“It’s so sad that we are at the 'Whew! It might only be a coverup” stage…'”

Delaying the transition seems now to be more sinister, even as the eventual discovery of Trumpian crimes could extend into his “second” term. Mike Pompeo is workshopping stand-up material for his 2024 run for POTUS. Meanwhile there’s more obstruction in what usually is a peaceful presidential transition. Why is there positioning of Trumpists in the Department of Defense…

Trump Once Again Lets Dictators Silence Their Critics in the US

We are still carrying the raw wound of the brazen Saudi dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post correspondent — and lawful permanent resident of the United States — who was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and there cut up with a bone saw for being too persistent a critic of Saudi Arabia’s…

Trump, Iran, and Christians United For Israel: A Question

I want to get some feedback on a topic I’m researching for my book on religion: the degree to which some Christian fundamentalists may be actively working to trigger the apocalypse. I’m not going to get into the weeds here (keep your sighs of relief to yourselves, thank you!), but, in brief: In 2006, Pastor…

Parnas, Guiliani, Yovanovitch, and Trump: A Timeline and a Theory

Philip Bump has an analysis in this morning’s WaPo — Four significant questions raised by the newly released recording of Trump and Lev Parnas — which goes into details of the video Parnas’s lawyer released yesterday. That prompted me to put together a timeline to try to make some sense of one of the questions…

US Bars Iranian Foreign Minister from Speaking to UN Security Council

Under the terms of a 1947 treaty, the US is obligated to permit entry of any foreign dignitary who is coming here to speak to the United Nations as an official representative of the country. Foreign Policy is now reporting that, in violation of the treaty, the Trump administration has just refused to issue a…

Pompeo: Iraqi People Want Us to Stay. Iraqi People: Get Out!

SoS Pompeo claimed on the Sunday shows this morning that the Iraqi people want our troops to stay and help them fight terrorism: Pompeo dismisses Iraqi leader’s call for all foreign troops to leave Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday dismissed calls by Iraq’s caretaker prime minister for a timetable for all foreign troops…

Trump “just felt like, ‘rein your people in’” …feels betrayed by Pompeo

Darn that lack of absolute power. Or crony loyalty. Donald Trump has reportedly turned against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after becoming infuriated by the State Department officials who have testified in the impeachment inquiry. NBC News reports the president has confronted Pompeo about the officials, and what he perceives as a half-hearted effort by…

Seb Gorka now traveling with Pompeo to Italy

Perhaps it’s a magical history tour to famous fascist sites. Or maybe Mike needed a Rapture support animal on the flight. x Just in: Sebastian Gorka is traveling with @SecPompeo to Europe, @Abs_NBC reports. He was seen getting into a State Department van headed to Joint Base Andrews for departure— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) September 30,…

Pompeo signals that he'll be slow-walking the Impeachment Inquiry's demands

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) stated that Pompeo was obstructing Congress. x Pompeo blocks depositions with State Dept officials in Ukraine inquiry. The officials are Ambassador Marie “Masha” YovanovitchAmbassador Kurt VolkerDeputy Assistant Secretary George KentCounselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and Ambassador Gordon Sondlandhttps://t.co/BrosS0xiv8 https://t.co/oplaRmVn9N— Anthony DeRosa🗽 (@Anthony) October 1, 2019 x Let me be clear: I will…

disarray in White House as its disinformation campaign is an imperfect storm

Even as they fundraise off the Impeachment Inquiry, chaos reigns in the WH. The White House is “paralyzed” and “teetering on the edge of a cliff” in the wake of an explosive whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president, a White House official told Insider. A senior US official backed up that…

TalibanTrump Sends Pompeo Out to Say They’ve Killed “1,000 Taliban in Last Ten Days”.

Mousseolini must have seen TalibanTrump is trending #1 on Twitter cause he just sent Sec. of State Mike Pompeo out to tell this preposterous whopper… x On @ThisWeekABC, Mike Pompeo says American forces have “killed over 1,000 Taliban” in the last 10 days alone 😳 pic.twitter.com/pa51GgGtMX — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 8, 2019 Literally no one is buying…