Morning Reads – March 22, 2018

On this date in 1946, the first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth’s atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.

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Will Durant
Will Durant

Calhoun has sewers?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Y’all remember when Obama ordered dijon mustard and folks like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh acted like the world was coming apart at the seams?

I am willing to bet they devote zero seconds of airtime to a story detailing how Saudi and Emirati officials used a guy convicted on child porn charges to funnel illegal money to the Trump organization in exchange for significant influence over US foreign policy in the Middle East.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/politics/george-nader-elliott-broidy-uae-saudi-arabia-white-house-influence.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&mtrref=www.nytimes.com&gwh=2284FD8D26B2306667F157B5E431210F&gwt=pay

Ellynn
Ellynn

Ironically the prosecutor who charged him in the 80’s but the case was thrown out before it was tried is Trumps new personal lawyer…

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Here’s one to make your head explode. Eric Prince (blackwater guy) is on the board of Cambridge Analytica
https://www.apnews.com/08032361b7df4600acc73e89c4a18252/The-Latest:-Cambridge-Analytica-links-to-Blackwater-founder

Ellynn
Ellynn

So I guess Noway is going to need to cancel all his accounts with Citigroup. Credit Cards, mortgages, etc. They also underwrite smaller and private credit cards and banks.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/citigroup-restricts-some-gun-sales-by-its-business-customers

Noway2016
Noway2016

You’re absolutely right. If I had any. Thanks for that heads up! I’m disappointed I missed it myself!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Next time someone tries to say that “white privilege” doesn’t exist, invite them to read the New York Times’ profile of the Austin serial bomber and then ask if he’d be getting the same soft focus profile if he was black or brown. It’s amazing how we reflexively consider the offender a “thug” when they’re black, a “terrorist” when they’re Muslim, and “just misunderstood” when they’re white.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/mark-anthony-conditt-austin-bomber.html

xdog
xdog

Yeah, you can almost see the vaseline on the lens of the NYT’s coverage. Then there’s Mike McCaul, TX-10, chairman of House Homeland Security Committee. “I think it’s clear from the confession that it’s not terror-related, although it did terrorize the city of Austin for the last month. I think it was a disturbed young man, a mentally ill-type person.” In my book if you terrorize a city, you’re a terrorist. Anyone, even a dimwit Congress-person, can see he was disturbed. If McCaul means that political goals weren’t a aim of the bombings he should say so. Otherwise he’s just… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Until we get some concrete evidence that there was a political motivation for his violence, I’d hold off on calling him a terrorist. I do think it’s a little disgusting that he gets a rosier profile than your average unarmed police shooting victim. Seriously, where was this stuff for Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin?

Will Durant
Will Durant
xdog
xdog

Dowd is a pro and obviously experienced and comfortable in a government setting. The rest of Trump’s legal team look to be either cheerleaders, or people much more comfortable dealing with NYC real estate rough-and-tumble, or both.

Benevolus
Benevolus

John Bolton.
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Years from now somebody somewhere will write a story asking how the US became a fascist state. This will be one of the key moments they cite.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump’s already hired Larry Kudlow, who thought fears of a real estate bubble and concerns about subprime mortgages were overblown and that the Bush Economy was going to keep on growing.

Now he’s on the verge of hiring a guy who thought, and still thinks, the Iraq War was a good idea.

So we’ve got a President who is objectively stupider than any of his predecessors surrounding himself with folks that are completely lacking in relevant experience or have been famously and hilariously wrong about the areas they purport to be “experts” in.

We’re all going to die.

xdog
xdog

It seems to me that Bolton is exactly the kind of hawkish neo-con hire that so-called responsible gopers kept telling us Trump would make. I bet his nomination is popular on the gop side.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Perhaps Ryan and McConnell will lead the singing of the national anthem in Congress.
“Reichstag was sometimes derisively referred to by the German public as the “teuerste Gesangsverein Deutschlands” (the most expensive singing club in Germany) due to frequent singing of the national anthem during sessions.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why we shouldn’t overlook with the Bolton hire: As the New York Times reported earlier this week, Saudi and Emiriati officials funneled a lot of money into Trump’s campaign and the Trump Organization. We’ve already seen this Administration take a hawkish stance on Quatar and Trump has been very outspoken in his opposition to the Iran Deal. He’s now terminated Tillerson and McMaster who were two of the more prominent moderating forces on his policy. He’s replaced them with Pompeo (a hawkish yes man with no foreign policy experience) and Bolton (an even more hawkish neocon who learned nothing from… Read more »

xdog
xdog

I don’t see that our Saudi policy has changed much. They sell us oil (less and less these days) and provide us with air fields; in return we provide ordinance and intelligence to help them hammer the Yemenis, turn a blind eye when they export violent fundamentalism, and cheer when they yell at the Iranis. The Saudis are going head to head with Iran for regional dominance. They’d be happy to see Iran back under quarantine. Trump has never liked the deal and neither has the rest of the gop, partially on its merits, mostly because Obama. The day when… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

We took a (comparatively) harder line on Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the Obama Administration particularly with regard to human rights abuses. Further, our direct engagement with Iran, support for Arab Spring movements, and involvement in Syria were all diametrically opposed to Saudi interests. That isn’t to say we ignored Saudi or Emirati interests or policy goals. But we certainly prioritized our own self-interest over theirs. Which isn’t something one can say about the Trump Administration.