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  • World, horrified at Trump, sends US Ranking Plummeting
    • His poll numbers are abysmal and he hasn't even blown a hole in the deficit and started a nuclear war yet! I predict by the end of this presidency he'll be more unpopular than the HIV virus.

  • Former CIA Dir.: Trump is afraid of Putin Kompromat
    • When Trump announced his tax plan he said, "My accountants tell me this bill will be very bad for me personally. But I want to do the right thing!" That was a bald face lie he only promotes his own self interest.

      Cowing to Putin is, for whatever reasons, in his own best interest.

      Kompromat...the word of the day.

  • Top 5 reasons Roy Moore could still Win, despite Sex Scandals
    • Breitbart's editor came out and said...."Technically, only one of the three girls was under age. "

      Well, when you put it that way!

      If the GOP didn't wince at Trump, caught on tape bragging about molesting women, I doubt L A bama will be deterred from voting in da Judge.

  • Rick Perry has it Backwards: Oil causes Mass Rape
    • President of the US...A former reality game show host.

      Sec. of Energy....former contestant on Dancing With The Stars who vowed to get rid of the department he now runs.

      We're doomed.

  • Top Six Trump Admin. Crimes that ought to bring Indictments
    • Wouldn't it be ironic if Mueller was the one responsible for "draining the swamp."

  • Solar: Elon Musk already got a San Juan Hospital running & more to Come
    • As a former residential builder I remember traveling to Atlanta to attend a conference on solar power. At that time ( Carter administration-sky high oil cost) I was shown an arcane system that used water pipes heated by solar panels. The heated water was then pumped to underground tanks filled with rocks. Fans would then suck the heat into the house. Forget about cooling the home. This was solar in its infancy.

      What I'm seeing now is so damn exciting. Yet as the good professor points out we need politicians who understand subsidies might be needed early on to make it feasible for the D.R. Horton tract builders to offer Musk's solar roofing and battery wall.

      Unfortunately, Instead of progressive thinking politicians we see Trump proposing to build a 1300 mile useless wall at what could end up costing $15 to $20,000 PER FOOT! and their subsiding of what Mr. T calls "Clean coal" (the proposal if for customers of utility companies to pay more on their monthly bill to offset the inefficient use of coal for generating power. )

      Further more, instead of calling for engineers who understand solar and wind power to run for office, this week Franklin Graham called for more Christians to run for office so that sex education will no longer be taught in schools.

      It appears our Shining City on a Hill is destined to be blocked from view by pollution.

  • Tillerson tells Iraqi Shiite Militias to "go home." Sad.
    • Something I've noticed. In order to demonize Iran, which is now in full court press mode since Commander Bone Spurs has taken the helm, the neocons have enforced a not to subtle talking point rule. The rule being any discussion of Iran must include this tag line."Iran...the world's chief exporter of terrorism."

      I don't know if Iran is or is not exporting terrorism but I do remember the country of origin the 9-11 hijackers called home.

  • George W. Bush & GOP lack standing to bash Trump for Racism
    • Thank you Dr. Cole. I have been sickened by the fawning that has followed W's speech.

      Let us not forget the needless wars, torture, trillions of dollars wasted, families..Iraqi and American... irreparable damaged because of this neocon puppet. This war criminal should be wearing an orange jump suit rather than enjoy his retirement turning out childish, amateurish paintings and giving speeches about so called American values.

  • In Absence of US Leadership, War Breaks out between Kurds and Baghdad
    • When does the "Potter Barn" rule expire...You broke it you own it? Our success rate and experience with settling disputes in the middle east and Iraq especially is pitiful. Our only contribution seems to be to supply more gunpowder.

      This pot has been ready to boil over for decades. I suspect Netanyahu and his new found influence in the White House will push Trump to support the Kurds in their fight for independence leading to more chaos, which our juvenile president seems to thrive on.

      Also, I question if we still have leverage with the Iraqi government to make them play nice. For once, maybe, we should let the Iraqis settle their own civil disputes.

  • Germany: Immediate Danger of Mideast War if Trump dumps Iran Deal
    • Foreign Minister Gabriel I beg you to please cease using language like..."“A termination of the Iran deal would turn the Middle East into a hot crisis zone.” You're only encouraging Trump.

      For some psychological reason Trump prefers crisis to order especially if it means, like in the days of the Pharaohs, undoing anything his predecessor put in place.

  • Trump wants 10-fold increase in Atom Bombs but is after Iran, which has none
    • "I want ten fold!" That's our boy DJ Trump.

      Trump swears he has the tallest buildings...he doesn't. He's worth ten billion....he isn't. He has the highest IQ...please.

      Naturally, his ego and daddy issues dictate that he been seen as the most powerful president with the biggest nuclear arsenal. Why negotiate when you can intimidate.

      This moron might actually like being forever known in history as the man who ended civilization as we know it .

  • Plummeting in Polls, will Trump 'Wag the Dog' with Iran, N. Korea?
  • The Gasoline Car will be History before you Know it
    • According to one source.... For every $50 fill-up, $33 goes into the coffers of Chevron, ExxonMobile or BP, while very little of the remaining cash goes into the local economy or even back to oil company investors.

      Though Exxon contest these numbers the oil companies cannot be happy with the gaining momentum of EVs and the potential savings to the consumer.

  • Iraq strikes Back: Kurds under air travel ban, Turkey blocks Oil
    • I remember 60 Minutes, the program that is to Israel what RT is to Russia, praising the Kurds for their more or less pro Israel stance. This is supported by our very own Zionist of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, saying about the vote..."The Kurds deserve their own homeland." That always works out well.

  • Saudi King seeks Recognition for letting Women Drive, a basic right
    • "Saudi Women are weeping for joy today at this step forward for their gender." Women and gays in Alabama are weeping because gun toting Christian purist Judge Moore will in all likelihood be their next senator. We're going in the wrong direction.

  • Iranian Leader: Trump is "Disturbed," speaks like a Cowboy or Mobster
    • There is little question Trump's style of belittling and antagonizing his opponents originated from his days as a Wrestlemania promoter. It was during this period when he learned from Vince McMahon how to manipulate the gullible fans who actually believed what was happening in the ring was real.

      Add to this years of acting as a game show host obsessed with ratings ( I received more votes than any other presidential candidate) and cliff hangers (I'll let you know what I'm going to do about Iran) and you have the huckster we now call President. The Ayatollah is not far off the mark.

  • What will Iran do if Trump tears up the Nuclear Agreement?
    • Trump's mental weakness and vicious personality, which is without compassion and or conscience, is bolstered every time our former game show host president undoes any of Obama's successful accomplishments such as ACA, environmental safeguards, bank regs, nuclear deals etc. all the while instituting his own ridiculous policies such as building a needless multi billion dollar border wall ( Damn that Mexican president for not playing along) and pushing coal and oil to fuel our energy needs.

      It's going to be a long four years.

  • People w/ Electric Cars aren't trapped in Miami Beach with no Gasoline
    • My wife and I had a big laugh when we read Rush Limbaugh, who said the hurricane was a publicity stunt to gain revenues for the weather channel and a hoax to promote climate change, has announced he will not be broadcasting today.

      For "Security reasons" Limbaugh said he could not say where he would be during the other words....he would not admit he evacuated his Palm Beach location.

  • Bannon & Trump lost Long ago: White Christians not a Majority in US
    • A disgusting display of pandering occurred this week when evangelicals all crowded around Trump in the oval office. Just as when Trump asked his cabinet members to each praise him Trump called on each evangelical leader to say something nice about him. They all agreed...Trump is heaven sent. Sad!

