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Trump, American First

Trump Hides Behind Tweets As Pence Defends Syria Strike

Trump would not go on camera to defend his decision to launch strikes against Syria. Instead, he simply tweeted about the attack. Mike Pence, on foreign soil over 3,500 miles away, was the one tasked with attempting to defend the widely criticized move.

April 15, 2018
arizona gop

Arizona GOP Candidate Mocks Opponent’s Military Service — And Ailing McCain

At a campaign event with former Trump crony Sebastian Gorka, Ward first made fun of one of her primary opponents, Rep. Martha McSally. McSally often touts her time in the military, but Ward dismissed that as mere “fluff.” “We can’t be fooled by those fluff ads that come in your mailbox, and the 30 seconds you see, because someone’s a pilot, they’d make a good senator,” Ward said. “We’ve seen that, we’ve seen that ad before.”

April 11, 2018

A Peace Movement Blooms At Google

Three-thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the internet giant’s contract with the Defense Department to develop artificial intelligence in order to analyze imagery collected by drones. The employees are calling on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to cancel the project immediately and to “enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.”

April 10, 2018
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion walks past damaged buildings in the rebel held Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria September 6, 2016. Picture taken September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Will Trump Bomb Syria Again?

“Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

April 9, 2018
John Bolton

Republicans And Patriotism: Bolton Or McCain

That leader was summoning those within the sound of his voice to self-sacrifice. Contrast that with another leader’s explanation, some 25 years after the fact, on why he, a Yale alumnus, had chosen not to answer his country’s draft call to serve in the U.S. military and join his contemporaries then fighting and dying: “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”

April 8, 2018
Trump, U.S. - Mexico relations

Trump Didn’t Seem To Care If A Drone Strike Killed Civilians: Report

A new report from the Washington Post by reporter Greg Jaffe brings these questions to the fore. Trump’s behavior in a meeting about drone strikes, as recounted by anonymous sources, gives the impression that he has little regard for civilian lives…

April 7, 2018
Bolton

Bolton Appointment May Signal Impending War

McMaster’s exit is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the White House that started with national security advisor Michael Flynn and has also included chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, economic advisor Gary Cohn and secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

March 23, 2018
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Trump Is A Wimp

There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday’s congressional election. Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness.

March 18, 2018
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Highest-Ranking Soldier In Congress Offers McCabe Pension-Saving Job

The Trump administration fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe late Friday, two days before he was set to retire. That craven move put McCabe’s pension in jeopardy. But Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz quickly stepped up to protect it. Saturday morning, Walz tweeted an offer to McCabe of a temporary — very temporary — job in his office.

March 18, 2018

Guns Killed More Kids Since Sandy Hook Than Soldiers

The report accounts for total deaths in the five military operations since the war on terror began following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks through 10 a.m. EST Thursday. Over 17 years of combat, the U.S. has lost 6,929 soldiers. Including Department of Defense civilians killed overseas, that number grows to 6,950.

March 17, 2018
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Four-Star General Says Trump Is ‘Threat To National Security’

Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey issued a dire warning Friday, saying he has reached the conclusion that Trump poses a “serious threat to US national security.” In a tweet posted late Friday afternoon, McCaffrey said he “reluctantly” came to that conclusion based on Trump’s refusal “to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.”

March 17, 2018
Iran

Will Pompeo Push For War Against Iran?

Gorka, who was forced to resign from his position as a former deputy assistant to the President in major part due to his apparent membership in a Hungarian “knighthood” that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II, thinks quite highly indeed of the former Kansas congressman.

March 15, 2018

General Endorses Iran Deal, Defying Trump

The Iranian nuclear deal is still in the best interests of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, going against President Donald Trump’s claim that it’s a “terrible” agreement. US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told a Senate panel he shared the views of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

March 14, 2018

Is Trump Stumbling Toward War With Iran?

“We must stop Iran and we will stop Iran,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday at the American Israeli Political Action Committee’s annual conference in Washington. Amid thunderous ovation, the prime minister said that “darkness is descending on our region,” adding that “Iran is building an aggressive empire.”

March 12, 2018

White House Curtails Support For Injured Nuke Workers

Obama created an advisory board to be composed of scientists, doctors and worker advocates. Their recommendations have led to significant changes, including the repeal of a rule that made it more difficult for workers who’d been injured in the last two decades to get compensation. President Donald Trump and his administration have taken a different approach: His Labor Department has let nearly all of the board member’s terms expire — and so far hasn’t nominated new ones.

March 10, 2018
GDP

Trump Makes A Mess Of North Korea Talks Hours After Announcing Them

Trump’s hastily reached decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has sent the White House into a tailspin, leaving senior administration officials scrambling to coordinate talking points about an agreement upon which no one seems to have agreed.

March 10, 2018
Trump, Putin, GOP

Trump Has Said Nothing About Putin’s Satan 2 Video

Other countries only listen to Russia when it comes out with new weapons, Putin said: “You will listen to us now.” Putin showed a video of nuclear missiles raining down on what appeared to be Florida’s Tampa Bay area, home of the U.S. military’s central command.

March 3, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets his daughter Ivanka as he arrives to speak during the final session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Ivanka Security Clearance Status Arises In South Korea

The first daughter was informed of President Donald Trump’s sanctions targeting North Korea’s shipping and trading companies and vessels before meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin according to CNN. “

February 24, 2018
Trump, Right-Wing

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30 Million

President Donald Trump’s proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

February 15, 2018
Mattis

How James Mattis Struggles To Prevent War With North Korea

James Mattis has spent the past few months traveling the globe with Grant, Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant. His heavily dog-eared copy details the mutual respect and affection shared between Grant, the top U.S. military leader during the Civil War, and his boss, President Abraham Lincoln.

February 15, 2018

When Service For The Country Isn’t Enough

Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.

February 14, 2018
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Embarrassed White House Tries To Deny Trump Demanded Military Parade

Both the Pentagon and the White House confirmed on Tuesday that Trump had asked the Defense Department to begin planning a military parade, which drew immediate comparisons to Soviet Russia and present-day North Korea. Less than a day later, the White House was forced to retreat from the plan.

February 8, 2018

Trump Forces Pentagon To Throw Him A Parade After His Relentless Attacks On Troops

Donald Trump, who has never shied away from defying American norms for the sake of his own ego, is planning to put on a spectacle that would typically be more at home in China or North Korea: a military parade. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is, at the behest of Trump, is planning a massive demonstration of U.S. military power on our own streets.

February 7, 2018

The Pentagon Can’t Account For Several Hundred Million Dollars It Spent

In December, Donald Trump signed a $700 billion defense bill into law, ramping up the size and strength of the U.S. military. The $80 billion spending increase alone is enough to finance tuition-free public colleges and universities.

February 6, 2018
Trump, U.S. - Mexico relations

Trump Avoiding Press Corps After Hawaii Nuke Alert

Donald Trump’s press office came dangerously close to putting Trump in front of reporters during a disastrous weekend, but averted that catastrophe at the last second. While Trump avoided the press following his despicable racist rant and played golf while Hawaii endured 38 minutes of terror, White House reporters were kept away from Trump all weekend.

January 15, 2018