—–ON THE AGENDA—–
THE END OF PEACE: THE STUPID POURS GASOLINE ON THE WORLD
All the accelerated conflict Bannonites and some very extremist Jews (an odd couple) can rejoice as today is the day Trump will pour gasoline on the world with the announcement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What could go wrong? Or more accurately, where will the bombs go off first: here or in Israel? Not that anyone at TRUMPISTAN WATCH wants or ever advocates violence; rather, extremist actions beget extremist reactions. POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump will announce Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will eventually relocate its embassy there — a declaration that could spur violent protests in the Middle East and undermine the White House’s effort to strike a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.” If you believe there was ever a peace deal afoot, then you might be prone to believing this also lights a match under princeling Jared. So if that is you, time to face facts: Aryan princess Ivanka and princeling Jared are not Queen Esther, they will not save the Jews from an evil king in Persia or anywhere else, say here in Trumpistan. Aryan princess and princeling probably barely care about anything but themselves. Certainly do not think nonexistent empathy materializes for even co-religionists. This is not their fault alone per se, but they are doing nothing to stop it, as they did nothing to condemn Nazi violence on our streets. Afterall it is Trump who “is making the announcement despite criticism from numerous U.S. allies, including France, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which have urged him to avoid the extremely sensitive topic.” POLITICO adds, “Already, the State Department has urged embassies worldwide to upgrade security and has restricted U.S. diplomats’ movements in Israel and the Palestinian territories, where demonstrations are expected starting Wednesday.” Get ready! The Stupid poured gasoline on the world and all that is missing is an iskra – a spark.
UDAY ON THE HILL
NBC News reports, “Lawmakers probing potential collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign will question the president’s son about his direct contacts with Kremlin-connected officials Wednesday, in the first of two expected interviews before congressional intelligence committees.” Come on Uday, give us a fine perp walk, one to rival Flynn’s! Bring. It. On.
From NBC News.
IMPEACHMENT VOTE ON HOUSE FLOOR
Newsweek reports Rep. Al Green of Texas has vowed “A vote to impeach President Donald Trump will happen on the House of Representatives floor on Wednesday”. However, do not get too hopeful as “The impeachment vote will likely only be procedural.”
ACCORDING TO UNRELIABLE KREMLIN WITNESS, UDAY IS DOOMED
NBC News reports, Uday “Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting whether she had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in answers to written questions”. Considering this is Natalia Veselnitskaya who has been caught in many lies and is a Kremlin proxy by nature of her work, she is not the most credible of witnesses. Nonetheless, Americans who have not been brainwashed into the death cult will see this as further evidence of what they call “collusion” instead of the much shorter, four letter word that also begins with a c, coup. If true, it certainly shows Uday is indifferent to sourcing. NBC News adds, “Once it became apparent that she did not have meaningful information about Clinton, Trump seemed to lose interest, Veselnitskaya said, and the meeting petered out.”
From NBC News.
CNN CONFIRMS ERIK PRINCE DID PITCH PRIVATE SPIES TO ADMINISTRATION
CNN confirms, “The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors”. However as TRUMPISTAN WATCH fully predicted, “This idea is going nowhere,” and “neither the agency nor the director of the CIA is or was ever considering the proposal.” Chalk that up to another match lighting exercise under the intelligence community by those out to get it, likely in the administration or among its friends in Moscow and their friends among the kooky nutbars formerly of the intel world who are sympathetic, through friendly proxies in the media. The only thing TRUMPISTAN WATCH got wrong is it mislabeled the work of The Intercept, where these reports first surfaced as “government fan fiction” when in fact it is “antigovernment fan fiction”.