  • Deporting Dreamers will cost US $400 bn. over 10 Years
    • Trump said "If congress doesn't fix the Dreamer situation within six months I will revisit it." That sounds like his arrogant but hollow campaign rhetoric "I and only I can fix this nation's problems."

      ...and what "Re visit?" He never has visited or addressed the Dreamers other than to say "I love kids." . What a joke.

  • The Criminals who amplified Harvey: Trump & Cabinet must Resign
    • As The Man With No Conscience stood in front of the crowd in Houston wearing his $40 USA hat along side his wife wearing stiletto heels and her $40 FLOTUS hat (Both available on Trump's website) his first comment was to brag about the size of the crowd who came to greet him.
      A comment that had to be so reassuring to the flood victims and first responders.

      Climate change to Trump is the thermostat on the wall.

  • Take that, Trump! 5% of California New Car Sales now Electric
    • With the hurricane bearing down on Texas refineries, kicking and screaming, it will eventually dawn on us we should move away from fossil fuels.

  • Trump flip-flops on Afghanistan, opts for Years-long Quagmire
    • If anyone has any glimmer of hope this will work out well you must watch a VICE video from a few years back "This Is What Victory Looks Like" showing the frustration of US military advisers who work with Afghan militias and Afghan army units.

      Spoiler alert....The Afghan soldiers are more interested in young boys than fighting the Taliban.

      Have an adult beverage standing by.

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  • Why no Eclipse Denialists? The Same Science predicts Global Heating
    • We all hoped Trump would be a harmless glitch in the American experience but sneering at climate change is only one symptom of Trumps lackadaisical attitude towards potential cataclysmic dangers lurking.

      You must read Michal Lewis's Vanity Fair article in which he explains how Trump putting Rick Perry in a position formerly held by a nuclear physicist is like giving a child a loaded gun that could kill us all.

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  • German Politicians think Trump is dangerously close to Neo-Nazis, and they Should know
    • I watched an interesting Hitler documentary and was surprised how much Hitler and Trump have in common.

      For instance Hitler only valued his opinion and decision making skills. He belittled others by rehashing his rise to power against all odds. Hitler promised to make Germany great again. He enjoyed watching his subordinates fight among themselves. He avoided contact with intellectuals preferring the company of those who gave him blind devotion.

      With all they have in common I would not be surprised to see Trump ending up in history's trash bin of failed demagogues.

  • If an Iranian president talked like Trump we'd think them all nut cases
    • Yesterday we saw Trump the showman doing what W did. We all remember the Bush team issuing a red alert on their ridiculous multi color chart when their popularity numbers were tanking.

      The North Korean dictator is the perfect villain for a president looking to rally the base. Unfortunately for us Kim is not Saddam.

  • "Fire & Fury" or "Shock and Awe": it is always the start of a Quagmire
    • Not to downplay the seriousness of the situation but I suspect Trump will come up with a derogatory name for Kim in the fashion of Crooked Hillary, Lyin' Ted or Little Rubio.

      Something like " I call him Kim Jung- unmanly! When I finish with him he's going to be very un-happy!" Maybe I should Twitter Trump and see if he takes the bait.

  • Top 5 Great Power Realist Reasons Trump is Wrong on Immigration
    • Make America White Again while the Trump family offshores all of it's manufacturing. A US labor shortage won't affect them.

  • Top 6 Falsehoods Embraced by new WH Chief of Staff John Kelly
    • Kelly might be able to stop leaks coming out of the West Wing but that leaves the special prosecutor's office, friends of the "Beleaguered" AG, the CIA and FBI both having been belittled by our arrogant accidental game show host president, the senate and house (Both parties), and the entire so called Washington establishment....aka...the "Swamp!"

      I predict the next year will be a period of award winning journalism for WAPO....thanks in no small part to leakers.

  • Unpopular: Trump's low Polls one reason for Healthcare Defeat
    • Twitter is giving ol Bonespurs hell about his leadership..This one I really like...

      Like Blair Witch Project-- "OMG, is this the same bridge?!" "It can't be." "OMG, we went in a circle!"

  • 25% of Australian Homes have gone Solar and other Green Triumphs this Week
    • I don't subscribe to the school of architecture whose philosophy dictates.... "form ever follows function" which leads me to say, solar panels already look outdated and clunky on the rooftop of a residence, especially among neighborhoods in which they are the exception.

      Mr Musk, on the other hand, has recently developed a clay tile and slate solar powered shingle that will be more readily accepted by the home buying public while also serving to protect the residence from the elements Take a look at to

      I realize this is a shallow complaint about such an important subject but in order to get the major home builders, who build the majority of our homes, to buy into solar, you will have to make solar less of a Jetson looking rooftop and more compatible with the American dream home.

  • Top 5 Muslim-related Hypocrisies in the Donald Trump Jr. Russia Meeting
    • NYT: Trump Jr. Told in Email Lawyer Meeting Was Part of Russian Gov't Effort to Help Father.

      So the Russian/ Manafort, Kushner, Trump Jr. meeting was not about allowing Russian orphans into the US ( I'm shocked) but reportedly about allowing known Russian human rights violators into the US . Now that sounds like the Trump we are learning more about everyday.

  • G19 outmaneuvers climate Rogue Trump, ignores Donald & Ivanka
    • " US governments are typically deeply beholden to Big Oil, Big Gas and Big Coal."

      There is still a "Big coal?"

      It's so obvious Trump, like his Fox and Friends, is against whatever Obama was for. Paris Accord, nix it! The Iran deal...worst ever!

      As for Trump's mysterious disappearances, we should remember he is an obese 71 year old suffering, no doubt, from jet lag and going through McDonald's deprivation.

      Finally, all of this G20 stuff is boring to Trump. He's not interested in being a team member, he's a man who has spent his entire life only concerned with Trump inc.

      As Huckabee Sanders said, " People knew what they were getting when you voted form him."

  • Top 5 things Trump is doing to us Worse than insulting Mika
    • Make no mistake, Trump loves the uproar caused by his tweets even if he has to push Melania, Huckabee-Sanders and Kellyanne Conway into the spotlight to announce his misogyny and belittling of women is just the way he defends himself.

      Journalist should get over his tweets and double down on the investigation of his collusion with Russia. They should daily point out the dangers of Trump as shown in this article.

      Even his most ardent supporters have to be made aware this former game show host never had a plan to fight ISIS. He never had a health care plan that was going to reduce premiums and that he really doesn't give a rip if a cab drive in Nashville has insurance or not.

      The old expression....Don't get mad...get even! is a better way to expose our accidental president than spending hours on psychological evaluations of his tweets....and plus it will drive him crazy...or crazier.

  • Trump accuses Syria of Planning Gas attack as Haley attacks Russia, Iran
    • Netanyahu reportedly told Trump an Iranian presence in Syria is not acceptable to Israel which means US policy will continue to support the anti Assad forces.

      Even to a novice like myself Haley's comment sounds like an open invitation for US backed militias to undertake a false flag operation.

  • The Millennial's Palace Coup in Saudi Arabia: How Dangerous?
  • Russo-US dog fights over Syria?
    • Trump gloated about how he made money during the last housing crisis while families were losing their homes. It seems unthinkable but a financial crisis might be a good thing for Trump Inc. and his Oligarch financiers. They could buy properties for pennies on the dollar.

    • Did President Caligula issue a statement..."I phoned Putin and told him I ordered a Syrian aircraft to be shot down while I was dining on the most delicious chocolate cake. It really was incredible."

