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Worse, they almost certainly already have an agreement with Pakistan re:nukes.

Of course, the Trump Dumpster of Fools, Tools, and Ghouls are also more than happy to help them
get nukes.

THIS. They want to use Bush's blank check from 2001 to attack Iran in 2020.

From a friend: "We can't predict the actions of a narcissist based on what most people would do."

- In response to the killing of Soleimani.

From endorsing white supremacy to assassinating foreign commanders, 45 only cares if it benefits HIM

None of it is ideological. None of it is principled. The one through-line is Trump’s ego and narcissism.

If it benefits him politically and personally (gets him re-elected, keeps him and his family out of jail, lets him profit off of the Presidency in real-time, etc.), that’s all that Trump cares about. Bonus points if it’s something that President Obama consciously didn’t do, or if Trump is undoing something Obama did do.

He’s fundamentally PETTY. A small, ignorant, pathetic, petty excuse for a man - no, for a human being, period.

At least my dog turds could be used as fertilizer, I guess...

There's only one world leader who I could see negotiating between Trump and Iran, and he's in Moscow

Vladimir Putin, “Hero” of Russia and the Middle East, brokering peace between his Iranian ally and his American ally...

Unbelievable.

In shocking news, the Trump campaign is a massive opportunity for grifters.

This is a new version of an old story on the right, one dating back decades. It began in the 1960s, when entrepreneurial conservatives such as Richard Viguerie realized that the grass-roots force that enabled Barry Goldwater to win the Republican presidential nomination was a fruitful market waiting to be exploited (Rick Perlstein has a lively history of how it happened).


Each new political movement on the right, whether it was the rise of the religious right in the 1980s or the tea party in the 2000s, brought with it a new set of grifters looking to cash in. Sometimes they have something to sell, such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee hawking “biblical” cures for cancer. But there’s no easier grift to pull off than the one Severns documents, because the donors don’t expect anything for their money apart from the warm feeling of knowing they’re helping Trump get reelected.

So all you need to do is come up with a name that sounds legit (“Trump MAGA 2020 Committee” or some such); buy yourself a list with email addresses of marks (or, ahem, leads); start blasting out emails begging for donations to hold off the despicable Democrat secularist socialist elites who want to destroy America; and watch the money pour in.

Even the semi-legitimate ones are essentially pulling a scam. Some of these groups do indeed spend a portion of their contributions on pro-Trump advertising, but it’s only after they pay hefty fees to the consultants who set up the group in the first place.

From time to time in the past, someone on the right has lamented the way their voters are so easily exploited by the grifters in their midst. But in the Trump era, such protestations have become pointless. If there’s anything Trump has proven, it’s that the conservative rank and file are not just easily hoodwinked; they’re practically begging for you to take their money.

They didn’t just elect America’s biggest con artist, the man who created Trump University and the Trump Network and the Trump Institute and the Trump Foundation and all his other scams. They rallied behind him with an absolutely rapturous fervor, long after everyone understood exactly what he is. They cheer every lie he tells them, repeat every bizarre argument he makes and treat him like a demigod walking amongst us. If these suckers aren’t asking to be separated from their money, who could be?


And even more unsurprisingly:

It should be noted that the Trump campaign is none too pleased about the proliferation of pro-Trump scams; they’ve issued statements condemning these outside groups and demanding they cease their activities. Obviously, any dollar that goes to one of these groups is a dollar that might otherwise have gone to the campaign.

There’s another likely reason Trump’s aides are mad: They know how the boss feels about these sorts of things. As one senior administration official said about the orgy of graft that was his inauguration, “The president was really surprised to read all about the inauguration and who was trying to buy access and how, because the president doesn’t get any of that money.” In other words, it doesn’t matter if you run a scam, as long as Trump gets his taste.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/23/million-suckers-just-waiting-be-conned/

Is there any end to the narcissistic depravity of this so-called President?

Asking for a friend.

Because Putin's aggressive foreign policy is for domestic (Russian) consumption.

And it works for his popularity.

I think Trump abandoned the Kurds cuz of proof of Trump/Kushner complicity in the Khashoggi murder.

Remind me which Saudi consulate that Khashoggi was murdered in.

Remind me which Middle Eastern Crown Prince bragged about “having Jared Kushner in (his) back pocket.”

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For further evidence of what info Erdogan has on Trump and Kushner, remember Michael Flynn’s lobbying work. And remember that the Saudis (and the Emiratis) led the brutal blockade against Qatar, which pushed Qatar closer to Turkey - and also Iran. Which country is Iran’s biggest ally? Oh right, Russia. And remember the Qatari connection to 666 Fifth Avenue.

Blackmail, bribery, and extortion all around...

Slave-owners were by definition dictators. The White Nationalist POTUS acts as a dictator.

No coincidence.

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