T REX GETS ICY RECEPTION IN BRUSSELS
POLITICO reports, “The EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, looked like she would be happier in a dentist’s chair. Standing at a lectern in the European Council press room, and wearing black that seemed fittingly funereal, Mogherini welcomed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday with all the warmth of a December day in Helsinki.” POLITICO notes, “As Tillerson arrived in Brussels for two days of talks with EU diplomats and NATO foreign ministers, the strains that Donald Trump’s presidency has put on the relationship between Washington and Europe were on stark display.” How do you greet your closest ally and the one that provides your security blanket when it is a Russian puppet regime run by Nazis, fascists and the occasional corporate dinosaur like T Rex? POLITICO notes, “Trump still has not named an ambassador to the EU — a glaring vacancy,” which, “was highlighted,” on the reckoning tour, “when Tillerson stopped by the U.S. embassy briefly and spoke to the staff, in large part about cuts he is making to the State Department.” ABC News adds, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told U.S. diplomats in Brussels today that the U.S. State Department has yet to achieve foreign policy ‘wins’ since he took over nearly a year ago.” Well today should be fucking explosive. Meanwhile on the homeland, CNN reports, “Two US senators on the Foreign Relations Committee,” Ben Cardin and Todd Young, “sent a letter to the State Department on Tuesday expressing ‘significant concerns’ about the direction of the agency’s structural redesign effort.” While none of these outlets has the temerity to say it, TRUMPISTAN WATCH welcomes all to active measures, the goal is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy.
DEMOCRATS PLACE A HOLD ON KT MCFARLAND’S AMBASSADORSHIP
CNN reports, “Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak”. CNN notes, “McFarland told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in written comments that she ‘was not aware’ of any communications between Flynn and the Russian ambassador — an assertion that appears to be contradicted by court documents unsealed Friday after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.” Ooops! CNN adds, “The Democratic hold on McFarland’s nomination means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have to take procedural steps in order to overcome the hold and confirm her nomination, which would eat up valuable floor time.”
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: FEINSTEIN TEARS INTO GRASSLEY
CNN reports, “The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is accusing the panel’s Republican chairman of not wanting to dig deeply into the Russia investigation”. CNN adds, “Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has sent a slew of letters in recent weeks seeking documents and interviews from a host of key witnesses in the Trump orbit — and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s has not signed on.”
DARKNESS AT NUNES: INTERFERENCE CONTINUES WITH CONTEMPT CHARGES
The Washington Post reports, “The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is drafting a contempt resolution against top FBI and Justice Department officials that he plans to file ‘as quickly as possible,’ charging that federal law enforcement officials failed to sufficiently produce documents he has been demanding since the summer.” Proving how batshit out of his mind he is, DARKNESS AT NUNES “is expected to direct a contempt resolution against FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein over ‘outstanding documents’ related to an August subpoena demanding information pertaining to a dossier of allegations surrounding President Trump’s 2013 trip to Moscow,” The Washington Post reports. Why does the Steele dossier so spook the death cult GOP?
From The Washington Post.
GERMANY’S FOREIGN MINISTER THINKS TRUMPISTAN IS BULLSHIT, TOO
The Washington Post reports German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday that “The United States under President Trump increasingly treats Europe as a global competitor rather than a partner and is pursuing policies that potentially hurt the interests of traditional U.S. allies”. Gabriel added, “The traditional transatlantic political architecture since World War II is beginning to ‘crumble,’” and that “the Trump administration often views Europe as ‘a competitor and sometimes even as an economic adversary.’” The Washington Post notes, “Gabriel said that Germany should adopt a tougher and more self-reliant stance that does not necessarily rely on U.S. leadership.”
From The Washington Post.
RUSSIA BANNED FROM THE OLYMPICS
Good news! POLITICO reports, “The Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics over an alleged state-sponsored doping scandal.” If Trumpistan cannot stand up to Russia, at least the IOC can. The loophole is that “Russian athletes — who meet strict anti-doping regulations — will be allowed to compete as an ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia,’ under the Olympic flag.” Note, “The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9 to 25.”