      I think we can rest easy. Trump knows that if he shoots down a Russia fighter jet he will lose financing for his hotels and golf courses.

  • Top 5 Climate Catastrophes to which Trump just Doomed his own Supporters
    • President Madoff, excuse me President Trump, reminds me of an ancient Pharoah who might eliminate the name of a former Pharoah by vandalizing the former's tomb, chiseling his name off of monuments, etc.

      So it seems to be with any law or treaty President Obama enacted during his administration. We have seen Trump attempt to undo Obamacare, sign off on environmental roll backs as well as banking laws, and now Trump is talking of going back to the cold war days with respect to this nations relationship with Cuba. I look for his next destructive act to be directed towards ripping up the international agreement with Iran.

      In essence we are dealing with a vengeful spoiled brat whose racist Wrestlemania cult following couldn't be more thrilled.

  • Coal in Death spiral as India cancels 14 gigs, and Solar prices Plummet
    • The recent announcement Carrier is shipping jobs to Mexico despite what the great negotiator told us is a foretaste of glory lost for the coal miners Trump promised would be going back to the mines after he was elected.

  • Only Putin is happy with Trump's NATO Bull-in-China-Shop Catastrophe
    • Trump said of German car makers...“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. Terrible. We will stop this.”

      I live in South Carolina. Greenville, SC...just ranked as one of the 5 best cities to live in the home to a vast BMW manufacturing facility. Greenville is also Trump country and is home to Bob Jones University, which is to the right of Liberty University, and a beneficiary of BMW's financial impact on the region.

      My guess is that senators Graham, Scott and our Fog Horn Leg Horn governor, McMasters might take issue with our former game show host president's Bronx swagger towards one of the states largest employers.

      Then I wonder...what if Russia was the manufacturer instead of Germany?

  • Trump on Islam: Neo-Orientalism and anti-Shi'ism
    • I read Prof Cole's informative response to Trump's ghost written speech (Best line from the speech..."I am not here to be judgemental") and thought of Bob Schieffer's gratuitous but expected main stream media analysis .."Trump sounded presidential!"

      I'm not here to be judgmental but I like what Cohen recently wrote about Trump...."He’s a boy’s idea of a man. He’s a man’s idea of a boy."

  • Disaster or Repair? Trump heads to Saudi for Islam Address
    • The question is....can Trump give a speech without aggrandizing himself?

      "Before I talk about terrorist....In the last election you may have heard that I won more states than any American president. At my inauguration, I think we have a photo we can put up on the screen, the crowd stretched for miles. The park rangers said they had never seen anything like it!"

      Would anyone be surprised if this happened?

  • GOP not the party of 'Security' as Intel Allies Flee Trump
    • Watching this drama filled administration dive bomb reminds me of Jim Carrey's movie "The Truman Show" in which the public stays glued to the TV waiting for the next real life drama to unfold.

      There is no question that if the economy tanks, health care capsizes, the deficit explode or if he is charged with treason and impeached, we can count on an indifferent Trump to put a positive spin on it all...."The cable news networks and the Sunday shows have never had better ratings and they tell me it's all because of me!"

      What fresh hell will today bring?

  • The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship
    • If Trump was a democrat the religious right would be jumping for joy as they raised millions of dollars by claiming Trump's behavior proved him to be the anti Christ.

  • Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader is Trump most Like?
    • It will be interesting to see what this does to Trumps approval ratings. On the far right Tucker Carlson is leading the band with "Comey was overdue to be fired" while neocon Krauthammer is taking a much dimmer view of the firing.

      My guess is Trump's Wrestlemania following will lap this up in that Trump tweeted about the firing..."Draining the swamp."

  • Wind Power and the quest for 100% Renewables in age of Trump
    • But Trump promised to put coal miners back to work. Not unlike the border wall and repeal of the ACA he means to shore up his Wrestlemania / Ted Nugent base for 2020 by pointing to kept promises....environment and the future of our renewable energy industry be damned. It's all about him.

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  • Trumpcare is the best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance
    • Mark your calendar May 4, 2017 the day Trump said....."You will now see your premiums start to come down!" This statement reminds me of Trump's grandiose claim made in his inaugural address...."Inner city crime stops right here, right now!" To which Samantha Bee responded "Did we just elect Batman?"

      In that the bill has only passed the house and senators such as Lindsey Graham are scoffing at the speed in which Trump's henchmen pushed the bill through the House, I don't think we'll see Trumpcare anytime soon.

  • Trump Sanctuary Threat Quashed by Court - Is anything he does Constitutional?
    • Just give him a few weeks and he'll be onto something else. The wall on the Mexican border has morphed into MAYBE a blimp patrol? The better and less expensive version of Obamacare is now...NEVERMIND! A few months into his presidency and NATO is no longer irrelevant...sorry isolationist who voted for "Campaign Trump." Dreamers who were going to be rooted out of their jobs and homes can now "Rest easy." Next month sanctuary cities will be his idea because he is, and I quote, "The most flexible guy you'll ever want to meet."

  • As Leftist Turks Protest, Trump congratulates Erdogan on Authoritarian Turn
    • "Trump only wishes he could get that kind of power." The question is ....can it happen here at home? Margaret Atwood being interviewed by Bill Moyers about her novel The Handmaid's Tale thinks it can. link to

  • Can we survive simultaneous Trump, Ahmadinejad Presidencies?
  • Russia's not Leaving: Syria is about old-Fashioned Sphere of Influence, not Oil
    • Sound reminiscent?,,,"It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest." Churchill in 1939.

      Speaking of that era ...hearing neocons gush about the $80million rocket attack (There's a new sheriff in town) whose damage was repaired the next day you would think it was comparable to the fall of Berlin.

  • Russia: US attack on our Sovereign ally Illegal
    • The possibility of going to war with Russia sends cold chills down my spine. To go to war with Russia led by an ego maniacal former game show host as our commander in chief could spell the end of civilization as we know it.

    • And so it begins. Here is Lindsey Graham giving Tucker Carlson a contorted explanation as to why Trump should send 7000 US ground troops into Syria. Carlson isn't buying.

      Pay attention to when Graham insinuates that if we had troops in Afghanistan prior to 9-11 that fateful day might not have occurred....even though the hijackers were almost all from Saudi Arabia. The neocons are back in the saddle.

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  • Washington's Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths
    • I think the video proves Prof Cole's point concerning having blood on our hands.

      BW "And what would you do if you were Sec. Hill?"

      Hill..."I'd drop more bombs on them!"

  • ISIL: Imbecilic Buffoon Trump leading America to Extinction
    • Turning away from the middle east, Trump's immature bravado has me deeply concerned especially since North Korea's equally unsettling leader has chosen to fire missiles into the sea as an act of defiance.

      Trump is certainly looking for a way to distract the public from Russiagate, unfortunately, N. Korea is a military force to toy with.

  • Trump, al-Sisi and Tightening up the Pressure Cooker
    • What was so blatantly obvious was the contrast between the coolness Trump exhibited towards Angela Merkel (Late night...."Today the leader of the free world met with Donald Trump) and the warmth Trump showed this murderous dictator.

      A case could be made Trump envies the control Putin and al Sisi have over their detractors while Trump has to put up with investigations by his political opponents and the free press who dare question his unqualified wife/ daughter Ivanka and his son in law being promoted to the top echelon of government.

  • Has Trump deferred to Russia in Syria?
    • What would happen if the US pulled out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and left them to their own devices without any financial or military support?

