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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 05:36 AM

The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-world-is-staring-at-trump-mouth-agape/2019/10/16/5f861f88-f05a-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html

The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape

President Trump stood in a crowded East Room on Wednesday afternoon with the Italian president at his side, scores of aides and reporters at his feet, and a bank of cameras relaying his words to millions.

Yet he seemed alone against the world.
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And Trump acted the way he increasingly has lately: as if the walls are closing in. Trump lashed out, indiscriminately, in all directions. His unfocused rage was as cogent as a primal scream and as subtle as a column of Turkish tanks.




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Sickeningly, he attacked just-abandoned Kurdish allies as if they deserve the massacre they are now receiving. He portrayed these friends as enemies, saying they’re “not angels,” that it’s “natural for them” to fight and that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party is “more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS.”

Trump even attacked his fellow Republicans over Syria, unleashing particular fury on the GOP legislator who has compromised himself more than any other to appease Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.). Told that Graham had warned Trump’s abandonment of northern Syria could be a “disaster,” Trump snapped: “I think Lindsey should focus on Judiciary.”



Implicitly threatening Graham, Trump continued: “The people of South Carolina don’t want us to get into a war with Turkey, a NATO member, or with Syria. . . . The people of South Carolina want to see those troops come home. And I won an election based on that, and that’s the way it is, whether it’s good or bad.”

From there, Trump went on to a private meeting with congressional leaders in which he called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a “third-grade politician” and his former defense secretary Jim Mattis “the world’s most overrated general.”

More revealing was who Trump didn’t attack: Turkey and Russia. He said Turkey’s invasion “didn’t surprise me.” He praised Turkey for being “almost paid up” with NATO. He said Russia, Iran and Syria can be trusted to take over the fight against the Islamic State.


Such incoherent rage, combined with confusion distinguishing between friend and foe, is uniquely disconcerting coming from the most powerful man in the world. Trump once worried that “the world is laughing at us.” Now the world is staring at us, mouth agape.

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Reply The world is staring at Trump, mouth agape (Original post)
Demovictory9 Oct 2019 OP
Mike Nelson Oct 2019 #1
Demovictory9 Oct 2019 #2
BumRushDaShow Oct 2019 #8
Joe941 Oct 2019 #10
N_E_1 for Tennis Oct 2019 #3
dlk Oct 2019 #4
NBachers Oct 2019 #9
2naSalit Oct 2019 #5
Ramsey Barner Oct 2019 #6
bullwinkle428 Oct 2019 #11
FailureToCommunicate Oct 2019 #7
Funtatlaguy Oct 2019 #12
MiniMe Oct 2019 #13
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 2019 #14
Duppers Oct 2019 #15

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 05:58 AM

1. I thought his attack on Obama...

... was much more shocking. I'm surprised it is not getting more attention.

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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:00 AM

2. its mentioned in the article

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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:30 AM

8. Every Republican always defaults to an attack on Obama

particularly when attempting to criticize their own dear leader, so it's hardly new or shocking.

Leningrad Lindsey has continually invoked Obama's name as an invective to attack Drumpf and even Darth Cheney's spawn did the same when it came to not immediately bomb bomb bombing Iran.

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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:43 AM

10. Because he has already demonstrated racist tendencies.

 

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:29 AM

3. Kick for visibility...nt

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:50 AM

4. Trump is exactly why Republicans are wholly unfit to govern

We should never forget.

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Response to dlk (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:36 AM

9. Trump is every republican; every republican is Trump.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 06:53 AM

5. K&R for visibility

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:16 AM

6. I guess when he says Turkey is almost paid up with NATO

he means Turkey has clearly been spending a lot of money on tanks and AK-47 ammo for roadside assassinations.

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Response to Ramsey Barner (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:46 AM

11. I think it's more along the lines of, they've paid a shit load of money to him

for his hotel project.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:22 AM

7. More than agape, the world is screaming...

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:01 AM

12. Is this when we get to say We told you so.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 12:52 PM

13. Countries don't pay "dues" to NATO

What the NATO agreement is is that they will spend a percentage of their GDP on defense. I think tRump is totally clueless about what being "paid up" means

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 17, 2019, 12:58 PM

14. TrumPutin is totally clueless. (full stop)

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #14)

Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:00 AM

15. Exactly!

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