TROUBLE IN UKRAINE AS GOVERNMENT TRIES TO ARREST SAAKASHVILI
POLITICO reports, “Masked members of Ukraine’s security services arrested Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and now Ukrainian opposition figure, in an early morning raid Tuesday. However, his supporters managed to free him from a police van before he could be taken away.” POLITICO adds, “The raid on his apartment unleashed chaotic scenes, as throngs of Saakashvili’s supporters rushed to the apartment block, next to the capital’s central Independence Square, clashing with police. Some of his supporters broke the glass in the police van and hauled out Saakashvili, who was still wearing handcuffs. From there, they marched through downtown Kiev to the parliament.” As a friend who recently married a Ukrainian has long said, Ukraine is the right mix of civilization and barbarism – and here is your proof! Recall, “Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine following the country’s 2014 pro-Western revolution. Poroshenko, a friend from Saakashvili’s student days in Ukraine in the late 1980s, appointed him governor of the southern Odessa region,” which is where TRUMPISTAN WATCH met him in early 2016. POLITICO adds, “Saakashvili resigned from his post last year, accusing Poroshenko of corruption and blocking reforms. In July, Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of the Ukrainian citizenship he received on becoming governor, opening up the possibility of Saakashvili’s deportation back to Georgia, where he was wanted on charges of abuse of power.” Then, Saakashvili “re-entered Ukraine by storming across the border with dozens of his supporters,” and “launched his own political party”. POLITICO adds, “his followers have erected a tent camp outside Ukraine’s parliament in an ongoing anti-government protest. On Sunday, thousands marched through central Kiev demanding Poroshenko’s impeachment.”
EUROPEAN TRAVEL OF TRUMP AIDES PROBED
POLITICO reports, “Congressional investigators are scrutinizing trips to Europe taken last year by several associates of President Donald Trump, amid concern they may have met with Kremlin-linked operatives as part of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Several people close to then-candidate Trump visited Europe during and after the campaign, including his son Donald Trump Jr., Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and foreign policy advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Jeffrey Gordon. Their known destinations include London, Paris, Budapest and Athens.”
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA’S ALEXANDER NIX TO COME BEFORE CONGRESS
The Daily Beast reports, “Alexander Nix, the data guru who offered to help Julian Assange distribute Hillary Clinton’s emails, is scheduled to testify before the House intelligence committee on Dec. 14”. Recall, “Last summer, Nix contacted Assange and offered to help him distribute stolen Clinton emails. Assange declined his offer.”
From The Daily Beast.
ON DECK: TRUMP’S PA RHONA GRAFF
The Daily Beast reports, “The [House intelligence] committee is also scheduled to interview Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime personal assistant, on Dec. 22.” Recall, “Rob Goldstone—the music publicist who helped arrange the notorious June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Kremlin-linked Russian operatives — offered to send information on the meeting to Trump himself through Graff.”
From The Daily Beast.
COMING SOON: EMIN’S PUBLICIST ROB GOLDSTONE
CNN reports, “Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who arranged and attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, will testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees as early as next week”. Recall Goldstone is the publicist of Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, son of oligarch Aras Agalarov, who pitched Donald “Uday” Trump Jr. on the now infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and a host of other assorted Russian mafia state characters. Uday agreed as he hoped for Clinton dirt and had no discernible concerns as to its origins.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
THE SOURCES OF RUSSIAN CONDUCT, REDUX
Joe Biden and Michael Carpenter write in Foreign Affairs on “How to Stand Up to the Kremlin”. The problem is correctly highlighted and diagnosed: “At its core, this assault is motivated by the Kremlin’s desire to protect its wealth and power. The Russian regime that emerged from the ashes of the Soviet collapse consolidated immense authority and privilege in the hands of a small cabal of former intelligence officials and oligarchs. They appear strong from the outside, but their power remains brittle at the core—a fact that Putin and the top members of his regime understand better than anyone. Without a chokehold on civil society, the adoring applause and sky-high approval ratings they generally enjoy could quickly descend into a storm of boos and whistles, as Putin has discovered on more than one occasion. The regime projects an aura of invincibility that masks the shallow roots of its public support, particularly among younger, urban, and educated Russians.” Of note, “To fight back, the United States must lead its democratic allies and partners in increasing their resilience, expanding their capabilities to defend against Russian subversion, and rooting out the Kremlin’s networks of malign influence. The United States has the capacity to counter this assault and emerge stronger, provided that Washington demonstrates the political will to confront the threat. However, since the Trump administration has shown that it does not take the Russian threat seriously, the responsibility for protecting Western democracy will rest more than ever on Congress, the private sector, civil society, and ordinary Americans.” While describing Russia under Putin, Biden and Carpenter hit on what has been constructed here in the early days of Trumpistan as “Russia’s leaders have built a Potemkin democracy in which democratic form masks authoritarian content.” Conclusion: “Even if the president refuses to act, we can.” Yes we can!