      Neocons might suggest without our efforts the middle east would be quite a different place. A place controlled by the most violent fringes of humanity. While others might argue this country has turned Iraq, for one example, into a perpetual war zone where millions of those we attempted to "Liberate" are rotting in their graves. Afghanistan is little more than a decade long quagmire with only minimal results to show for hundreds of billions of dollars squandered and several thousand American lives lost.

      I know. We Americans, like any run of the mill control freak, gasp at the thought of not involving ourselves in the affairs of middle eastern nations. However a sober reflection of the last 25 years will not encourage even the most starry eyed optimist of what we can hope to achieve in a region fractured by intense hatred for one other.

      I suggest we take a new approach at , as Comrade Trump says, "Draining the swamp." Take a two year sabbatical from involvement in the region... even to the point of not giving aid and comfort to Netanyahu at the UN. After two years I doubt you would be able to see where our absence made any difference at all.

  • Are Progressives Suffering from Trump Fatigue?
  • Mosul: "Some" US Responsibility for Civilian deaths; but Iraqi PM lashes out at Critics
    • Somewhere there is a neocon arrogantly gloating on Fox, "See, none of this would have happened if Obama had not withdrawn US ground troops."

      Meanwhile W cranks out his juvenile quality paintings.

  • The simple Number that will Defeat Trump's attempt to Roll back Obama Energy Policies
    • Think of the US as Bedford Falls from It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Potter has just been elected president. This time it's not a bad dream.

      Yesterday on NPR, that network Trump would like to do away with, experts concluded the pipeline will not create jobs, will not use US steel (Both claims made by our former reality show host/ president) and is totally out of step with the future. They also pointed out most of the oil will be shipped overseas.

  • It's Class Warfare, Stupid. The GOP crusade against Health Care
    • "In fact the bill failed because it made the class warfare too transparent." It failed because the so called Freedom Caucus, aka Tea Party, Republicans didn't think it was draconian enough.

  • The Russian Job: The Plot Thickens
    • No.1...Certainly Putin and his mob are somewhat desperate to have sanctions lifted. They knew Trump, ever the business man, if there is something in it for him, was the better choice to lift the sanctions. (Don't be surprised if there are Russian sweetheart deals for Trump inc in the future.")

      No 2...Rep. Gowdy told us repeatedly that "leaking classified information is a crime." However, yesterday Nunes ran to "Daddy Trump' like a school boy and told Trump and the press he had information that exonerated Trump of collusion. Here is what Politico reported..."A Republican source with knowledge of the situation claimed the information that Nunes talked about was from the intelligence community and not the White House."

      I hope Rep. Gowdy will call for an investigation to see if Nunes broke the law by leaking classified intelligence.

  • Syria: As 400 more Troops go in, What's Trump's Mission?
    • With a real estate developer turned Commander in Chief (Trump did attend military academy as a teen) coupled with his complaint "we never win wars anymore" I can see how the neocons might see this as the man who will at last provide the foothold in Syria they have long been denied by Obama. McCain and Graham are surely celebrating.

      Bush the Idiot, no stranger to foreign entanglements, gave an interview last week in which he was asked about sending troops into Iraq. His response was W-esque. He said "I didn't mind sendin' troops into war, what I did mind was 'em gettin' hurt."

      Trump should have consulted Obama rather than accuse him of wire tapping Trump Tower.

  • Is the Public turning on Trump over Russia Ties, Sessions' Perjury?
    • The interesting power play now going on is the nomination of Rosenstein to be Assistant Attorney General. Democrats want to hold his nomination ransom in exchange for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian influence within the fiasco known as the Trump administration.

      If Rosenstein is allowed to lead the investigation it will no doubt be tainted.

      I can only guess at the number of scholars who are hard at work writing books about this president to be released for the summer market. Stay tuned...more bombshells are on the way.

  • What Syrian Refugees think of Trump's Refugee Ban
    • While I agree the US has played a role in creating this humanitarian crisis in Syria, among others, why won't the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and Iran take in large numbers of refugees, who after all are their Muslim brothers and sisters?

      Certainly Israel could take in refugees if they were not all about expelling Arabs and practicing apartheid.

  • Dirty, Hot, Deadly: The Real Trump Scandal is What He's done to the Environment
    • At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, the Cuyahoga River had long been a pollution problem. Cleveland had been a major industrial city since the 1880s, and the mayor then called the river “an open sewer through the center of the city.”

      But when the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, many believe it became the symbol of out-of-control pollution that was needed to get the Clean Water Act passed.

      I don't remember who said "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." but it seems especially appropriate during this, shall we say, unique period in American history.

  • "Media Vandalism?" Top 6 Russian reactions to Trump's Russia Scandals
    • What?

      No condemnation from the Russian press of Putin hacking into the DNC and possibly affecting the outcome of the presidential election in the US?


      When I want the straight scoop I always look to the Russian press first and Fox News second.

  • From Bernie Sanders to Harel: Why is Acknowledging Israeli Apartheid a Shock?
    • "The United States will continue its unwavering commitment to the safety of the State of Israel."

      Israel is a nuclear power with missiles ready to deliver those warheads to any country within the middle east. Israel has an air force far superior to any nation in the region. Israel has a well equipped army, thanks to the US.

      My point being....Israel is perfectly capable of defending its own borders. If Trump is right about anything it is the US should not commit to being the Rambo of the world .

  • Sorry, Trump, China's cut-back on Coal Dooms Industry
    • He could reduce his military budget increase by one billion dollars and put five thousand coal miners back to work making $40,0000 a year for five years....restoring leveled mountain tops into solar farms.

      But then Raytheon would object. Just a thought.

  • Would Trump let Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali back into the Country?
    • He also had a role in Hidden Figures. He definitely has a stage presence on screen and I suspect a long career ahead of him.

  • Should Bannon Resign? He and Milo Fake-Newsed Hillary as Pedophile
    • I had not made the association between Bannon and Milo...interesting. According to "Fake News" there is a small group ready to turn in their resignations if Milo is not fired. This comes on the heels of his book deal being canceled as well as his invitation to speak to the "Family Values" Protestants at CPAC, a group that is fine with pu$$y grabbing but not so much with pedophilia.

  • All of Putin's / Trump's Men
    • Flynn is a 30 year military man who respects the chain of command. He would never talk relaxing sanctions without being advised by his commander, that being DJTrump. Knowing this the GOP will blame Yates and whoever leaked to cover for Commissar Trump.

      Here is what a lifelong Republican recently wrote..

      Mark P. Painter, a lifelong Cincinnatian, served as a judge for 30 years.

      As Charles P. Pierce said in Esquire last week, “I swear, it's like we elected the Clampetts, if the Clampetts were grifters.”

  • Questions about Judgment: Trump appointed Flynn in the First Place
    • Flynn was in the military for 30 years. He knows the chain of command. In my opinion a military man would not take it upon himself to discuss sanctions, etc. without clearing it with the Commander in Chief.

      Look for a wag the dog play by Trump to get the press off of his scent.

  • Yes, Trump, Some Americans also murder: Some are Your White Supremacists
    • Putin is a mafioso thug who would have made Capone proud...."I have built my organization upon fear." Al Capone

      Trump in his own small hands way attempts to intimidate the press and his opponents so they will fear him.

