ve got to believe that America is better than Trump.

          • Am I wrong to cite what I see? Cynicism might be construed as intentional and purely motivated by a biased perspective, or seen as objectively expressing a point of view from the perspective of the person commenting.
            What I see is a government that is more concerned with serving the needs of constituents who are expected to keep politicians in office by currying their favor. Am I wrong in that assessment?
            By now, it should be as plain as day that partisanship is intended to create divisions in society, and maintains such, and to ignore that reality is to ignore the obvious.

            Furthermore, partisanship in our government creates divisions even among friends, and subjects families to a divisiveness that sunders the unity within families. Surely you must have noticed this phenomenon during holiday get-togethers.

            Partisan politics is a cause of the misery of those who aren’t well connected with those who are “serving” the needs of those who most closely fit the personal tastes of those in office—ask any person in the black(aside from Ben Carson) or Native American communities if this is so.

            So, is my observation based on cynicism? Or does my observation reflect accurately what many of us see and experience on a daily basis over the past decades.

            America is great only when it meets the needs, equally, of all members, and our system of governance in America was founded on the principle of NOT doing that, as Thomas Jefferson and others knew when framing the Constitution.

            So—Are we to continue to assert that this government is founded on the principle of the equality of the entire American populace when we know that the founders had in mind that, for instance, a black person counted as a fraction of a human being?

            Consider all that I’ve said. I can not, and will not, accept that American government always has my best interests at heart until I see a real change in motives and attitudes of the generality of Americans.

            I’m now in Cork, Ireland, seeking to promote this principle of the oneness of humankind, as I will continue to attempt to do so state-side. This is the conclusion all humans and their institutions and gatherings should be working towards. Anything less will be an abject failure on our part as humans.

          • Wrong? Of course not. It’s more that I’ve always seen you as a positive, uplifting, person. Seeing you in that cynical Slough of Despond makes me want to offer help.

            Times are bad. No question. But 50 years ago they were blowing up Black Churches. Our Parents fought that evil. Certainly I can fight the evils of today.

            Have a good time in Ireland. Take lots of pictures.

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