From Foreign Affairs.
RUSSIA PLANS FAR EAST DRILLS IN AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2018
Russian state-run TASS reports, “Military hardware and manpower of Russia’s Eastern and Central Military Districts and the Northern Fleet will be engaged in the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills in August-September next year, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at a conference call on Tuesday.” Shoigu said, “The drills Vostok-2018 will be the largest combat training event next year that will be held in August-September in Siberia and the Far East. The personnel and military hardware of the Eastern and Central Military Districts and the Northern Fleet are planned to be involved in the drills”.
From Russian state-run TASS.
WHITE NATIONALIST RADIO
The New York Times reports, “Stephen K. Bannon, who was President Trump’s chief strategist, has garnered national attention after leaving the White House as he tries to influence political races,” now “has another platform to criticize the Republican establishment and to portray himself as defender of the movement that elected Mr. Trump.” We are now three graphs into a New York Times story and no mention of white nationalism – quelle surprise! The New York Times adds, “Mr. Bannon returned on Tuesday to the Sirius XM radio show, an outlet with 32 million subscribers, that he had hosted before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign.” You can listen, according to The New York Times, for a ringside “venue for the leader of the Breitbart News website to toss political grenades at people like Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, as the 2018 midterm election cycle begins.” Still no mention of white nationalism, racism, hate or bigotry! Not even misogyny and isn’t that supposed to be The New York Times fight to avoid the real fight against Russia du jour? Another few graphs of pure infomercial for the show and no sirens ablaze about how this could all lead to genocide some day down the road. NYT is not Normalizing Your Trash for nothing! There are future killing fields that must be manicured nicely first!
From The New York Times.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
RESISTANCE ADVICE: THEY STOLE YOUR LAND, DON’T LET EVIL WIN
The Washington Post reports, “Outdoor goods retailers Patagonia, REI and the North Face are firing back against President Trump’s executive order this week that would drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah. ‘The president stole your land,’ reads an overlay on Patagonia’s website posted Monday afternoon. ‘This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.’” Additionally, The Washington Post notes, “REI said on its website it would ‘continue to advocate for the places we all love’ and urged its Twitter followers to change their profile photos to an icon that says ‘We [heart] our public lands.’ The North Face, meanwhile, announced it is donating $100,000 to develop a Bears Ears Education Center and encouraged customers to contribute to a Kickstarter campaign to create it. As of Tuesday afternoon, it had raised nearly $124,000 from 1,700 people.” Patagonia CEO Yvon Chouinard told CNN, “I’m going to sue him,” addng, “This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win.”
From The Washington Post.
IN MEMORIAM: KING MICHAEL I OF ROMANIA
The Washington Post reports, “Romania’s former King Michael I, a onetime boy monarch who later engineered the ouster of pro-Nazi strongman Gen. Ion Antonescu during World War II, only to be forced at gunpoint to abdicate by a communist-led postwar government, died Dec. 5 at his home in Aubonne, Switzerland. He was 96.” The Washington Post adds, “King Michael, a member of the House of Hohenzollern and a distant cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was one of the last surviving links to Europe’s royal heads of state before and during World War II. He lived a life defined by political intrigue and buffeted by nearly every major upheaval on the continent in the past century,” noting, “He eventually carved out a role as an unofficial diplomat, helping Romania join NATO in 2004 and the European Union in 2007.”
From The Washington Post.
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