  • In Shocker, Federal Judge in Seattle Halts Trump Muslim Ban
  • Trumpworld Fake News: Iran attacks US Navy, Iraqis Massacre Bowling Green
    • Now that we have a president the Duck Dynasty/ Sarah Palin "Might is Right" warmongers can rally behind, because Commissar Trump is ordained by God, bring on the wall to wall coverage of American missiles illuminating the night sky over Tehran. You can almost hear Hannity saying...."America is great again!"

      For eight years the Trumpketeers have suffered under, in their view, a weak president who put health care ahead of a Syrian intervention. A president who made peace with Iran rather than bombing them. Adding insult to injury he was black.

      Sidelined by Obama, the neocons have gleefully watched Trump pump up the adrenaline of that segment of the American population, mostly angry whites, to the point even members of the Iranian navy giving our sailors the finger is excuse enough to blow Iranian boats of the water.

      Trump is too stubborn and insecure to make peace with enemies, he has to destroy them. That might work in real estate and on reality shows but I think he will find Iran is not as easy to humiliate as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  • Torture works . . . to produce Fake News (and that's how we Got into Iraq)
    • Trump supports torture because it plays into his fake news policy. Whether it be voter fraud, crowd size, building a wall with Pesos or Making America Great Again he is the quintessential con man who twist lies into alternate facts.

      That said he is going to be so easily manipulated into getting us into a war. Today we read Commissar Trump supports "Safe zones" for Syrians. Rather than a safe zone Syrians who enter will be guinea pigs just waiting for the right international incident. This will almost certainly set off a full scale war pitting the US against Assad and Putin. Tonight there is rejoicing at AIPAC and Raytheon.

  • Hard Truth: Aleppo Rebels weren't defeated by Main Force but b/c they alienated Syrians
    • Having just read this mind numbing article about the many religious factions involved in the Syrian conflict I am more firmly convinced than ever Obama was correct to stay the hell out of that quagmire.

      I agree the photos released of a child in an ambulance stirs our anger and emotions, but only those Gucci wearing chickenhawk neocons, who still think we were victorious in Iraq and who mistakenly believe our troop are some type of comic book super heroes with invincible powers, could ever think our involvement is such a maze would do anything more than create thousands of flag draped coffins and a loss of billions of dollars.

      Let Assad be. Take a lesson from Iraq, Lebanon and Libya and follow the creed of doctors...First do no harm.

  • Why Trump & his Cabinet's Jihad against "Political Islam" will Fail
    • Trump himself is displaying an autocratic bent with his challenge to change our 1st amendment rights. A position that would blend in with totalitarian fundamentalist zealots.

      Just last week Trump's spokesperson went ballistic when he supported a NYTs editor being jailed for perceived anti Trump coverage. This is in keeping with his constant berating of journalist, other than Hannity and O'Reilly.

      You will remember Trump pleased his rabid Wrestlemania supporters by vowing to jail his former opponent, Hillary,....Putin style. A frightening comment was made by a member of Trump's transition team when he said protesters marching against Trump's policies should be investigated by the FBI and potentially jailed for their activity.

      The list of intimidating statements is a daily occurrence in Trump World. I do not think this will end well.

  • Will Trump do a deal with Iran or try to Overthrow its Government?
    • I just read that Sheldon Adelson is a huge supporter of John Bolton and is pushing for Bolton to be in a position of power.

      So much for draining the swamp, a term that will take on new meaning if Sarah Palin is picked to head up the EPA.

  • Neofascist Trump Appointee Bannon: "Anger is a Good thing" "if you're Fighting to Take this Country Back"
  • Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally)
    • The engine that drives religious belief is not love as in "Love thy neighbor" but fear. Fear of God's wrath or eternal damnation.

      Trump was able to sell fear to a battle weary country along with a side dish of prejudice. Fear of Hillary importing "600,000 mostly dark skinned immigrants the first year." Fear of Hillary, with her past as a neocon hawk, further selling out the middle class. Fear that a woman cannot lead this country as efficiently as a man.

      Lastly, just as with Jeb and Bush fatigue there was definitely a reluctance to suffer through four more years of the inevitable Clinton scandals and the huckster like behavior of selling the Lincoln bedroom to the hightest bidder. The Bush era is dead and now we bury the Clintons.

      As an American who reluctantly voted for Hillary, I sincerely hope Trump will prove to be the best president to ever serve in that office. My head tells me to fear for the worst.

  • The Hatred that Trump's Lies will Leave Behind
    • Here is a quote from a Trump supporter here is South Carolina that shows how far apart were are on this pre-election week....“I’ll put it to you this way: If the Taliban had a football team, I’d pull for them before Hillary Clinton (if she) had a football team.”

      While I have cast my ballot for Hillary I can't fault Trump for tapping into a mother load of discontent. Our borders are not secure. Our politicians have given incentives to companies to seek out cheap labor in foreign countries while the Clintons and Trumps profit from this arrangement.

      Needless wars were started by the Bushes and supported by the Clintons. Wars that have wasted valuable lives and resources here at home and in the middle east. The national debt is out of control hanging over our collective heads like a guillotine while Hillary and Bill give million dollar speeches to Wall St. tycoons and Trump shuns his responsibilities to pay taxes on his multi million dollar income.

      Trump was the wrong messenger but he proved there is a pent up demand for a leader who will end the madness of perpetual wars coupled with uncontrolled waste, fraud and abuse.

      The danger is that political elites and large corporations might find a more skilled politician who can sell the American public on the idea we need a strong Fascist leader to solve our problems.

  • Emails and Groping: Our Halloween Election keeps Scaring us to Death
    • Halloween movie...."Carlos Danger".....starring Tony Weiner and Huma Abedin.

      What a great name for a horror picture actress...Huma Abedin....right up there with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.

  • Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners dead in Airstrike
    • "In the past, the US military has warned the Saudis against hitting civilian infrastructure."

      Good one.

  • Starstruck & Party-Fanatic: The Moral Paradox of Trump Support
    • * Reducing taxes paid by billionaires.

      "Trickle down economics" is a con that goes like this...Give the rich more money and they will share it with you. (Belly laugh)

      Simply put...with the browning of America, Trump is the Great White Hope to the "Lock her up" mob.

      Exporting 11 million immigrants, forget that it would take twenty years, billions of dollars, overburden our courts and an immigration police force the size of an army, that kind of rhetoric is mother's milk to his Wrestlemania following.

  • Why Trump is (really) wrong to bet against US Military-backed Mosul Campaign
    • The carnage in Iraq reminds me of the WW II battle for Berlin and atrocities committed throughout the Pacific Islands.

      Here is a posting from reporting on the latest brutality and hell on earth conditions Iraqis are facing. link to

  • Trump Campaign: The Donald's 5-Point Plan to Defeat Islam
    • Watching Trump read his prepared text at the Al Smith dinner he reminded me of a fifth grade student reading "What I did this summer" essay before the class. He had the comic timing of Charlie Manson doing stand up.

      This is a man who is not capable of solving complex problems without the threat of violence or other extreme measures.

      18 more days and he can go back to promoting Wrestlemania to the same fans who attend his rallies.

  • The Mosul Campaign and the 3rd Presidential Debate
    • I am suspicious of a no fly zone. What does a US fighter pilot do if he encounters a Russian fighter in the zone? Can the zone be used by rebels to operate with impunity?

      With the disastrous results we see taking place in Libya, some would call Hillary's War, I don't trust her or her neocon advisers to improve the life of the average Syrian. She admitted this in her emails saying...." A no fly zone will kill a lot of Syrians."

