Saturday, August 27, 2016

EVEN WAR CRIMINALS WON'T VOTE FOR TRUMP

Paul Wolfowitz is one of them:
Former Bush adviser Wolfowitz to vote for Clinton: Spiegel
Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:31pm EDT
REUTERS

Paul Wolfowitz, a Republican adviser to former U.S. President George W. Bush, plans to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election despite his "serious reservations", Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday.

Wolfowitz, who served as deputy defense secretary under Bush and also as president of the World Bank, said he viewed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a security risk because of his admiration of Russian President Putin and his views on China, the magazine reported.

"It's important to make it clear how unacceptable he is," the magazine quoted Wolfowitz as saying in an interview.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: DER SPIEGEL

Monday, August 22, 2016

HANNITY TAKES ANOTHER HIT

This time from Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host in Wisconsin:
He’d [Sykes] rather say what he really thinks than fall in line with other broadcasters’ embrace of Trump. “I feel dumber every time I listen to Sean Hannity. I don’t want to be that guy.”

Saturday, August 20, 2016

RUPERT MURDOCH & THE IRAQ WAR

Most of us know that FOX News acted as a cheerleader for the Iraq War but most don't know that the order to promote the war camefrom the top of the Murdoch empire:
267. Mr Campbell also recorded that Mr Blair had taken a telephone call on 11 March from Mr Rupert Murdoch “who was pressing on timings, saying how News International would support us, etc”.89 Mr Campbell and Mr Powell “felt it was prompted by Washington, and another example of their over-crude diplomacy. Murdoch was pushing all the Republican buttons, how the longer we waited, the harder it got.”

SOURCE: Report of the Chilcot Inquiry, section 3.8

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DOUBLING-DOWN ON FAILURE

Donald Trump can't handle trying to be normal so he's hired 2 wackos to run his campaign and demoted Manafort:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is bringing two new managers to the top of his campaign in a bid to recover ground he has lost in recent weeks.Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, an outspoken Trump supporter and a former Goldman Sachs banker, will assume the new position of campaign chief executive. At the same time, Mr. Trump also is promoting Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, to become campaign manager. Ms. Conway has been a campaign adviser for several weeks.

Robert Costa has some good insider info in his article about this staff reorganization.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE FOR HILLARY

She won't hire wackos like this woman:
Trump Spox Katrina Pierson: We Weren’t in Afghanistan Until Obama Decided to Go In
by Josh Feldman | 11:04 am, August 13th, 2016
MEDIAITE

Remember how Pierson blamed Obama for Captain Humayun Khan‘s death in 2004? Well, on CNN this morning, as she was arguing with anchor Victor Blackwell about Trump’s “founder of ISIS” remark, Pierson actually said, “Remember, we weren’t even in Afghanistan by this time. Barack Obama went into Afghanistan, creating another problem.”

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

TRUMP & THE SECOND AMENDMENT PEOPLE

Donald Trump has not been shy about mentioning violence going all the way back to January 23,2016:
Trump Says He Could 'Shoot Somebody' and Still Maintain Support ...www.nbcnews.com/.../trump-says-he-could-shoot-somebody-still-main...NBCNews.comJan 23, 2016 - "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?" Trump said at a rally in Sioux ...


So it's not implausible that he meant to hint that far-right wackos coulld protect the 2nd Amendment by assassinating Hillary Clinton.

Monday, August 08, 2016

DOUTHAT FOLLOWS BRET STEPHENS

Mediaite found some great tweets by conservative Ross Douthat -

GOP NATSEC FOLKS AGAINST TRUMP

There are only a few big names but this is still impressive:
None of us will vote for Donald Trump.

From a foreign policy perspective, Donald Trump is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief. Indeed, we are convinced that he would be a dangerous President and would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.

Most fundamentally, Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be President. He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.

In addition, Mr. Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding of America’s vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances, and the democratic values on which U.S. foreign policy must be based.

Here's the list of names:
Donald B. Ayer
Former Deputy Attorney General

John B. Bellinger III
Former Legal Adviser to the Department of State; former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House

Robert Blackwill
Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning, The
White House

Michael Chertoff
Former Secretary of Homeland Security; former Assistant Attorney
General for the Criminal Division, Department of Justice

Eliot A. Cohen
Former Counselor of the Department of State

Eric Edelman
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; former National Security
Advisor to the Vice President, The White House

Gary Edson
Former Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Richard Falkenrath
Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, The White House

Peter Feaver
Former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security
Council, The White House

Richard Fontaine
Former Associate Director for Near East Affairs, National Security
Council, The White House

Jendayi Frazer
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
African Affairs; former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Aaron Friedberg
Former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President, The
White House

David Gordon
Former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State

Michael Green
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia,
National Security Council, The White House

Brian Gunderson
Former Chief of Staff, Department of State

Paul Haenle
Former Director for China and Taiwan, National Security Council, The
White House

Michael Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency; former Director, National
Security Agency

Carla A. Hills
Former U.S. Trade Representative

John Hillen
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

William Inboden
Former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, The White House

Reuben Jeffery III
Former Under Secretary of State for Economic Energy and Agricultural
Affairs; former Special Assistant to the President for International
Economic Affairs, National Security Council, The White House

James Jeffrey
Former Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Ted Kassinger
Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce

David Kramer
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and
Labor

James Langdon
Former Chairman, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, The
White House

Peter Lichtenbaum
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration

Mary Beth Long
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Clay Lowery
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs; former Director for International Finance, National Security Council, The White House

Robert McCallum
Former Associate Attorney General; former Ambassador to Australia Richard Miles
Former Director for North America, National Security Council, The
White House

Andrew Natsios
Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

John Negroponte
Former Director of National Intelligence; former Deputy Secretary of
State; former Deputy National Security Advisor

Meghan O’Sullivan
Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan

Dan Price
Former Deputy National Security Advisor

Tom Ridge
Former Secretary of Homeland Security; former Assistant to the
President for Homeland Security, The White House; former Governor of
Pennsylvania

Nicholas Rostow
Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, The White House

Kori Schake
Former Director for Defense Strategy, National Security Council, The White House

Kristen Silverberg
Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Stephen Slick
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
Intelligence Programs, National Security Council, The White House

Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for
Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations, National
Security Council, The White House; former Ambassador and Senior
Advisor for Women’s Empowerment, Department of State

William H. Taft IV
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense; former Ambassador to NATO

Larry D. Thompson
Former Deputy Attorney General

William Tobey
Former Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security
Administration, Department of Energy; former Director for Counter-
Proliferation Strategy, National Security Council, The White House

John Veroneau
Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Kenneth Wainstein
Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and
Counterterrorism, The White House; former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice

Matthew Waxman
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; former Director for
Contingency Planning and International Justice, National Security
Council, The White House

Dov Zakheim
Former Under Secretary of Defense

Roger Zakheim
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Philip Zelikow
Former Counselor of the Department of State

Robert Zoellick
Former U.S. Trade Representative; former Deputy Secretary of State