That didn't take long. With Steve Bannon booted from the White House last Friday and back at the helm of Breitbart news the same day, it didn't take long for the first attack on Donald Trump. The subject was Afghanistan and the man/baby president's announcement that he would follow in George w. Bush's and Barack Obama's footsteps to keep the war rolling. It was a perfect opportunity for Bannon/Breitbart to attack Trump and Bannon's mortal enemies, Trump's in-house generals, especially H.R. McMaster.
The headline said it all - "His McMaster's Voice."
Today’s Afghanistan speech by President Trump may be equally alien to his electoral base, though it was not difficult to figure out whose influence led to the speech’s neoconservative bent.
HR McMaster’s voice was clear to hear. It’s a voice that appears to have been carried over from the George W. Bush administration, and even the Obama White House.
This isn’t about changing his perspective on the war. POTUS is a remarkably astute and stubborn individual. This was about the swamp getting to him.
Bannon will hound Trump's presidency to the end, Mound. And I'm betting he will work hard to bring about its swift demise.
Pence is who the loons have wanted all along anyway, and for years now.
And thus Gilead will be balmbed into the dark ages.
One wonders if this will result in a Twitter tantrum from the Orange Ogre.
Whodathunk that a cabinet full of generals would recommend goosing the US presence in A-stan? I'm shocked, shocked, to find there's MIC enrichment going on in here!
I found this Trump statement interesting: “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.”
I wonder what Trump meant by, "We are not nation-building again." Does he intend to resile from the 2012 US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement? For the next 10 years, that agreement commits the US to providing the Afghan government with financial aid and governance advice in the areas of social and economic development, institution building, regional cooperation and security. The US also committed to supporting Afghan economic development, healthcare programs, education and social initiatives. That sure sounds like nation-building to me and resiling from it is likely to cause government collapse.
I also wonder by what authority the US military in A-stan will be "killing terrorists?" The only mission in A-stan authorized by the UNSC is the Resolute Support mission under which NATO is training the Afghan army, air force and national police. As part of that, Canadians are training police in Kandahar Province. So I'd like to know what Stoltenberg, Trudeau and Sajjan think of Trump's unilateral decision to change the scope of the mission beyond what NATO and the UNSC authorized? Maybe some enterprising journo could ask.
Looks like that some folks posting here are allergic to the truth: "This isn’t about changing his perspective on the war. POTUS is a remarkably astute and stubborn individual. This was about the swamp getting to him." Those folks hate Trump so much that they will cheer for the warmongering neocons.
Dana, do not question intelligence of Mark Twain:
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
Who's arguing? Fuck off.
Anyong: I'd like to know what the Trudeau Government thinks about the latest Trump diatribe? Why is it so tight-lipped.
Anyong, Justin is not going to gratuitously anger the Great Orange Bloat, not with NAFTA talks underway.
Mound, gratuitously angering the Great Orange Bloat sounds like an excellent tactic with NAFTA talks underway:
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Naturally, Trudeau would want to maintain plausible deniability, so perhaps a surrogate would do.
Anyong...there are other countries who would love to enter into free trade agreements with Canada. Why are we always looking south?
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