  • 7 Things to Know about Mosul
    • Here is a well done report from CNN showing Syria's Aleppo before and after the bombings. As a lover of architecture this kind of savagery and destruction of irreplaceable ancient structures both saddens and angers me. link to

  • The Vanity of the Billionaires: Circuses and no Bread
    • Mike Judge produced an interesting movie named Idiocracy, a movie that predicts a time in the future when US is ruled by a former wrestling champion (Trump promoted Wrestlemania.) Watching the Trump rallies I think of this movie often.

      As for the fall of Rome, I think Trump, being the star who can abuse any woman he wants, is more the like the emperor Caligula.

  • US Goes to War with Houthis in Yemen (Openly)
    • Listening to the NBC report last night I think they mentioned Iran four times in the one minute report. It sounded like AIPAC wrote the script for the reporter.

  • Die-Hard Trump Supporters want to *be* Trump
  • Whose Fault is Trump? Top 7 Culprits
    • It.s weird you bring up Donahue. Yesterday I was thinking of how he was pushed out of the door by Chris Matthews and other newly converted Iraq war zealots.

      As for Trump, he conquered the field of GOP sad cast of characters by using the kind of bombast he learned during his days of promoting WrestleMania. Here is a well put together clip from YouTube that illustrates this point of view. Notice the crowd at the WWE event is similar to those you see at Trump rallies. This is not to say they are bad people or even ignorant (My attorney is a Trump man) just a group of angry white to

  • Syria: Russia warns of Mideast Apocalypse if US attacks al-Assad's military
    • "She maintained that if the regime were overthrown, it would create a vacuum within which “quickly filled” by “terrorists of all stripes.”

      Can you really argue with that point of view?

  • How the JASTA override on Saudi could Bite Americans in the Ass
    • 9-11, as horrific as it was, dwarfs in comparison to the PNAC policy enacted by Bush/ Cheney to remove Saddam. We now know there was no threat from Saddam's rag tag military and that he had no ongoing nuclear program yet Bush pushed congress to authorize his use of our military to settle old scores.

      Using a similar law one might conclude Iraqi families could sue the US for turning their country into a Mad Max hell for no viable reason other than....Bush knew he could.

      Not to overuse the word "Dwarf" but imagine several million Iraqis suing the US for damages.

  • Why the Boeing & Airbus Sales to Iran are a Big Effing Deal
    • I live in Lindsey Graham country, South Carolina, where Boeing happens to have a large manufacturing plant. Lindsey is caught between supporting what is right for his constituents and pleasing AIPAC. What's a guy to do?

  • Obama: End terrorism like that in New York by Destroying ISIL in Mosul, Iraq
    • It wold be interesting to hear what approach the man who knows more than generals, Mr. Trump, would take as president but at the moment our ratings obsessed news organizations seem to be fixated on the all important birther question.

  • Clinton: No US ground troops in Iraq, Syria; Trump: Steal Iraqi Oil
    • Anderson Cooper has a great segment in which one general says...."Taking oil is good idea if you lived in the 16th century." Another comment...." Iraq is now our ally are 16 million Iraqis going to stand by and watch us take their oil. Trump is a businessman, maybe he has it figured out. I personally cannot wrap my mind around it."

      link to

  • With Defeat Looming, ISIL haunts Syria with 6 Bombings, Killing 53
    • Ask who is funding Daesh and you get a crazy quilt answer...Like from this Russian friendly site....which is probably needs an update....

      "In Daesh’s role as opposing Syria (just one of its many roles) the terrorist outfit is believed to have received funding from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as part of their opposition to the Assad regime.

      But it also generates its own income, having taken control of local businesses, taxing others, and selling oil. Among its customers, incredibly, is Syria. Since Daesh controls much of the oil-production infrastructure in the country, Syria has little choice but to purchase oil from the very group that seeks to overthrow its government.

      Reports also indicate that Israel is a main buyer of Daesh oil. The sale is not direct; oil is smuggled by Kurdish and Turkish smugglers, and then Turkish and Israeli negotiators determine the price. As a result of these oil sales, Daesh has annual revenues estimated at $500 million, according to data compiled by the U.S. Treasury.

      In November of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Daesh is being financed by at least 40 countries — including G20 members. With such widespread financing, it will be difficult to defeat Deash."

      If this explanation is true you can ask why has this war lasted so long and you get the same answer....Follow the money.

  • US-Allied Kurds advance in Hasaka City, NE Syria
    • And as president , H Clinton vows to don her Mighty Mouse cape and burst into...."Syria!!! Here I come to save the day!"

  • Does this Change Everything? Russia's first strikes on Syria from Iran Airbases
    • The US has been cautious about going toe to toe with other super powers. The preference has been to do battle with warlord controlled militias and rag tag armies (Iraq) that have limited if any navy, air force or standing army. Even then the results have been disastrous. Obama knows Russia and Iran are a different animal. The question is will Hillary or Trump know?

  • Trump and Extreme Vetting of Muslims
    • The GOP has gone insane. All Trump has to do is feed his supporters headlines without details....Build a Wall....I'm Going to Bring Jobs Back....Bomb ISIL So Hard....Press is Corrupt...Hillary is Crooked...We're Going to Have Such a Great Economy.....No Middle East Immigrants...I'll Replace Obamacare with Something So Much Better....I'll Rebuild the Military....and finally....I'm Going to Make America Great Again!!!

      Feel free to wipe face with palm.

  • Monsters to Destroy: Top 7 Reasons the US could not have forestalled Syrian Civil War
    • I find the different factions waging war in Syria much like the presidential election here at home....There is no one to cheer for.

  • No, Obama did not found ISIL, Mr. Trump: That was the GOP
    • In 2003 Ashleigh Banfield gave a speech at Kansas State University in which she complained of networks love of videos showing rockets being fired and the explosions but didn't take the time to cover the carnage we inflicted on the population of Iraq....For this she was fired and spent the next few years at Court TV...Here is part of that speech that in retrospect sounds prophetic, in light of the weekly terrorist attacks the world endures........

      "War is ugly and it's dangerous, and in this world the way we are discussed on the Arab street, it feeds and fuels their hatred and their desire to kill themselves to take out Americans. It's a dangerous thing to propagate."

  • Iowa could go 100% Green with Wind in only 14 years, w/ Few Birds Killed, Mr. Trump
    • As a residential builder I attended a conference in Atlanta. At the conference I learned of new technology.... solar panels that would heat water. The heated water would, via pipes, heat rocks stored in a concrete tank in the basement or in the ground Then fans would blow the heat into the home. That was almost 40 years ago during the oil embargo. After the crisis passed and oil returned to normal and below normal levels alternative energy was put on the back burner.

      Although that engineering still exist it posed many problems. Today Musk is leading the way in solar and battery powered production that might.....just might....lead to individual homes being almost completely off the grid. Eliminate costly heating and cooling bills paid to utility companies would mean billions of dollars per month could be funneled back into the economy creating more purchasing power for the average family or funneled into their 401ks.

  • ISIL Captures Thousands trying to flee it in Iraq, Executes a Dozen
    • All of this terror and hell going on as an oblivious W. churns out more ridiculously bad oil paintings. This is the end game of Bush telling Blair...."I want to kick some ass!"

  • Dear Trumpists: Khizr Khan is not 'Muslim Brotherhood' and it wouldn't matter if he Were
  • 6 Signs the Big Global Switch to Solar has already Begun
    • Although back up to $42 a barrel....oil briefly dipped below $40 and there speculations it will go lower.

      With all of the wars having been fought through out history over oil.... solar, wind and power generated by ocean currents could be a catalyst for peace. Sorry Dick Cheney!

  • Russian & Iranian Press deplore Hillary Clinton Hawkishness; Israelis complain she's Dove
    • All Iran has to do is call Trump a genius and a fabulous businessman and they will be his life long friend.

  • Top Five Ways to tell if a Terrorist is still al-Qaeda despite name Change
    • If Obama had followed McCain/ Lindsey Graham's advice, the tag team equivalent of Richard Pearl and Joe Lieberman, and ordered generals to deploy ground troops into Syria we would have found our soldiers fighting side by side with the organization blamed for 9-11. The needless loss of life and treasury would have been staggering.

      With Assad deposed Syria could expect the kind of war and mayhem now being experienced by Iraq for a generation or more. Speaking of which, Huff Post is reporting a million Iraqis might have to flee their homes in the next few weeks.

      Thanks Bush/ Cheney....Mission Accomplished!

  • The most Left Wing Supreme Court in a Generation? Sec. Clinton's most important Progressive Prospect
    • Support for Hillary is, to use an old expression, a mile wide and an inch thick. With all of her, in my opinion, justified negatives the big question is....Will she inspire blacks, Bernie's Babies and Latinos to stand in line to vote for her? I think the fear of what Trump is proposing might push the minorities and Bernie's supporters to vote, not so much FOR Hillary, as AGAINST Trump.

      As Bette Davis said..."Fasten your seatblets, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

  • Top 6 Graphs that Refute Donald Trump's Lies about the United States
    • Summation of the GOP convention and all of the adoring delegates fawning over Trump....He is their Great White Hope.

  • Top 4 Republican Plagiarisms of the Democrats
    • Trump says Obama should have known domestic terrorist were about to commit random acts of terrorism while he doesn't even know his wife's speech is a carbon copy of Ms. Obama's speech. Now we're told the plagiarized speech was Hillary's fault.

      Just the tip of the iceberg if Mr. T becomes our Commander in Chief.

  • Rep. Steve King, White People and 'Civilization'
    • Woody Guthrie's song takes on a different meaning when sung by Rep. King to the GOP convention....

      This land is your land This land is my land
      From California to the New York island;
      From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
      This land was made for you and Me. ( AND NO ONE ELSE!!)

  • Newt Should Check out Mike Pence's Christian Sharia
    • The Republican platform calls for the bible to be taught in schools... If you need another example of religion being forced on our children.

      I suspect Pence will make a campaign stop at Ken Ham's Ark.

  • Nice, France, Attack: A Gandhian Response to Serial Killers
    • Prof Cole writes....' Work to strengthen democracy and inclusiveness and basic human rights."

      Didn't we hear Bush and his henchmen use that ideology as a rallying cry prior to the invasion of Iraq? Fact is...this country is not very good at convincing allies, Egypt, Iraq, Israel and or Saudi be inclusive much less Iran, Libya or Syria.

      One reason for our lack of success in this region is that, unfortunately, our motives and policies are never purely altruistic.

      Maybe McDonough's thinking is not that far off the mark.

  • The Real Problem with the Iraq War: It was Illegal
    • You know there is no valid reason for going to war when you have to come up with a bogus scare tactic to rally the American people for a needless war. Bush just couldn't say..."Saddam tried to kill my daddy" and garner a lot of support for war...outside of Texas.

      The Bush administration formed what was known as the Iraq War Group, a group consisting of Wolfowitz, Madeline Carville and others, in order to concoct an excuse the public and press would buy into in order to gain support for the invasion.

      The scare tactic they agreed on..... Saddam was developing nuclear weapons. To drive this point home Condi Rice ramped up the rhetoric when she made her infamous speech about this country "Waking up to a mushroom cloud" if he was not removed..all part of the con job.

      After no WMDs were found Wolfowitz later admitted..."Maybe we pushed the WMD thing a bit too far." This after mothers and fathers were weeping over their sacrificed sons as they buried them in national cemeteries.

  • H. Clinton and Ed Snowden: Some Animals are more Equal than others
    • To paraphrase the line used during the banking crisis...Hillary...Is too big to jail.

  • Putin's Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals
    • At they are reporting the US has trained less than 100 combatants and the ones they have trained at a base in Turkey have returned to Syria, dropped out of the army and gave their weapons to the opposition. We can only speculate how much this fiasco cost the US taxpayer. Joining forces with Putin is a good to

  • ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim
    • Uygur is wasting his time criticizing Trump. Trump knows a few things about his militaristic right wing Christian GOP supporters. He plays on their basic instincts to separate oneself from perceived danger, whetter it be a rattlesnake, fire, or as in this case, radical Muslims.

      The Palin/ Trump knee jerk reaction to Boston, Paris and now Turkish bombings....No Muslim immigrants....No terrorist attacks. No Mexican immigrants...No illegal drug traffic....More jobs for Americans.

      It's all so simple, a cakewalk if you will, not unlike the game plan to remove a dictator in Iraq and establish a democracy. or bomb Tehran in order to save the world from a nuclear threat.

      Trump and his supporters still buy into John Wayne's tough guy American cowboy approach to diplomacy...."My guns do my talking."

  • Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of ISIL and the Future of Iraq
    • It's doesn't sound like a perfect situation between the Sunnis and Shia but it is encouraging Iraqis troops can fight their own battles without US soldiers shedding blood.

      Here in the US Hillary has said no ground troops while Trump is saying the generals are telling him 20,000 to 30,000 US troops to fight ISIL. This is a flip flop from his earlier foreign policy of "Let them kill each other."

  • The Greater Middle East Reacts to British Exit from EU
    • As a South Carolinian, known for our relentless fascination with the civil war, I would be interested in hearing a person or persons with knowledge of US history compare the similarities, or not, of the south's decision to leave the US union and the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. It appears that race, religion and economics played into both decisions.

  • After Trump bashed Brown Immigrants all Year, it's the British White Guy who tries to Kill Him
    • Had trump been shot the victims from the Orlando club shooting could have issued a statement saying....If only Trump had been armed this could have been avoided

  • Omar Mateen and Rightwing Homophobia: Hate Crime or Domestic Terrorism?
    • Presidential candidate D.J. Trump has said in the past his reaction to such "Terrorist acts" would be to kill the shooter's family. It will be interesting to see if today he still support sthat approach to suppressing massacres.

  • Israel-First McCarthyism: Cuomo's vow to spy on, punish BDS Activists in long Tradition
    • I would bet their file on Prof. Cole takes up an entire file cabinet.

      Couple this anti free speech law with Sen. Boxer and husband attempting to make it illegal and worthy of being dismissed as a student or faculty on a California campus just for speaking or writing anti Israel remarks.

      Speaking of denying free speech it took an odd form this past week. I happen to detest Mr. Trump but it was disturbing to watch Latinos chasing Trump supporters through the streets of San Jose. These thugs and their sucker punches brought back memories of blacks being beaten by rednecks in the streets of Selma and Jews being kicked and beaten by Nazis in pre war Germany.

      This will be an election to remember and I fear not in a good way.

  • Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali's last fight was against Extremism & Politicians' Islamophobia
    • I think of a similar patriot by the name of Ed Snowden as I remember Ali risking his livelihood and freedom to make their voices heard against Big Brother and the war machine. Both of these men remind me of the line, which I paraphrase, from Julius Caesar....The coward dies many times the Valiant dies but once."

  • ISIL counter-attack in Fallujah: can Iraqi Forces maintain momentum?
    • I just read at that over 4000 Iraqis were killed and 2000 plus wounded in May alone. That's a 9-11 occurring every month in Iraq thanks to Bush, Cheney and Blair....all of whom are enjoying the good life in retirement.

  • Dear Mr. Holder: Why Ed Snowden can't get a Fair Trial in your National Security State
    • Holder reminds me of the Big Bad Wolf from the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood who would like to get Snowden to return to the US (Grandma's house) so he might be eaten by the (Big Bad Wolf) justice department. Snowden is no fool. He knows Fox and CNN would go into full "Snowden is a traitor mode" with no dissension allowed.

  • Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal
    • Last week I listened to Laura Ingraham, right wing radio host and rabid Trump groupie, sneer at Obama for going to Japan and apologizing for, her words, "Vaporizing people." First off...he did not apologize to anyone but rather gave a speech the Pope could have delivered.

      Secondly, the nonchalance with which Laura spoke of "Vaporizing" men, women and children speaks to the evilness of the American neocon empire and their total disregard for what they euphemistically call "Collateral damage."

      Obama has certainly not been a perfect president but standing up to Netanyahu and his bought and paid for Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran politicians here in the US will always in my mind be worthy of a Bronze Star for heroics.

  • US Spec Ops Troops on Front Line in Syria with Leftist Kurdish Insignia: AFP
  • US Centcom Commander in Syria to Coordinate Kurds, Arabs against ISIL
    • I think I've got. The US is training The Syrian Democratic Force comprised of Kurdish and leftist Peoples Protection Units along with 5000 to 6000 Arab fighter allied with the Kurds but the US has provided them with no heavy weaponry.

      The US is also accused of supporting hard line Salafi groups like the Army of Islam and the Freemen of Syria; it even said US support extended to the al-Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front and that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were also behind the Salafis.

      Then we have the Mahdi Army or Peace Brigades of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who are fighting as a militia in Iraq on the side of the government of Bashar al-Assad against the Salafis.

      Let us not forget....there is a danger that with Russian backing the al-Assad regime could roll up a lot of the rebel forces and so reestablish its stability.

      Russia is also friendly with the Syrian Kurds, so some of Washington’s new haste to deploy the SDF against Daesh may derive they might go to Russia for backing.

      Thank You Dr. Cole... piece of cake.

  • Can Iran sue the US for Coup & supporting Saddam in Iran-Iraq War?
    • Could Iraq not argue the US invaded and destroyed their country based on jingoistic rhetoric and fabricated evidence supplied by what the Bush administration knew were dubious sources, such as Curveball and easily disproved accusations concerning metal tubes and bogus yellow cake documentation. The invasion has led to continued chaos causing loss of life as well as hundreds of thousands Iraqi civilians wounded or displaced. The total tab could reach several trillion dollars when you figure in pain and suffering added to actual damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

      While we are fantasizing, we can discuss Bush and Blair being charged with crimes against humanity.

  • Top 3 Signs Bill Clinton didn't kill himself to "give" the Palestinians a State
    • The Clintons pick up the sent of money like a bloodhound. Protecting a penniless population would not be good or profitable for the Clinton Foundation.

  • Top 4 Reasons Iran will stand by Syrian gov't despite High Casualties
    • Actually the goal of the neocons such as the Project For a New American Century, was to destabilze the middle east. Originally, as presented on this video, Israel was to be the military force to take down dictators throwing their rivals into wars carried out by rial factions, then they realized the US would do the fighting for them. It seems to be working beautifully as Israel quietly plunders the and steals the remaining land in Gaza and the West Bank. Take fifteen minutes to watch the video. link to

  • Trump's Foreign Policy is just GOP Boilerplate, only more Confused
    • He may be a bombastic snake oil salesman when he is in his off the cuff bloviator mode but when it comes to giving a serious scripted speech his delivery is akin to a first year divinity student. I'm sure the leaders of ISIS are quaking in their sandals right about now.

  • Winning in Losing: How Sanders pushed Clinton to the Left
    • President Hillary will be Dick Cheney in a pant suit. She is certainly a career politician who would reject the populist approach for one designed to cater to powerful lobbies. When Hillary is president I'm sure the price of sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom will rise significantly from the days when Bill was in the oval office.

  • ISIL Endgame: Obama to send 250 more US Troops into Syria
    • How can the American public rally behind our forces being deployed into a war zone that includes the YPG, SDF, Kurds, Sunni Arabs, Christian, Assyrian, Armenians and the Syrian army? In that this country recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a fighting force in that region, which produced 5 fighting soldiers, I would not want to see our young men sacrificed in a war that has no end game.

  • The Bernie Sanders Miracle: American Crowd in Brooklyn Cheers Palestinian Dignity
    • Hillary's indebtedness to Saban is evidenced by her adoption of his views on the Israeli- Palestinian issue. This is exactly what Sanders has been talking about throughout the campaign. If Hillary gets millions from Wall Street and is paid a quarter of a million dollars to give a speech by billionaires....who do you think will have her ear if she makes it to the oval office? I have no doubt she would throw us under the bus to please the AIPAC constituency.

      Somewhat in defense of Hillary. She is not alone in bowing to big money. It's prevalent in local mayor races all the way to the the race for the presidency. Bernie might be the exception to the rule.

  • Is Hillary Clinton responsible for rise of ISIL, as Bernie's Campaign Manager Alleged?
    • Just having appeased the AIPAC hawks with a speech worthy of a Dick Cheney seal of approval my thoughts are turning to which neocon (s) will be appointed to be Sec. of State...Defense Secretary and who would be picked as her running mate ( Corey Booker?)in the Hillary Clinton administration? Thank God Richard Holbrooke is not available for any of the above.

  • Hillary Clinton goes full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizes Iran, Palestinians
  • Putin: Russia can ramp back up in Syria "within hours"
    • I know humanitarian aid is not nearly as titillating as watching explosives knock down buildings or rockets fired from jets but wouldn't it be noble if the negotiators would first address the more mundane work of providing food and water for the starving and displaced refugees in Syria.

      It would be a step in the right direction if Russia, Turkey and the US would exert as much effort and spend as much money providing support for peaceful purposes as they did in tearing the country apart.

      On second thought....who am I kidding...that's not going to happen.

  • If it's Trump versus Clinton, what does it Mean for Iran and ISIL Policy?
    • Over at David Stockman's Contra Corner he writes....

      "Containing and defeating ISIS is the job of the Shiite Crescent. Hasn’t Washington created enough failed states—-Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia etc.—–already?"

      Jeffery Goldberg in his Atlantic article admonishes Obama for setting a "Red Line" in Syria and then ignoring his line in the sand. Goldberg does make the rare admission that the gassing of Syrians was probably not the work of Assad, removing a neocon talking point for involving our troops in a free for all in Syria.

      As in the case of Bush the Idiot foreign policy of either Hillary or Trump may depend on who they pick as their advisers and cabinet members.

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    • Prof. Cole....Thank you for watching so we don't have to.

      I just read this morning what a devout Catholic Rubio proclaims to be. Last week Cruz's father told of how the Cruz family stayed on their knees for hours asking God for a sign as to whether Ted should run for the GOP nomination. Surprise!!...God told him to run.

      Now these holy men are tripping over each other as they deny "The least of these" Palestinians basic human rights while Ted vows to make the sand glow in the middle east from carpet bombing. It seems paradoxical to profess to be servants of God while rejecting biblical text such as...Blessed are the peacemakers.

      Regretfully, Hillary possesses the same bloody vampire fangs as the GOP candidates. I think we are going to miss Mr. Obama.

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